Adyashanti and Michael Rodriguez on Buddha at the Gas Pump

I quite enjoy Adyashanti’s pragmatic take on the awakening process. I’ve written various articles on his books like Falling into Grace or The End of Your World. Last fall, I posted a conversation Rick Archer had between Adya and Susanne Marie on the post-Self shift.

Prior to the Science and Nonduality conference last month, Rick spent time with Michael and Adya, followed by a 3 hour recorded conversation.

They explored a wide range of topics including how you can get stuck post-awakening in emotional avoidance, detachment, or meaninglessness. The latter topic came up several times, exploring how to recognize deeper drivers and the falling away of creativity. (that certainly happened here) They reviewed the stages relative to head, heart, gut, and post-Self. And they spoke about the paradox of perfection – being perfect and yet being very human.

On the gut grip, this can soften prior so it isn’t necessarily as intense as they described. It is typically related to the Unity shift but as I touched on in the conversation with Susanne Marie above, it can show up later. At one point in this talk, Adya mentioned it with the post-Self (Brahman) shift. But they drifted into a different thing after that. The gut identity release is not the same as letting go of anxiety-driven grasping or a similar major knot, even if it’s experienced in the gut. Those can be recognized and released at any time. They may bring a relaxing into peace but are not usually related to identity and a stage shift.

I enjoyed Adya’s comments about when it arises in experience is the right time. If we learn not to resist, we can heal as things arise and don’t have to go looking for where we’re contracted. They also explored natural compassion and answered questions. An insightful and practical exploration overall.

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6 Responses to Adyashanti and Michael Rodriguez on Buddha at the Gas Pump

  1. Amaryllis says:

    “The gut identity release is not the same as letting go of anxiety-driven grasping or a similar major knot, even if it’s experienced in the gut.”

    Is that because the former happens on its own, and the latter can be worked with volitionally?

    • Davidya says:

      Interesting question, Amaryllis. The “gut identity release” is like any other grip really. It can be released through deep rest or when we become aware of it. The difference is that with general releases, we have a lightening and opening. But the identity one lets go the seed of separate identity.

      It can have a prominent role in the Unity shift although I’ve since learned it may not let go until later. (that relates to Rick’s prior discussion with Adya and Susanne Marie)

  2. Amaryllis says:

    So we are born with the gut identity, and anxiety-driven grasping is a result of conditioning…

    • Davidya says:

      Alas, it’s not so simple. The first we do carry forward into this life but it and our karma doesn’t engage right away typically. We grow into embodying it.

      Anxiety has various causes and some can be carried forward also. Conditioning, the way our laws of nature respond to the unfolding life, how sensitive we are, the energy of the environment we grow up in, etc.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Amaryllis!
      You may find that article interesting as it comes from a slightly different angle to this core contractions.

      All the best

      • Davidya says:

        Hi Michael
        Right – this talks about the layers that can be around an energetic contraction. There can also be contractions within contractions. ie: contracting around a contraction.

        The gut release referred to is a specific and deeper one related to core identity. This typically comes after the self-concept or me is deflated with awakening and the emotional drivers of those are also wound down.

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