heard Adyashanti's name when I was still living in Vermont.
already had an enormously transformative change-point at Omega Institute
in the presence of Eckhart Tolle, and I was floundering around trying
to figure out how to live my life all over again. There was nowhere left
to go, nothing to do, and all my old goals and ways of being in the world
no longer worked for me.
a quote from Adya on an online Eckhart Tolle forum, and I loved it but
I didn't look into it any more fully.
I went back to Omega a year later to be on retreat with Eckhart for another
five days and I was one of those people who would wait in line in the
frosty morning of upstate New York in October for hours, just for the
hope of sitting in the front. The person behind me was reading "Impact
of Awakening", Adya's book that has a picture of his face on it.
Somehow his face caught my attention... those awake eyes maybe. Anyway
I had to say "what book is that you're reading?" and when the
woman said Adyashanti, that was it, two points make a line and I went
home a few days later, searched for him on the internet, found his website
and ordered books and tapes.
talks and writings spoke so incredibly directly to the heart of what I
was dealing with. He clearly named what had happened to me with Eckhart
as "awakening" and talked about it as something familiar and
normal. What a relief! It felt as if he knew me personally because of
the way he talked about what was going on with me. I was glad I wrote
that "identity switch" essay about my experience before running
into Adya because he was describing my experience so exactly that I had
to look back at my own writing to verify that I wasn't a copycat of some
I came out to California to go on retreat with him. I asked him to be
my teacher and he said it was my decision not his, so I said he was my
teacher. Then I said how on earth do we do that from thousands of miles
away, and he just didn't have any answer at all.
next thing I knew I was moving to California. It just happened, what can
I say. I never even decided to move. As I write this I've been in the
Bay area for over two years already, and living a rather charmed life,
working at a place called the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology as
an administrator, and Adya gives all of his Palo Alto satsangs directly
halfway between where I work and where I live. I don't think I could have
managed that if I'd tried to plan it! I enjoy the companionship of the
wonderful Open Gate Sangha folks, and the support of a community of people
like me, as I get used to this new life that I've stumbled into.
more info about Adyashanti and his teachings, go to his own website at www.adyashanti.org . He has numerous
books, CDs, DVDs, retreats, intensives, and satsangs, and is traveling
more and more these days. He is even starting some internet radio sessions and is generally making his teaching conveniently available to people who live anywhere. I find his message can be recieved very well through tape, CD, DVD etc.
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