Selling Water By the River
Selections from the Talks of Adyashanti

 Spiritual people can be some of the most violent people you will ever
meet. Mostly, they are violent to themselves. They violently try to
control their minds, their emotions, and their bodies. They become
upset with themselves and beat themselves up for not rising up to the
conditioned mind's idea of what it believes enlightenment to be. No
one ever became free through such violence. Why is it that so few
people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts,
and beliefs in their heads. They try to concentrate their way to
heaven. But Freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and
un-self-conscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see
that the very idea of "a someone who is in control" is a concept
created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown.

 There is nothing more insidiously destructive to the attainment of
liberation than self-doubt and cynicism. Doubt is a movement of the
conditioned mind that always claims that "it's not possible ... that
freedom is not possible for me." Doubt always knows; it "knows" that
nothing is possible. And in this knowing, doubt robs you of the
possibility of anything truly new or transformative from happening.
Furthermore, doubt is always accompanied by a pervasive cynicism that
unconsciously puts a negative spin on whatever it touches. Cynicism is
a world view which protects the ego from scrutiny by maintaining a
negative stance in relationship to what it does not know, does not
want to know, or cannot know. Many spiritual seekers have no idea how
cynical and doubt-laden they actually are. It is this blindness and
denial of the presence of doubt and cynicism that makes the birth of a
profound trust impossible. A trust without which final liberation will
always remain simply a dream.

Tom T

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