Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:00 pm
I just read this message from a friend Peter, and thought others here might like to read it too.
i just returned from an Adya retreat and thought i would share some of what was experienced and realized during this "mini-retreat" which occurred at Mount Madonna from August 8 to August 10. Although there are Adya teachings in this, it is how i experienced them.
One of the most powerful pointers for me was Adya's invitation to maintain absolute fidelity with one's experience. I realized there is simply no partway about it. There was a strong invitation to be absolutely committed to my experience. And that there is only ONE authority and that authority can only come from within. Others can not get you there, and by maintaining this fidelity in ones own experience, then there is simply the truth revealed in this moment. The truth of what is as it is. This is the ultimate authority of truth.
It doesn't matter if that truth is confusion, agiitation, clear seeing, sadness or any kind of experience. Simply allow that experience in as the ultimate truth in that moment without identifying with any story about those experiences.
There can be a time for "dabbling", or "toe dipping" and that is fine. I realized deeply that the time for half-measures is over. Simply a movement within to really question commitment and earnestness.... to discover when the mind moves away from or resists awakening to the truth...what that reveals, what opens up when one does not move with the resistance but sees the resistance, and experiences it fully.
At every moment: experiencing what is being grasped or what is being avoided. And give whatever experience is happening, including the experience of resistance the freedom to be. The freedom to experience what is not wanted, fully. The freedom to experience what is wanted but not yet achieved fully.
The freedom to allow all experience to be just as it is.