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Words of Wisdom by Nirmala

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Awakeness is an innate quality of who you are. What we call awakening is recognizing not only that there is awakeness present but that that is who you are.
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 23, 2013
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      Awakeness is an innate quality of who you are. What we call "awakening" is recognizing not only that there is awakeness
      present but that that is who you are. At some point, you
      recognize the immense limitless perfection and innate awakeness
      of your true self. This happens on its own with no effort on
      your part. Spiritual awakening is similar to the recognition
      that you are awake in the morning after sleeping. All of a sudden
      you realize that you are awake, the sun is up, and it is time
      to get up. In the morning you do not do anything to awaken.
      When the time is right, it just happens. Spiritual awakening
      also just happens when the time is right.

      One of the dilemmas that many find themselves in is that they
      want to awaken more than life itself and yet they can do
      absolutely nothing to make that happen. The desire to awaken
      and the fact that you can do nothing about it are two immovable truths, which crush "you" between them. When you just rest in
      the place where you admit both of these truths, something indescribable can happen. When you just stay there and don't
      turn away just because the situation is impossible, then these
      two truths can wear away all of your mistaken ideas and illusions. What remains is an empty spaciousness that allows the truth of
      your being to become obvious. You still haven't done anything,
      but everything else has fallen away, leaving a clear space for
      the truth.

      There is a difference between awakening, which is recognizing
      the truth of who you are, and Freedom, which is the end of
      suffering. Awakening is a gift of grace. That's the part that
      you can do nothing about. You can't do anything to make awakening happen. It just arrives, and it's not up to you when. However, Freedom comes as soon as you stop resisting what is happening
      or grasping after what is not happening. When you do that, the
      end of suffering is instantaneous. Freedom does not depend on awakening. What it depends on is wanting Freedom more than anything else—more than you want to maintain the illusion of a separate self.

      After awakening, there is a natural reduction in the tendency to grasp or resist and therefore a reduction in suffering. However,
      even after awakening, the tendency to grasp can still arise,
      usually in more subtle ways, such as trying to hold on to the experience of awakening or longing for that experience to return. When that happens, suffering reappears. The good news is that
      Freedom is available in every moment—before, during, and after awakening—whenever you surrender your grasping and resistance.
      By surrendering your futile efforts to change what is, you can
      be free. This choice to surrender is, in fact, the only true
      choice you have, since you can't choose to awaken. Then, as
      always, awakening will take care of itself.

      ~Nirmala
      Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self
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    • Shelia Chughtai
      Good Afternoon,   Thanks for theses awsome inspiring words of wisdom.   Peace, Shelia From: medit8ionsociety To:
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 23, 2013
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        Good Afternoon,
         
        Thanks for theses awsome inspiring words of wisdom.
         
        Peace,
        Shelia

        From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
        To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:05 AM
        Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Nirmala
         
        Awakeness is an innate quality of who you are. What we call "awakening" is recognizing not only that there is awakeness
        present but that that is who you are. At some point, you
        recognize the immense limitless perfection and innate awakeness
        of your true self. This happens on its own with no effort on
        your part. Spiritual awakening is similar to the recognition
        that you are awake in the morning after sleeping. All of a sudden
        you realize that you are awake, the sun is up, and it is time
        to get up. In the morning you do not do anything to awaken.
        When the time is right, it just happens. Spiritual awakening
        also just happens when the time is right.

        One of the dilemmas that many find themselves in is that they
        want to awaken more than life itself and yet they can do
        absolutely nothing to make that happen. The desire to awaken
        and the fact that you can do nothing about it are two immovable truths, which crush "you" between them. When you just rest in
        the place where you admit both of these truths, something indescribable can happen. When you just stay there and don't
        turn away just because the situation is impossible, then these
        two truths can wear away all of your mistaken ideas and illusions. What remains is an empty spaciousness that allows the truth of
        your being to become obvious. You still haven't done anything,
        but everything else has fallen away, leaving a clear space for
        the truth.

        There is a difference between awakening, which is recognizing
        the truth of who you are, and Freedom, which is the end of
        suffering. Awakening is a gift of grace. That's the part that
        you can do nothing about. You can't do anything to make awakening happen. It just arrives, and it's not up to you when. However, Freedom comes as soon as you stop resisting what is happening
        or grasping after what is not happening. When you do that, the
        end of suffering is instantaneous. Freedom does not depend on awakening. What it depends on is wanting Freedom more than anything else—more than you want to maintain the illusion of a separate self.

        After awakening, there is a natural reduction in the tendency to grasp or resist and therefore a reduction in suffering. However,
        even after awakening, the tendency to grasp can still arise,
        usually in more subtle ways, such as trying to hold on to the experience of awakening or longing for that experience to return. When that happens, suffering reappears. The good news is that
        Freedom is available in every moment—before, during, and after awakening—whenever you surrender your grasping and resistance.
        By surrendering your futile efforts to change what is, you can
        be free. This choice to surrender is, in fact, the only true
        choice you have, since you can't choose to awaken. Then, as
        always, awakening will take care of itself.

        ~Nirmala
        Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self
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        If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes
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