Adyashanti: The most challenging thing for the spiritual seeker to do is to stop struggling

The most challenging thing for the spiritual seeker to do is to stop struggling. The human condition is characterized by a constant state of struggle which manifests as conflict, fear, and confusion. These various states of tension, caused by the compulsive and mechanical impulse to struggle, distort our ability to perceive what is true and liberating. What is truly interesting is that the human condition contains within it an unconscious need to struggle. Why? Because by remaining in a state of constant struggle, we maintain the boundaries that create the sense of a separate self, a self who unconsciously defines itself as ‘the one who struggles.’ And even more shocking is the discovery that not only do we need to struggle in order to remain separate, but we want to remain separate – even though it causes so much suffering, fear, and confusion. We want to remain separate because by remaining separate we maintain the sense of being someone different, special, and unique.

– Adyashanti, The Impact of Awakening

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