Whatever you resist you become. If you resist anger, you are always angry. If you resist sadness, you are always sad. If you resist suffering, you are always suffering. If you resist confusion,you are always confused. We think that we resist certain states because they are there, but actually they are there because we resist them.— Adyashanti
The most craziest Adyashanti quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
The biggest embrace of love you'll ever make is to embrace yourself completely.
Then you'll realize you've just embraced the whole universe, and everything and everybody in it.
The more in harmony you are with the flow of your own existence, the more magical life becomes.
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 pretence. It's the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.
Your life, all of your life, is your path to awakening.
By resisting or not dealing with its challenges, you stay asleep to Reality. Pay attention to what life is trying to reveal to you. Say yes to its fierce, ruthless, and loving grace.
Question your thoughts. Question your stories. Question your assumptions. Question your opinions. Question your conclusions. Question them all into utter emptiness, stillness and joy. The keys to freedom are in your hands. Use them.
Truth is not over there, wherever over there is.
Truth is neither housed in religious rituals nor secret doctrines, nor in a guru's touch or beatific smile, nor in exotic locations or ancient temples. Truth is quite literally the only thing that does exist. It is not hidden but in plain view, not lacking but abundantly present.
All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.
Spirituality does not require that you work hard toward achieving a result in the future as much as it requires you to be fully present, sincere and committed now, with absolute honesty and willingness to uncover and let go of any illusions that come between you and the realization of Reality.
True freedom is to be free from the desire to be free from anything.
When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades, and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade, what's left? A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are.
Many Sages have said, "Your world is a dream.
You're living in an illusion." They're referring to this world of the mind and the way we believe our thoughts about reality. When we see the world through our thoughts, we stop experiencing life as it really is and others as they really are.
If you think that people should be nice to one another, then by all means be nice. But when you project that belief onto the people and the world around you as if it were an objective reality, or worse still, as if it were their job to be nice to you, you put yourself at odds with what is, and suffering will surely follow.
When you let go of the egoic self what you're getting in exchange is the whole universe.
You can't lose what you serve. That's the secret. What you serve, you can't lose. What you don't serve and what you try to hold onto, you can't hold onto. It's always slipping out of your fingers.
The main requirement for spiritual growth: A yearning to know who you really are.
True intelligence does not derive from thought. True intelligence uses thought.
At first it seems as if begoing follows becoming.
But look even closer and you will see that there are only flashes of lightning illuminating the empty sky.
When the eternal and the human meet, that's where love is born -- not through escaping our humanity or trying to disappear into transcendence, but through finding that place where they come into union.
Now don't think that awakening is the end.
Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature.
The realization of Truth and Reality can never be created by the mind .
.. it always comes as a gift of grace. Inquiry clears away misperceptions and illusions, making one available to the movements of grace.
Only something as insane as human beings would ever asked themselves if 'I'm good.' You don't find oak trees having existential crisis. 'I feel so rotten about myself. I don't produce as much acorns as the one next to me.'
When we start to suffer, it tells us something very valuable.
It means that we are not seeing the truth, and we are not relating from the truth. It's a beautiful pointer. It never fails.
All you have to do is say "yes." Don't make some big project out of it. Don't make some big deal out of it. Just say "yes." You don't even know what it means to say "yes," but you say it anyway. You'll never know what it means to say "yes," but you do it anyway. Freedom and Love arise when you die into the unknown mystery of being.
As soon as you believe that a label you've put on yourself is true, you've limited something that is literally limitless, you've limited who you are into nothing but a thought.
Life sustains itself. Let go of the ego and life takes care of itself through you.
The paradox is that when resistance is fully accepted, the resistance disappears.
Meditation is not something restricted to times of formal seated meditation;
it is most fundamentally an attitude of being-a resting in and as being. Once you get the feel of it, you will be able to tune into it more and more often during your daily life. Eventually, in the state of liberation, meditation will simply become your natural condition.
A spiritual teaching is a finger pointing toward Reality;
it is not Reality itself. To be in a true and mature relationship with a spiritual teaching requires you to apply it, not simply believe in it.
Grief, unresisted, is grace. It doesn't mean it doesn't hurt anymore, it doesn't mean it doesn't rip your heart out....In great grief, there's an incredible love in it. In love there's a tinge of bitter. In true love. My teacher used to say 'all love is bittersweet'. All things experienced fully, reveal their opposite.
When someone says, 'I love you,' he is telling you about himself, not you.
When someone says, 'I hate you,' she is telling you about herself, not you. World views are self views-literally.
Grace is something that comes to us when we somehow find ourselves completely available, when we become openhearted and open-minded, and are willing to entertain the possibility that we may not know what we think we know.
Space and stillness is the light that illuminates the beauty of our soul's being.
The Way of Liberation is not a belief system; it is something to be put into practice.
Thoughts in your head are really no different than the sound of a bird outside.
It is just that you decide that they are more or less relevant.
Has it ever occurred to you that you are seeking God with His eyes?
A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself.
The willingness to not bypass illusion is very important.
We come to nirvana by way of samsara. We come to see the true nature of things by seeing through the illusory nature of things. We don't come to nirvana by avoiding samsara. We don't come to clarity by avoiding confusion.
One Zen master said, The whole universe is my true personality.
This is a very wonderful saying... If you want to see what you truly are, open the window, and everything you see is in fact the expression of your inner reality. Can you embrace all of it?
The intricacies of spiritual philosophy and theologies are just a thought within Emptiness.
One must be willing to stand alone - in the unknown, with no reference to authority or the past or any of one's conditioning. One must stand where no one has stood before in complete nakedness, innocence, and humility.
This moment in which you experience stillness is every moment.
Don't let the mind seduce you into the past or future. Stay in the moment, and dare to consider that you can be free now.
Often life is a frantic avoidance of the truth.
Imagine trusting silence more than any thought you can come up with.
You are the doorway to the infinite.
True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer.
It is good to remember that the goal of Buddhism is to create Buddhas, not Buddhists, as the goal of Christianity is to create Christs, not Christians. In the same vein, my teachings are not meant to acquire followers or imitators, but to awaken beings to eternal truth and thus to awakened life and living.
The perspective of Love doesn't leave anybody out.
Until your vision and compassion is big enough to include those who oppose you, you are simply contributing to the continuation of destructiveness . The end of separation is the salvation for all.
There's something more to life than what we see on the surface.
When emptiness is still, that is eternity. When it moves, that is love.