A Review of Adyashanti's Book,"Falling into Grace", ( Insights on the End of Suffering)

C.D. MooreStarred Page By C.D. Moore, 9th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This review gives an overview of some of the main reasons for suffering as presented by spiritual teacher Adyashanti in his book, "Falling into Grace."

A Brief Biography of Adyashanti

As a small boy, Adyashanti, then called,Steven Gray,born 1962 in California, was a great listener and often puzzled by the conversations of adults. One day he had a realization that the adults got into arguments and were suffering because they believed their thoughts were true.They thought they were their thoughts.
He had many other spiritual insights as a child, but was not established in higher awareness until his 30's

As a teenager and young adult he dedicated himself to the spiritual path and became a meditator and zen practitioner. He studied under zen masters in the California area, while working in his father's machine shop.

Later on he began to facilitate small groups mostly out of his aunts home. He became so popular as a teacher of consciousness that he moved on to leading large workshops internationally,writing books, and holding webnars on the internet.

Image

Adyashanti suggests that our efforts to uphold, support and improve our image of ourselves causes suffering. He says if we could let go of every ideal image we try to live up to and just be our natural selves, we would be much happier. He tells us that if we trust our natural way of being , arising out of that, we will find our unique way in the world.

He suggests that instead of following outer experts and authorities(including him), we should trust our inner knowing, which is part of our inner being. The catch is that to do this we have to be silent and listen deeply into our own nature,a frightening concept in a society which is based on noise, distractions and doing.

Avoidance

Before we can enter this silence we may have to confront some emotions that we have been avoiding by being so busy and distracted. This avoidance of emotions also is a cause of suffering. Adya claims the suffering is not caused by the emotions but by the resistance to feeling them. It is the resistance that can cause depression and
illness. Focusing on and feeling emotions clears them, allowing us to be present and aware in our own lives.

Stories

Everyone has a story of who they are and what their life is like and this is ok. It is one of the ways in which we relate to each other. Adyashanti says it's when we start to believe our own stories that they can become an obstacle. They become self fulfilling prophesies. The story we tell ourselves over and over be comes the story of our lives. So he advises,don't believe your own stories or your own thoughts they are not the truth of the vastness of who you are.They are a cover for your presence, and an avoidance of the now, which is the only moment we really have.

Struggle

Adya believes that non acceptance of ourselves, others and circumstances causes great suffering. When we resist what is, we take ourselves out of the moment, out of the natural flow of life and lock ourselves into a way of perceiving that is self perpetuating. He says we avoid being here now by fighting within ourselves, with others and the circumstances of our lives. He wants us to stop, give up our judgments and control and see if our experience of the moment doesn't improve.

Adyashanti suggests that meditation is only the giving up of judgments and preconceptions,and the way we think it should be to enter the silence, in which thoughts may occur, but we don't take them personally. To listen deeply is to meditate.

He says that when we just allow ourselves to be, the right action, path direction will arise by itself without having to think about it .




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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jun 2014 (#)

Beautifully presented, and beautifully explained. Thank you C.D.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you so much ,Steve!

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author avatar snerfu
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Good perspective Ms Moore, it is what we have to do...listen more

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Yes,Snerfu. Listening is so rare.
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Jun 2014 (#)

love this C.D. so much wonderful info herein.. thank you..

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina. Your comment is much appreciated.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Nicely presented. Thanks!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl!

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author avatar Mariah
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Interesting review and very well written CD.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Mariah!

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author avatar Pollyal
11th Jun 2014 (#)

such profound truth told so simply..thanks for sharing..got me thinking:)

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Jun 2014 (#)

You are so very welcome Pollyal.
Thanks for commenting!

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author avatar Carol
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Great review, well done!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
13th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Carol!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
22nd Jun 2014 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jun 2014 (#)

Very enlightening C D Moore, thank you. We have to live as per our inner knowing and not be led by herd mentality. Also, take time to think, ponder meditate to find our calling - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva!

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