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It sounds like you're dedicated to your teaching. I think finding a teaching which feels right for us at our current state is the best way to go. Is this a neo-advaita teaching?
For the record I'll say a bit about my personal experience with neo-advaita and how I feel about it now. I briefly spoke to a man in London, UK who is a teacher in that scene. I went to one of his meetings and had a positive time there. He was very attentive and kind. I didn't go back though. I felt that scene had a lot of people proclaiming a high level of insight, but didn't see much evidence of it being lived. Some of them seemed very angry and defensive of their beliefs. It didn't feel right to me.
I spoke to a friend of mine about it recently, he was more involved with that scene than me. He said he found his time there useful for a while and then felt the need to move on. I think a teaching which quite firmly sticks to the position 'this is it' has a valid place for some of us as we develop.
My personal belief is that the development of a human is multi-dimensional. A 'this is it' teaching works with certain levels to achieve a certain result. As with anything in life, an excess can be more harmful than helpful. Some people become rigid and dogmatic with a teaching that is so focused in one area. It can also be misappropriated by the ego and used for spiritual bypassing ('there is nothing to do, so I won't put any effort into anything', 'all there is is this, so I'll just do whatever I want and screw anyone else!').
Personally I like teachings that are multidimensional. Teachings that work to expand, integrate and include any and all levels of our being. This includes the human level of our individuality, our relationships to others and our role in the world. It also includes the divine level of awareness beyond our humanity and integrating this into our humanity to create a balanced and spacious experience of the fully human, fully divine human being. A more one dimensional teaching may miss out some of these vital facets of our development leaving some areas stunted e.g. the human level may become dispassionate about others or stop caring for it's own wellbeing or even abuse and mistreat others in the name of some spiritual ideal it values highly.
For that reason I like Adyashanti's teaching in The Way Of Liberation. It contains the 'this is it' teaching and values it. However, it also includes other teachings for other levels which is values just as highly. I feel that is more likely to produce a more balanced human being as a result.
That said, I really respect the view that people should follow their own hearts and dive fully into a teaching or life direction that feels right to them.
bobdylanfan wrote:Or if anyone has books or links that go in detail of intergrating and grounding this awareness into everyday life.
Thanks I feel like I'm going nuts
EnterZenFromThere wrote:Ah I saw you mention neo-advaita above and put that together with the teaching words about 'this' and assumed you were following a neo-advaita teacher. Are you a student of any teacher or tradition at the moment?
When you say 'and that's when I knew I was home' what exactly do you mean? I've heard that kind of statement be used many times before and people seem to use it to point to very different things so hopefully I'll understand better if I hear what it means to you.
I also agree that any world view can be used in excess to create an imbalanced perspective. The point I was making was that some spiritual teachings are more likely to create imbalanced perspectives because they encourage an excessive focus on a limited range of experience, while others are more likely to encourage a balanced perspective because they encourage a focus across a range of valuable perspectives.
I'm glad you're enjoying your teaching focus and feel you are getting a lot out of that. I suspect you feel where I'm coming from when I say that as valuable as a teaching like that is for any of us at a specific time it is still a single teaching focused on a specific part of our development and other teachings may be required in tandem with this at some point to facilitate a more balanced and integrated way of being.
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