Is it personal?
How are you?
I am well. I have recently been thinking and talking about the turn that happens during embodiment of awakening. I am talking about the turn from the personal to the impersonal. From taking everything personally (and therefore seriously) to a way of being that is totally impersonal, no matter what the circumstance is. It’s not a turn that is made, yet it is a turn which happens. A person in this no longer experiences themselves at the centre of their life and therefore, naturally, things are no longer taken personally. But even more than that, there is this movement into the impersonal, which seems to have endless depth, life, laughter and compassion. Life goes from ‘trying to get what the me wants (and thinking that that is very important)’ to a simple following through of the Truth and Love at the heart of the original awakening. But you can’t fake this! It can only happen of its own accord, like the way in which a flower opens. Then life lives through the humanness, so to speak, without any regard for whether that humanness likes what is coming through, or it doesn’t like it. After all, there is so much more at stake than that, because ultimately this entire ‘thing’ is kind-of like unstrategised service for the whole – for everything and everyone – yet not from anyone. Truly self-less service, which is nothing more than an outpouring of formless awakeness into forms. Far from being cold, this impersonal movement is full of Love and tenderness, without any special person it is directed to (or from, for that matter) and without any specific direction. What gets revealed is Uncaused Love, uncaused joy, uncaused everything…
Are any of you coming to see Adyashanti on the evening of the 16th August for his rare satsang in London…? Tickets may still be available through Alternatives. Even if they aren’t, if I were you I would turn up and try to get in. Adya is simply priceless….. Who else is there to see, really? – I often ask myself. In my opinion, no popular teacher is more embodied in their awakening and at the same time has the kind of bridging power he has. For example, in answering questions, he can bridge into the questioner in a way that creates real movement in terms of Truth. This ‘action’ requires Love, compassion, skill and training – but most of all, the ability to remain rooted in Truth in a very deep way indeed. Adya’s wife Mukti is giving a retreat (daylong) in London on the Sunday, and there are definitely still tickets available for that : www.adyashanti.org . I wasn’t taken with her work the first time I saw her, but a good friend recently changed my mind about her and I experienced a real turnaround (I ‘grocked’ her, as Adya would say :-), so I am booked onto that.
For those of you who know and love Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), the new MA Centre UK (in Bromley) needs willing help from loving hands. If you love doing seva and would like to get involved – even casually, or as a one-off – please contact me or Vakees / Yamunah at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be there on Sunday.
It occurred to me on the bus last week, that if you remove the L from Loneliness you get Oneliness. That made me smile 🙂 It really is like this. Real life is like this, because Loneliness is the ultimate sensation of separation from your Divinity, and Oneliness is that Divinity.
I’ll leave you on that note for now. Wishing to see you soon 🙂