When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom
When I look outside and see that I am everything,that is love.
And between these two, my life turns.
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Notes on Adyashanti’s Talk
July 9, 2012
To know less, to explore, look in a new way, come into the present moment to discover.
You may see a new vista now. Paying attention to your own experience.
As humans, we love to create boundaries: us and them; in intellect and mind. We take
boundaries to be real moment to moment, day to day, unconsciously, identifying with them so they define us.
An instinct toward the sublime, timeless and indestructible, transcends one’s own desire
for getting something.
You dance around the fire and then the fire catches you, and you can’t go back to how you were before.
Spiritual birth can happen any time, anywhere.
The Delphi Oracle said, “Know thyself.” That is the door to everything. Who am I? Everything arises from that mystery.
We just want to feel better. All definitions of self create boundaries, but all are empty.
What good are descriptions? You have to see it for yourself. One of the greatest illusions humans have is that we are separate from what surrounds us.
When we don’t perceive what’s real, we suffer. Going against the grain of life, against what is, hurts. Suffering tells you you are going against what is. Resistance is futile.
Our beliefs, opinions are abstract and where most people live…this is ego consciousness.
Ideas are frequently at odds with what is. Ego consciousness takes ideas to be real and an idea collides with what is.
There is a deep essential fear that humans try hard not to notice.There is an unconscious
feeling that there may be no substance to everything we are standing on. Who wants to see that?
There is a void in the center of ego structure. The mind thinks there is something inherently wrong (as in the idea of original sin).
Right below the surface of the mind is an immensity of silence. The true significance of
silence every now and then just arises, like grace. You see something, recognize something, you are gifted. In silence, if you care to look, everything in your world is gone. What is significant in the silence is what disappears. What you are concerned with only exists as long as you think about it. As soon as your mind stops, everything that is nonessential disappears. What happens to what you believe? It only exists in thought. When you stop thinking about it, it is gone. In silence, divisions disappear because they are only in your mind, in your thoughts.What’s left of you when you’re not thinking about you? When you are not creating yourself in your mind and memory, you are there but not there as a someone.
In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said, “Blest is she who existed before coming into being.”
Beyond the conditioned way of seeing yourself is your true nature. Not as a someone or
something, there you are. How heavy is this psychic, psychological, emotional energy to
maintain these illusions. We don’t know this until we wake up, like taking off a heavy backpack.
It is the end of confusion, beginning of getting to know reality (God, Buddha nature).
There are an infinite variety of forms in oneness. The one is now appearing as a limited
human being or sky or chair.
Nisargadatta said, “When I look within, and see that I am nothing, that’s wisdom. When
I look out and see that I am everything, that’s love. Between these two, my life turns.”
The revelation of nothingness is pure joy, pure being. Awake nothing is the substance of
everything. A spiritual question could never be resolved in the mind. In actual experience, it is very clear. To embody spaciousness, to evoke, not define, with a question, in the smallest little things, a resource, the connection between what you have realized and who you are in the world. Take it as it is given. Don’t look toward the past. As a tiny speck, a tiny seed, you are being asked to come to it. Sometimes grace comes to you and then it shifts. Tiny things begin to grow until you take them for granted, and then they get small again.
Beautiful grace, fierce grace-
-you don’t get to do it how you want it.
You can recognize the divine even when the other person doesn’t know it. Reconnect,
speak the truth, like learning to walk. Being born into a new way of being.
How does the silence speak, move? It takes awhile to get it to translate. The meeting of
awareness is the same, forms are different.
In answer to a question posed to him about relationships, Adyashanti said the following:
Unattached to ideas about each other, I accept you completely as you are, totally free of
potential. This is the foundation of real love and compassion. Truly seeing another person allows you to see the person as he or see really is. Then wisdom arises in you and wise and true actions come.
A relationship is “where the rubber meets the road.” It shows us our unfinished stuff.
Nobody is responsible for your happiness. I am the one who makes me happy or sad.
This realization takes the victimhood out of everything.
Susan Yard Harris, Karuna Yoga Instructor