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Dustin LindenSmith

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wake-up call on how you treat others

From Mark Otter's Issue #3813 of The Nonduality Highlights comes this bracing excerpt from the great modern nondual teacher called Adyashanti, out of California, I believe he is. He really tells it like it is in this piece. Starting from the first paragraph, he gave me pause for thought about how much this has applied to me in the past. But only in the past, of course, because I would never act like this now that I'm so enlightened!

Seriously though, I sincerely appreciate what he's getting at here. I've been in a few small class or spiritual group settings where a small group of the students have either started a clique against another group of seemingly less-spiritual students, or else have revolted against the teacher because they've felt that the teacher isn't advanced or enlightened enough. Adyashanti's words here strike at the root of these kinds of issues, and if heard correctly, would serve as a helpful wake-up call when needed. In my own personal experience, I know I've been guilty of these types of feelings towards my own wife at certain points, too. Especially in our first year of marriage when I was really on a big "spiritual" trip and I didn't think she understood it. Yeesh.
How You Treat Others

Spiritual people often want unconditional support and understanding from their friends, family, and mates, but all too often seem blind to their own shortcomings when it comes to the amount of unconditional support and understanding that they give to others. I have seen many spiritual people become obsessed with how unspiritual others are and assume an arrogant and superior attitude while completely missing the fact that they themselves are not nearly as spiritually enlightened as they would like to think they are.

Enlightenment can be measured by how compassionately and wisely you interact with others—with all others, not just those who support you in the way that you want. How you interact with those who do not support you shows how enlightened you really are.

As long as you perceive that anyone is holding you back, you have not taken full responsibility for your own liberation. Liberation means that you stand free of making demands on others and life to make you happy. When you discover yourself to be nothing but Freedom, you stop setting up conditions and requirements that need to be satisfied in order for you to be happy.

It is in the absolute surrender of all conditions and requirements that Liberation is discovered to be who and what you are. Then the love and wisdom that flows out of you has a liberating effect on others. The biggest challenge for most spiritual seekers is to surrender their self importance, and see the emptiness of their own personal story. It is your personal story that you need to awaken from in order to be free.

To give up being either ignorant or enlightened is the mark of liberation and allows you to treat others as your Self. What I am describing is the birth of true Love.

-- Adyashanti

(x-posted here to nonduality)