Being True to Truth

“Maybe you are not you after all. Maybe you are this that is awake inside this very moment of experience. Find a willingness to be it, rather than know it.” Adyashanti in Emptiness Dancing

SoulBEarth Adyashanti Truth being awaken This question is what has been calling me out lately. Or perhaps my whole life. Awakening is not a destination to arrive at then the journey is over. It’s just the beginning. Awaken to the truth of our being, then live it fully, honestly, with integrity and courage. What does that look like?

I’m finding it hard to relate to others now as I’m not being sucked back into the illusion of problems and worry and complaining. But for the sake of feeling like I need to relate, or comfort, or simply not knowing what else to say, I’ll indulge them. Instead of not saying anything or changing the subject or saying, “That’s really all in your head” – which may be interpreted as insensitive, uncaring or aloof – I sacrifice my commitment to Truth and let the dreaming mind continue its rant.

Part of it is accepting everyone exactly as their are and letting everything be as it is, because life is always unfolding as it will. We have no control. But I don’t have to participate in and encourage the illusions. Not indulging the mind is the most compassionate response. I just need to learn how to do that compassionately. I can’t control how others will interpret it.

“This is your choice – be true to what’s true or not. And this is the Fire of Truth.” Adyashanti

Relax. It’s really all so very simple.

“Don’t get lost in thought or you will miss your life. Just simply relax, and relax, and relax. It’s the simplest act of faith and trust.” Adyashanti in Emptiness Dancing

Years ago, I made this art hanging in my house as simple reminders of Truth. Sometimes I notice them, most of the time I don’t. But they continue to speak to me in different ways when I do notice, at just the right time. This is another one of those times. Relax. It’s really all so very simple when you can see through the illusions of the mind, which are not real, and not who you really are.

So then, who are you? Rest in silence with that, and the Truth will be clear, not with thoughts, but in direct experience.

Nothing has the Power to Make You Feel Anything

“No person or event has the power to make you happy or unhappy.” Adyashanti in My Secret is Silence

83cd6038-1303-421d-b7dc-85a0df2d576fIt’s a cold, drizzly, foggy day here in Waverly, Nebraska. And it’s just Tuesday. What image in the mind does that bring up for you? What feelings arise with that image?

Whatever the image brings to the surface is only a passing emotion, from an imaginary thought, being projected onto literally, nothing. “It’s just Tuesday” is a completely made up thought about a blip in infinity that we’ve all agreed to call Tuesday. And that thought, or false label, evokes different emotions within each being depending on how they view Tuesdays – dread, joy, indifference – which is determined by their past conditioning, a collection of untrue thoughts.

It’s the same with anything someone else could ever say to you or about who they think you are. Whether someone says, “I love you” or “I hate you”, they are not telling you anything about You, but about their view of life. You have no control over their view, words or actions. It’s not about you. Nothing is.

You may not be able to control thoughts or the feelings that follow, but you can see through them. They are transparent, and futile, with no intrinsic value except what is projected onto them, which is never the truth. This is why nothing is personal, except if you believe it to be so. But even that doesn’t make it Ultimately true. I’m not sure any of this makes sense…but I don’t think it has to.

“While you may not be able to choose the next thought that comes into your mind or the next feeling, you may not choose the next reaction you have, but you can choose how present you are, how aware you are.” Adyashanti