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Published on Jul 7, 2017http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores how to move through existential fear, and reminds us that even in the midst of this fear, you can simply stop, be still, and relax in the knowledge that you will let go when you are ready to. This letting go can be a loving act that you bring into the world. By opening up your circle of regard to all beings, your letting go takes on a benevolent quality and affects all those around you.

Video Excerpted From “In the Face of the Infinite”

Published on Jun 29,2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the infinite intelligence of the fundamental reality that often escapes our acknowledgement until we return to the absolute. As certain aspects of yourself fall away, a creative intelligence emerges, and a new level of being becomes available to you. Adyashanti invites you into this space of infinite intelligence, creativity, and love—that was there all along.

Video Excerpted From “Returning to the Absolute Source” (DVD#58):

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Quotes from this video:

“When you come upon this infinite, pregnant void, it’s a non-experience. It’s the ultimate and final return to the absolute.”

“Once you’ve taken this journey to nowhere—because it doesn’t actually go anywhere—it’s a journey from here to here. From kind of here to really here.”

“This chair and this microphone are nowhere near as solid as the beliefs in your head. Most of you aren’t going to die for a chair, but we human beings have a way of being willing to die and kill for our ideas.”

“The whole idea in this spiritual awakening is not to eliminate anything—we spend way too much time trying to eliminate certain things. Certain things fall away and eliminate themselves, mostly attachments.”

“The fundamental reality has an unimaginable infinite intelligence, and an infinite creativity, and an infinite love. They naturally pour forth from this

by Adyashanti: There is no easy road to enlightenment…

Enlightenment is a destructive process.
It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.
Enlightenment is the
crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing
through the facade of pretense. It’s the
complete eradication of everything we
imagined to be true.

– Adyashanti
Make no bones about it, awakening is not a walk in the park. It is a ride through hell. It is the tearing down of all of your cherished beliefs and everything you thought about yourself. There is no way around this. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, they had to enter into the Mirkwood Forest to get to their destination. There was no other way for them. It was not a walk in the park. Likewise, we must enter the shadowlands, and come face to face with our shadows. It is there that our false ideas of who we are are shattered. It is there that all of our false beliefs are destroyed. We must face these false notions and see them for what they are. This is the only way to heal, to become whole again, to live in integrity.

My good friend, Julie Anne gave a good description of this process in Enlightenment. It is a complete surrender, a process of brutal self honesty. It is a path of complete acceptance of the truth, no matter how difficult it is to bear. I still remember it vividly.

We go through life with so many false notions – of the world, of spirituality and of ourselves. We build up masks and we believe the facades. It’s all a charade. It is all based upon illusions and deceit. We deceive ourselves at every moment, and the world also deceives us at every moment. We live in perpetual cognitive dissonance, justifying the most absurd things in our minds. We constantly lie to ourselves…. and we believe it.

To awaken to the truth that you seek, you must tear down the lies.

But we are too attached to the lies. We want to hold on to the illusions and to become enlightened at the same time. That is not possible. But there are hundreds of phony gurus and “spiritual teachers” that will tell you it is. They offer you processes to become happy, fulfilled, calm, find your soulmate, be positive, get the right job, make lots of money, balance the chakras, become healthy and whatever else you may be desiring. This has nothing to do with awakening. This is only polishing the ego. They all lead you right back into the matrix. You may even be lucky enough to get a golden cage, but it is still a cage, and you remain imprisoned in slavery. This is the road that most people choose to follow. This road is well traveled by the herd.

The road to truth and freedom
It takes courage, discernment and self honesty to walk the Siddhartha road to truth and freedom. Not many people have that. We have been weakened by the onslaught of programming since our childhood. Most people want to remain in the herd, as they find comfort in the company of other deluded souls. It takes a certain individual to break free of the herd. The Siddhartha road is not easy. It is a treacherous road that will shatter every part of your existence. No, it takes a certain type of person to walk that road; a person that is willing to give up everything to find his true Self.

My story was one that took me through so many paths to nowhere; detours, dead ends and off of cliffs. I had to eventually be dragged, kicking and screaming through the abyss by Grace herself, for me to awaken. It was simply my time.

Now the strange thing about this, is that worse things have happened to me before, so why did this hit me so hard? I believe because it was supposed to, for me to transform. I took everything much harder, than I ever did before. Also, everything came crashing down at once. In the past, I was strong, and I kept my sense of self, of who I thought I was. But this time, my sense of self, who I thought I was, gave up. I stopped trying to be strong. I just collapsed.

Source: The Minds Journal

Published on Jun 8, 2017http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the innate yearning human beings have to experience life through the heart. While isolation and loneliness are common feelings that arise and can cause you to feel estranged from the world and yourself, your heart intuitively perceives a deep unity with everything around you. Adyashanti invites you into this profound connection with your heart and all that surrounds you.

