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In This Interview, Adyashanti and I Discuss…
- Eric’s awakening experience
- The awakened state in perpetuity
- The shift in perception that happens with awakening
- The paradox of wanting something like awakening yet wanting it stands in the way of having it
- Will gets you to the cushion and once there, it’s important to let go of it
- Does one need a spiritual teacher when seeking awakening?
- The teacher evoking something from vs the teacher giving something to the student
- How people work with unconscious patterns
- How you can’t not be awakened – even if you don’t feel it, it’s there
- Emotional conflict
- Paying attention to what’s recurring in you
- Anything that’s happened to us that was too big for us to remain conscious while we experienced it, gets trapped in our system – turned into some other emotion or it just gets stuffed and is now just there waiting for you. The universe is now asking, “can you experience this now?”
- Being fine with being sad
- Let everything be exactly the way it is
- How dealing with life’s experiences as they come transforms you
- A clinched fist vs an open hand metaphor
- “Let” vs “Let go”
- If you can’t let it go, can you let it be
- Failure as part of triumph
- Failing your way through something consciously can cause a sort of transformation
- What it looks like to build a spiritual practice
- Daily quiet meditation, Engage in some precise self-inquiry (a wonderment of “being”)
- How spirituality is the direct investigation of YOUR experience
- The only way to get self-inquiry wrong is not to be ruthlessly honest about what’s happening in your experience
- The fear of getting something wrong
- Think of your spiritual teacher kind of like a college professor
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs