Inspired wisdom of Emptiness Dancing, by Adyashanti
To be awake is to have no script.
Truth is who you are without your story.
"Me" & protection come in the same box.
You are openness with nothing to protect.
Open to True Nature directly by sensing.
Innocence looks curiously and asks "What is it?"
Innocent curiosity moves toward all experience,
You are the mystery experiencing itself.
Truth is the only thing that has no agenda.
There is no such thing as a true belief.
Be still and stop avoiding any part of experience.
The paradox is to know by not knowing.
Possibly the only fear greater than death is real love.
The true I am is free of anything I thought I was.
Allow the mystery of being to unfold experientially.
Dissolving identity delivers aliveness and presence.
Waking up requires letting go of false views.
True Love recognizes itself behind all masks.
The True Self is not a form but the source of form.
Emptiness is the substance of existence.
Liberation happens when desire for control ends.
Let go of any demand on the moment.
Stop trying and simply be still.
Be the beauty of what you are.
What you are cannot be acquired
It's impossible to figure out how to be, so stop trying
I am (your are) not a problem to be solved
Compassion does not seek to alter anything
See the wholeness in what surrounds you
Spend time being with whatever is hated.
How can reacting badly ever be viewed as good?
When we welcome whatever is being experienced we sometimes encounter hateful, aggressive or rejecting attitudes. When preferring to be "kind" or "good", we will struggle to meet such inner parts with unconditional acceptance. How, then, is it ever possible to love all aspects of ourselves unconditionally, let alone ever love someone else who has attacked us?
A clue to the answer lies in the word "struggle" above. This indicates that two parts of one's self are in opposition to each other. Whatever is "preferring to be kind or good" is opposing anything that it perceives to be not kind or good. In essence this represents an internal reaction by one part of the self to turn away from or even reject another part. Sound familiar? A previous journal entry (Suffering Happens, 07/17/14) introduced the idea that the source of suffering is the mind, which utilizes a dualistic approach.
The great news is that it is possible to create an unconditionally loving space to hold any and all opposing parts: decide to deeply and compassionately sense into and explore the sources, strategies, conditions, and energies that created and maintain each one. Trust that each one represents a significant investment of Life Energy which remains unavailable until the dualistic "standoff" is fully attended, accepted, and appreciated for what it is. Integrate this approach into being with one's self (and others, if possible) on a regular basis. Through such Radical Acceptance Practice we notice that "shift happens!"
Seeking unfulfilled childhood needs
Our bodies are built for love: as young children we have a built in need to be loved by others, and later, as adults, we are gratified by loving ourselves and others, especially children. Pretty amazing isn't it? There seems to be a natural flow to love among human beings. The teddy bear above is covered with the various forms of loving care needed by young children. If these needs go unfulfilled, they may carry into adulthood as "empty pits" that seek that missing "something" to be supplied by other people, activities, substances, thought, things, or feeling states. Inability to find fulfillment in life can be evidence of early childhood need denial or deprivation. It blocks our flow of love.
Getting back in touch with that flow is not quick or easy. It requires a loving and supportive holding environment that offers personal safety and interpersonal connection while reflecting each member's inherent value and unique gifts. In essence, it takes a "village" to support a recovering adult through the process of re-embodying their full capacity for loving him or her self. Find out more about the process by viewing on this website the two "sense-a-books" I Simply Am ...not who I think I am and Discovering Life Before Death.
A life of reacting to insecurity is limiting and unfulfilling
Each one of us grew into personhood under the formative influence of insecurities of various forms. We adopted befitting strategies at different ages of development to protect us in some way or another from dreaded outcomes. Some of these meant sacrificing or denying something precious or valuable about ourselves in order to provide some perception of safety, significance, or connection. Later, the more "mature" parts of us can become harshly judgmental (plaguing us with "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts") about early life experiences, choices, feeling states, and reaction patterns that still continue to limit or interfere with wellbeing.
As long as we view anything about ourselves as a problem that needs to be corrected, we will remain caught up in trying to "get it right." Well, real freedom to change cannot occur unless it is realized that there is no correct way to be. So decide to trust that you are and always have been completely OK, no matter what has been thought or felt. In fact, fully reclaim & rejoice in what's true: that your multifaceted being is a unique expression of Life that is beyond human judgement. You are free to be.
A regular practice of being with your self and others is a good way to strengthen the mind's capacity to operate in present time and reduce reactive thought and feeling patterns carried forward from the past. For more information view for free on this website my latest Ebooks, gallery images, and ï»¿Workshopï»¿ presentation.
Just Being Your Self in Presence is Enough
To be truly present is to embody a mindset that is welcoming, attentive, curious, grounded, patient, observant, accepting, empathetic, engaged, calm, caring, etc., as seen in the word image above. This creates a container for an infinite variety of experience to be manifest, for there are no longer fear-based structures in the way to limit the possibilities. It is in this empty yet powerful space that Life Energy and Grace play together and can be expressed in unique form via one's body and mind.
A regular practice of being present with self and others strengthens one's ability to shift into this mode of being at will. It then becomes an open doorway to insight, creativity, and connection. Learn more in the Books/Resources section of this website.
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