Video Excerpted From “The Awakened Heart” (DVD #88):

http://bit.ly/2sYVODF

Quotes from this video:

“There’s an innate yearning in human beings — whether they know it or not — to actually perceive and experience through the heart.”

“Where do you experience happiness? It begins in the heart. If it’s a deep and profound happiness, you can feel it in the bottom of your toes to the top of your head.”

“We ultimately experience unity through the heart, as an intuitive way of perceiving.”

“The heart is like an antenna, it’s what in many ways connects you to everything around you.”

“On some level or another, everybody is perceiving through the heart.”

Watch an Excerpt
In this satsang, Adyashanti illustrates how our essential being is simultaneously a profound, silent “nothing” as well as everything within existence. He first guides us beyond the illusive, divided ego to our fundamental nothingness. He then explores the infinite potential of this nothingness and how it can be more fully manifested by our moving from this absolute presence. 

Topics Include:
The Source of the Spiritual Impulse
Authentic Silence
Ego Is a Patterning
The Nothing That Is Everything
How Stillness Moves
Living the Truth
Posing Questions to Stillness
Fear Is a Waking Nightmare
Quotes from This DVD:

“So much of our conflict is because we don’t want to look in and see our own nothingness.”

“Even though everything is all one, silence is simultaneously everywhere in relationship with itself.”

“The experience of nothing is liberating because it frees you of all your beliefs.”

“The ego lives in every world except ‘what is.’”

Question: How did awakening and liberation occur for you?

I had my first what traditionally would be called awakening experience when I was 25 years old. This was very powerful and full of emotion and release and joy and bliss and all that it is supposed to be full of. But, because there was so much emotion involved, it obscured the simplicity of awakeness itself. Like so many others, I continued to chase certain ideas and concepts of what awakeness was supposed to be. That caused years of misery.

Gradually over time I had the same experience reoccur, but each time with less and less emotion. I could see more and more clearly over time what was the actual essential element. Then finally an awakening occurred where at the moment of awakening, there was no emotion in it. It was just the pure seeing of what is. When there was the pure seeing of what is, unclouded by emotional content, it was obvious. It was very obvious that consciousness recognized itself for what it really is – aware space before any emotion or thought or manifestation.

Question: Would you say that this is the point at which the
distinction between awakening and liberation occurred?

No. Even though there was a freedom and incredible sense of fearlessness and release from not being confined to the dream of a separate “I”, I started to feel somewhat discontented with that. I didn’t know why I felt discontented, and it didn’t bother me in any way. The discontent didn’t touch that freedom, so it didn’t bother me, but I was interested in it.

Then one day I was sitting reading a book, and I folded the book to
put it away and realized that somewhere in some magic time, something had dropped away, and I didn’t know what it was. There was just a big absence of something. I went through the rest of the day as usual but noticing some big absence. Then when I sat down on the bed that night, it suddenly hit me that what had fallen away was all identity.

All identity had collapsed, as both the self in the ego sense of a separate me, and as the slightest twinge of identity with the Absolute Self, with the Oneness of consciousness. There had still been some unconscious, identity or “me-ness” which was the cause of the discontent. And it all collapsed. Identity itself collapsed, and from that point on there was no grasping whatsoever for little me or for the unified consciousness me. Identity just fell away and blew away with the wind.

Question: When you noticed that the identity had collapsed and was
gone, what remained?

Everything just as it always had been. There was just the lack of any “I”, personal or universal, or the fundamental unconscious belief in any identity or of fixating self in any place. The mind can continue to fixate a subtle identity of self even in universal consciousness, or Self. It can be so incredibly easy to miss. To say “I am That” can be a very subtle fixation of consciousness.

Question: It’s still a landing, a form of identity.

It’s a slight landing, a slight grasping. It’s very subtle. But when it collapses, you are even beyond “I am That”. You are in a place that cannot be described.

Question: And that is what you call liberation?

That is what I call liberation. Really, in the end, what you end up with is that you don’t know who you are. You end up in the same place you started out. You truly don’t know who you are because it’s impossible to fixate the self anywhere.
Source: Enlightened People


Adyashanti describes how everything and everyone is an expression of the all. By acknowledging the instinct to divide everything in the universe up into parts including yourself, you are able to realize the unnecessariness of this separation. Adyashanti invites you into this healing unification of your being.

Video Excerpted From “The Unified Expression of the All” (DVD 63):
http://bit.ly/2qhlpG4

Quotes from this Video:

“As the big view fully flowers, what reveals itself ultimately is the all. What the big view shows is the all — that everything and everybody is but an expression of something that is universal.”

“The all isn’t something that is abstract, it’s not even mystical, it’s actually the most evident reality.”

