The 26 Qualities Discussed

The 26 Qualities Discussed

Gareth really liked my The 26 Qualities of the Liberated post, so he and Eva had a 2-part discussion about them.

Remember that awakening itself is instant: the Self recognizing ItSelf. However, the integration and embodiment process takes years. These qualities can develop long before we wake up and will continue to develop well after. Some will come (or fall away) easily for us, others more slowly.

As they touch on, they’re not things we practice so much as they naturally unfold with the shifts. However, some areas may need more attention or healing.

I quite enjoyed the discussion as Gareth and Eva go into their experience of each quality. A few times, the terms or phrasing were unfamiliar, but they got the idea of each.

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They’ll be posting the second part in a week. Part 2 is posted now.

Last Updated on February 23, 2024 by Davidya

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  1. Dear David,

    First of all, thank you so much for posting/linking this podcast.

    The most attractive thing about listening to the interaction of Eva and Gareth is the delightful sense of humour they share. So many “teachers/guides” in the realm of the new awareness/spirituality seem to feel it necessary to be so ponderous, serious, and lacking humour. How can we not forget the hostile reaction Maharishi used to get in the early days, particularly from the UK media, who tended to describe him as “the giggling guru”.

    But listening to Eva and Gareth discussing the features of awakening awareness also makes me realise how incredibly blessed we have been to have Maharishi as our teacher and guide, back in the days when there were so few reliable mentors. MMY was so wonderfully clear and articulate, but always with a lightness of touch and deep reverence to Guru Dev and the Holy Tradition.

    MMY also warned us repeatedly not to get obsessed with our “experiences”, not to evaluate meditation by experiences during meditation. He always described “enlightenment” as normal functioning of the human nervous system. How often did he follow a student’s description of a dramatic “spiritual experience” with the remark, “something good is happening, some purification?”

    But above all MMY warned us not to get caught in “mood-making”, trying to behave in a certain way because we felt that was more “spiritual”. As in “the wearing of a monk’s orange robes does not make you a monk.” Or, we could say, eating only fruit does not make you non-violent at heart.

    It was also interesting to hear Gareth talk about “thoughts bubbling up out of nowhere and just bursting on the surface, to disappear!” Memories of the Bubble Diagram.

    Enough said.

    Many thanks,


    1. Hi Anto
      Yes, I enjoy the humour too. Also their down-to-earth reality of it. People can idealize enlightenment, but we remain a human. I recommend a couple of Adyashanti’s books for similar reasons.

      And agreed. This is why I put a few caveats in the opening. However, after we wake up, one of the key things is verification. The reality of it is never what our mind thinks so there is often doubt.

      Secondly, there can be the tendency to feel “done.” Lists like this can be grounding – we can see where we have work to do. Ditto for reading the Yoga Sutra.

      Gareth does tend to riff on experiences a lot and doesn’t always weigh them against the shifts. But again, the point here is to support people for whom this is unfolding.

      🙂 There’s a few points in there where I’d loved to have jumped in. I actually have a post on the various places thoughts come from…

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