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Falling into Grace [Kindle Edition]

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Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of mindfulness and spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his many years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to initiate this awakening. In Falling into Grace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights that will spark a revolution in the way we perceive life-through a progressive inquiry exploring the concept of a separate self and the choice to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate suffering; "taking the backward step" into the pure potential of the present moment; why mindfulness and spiritual awakening can be a disturbing process; absolute union with every part of our experience and true autonomy-the unique expression of our own sense of freedom.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: The Human Dilemma
Chapter 2: Unraveling Our Suffering
Chapter 3: Awakening from the Egoic Trance
Chapter 4: Letting Go of Struggle
Chapter 5: Experiencing the Raw Energy of Emotion
Chapter 6: Inner Stability
Chapter 7: Intimacy and Availability
Chapter 8: The End of Suffering
Chapter 9: True Autonomy
Chapter 10: Beyond the World of Opposites
Chapter 11: Falling into Grace


When I was a young child, about seven or eight years old, one of the things I started to notice and ponder as I watched the adults around me was that the adult world is prone to suffering, pain, and conflict. Even though I grew up in a relatively healthy household with loving parents and two sisters, I still saw a great deal of pain around me. As I looked at the adult world, I wondered: How is it that people come into conflict?

As a child, I also happened to be a great listener-some may even say an eavesdropper. I would listen to every conversation that went on in the house. In fact, it was a family joke that nothing happened in the house without me knowing about it. I liked to know everything that was going on around me, and so I spent a lot of my childhood listening to the conversation of adults, in my home and in the homes of relatives. Much of the time, I found what they talked about to be quite interesting, but I also noticed a certain ebb and flow to most of their discussions-how conversations moved into a little bit of conflict, then back away from it.

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ADYASHANTI ... began teaching in 1996 after series of transformative spirits awakenings at the request his Zen teacher with who he had been studying for years. Adyas teachings have been compared to some of the eai Chan (Zen) masters of Chi as well as teachers of Adva: Vedanta in India. The author of The Impact of Awakening and My Secret Is Silence, he resides northern California.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER
In "Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering" Adyashanti shares fundamental wisdom to "spark a revolution in the way we perceive life." He says all our world religions are unique methods to address human suffering. All of the great spiritual teachings direct us to look within, to 'know thyself.' He says unless we know ourselves, we can never find our way beyond suffering. In truth most of us are addicted to suffering.
Adyashanti says when we come from "egoic consciousness" we see ourselves as separate, something other than everything around us. In actuality, the ego is a fiction. It's nothing more than a story in the mind. The mind has a powerful ability to put our awareness into a trance. Because egos are addicted to pain they tend to bond through pain not happiness.
Adyashanti says we limit who we are when we put a label on ourselves and think we are nothing more than a thought. We suffer when we believe and identify with everything we think. We become lost in our own beliefs, projections, opinions and illusions of control. The irony is the more we try to control life and others, the more out of control we feel. "Egoic consciousness" demands things be different and argues with reality.
Adyashanti recommends we speak to our negative emotions. He told a woman at a retreat, "I don't want to talk to you. I want to talk to your rage." He asked how her rage views life and what it thinks of others. When she allowed her suffering to speak her judgment, blaming and condemning came out. After she had spoken for awhile a softer voice of deep hurt and sorrow began to emerge. It was more intimate, less guarded and judgmental. He asked, "Is the story of what happened really true? What happens when you tell this story and believe it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awakeness Speaks 2 Dec. 2011
No one on the planet is more ordinary that Adyashanti, which is the highest compliment that I can pay. As a result of deep, authentic humility and an ever-new willingness, That which inhabits and animates all of us shines through Adya with crystal clarity--and cuts with the power of Manjushri's sword.

Adya himself often declares, "I'm not a comfort guy, I'm a Truth guy." If that's your beacon, this is your man. There may well be plenty of comfort in Truth in the end, but we have to first be willing to sort through all the uncomfortable garbage that apparently lies between us and It. In actuality there's nothing at all between us and It; nothing but a story woven around and through a set of conditioned beliefs, but I'll leave that for Adya.

"Falling Into Grace", Adya's sixth book, is a masterpiece of what I call "The 360 Path". What I mean is that so often spiritual books or teachers help us to break out of the trance of separation, but simply leave us in the other extreme. We move precisely 180 degrees from where we've been all of our lives. First I was just-Fred and I thought I was lowly and common. Now I see that I'm actually NOT-FRED and now I think I'm special. (And believe you should think so, too!)

While this shift is freeing, and grand and important, it's not to be confused with true liberation. We're simply set up now to suffer from a higher level, through our identification with emptiness instead of personality.

Adya doesn't do anything via half measures and he won't point you half-way home. As the Zen poem says, "First, mountains were mountains and rivers were rivers." (0 degrees) "Then mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers." (180 degrees) "Finally I saw mountains were again mountains and rivers were again rivers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I like this book because it describes something that can't really be described or understood. It describes something that can only be experienced. It is written in a way that makes it easy to get on the right track to total freedom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all seekers 21 July 2013
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This book is packed with insights. Adyashanti has a wonderfully direct way of speaking to the heart. This book will resonate with all seekers after truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 11 Aug. 2014
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A very good book if you are into spirituality and want to advance along the path. If you are interested in such things then it will interest you
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 7 Jun. 2014
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A great book on the Buddhist attitude towards suffering. I'm looking forward to reading other work by this author too- highly recommended!
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A really great book. Succinct and very accessible with a personal friendly feel. Initially borrowed from a friend but just had to have my own copy. Recommend a few readings; but once done it's handy to be able to dip into it at wherever page it opens at and get the message you need!
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