“We simply have become used to dividing life up into bits, and we started that very young. The first thing you learned to divide into bits was you.”


Published on May 11, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the aftermath of spiritual awakening and how your world is transformed. When you shift out of your conventional sense of self, or ego mind, as the maturation process unfolds, there is a tendency to release any sense of conflict or identification. Adyashanti points to acknowledging the elements of discord within yourself, so you are able to align with the truth of your being.

Video Excerpted From “Seeing All Is Divine”(ID #250):
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Quotes from this Video:

“When we’ve had some sort of a deeper spiritual shift, this gives us access to a sense of freedom, peace, and well-being. This causeless well-being, causeless joy, and causeless love is part of what opens up for us.”

“Ego self, sometimes I just like to call it ego mind, is just a process, it’s a process of thought and feeling, and when certain thoughts and feeling get identified with, it gives this very concrete sense of self.”

“We all grow up with—to one degree or another—a conflicted sense of self. That’s really what ego is.”

“Even in a relatively well-adjusted ego, or conventional self, at the core of it, there is always an element of discord because we’re identifying with something that isn’t nearly capable of holding or containing the truth of our being.”


Published on May 3, 2017

Spiritual teacher Adyashanti says that we already know who we are. It is just that our mind cannot comprehend a state which is beyond its own definitions. So the moment we ask ‘Who am I?’ for a split second we experience the answer but we immediately get drawn away by the commentary of the mind: ‘This is not the Self, this is nothing special, this is not enlightenment, etc.’ The answer to that is to forget all the images and definitions that we have about enlightenment and consciousness and just be what we are.

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Published on Apr 27, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the nature of insight and how it spontaneously arrives as the moment unfolds. Without depending on the thinking mind and by setting the foundational groundwork of having a clear mind, you bring your native intelligence to bear and invite insight into your realm of being. Adyashanti points to recognizing what the moment calls for which keeps each moment afresh and anew with vibrant vitality.

Video Excerpted From “Clear Mind”(ID #417):
http://bit.ly/2dDIRf8

Quotes from this Video:

“Insights are often an expression of a clear mind — they come from nowhere, they’re not deductive, you didn’t connect all the intellectual dots. Insights are usually when you’ve rattled around in your brain long enough and all of a sudden something relaxes or you give up and you’re gifted.”

“Each moment calls for its own knowing, its own intelligence, its own revelation, and its own love.”

“In a certain sense, it is a leap of faith to let go and to discover that there is an amazing intelligence that is within the structure of a quiet and clear mind.”

“The revolutionary, brilliant beings are very often people who have access to insight.”


Published on Apr 13, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the immensity of silence that permeates every moment. In the midst of immense noise, by noticing how quietness permeates each and every layer of existence, you can allow yourself to rest in this foundational silence. As you rest, without the energy of grasping or pushing away, you can access a deeper dimension of being. Adyashanti invites you to notice the silence that lives within every moment and experience the totality of each moment.

Video Excerpted From “Purity of Being”(DVD #64):
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Quotes from this Video:

“In the midst of all this noise — whether it was the wind, the rain coming down beating on the roof and the deck outside, or the talk that she was giving — I started to notice that that moment was permeated with this great stillness, this immensity of quiet.”

“When I spontaneously listened to the whole of it, this other intuitive sensory organ opened up and I could hear all of it — the words, the rain, the wind, the silence. Nothing was preferred, nothing was being grasped at, nothing was being pushed away — all of it had equal value.”

“We are conditioned towards what is obvious, glaring, and noisy — whether it’s something on the outside or something on the inside. We’re not so much taught to value things that aren’t noisy — the things that aren’t trying to grab our attention.”

“Silence is the deepest teacher, it’s the deepest teaching — that’s what gives you access to the deeper dimension of being.”


Published on Apr 6, 2017

What is the moment calling forth in you? What kind of response is life calling forth in you? Adyashanti explores the interplay between finding an inner resource of peace within and expecting the world to conform to your ideas of peace. By becoming the manifestation of whatever change you want to see in the world, you are redefining your expectations of the world, taking responsibility for your own life, and engaging with your spirituality in a truly deep and profound way. Adyashanti invites you into the space where this vital question can be a living inquiry in your day-to-day practice.

Video Excerpted From “Being an Expression of Peace” (ID #245):
http://bit.ly/1sig5Dz

Quotes from this Video:

“We are all most powerful and most benevolent when we are actually being whatever we want to see in the world. This is our first responsibility—to be what we want the world to become, or be the way that we would like human beings to be, interact, and engage with each other.”

“If you haven’t found the inner resource of clarity or peace or love or whatever you want to see in the world, then you’ll feel more on edge. Because you won’t be coming from being the change you want to see in the world. You’ll want the world to change so that you can be at peace, so that you can feel safe, secure, and loving.”

