Join Susanne Marie and Adyashanti in an exploration with Rick Archer about an often misunderstood subject. Beyond the traditional landing places that mind creates (commonly discussed in non-dual circles), lies an indescribable landscape of living as pure, direct experiencing. Prior to this opening, the habitual subjective filter creates a veil of separation of which one is not even aware. This is true even within expanded, unified states of consciousness. Once this filter falls away, life is experienced directly, as itself, without any intermediary.
In the words of this site, the process from Unity into Brahman. That filter or veil (in the video) is consciousness itself, the movie screen of experiences. It is seen through when we go beyond the dynamics of consciousness.
It is a beautiful conversation where they raise many key points and discuss some of the variations and challenges of the process. They also highlight there is an underlying process that can be trusted. Uncertainty can be a barrier to allowing the process to complete and integrate. As Adya mentions, this is why we talk about such things.
Adyashanti calls the Brahman shift “no-self.” Most people who use this term are referring to the initial awakening*, due either to tradition or the style of experience. But in the conversation, he said there can be a no-self before or after Unity. He apparently considers them equivalent even though one shift is local and the other cosmic. There is then the implication that if you had no-self with the initial awakening, it will be the same after Unity. I’m dubious he intended this meaning and I would suggest this is not the case. Letting go of the cosmic Self is a major, distinct step. There’s a good reason it’s called the Great Awakening. And if someone remarkably awoke directly into Brahman, they would not go back to Unity.
One other small point – the interpreting intermediary Adya refers to is the mind. When the self is identified with the mind, we can see them as equivalent but after awakening this is not so true.
In a related video, Susanne explores the experience of her shift in more detail. She associates Adya’s “head, heart, gut” to slightly different stages than I do but yes, existential identity is released at the gut. For her, the gut release happened at the end of Unity instead of the beginning. Adya, here, and others had it with the start of Unity. Her description here also blends aspects of both Unity and Brahman in the experience. Over time, these should separate out more.
I can also note a further stage of “root” when another layer of awakening the body arises. In a sense, each stage has its own embodiment which might be experienced as a bodily awakening.
Overall, I quite enjoyed both.
* I refer to the first awakening as Self Realization or Cosmic Consciousness here. However, if someone experiences the loss of ego into an emptiness, they’ll be more inclined to call it no-self. The cosmic Self is not apparent. But, if someone is Buddhist or related, they may still call it no-self for traditional reasons, even if boundless awareness is myself.