Look with innocent eyes, very open.
That innocence is always there.
It’s a sense of wonder.
Adyashanti’s nondual teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. Expressing both the infinite possibilities and the ordinary simplicity of a spiritually realized life, Adyashanti’s teachings are directed to those who are sincerely called to awaken to their true nature and embody this life-changing realization. All the quotes on this page are from his talks or writings.
A simple leaf can cause tears to stream down your face.
Awareness perceives; the mind interprets.
Don’t limit awareness to the body. Listen globally, feel globally.
The body is a sensing instrument of consciousness. Without the body and the mind, the trees couldn’t see themselves. Usually we think that we are looking at a tree, but the tree is looking at itself through us. Without this instrument, the tree doesn’t get to see itself. We are the sensing instruments of the Divine.
The quickest access to [this] openness to your true nature is not so much by thinking, but through the five senses. For example, if you listen to the whole moment and not just the sounds available to the ears, if you feel the entirety of the whole moment, you will be opened beyond the limited space of the me. There is a particular feeling in your body, and you feel it – it stretches. You feel the absolute quietness. You feel the birds. You feel what it is like to feel a sound.
… I sometimes ask people, “Are you ready to lose your world?” Because true awakening will not fit into the world as you imagine it or the self you imagine yourself to be. Reality is not something that you integrate into your personal view of things. Reality is life without your distorting stories, ideas, and beliefs. It is perfect unity free of all reference points, with nowhere to stand and nothing to grab hold of. It has never been spoken, never been written, never been imagined. It is not hidden, but in plain view. Cease to cherish opinions and it stands before your very eyes.
Leaf drawing by Frederick Franck