“In many respects, finding the right question is more important than an answer. If we think of answers in the sense of something that we are going to receive, that has some sort of final stamp of authority, that we can hold onto for the rest of our lives—that’s to misunderstand something very important about life, which is that life is a movement.”

“We human beings have the tendency to want to hold onto almost everything. If we get a revelatory experience, we tend to want to hold onto that and concretize it into a new system of thought or description of explanation. And as we are doing that, the flow of our lives is continuing on, and the next moment may call for a slightly different response.”

“To really be present for what life is calling forth in each of us is extremely important. Most people that are engaged in one form of spirituality or another, at least at a deep or inner level, part of what they’re valuing is peace, love, and clarity—and often there is a desire to see life as more whole or complete, and to experience your whole being in a clear and more complete way.”

“If we are engaged in a spiritual orientation, that comes with a kind of responsibility. The responsibility is: to be able to find within ourselves what we want to find or would desire to find in the world around us. Because if we can’t find it in ourselves, then we don’t have a whole lot of right demanding that the world conform to the way we want it to be.”

“Part of spirituality is taking that responsibility so that you become the manifestation of whatever change you want to see—you become it in your attitude, in the way you feel, in the way you move in the world, in the actions that you decide to take. This is really the heart of the spiritual life.”

“It’s so important that our spiritual life doesn’t become overly self-centered. It’s one of the dangers of a lot of inner work—that we can become so involved with our self that we are not really breathing out, we’re not engaged with our own lives and with our own existence, in a way that’s really fulfilling.”

“Our lives are the greatest gift we are ever going to give to the world.”


Published on Apr 1, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Who do you want to blame? Who do you want to withhold love from? Who are you so resentful and bitter towards that you would never want to express your love towards them? Adyashanti opens up a doorway into self-knowing, where you can explore where you are withholding love in your life. By holding up the torch of truth to your interactions and releasing your arguments with yourself, others, the world, and God, your world is dramatically transformed — your daily activities become more inclusive, and you begin to embody your awakening more fully.

Quotes from this Video:

“Step outside of everything you think you know.”

“The entire internal world — when you’re not thinking about it — just stops.”

“Doubt is powerful. Not the kind of doubt that makes you feel small and diminished and afraid to move, but the doubt where you see, ‘My God, the whole way that I have myself, and everybody, and everything hooked up in my mind may be nothing more than a thought. A persistent thought, but maybe nothing more than that.’”

“This is the kind of doubt that not only allows us to begin to experience the dimension of being but actually releases it into experience.”

“To be really awakened is to have no more argument with yourself, no more argument with the world, no more argument with others, and no more argument with God.”

“Reality is the ultimate bait-and-switch maneuver. It costs nothing to wake up, however it costs everything to stay awake.”

Published on Mar 26, 2017

Why do people want to become enlightened? According to spiritual teacher Adyashanti the spiritual impulse inside every human is because of Life’s longing to become fully conscious of itself. Life pushes us and it will do whatever it needs to in order to accomplish this goal: to become fully conscious of itself.

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Published on Mar 24, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the human and divine qualities of life, how your humanness is an expression of divinity, and how your humanness and divinity are intimately intertwined. By extinguishing any attempt to avoid or transcend anything in your experience, an opportunity presents itself, and a fuller embrace of life becomes available to you. Adyashanti reveals how your revelation of the interlocking nature of humanness and divinity can be the catalyst for you to radically embrace all of existence.

Video Excerpted From “Jesus: Unifying Human and Divine”:
http://bit.ly/2dDIRf8

Quotes from this Video:

“This kind of surrender brings with it a kind of redeeming quality. It has a sense of being restored to your natural condition — not because you’ve left your humanity — but because spirit has completely embraced it.”

“This is the gift of the whole story. It is the descent of spirit into the world of time and space, whereas other stories are the awakening of spirit from time to the eternal. This is the eternal descending into time.”

“When you wake up, it tends to take you into emptiness. Yes, it’s an extremely full emptiness, but it’s an emptiness nonetheless — the emptiness of pure consciousness.”

“The story is giving voice to our divinity, and finding the divinity not just outside of humanity, in the unborn space of emptiness, but finding the divinity right in the world of form — and through a complete embrace of life as it actually is.”

“So to do this you’re embracing everything that it is to exist, which is the triumph and the tragedy of it. It is not a movement of seeking to avoid it, and it’s not a transcendent movement necessarily.”

“It’s a radical embrace of everything. It’s a ‘yes.’ It’s a leap of faith, and that brings the experience of redemption. Suddenly, you’ve discovered the completeness within everything. You’ve discovered the grace within the chaos.”

“Something within us reaches out for both of these kinds of graces — the transcendent grace and the grace within the human existence. Both of these are yearned for within the depths of our being. “

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