Awakening to Truth
I am currently reading a book by Adyashanti titled The End of Your World. It is a beautiful read on the path of meditation and awakening. Often when people begin the path of meditation, they arrive with the preconception that it will be blissful. Though this is part of the experience, the bliss ultimately is experienced as something more quiet than we imagined. Awakening is really waking up from our illusions to the truth of life and what is true is not always easy to meet. I’ll share some words by Adyashanti that really resonate with me.
This one question – “What do I know for certain?” – is tremendously powerful. When you look deeply into this question, it actually destroys your world. It destroys you whole sense of self, and it’s meant to. You come to see that everything you think you know about yourself, everything you think you about the world, is based on assumptions, beliefs, and opinions – things you believe because you were taught or told they were true. Until we start to see these false perceptions for what they really are, consciousness will be imprisoned within the dream state. … Asking yourself this question aids in the dissolution of limitations and ideas, as well as the tendency to fixate. … The process of finding the truth may not be a process in which we feel increasingly better and better. It may be a process during which we need to look at things honestly, sincerely, and truthfully – and that may or may not be an easy thing to do. The sincere call to awaken, comes from a very deep place within us. It comes from a place that wants the truth more than it wants to feel good.
I will add here that when we open to truth and the direct experience beyond what we have been told or have come to believe, we begin to feel a certain kind of freedom – the freedom and grace to meet life as it is. We are no longer incessantly managing and controlling life, nor do we feel fixated to the steadily built concepts of how we think life is or how life should be. This experience of freedom is vast, restful and life changing. Sure, we naturally step back into the doing and the managing, but something profound in the way we are relating to everything shifts. The edges of experience and even our personality are still there, but now they feel softer and more allowing.