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.