Do you Receive an Oscar for Awakening?

>>It is understatement in the extreme to say that spiritual opening is not necessarily a benign, nice, neat, or comfortable process. Initially we may flirt with spiritual opening, doing some meditation practices, reading spiritual or metaphysical literature, trying out different teachers and teachings, perhaps hoping that our spiritual experiences will make us happier or more successful, but when we go, or are compelled to go, beyond spiritual dilettantism and cultism, reaching the point where we […]
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To Transcend Yourself Be Yourself

“Many equate spiritual awakening and liberation with somehow moving beyond selfhood, but my deepest intuition about this is that the more deeply we ARE our uniquely individuated self, the closer we are to fully awakening to who and what we truly are. In short, to transcend yourself be yourself.” ~Robert Augustus Masters
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Romance drugs us; love awakens us.

Just about anyone can get romantic, but far fewer can truly love and sustain love. Romance asks little more of us than popping a pill, but love — especially love in genuinely intimate relationship — asks for plenty, requiring not just our hearts but also our wakefulness, our integrity and discernment, and our on-tap capacity to both open and protect ourselves. Cutting through our romantic illusions does not, however, mean an end to relational magic; […]
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Resistance is Futile

When it comes to avoiding the reality of what is, as the Borg from Star Trek would say, “resistance” really “is futile”. Resisting a pattern and reality is just the other side of the same coin of impulsively acting upon a pattern, they are two halves of the same whole; a sliding dualistic scale of good vs evil, us vs them, security vs freedom, moral vs immoral, and victim vs villain. You can’t just positive […]
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Entangled vs. Individuated Awakening

Friends, the notion that in enlightenment there is a hierarchy, and that you lose yourself into a giant blob of consciousness the more aware you become, is an ego trap created by those who severely lack awareness! How can a more aware being lose their personality in unity consciousness? If you are more aware, wouldn’t you be more unique, not more the same as everyone else? A hierarchy implies dominance, submission, and a pecking order, […]
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Enlightenment is Destructive

“Make no mistake about it — 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
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Judging Judgment

"If you would like to quit judging others to experience a harmonious life, then you must first stop judging it. Yes, you must clear your judgment of judgment in order to witness all of your other judgments, to finally leave the trap of judgment. Anything else is just an ego workaround (self-deception) that pretends to have stopped judging." ~Nathan Martin & Aline Van Meer
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