– quoting Jed McKenna –
The awakened state is not, as commonly supposed, the special state. The un-awakened state is the magical, mysterious state. Awake is just awake. It’s nothing more, it’s everything less. The awake state is simple, natural and easy. Carrying no baggage. Not spending your lifeforce animating a fictional persona.
The awakened don’t have something that the un-awakened are missing, it’s the other way round. The unawakened posses massive structure of false belief. They create and maintain this vast realms of past, present and future; of great meaning and importance; of deep and wide emotional range.
Is spiritual enhancement the real life theme?
The overwhelming majority are looking for something different than awakening. Humanity is fully engage in a human development thing rather than engage in an awakening thing. Only a very tiny percentage are in the general proximity of the journey of awakening. As for the rest, spiritual enhancement is the real life theme -and that’s what most people are really doing.
Anyone who is involved in spiritual pursuit is actually pursuing Human Adulthood but probably doesn’t know it. The point that I wanted to make is that Human Adulthood is what everyone really wants and not many people really have. Once born into this adulthood, all of life becomes about growth and discovery. The universe is the playground of the Human Adult. Religion and spirituality are all about not going anywhere. Enlightenment is all about waking up. Human Adulthood is all about wandering and exploring and playing. It’s about living life and fulfilling potential and expanding without limits. All the good things that can be said about enlightenment and religion and spirituality are the natural qualities of Human Adulthood; manifestation of desires, flow and effortless functioning, positive emotions that are not fear-based, such as awe and gratitude, which reflects an understanding of the connectedness of things. This is obviously what everyone really wants, not truth realization.
If you made a wishlist of anything and everything you could ever want from spiritual pursuit and practices, Human Adulthood would fulfill it, or provide the means. Human Adulthood is what all seekers really want.
Why mess with a wonderful dream?
Happiness and suffering are happening and changing from one state to the other, within the dreamstate, they are the result of our perception of reality. Happiness only means you are having a good dream and suffering that you are having a bad dream.
The point of a dream is to dream, not to wake up. If you dream a comfortably, happily life, why mess with that? If you are having a wonderful dream, what’s the point of waking up? Why mess with such a nice setup? I think the bubble is magnificent amusement park and leaving it is a damn silly thing to do unless you absolutely must. And I would advise anyone who didn’t have to leave to just head back in and enjoy it while it last.
Waking up is a pointless action. Looking at the falseness of your most treasured self and all you have created. Who would do such a thing? Only someone who absolutely couldn’t not do it. Once you become the person who can’t not do it, it’s a whole different thing, but trying to do it before you absolutely must is as ridiculous as slicing off parts of your body.
The vast majority of spiritual seekers want sweet dreams, not the annihilation of the dreamstate. If your desire is to experience transcendental bliss or supreme love or altered states of consciousness or awakened kundalini, or to qualify for heaven, or to liberate all sentient beings, or simply to become the best person you can be, then rejoice!, you’re in the right place -the dreamstate, the dualistic universe. However, if your interest is to cut the crap and figure out what’s true, then you’re in the wrong place and there’s no point in pretending otherwise.
This direction touch very grown-up things. It say no belief is true. It says gurus and meditation and spiritual teachings are all gentle deceptions meant to distract you. It looks like a spiritual approach but it’s actually anti-spiritual. It looks like it’s for everyone, but it’s really for very few.
You don’t wake up by perfecting your dream character
From my perspective, a person is either in the process of waking up or they’re not. That’s the only distinction. One is either confronting reality or denying it.
You don’t wake up by perfecting your dream character, you wake up by breaking free of it. There’s no truth to the ego, so no degree of mastery over it results in anything true. Putting attention on the ego merely reinforces it.
Adyashanti said that “Spirituality has nothing to do with enhancing you or your status in the dream state.”
Spiritual progress inflict no damage on ego, usually spirituality will reinforce rather than dismantle self-image. Anyone taking an objective view will conclude, like Goethe, that the less deceive we think ourselves, the most we probably are. Maya’s hold over us is strongest when we think it weakest. They say nobody’s perfect, and that’s a literal fact. If you want to become perfect, become “nobody”.
Truth has nothing to recommend it except that it’s true. The Dreamstate paradigm has everything to recommend it except that it’s false.
Why is awake better than dreaming? I never said it was.