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Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering Hardcover – March 28, 2011
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This is an immediate "must buy" for those who have followed this spiritual teacher and/or have an interest in nonduality/Advaita/Zen. It is a remarkable synthesis of some very basic, clear pointers with several new perspectives.
Adyashanti says when we come from "egoic consciousness" we see ourselves as separate, something other than everything around us. In actuality, the ego is a fiction. It's nothing more than a story in the mind. The mind has a powerful ability to put our awareness into a trance. Because egos are addicted to pain they tend to bond through pain not happiness.
Adyashanti says we limit who we are when we put a label on ourselves and think we are nothing more than a thought. We suffer when we believe and identify with everything we think. We become lost in our own beliefs, projections, opinions and illusions of control. The irony is the more we try to control life and others, the more out of control we feel. "Egoic consciousness" demands things be different and argues with reality.
Adyashanti recommends we speak to our negative emotions. He told a woman at a retreat, "I don't want to talk to you. I want to talk to your rage." He asked how her rage views life and what it thinks of others. When she allowed her suffering to speak her judgment, blaming and condemning came out. After she had spoken for awhile a softer voice of deep hurt and sorrow began to emerge. It was more intimate, less guarded and judgmental. He asked, "Is the story of what happened really true? What happens when you tell this story and believe it?Read more ›
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Perhaps this book should have been entitled “Confessions of an Ignorant Guru,” for Adyashanti, as he does in many of his other books, confesses his utter ignorance. Read morePublished 1 day ago by L. Ron Gardner
I just couldn't get in to it...very discombobulated way of writing...I had to keep going back and re-reading.Published 9 days ago by Cathy F. Catron
Very valuable read to anyone who thinks they might want to wake up.Published 1 month ago by Matthew R. Goodwin
This book is just a lot of mumbo jumbo, blending religions together to appeal to a greater audience. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Customer
Just to qualify myself, I've been in recovery (AA) many years and am spiritual but am not a member of any particular church or faith. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Robinson