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On why being in the awakened state is just, well... easier

From Gloria Lee's Issue 3863 of the Nonduality Highlights comes this very interesting passage about the difference between the awakened and unawakened states, and how, surprisingly, it is much easier to be in the awakened state because of the lack of extraneous emotional baggage.
Here's a beautiful piece of poetic clarity, from Jed McKenna...

"The enlightened state is not, as is commonly supposed, the special state. The unenlightened state is the magical, mysterious, incomprehensible state. Awake is just awake. It's not something more, it's everything less. My state is natural and easy. I carry no baggage. I labor under no delusion. I don't spend my lifeforce animating a fictional persona. All paradox lies with the unawakened state. The awakened don't have something that the unawakened are missing, it's the other way around. The unawakened possess massive structures of false belief. They create and maintain these vast realms of past, present and future; of great meaning and importance; of a deep and wide emotional range; all woven together out of sheer nothingness. Something from nothing; that's the magic, that's the special state. The unawakened state is the one that requires such ceaseless dedication and devotion and which seems so fantastically improbable. The awakened state is nothing compared to that".

and:

"The lifeforce I'm not using to project a false self is now available for much more fun and interesting purposes. It's a whole different universe once all that petty self crap has been left behind".

posted by Roy Whenary to Open Awareness
(x-posted here to nonduality)

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vyus April 13th, 2010
right on, man. i need this right now.

willowing April 13th, 2010
then why do i find it so hard to remain awake? :)

iamom April 13th, 2010
Because you have a young infant to take care of and you're sleep-deprived. :)

In all honesty, however, I've lately been doubting that parents of young children are allowed, or capable, of being awake all the time. The stresses are often too much. The most we can hope for is to be present, and then later in our lives, when our schedules are emptier, we can devote more energy to our awakening. That's traditionally when the real gurus did it anyway -- after retirement. In the throes of childrearing, it can get pretty tough.

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