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Adyashanti's Five Foundations of Spirituality
The spiritual teacher Adyashanti describes his Five Foundations as the context within which spiritual teachings and lifestyle unfold. You may find them very useful.
1. Clarify Your Aspiration. What are you looking for when delving into spirituality? Some people aim too low and miss their true potential while others aim too high through egoic desires.
Above all else, be sure you want and are willing to be ready for the Truth. As Adyashanti points out, few people have Reality as a deep value in their life.
While peace, freedom, and happiness are essential aspects of the spiritual way, they are easily hijacked by the ego if you are not dedicated to Truth above all else.
At any given moment, acknowledge truth and clarity to be what is best for your inner awakening. This will allow you to be faithful to the best you know even while your ego may kick up a fuss at times.
2. Unconditional Follow-Through. Once you have clarified your aspiration, now you have to follow through on it.
It is not that you need to work toward some idealized version of yourself in the future but rather hold true to the values of peace and clarity which you are continually discovering within yourself each moment. Be total about this process and trust the old saying that “The truth will set you free.”
By truth and reality, we mean the preference to learn and abide as the truth behind reality rather than just the beliefs and desires your ego my prefer. Follow through and live your truth as you begin to discover it.
3. Never Abdicate Your Authority. This means take full responsibility for your life and hand it over to no one. No one can bring you to enlightenment for you. No special mantras or blessings or rituals can make it so. Discovering the reality of your existence lies within your own purview and no one else’s.
A truly enlightened teacher can clear away your confusion and help to create the space for you to discover the ever-present truth, but you must be there to allow it to happen.
When you are dedicated to this truth, you will make the time to do your daily spiritual practice and abide continuously in mindfulness.
4. Practice Absolute Sincerity. Some people find it easy to become contrived along the spiritual path. Certain spiritual identities appeal to the ego, be that the earth-loving flowerchild or the psychedelic modern monk.
When you try to be an image, you become stale and lifeless. One becomes inevitably more concerned with appearance than with feeling. Sincerity is the beautiful honesty we have with ourselves and the moment.
There is no need for perfection when you have sincerity. It is the only elixir that can turn shit into bliss. When you are sincerely sad or sincerely confused, then peace and clarity are only one step away. You aren’t struggling to uphold a sense of self but rather to make sense of the moment.
5. Be A Good Steward of Your Life. Spirituality is not a way to avoid the unpleasant aspects of life. It is not a way to shield yourself against the unpleasant, negative, or ignorance vibes of the world around and within you.
It is the way for going deeply into life, bearing the torch of compassion fearlessly into the dark.
Embrace every aspect of your life, both the pleasant and unpleasant. All of your life is your path to awakening, not just some moments to be enjoyed and others to be endured.
Say ‘yes’ to life’s fierce, ruthless, and loving grace.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it. :P
Find Adyashanti’s free online PDF The Way of Liberation here.
The Law of Attraction through Quantum Physics
Spiritual principles now can be explained through modern science. The Universal Law of Attraction, the concept that like attracts like, has been explained through a division of physics called, “Quantum Physics.”
“The broad category called “physics” encompasses the study of the laws that govern the larger elements of the universe, for example, “gravity, “electromagnetism”, “strong force”, “weak force”, and so on. But scientists realized that when they get to the small particles of the universe, they seemed to be governed by entirely different rules! What applies to the large particles, didn’t fully apply to the small particles. This study, of the smallest particles, is called ‘Quantum Mechanics.’”
“Science now realizes that in every cell, inside everything, even inanimate objects, there are strings of energy that wobble and wave and vibrate in different patterns, and these strings of energy make up the protons and neutrons of every nucleus. Science first “saw” these strings as one piece, called “quarks”, and awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of these “quarks” in 1969, but now realizes that the strings of energy come in two different shapes: a “U’ shape, and a “straight line” shape. The “U” shape imbeds itself into the cell, and this is what tells the cell to turn into a baby’s heart cell, or a baby’s liver cell, or a frog, or a penguin, or a tree! The straight line string wraps itself through the “U” shaped string (and this is a “quark”), through magnetic attraction (of the Electro Magnetic Field), UNTIL YOU, through your thoughts and choice, cause that straight string to fly out through your cells, and further out from your body, and out of your energy field, into the universe, to accomplish something or other!”
“So, literally, your strings obey your thoughts, and fly out to attract strings that are wobbling and wiggling in the same pattern! Other strings that are wobbling and wiggling in the same frequency and pattern will flock, like a magnet, to coagulate with the other similar strings! Once there is a critical mass of vibrationally matching strings of energy, “it”, whatever it was you were intending, manifests! THIS is how your reality manifests! THIS is how the Law of Attraction works! These strings of energy is how it can be said that “God is in everything and everyplace, all at the same time”, and that ‘We are all connected’!”
“When a thought “pops into” your head, it is because YOU are VIBRATING at a frequency equal to the frequency of that thought. If it is a thought that you do not choose to think, and you “cast that thought out”, it will have no creative power! It takes 17 seconds for your thoughts to have creative, attractor power. We know this because scientists can see the effect upon the brain when a person is under an MRI machine, and the doctors have them talk about various things, they can literally watch different centers of the brain emit different chemicals, which then act upon the body to create different feelings.”
Spiritual laws are not merely unexplained theories or philosophy. Scientists are now proving these Universal laws through Quantum Physics. ~ Namaste, Brooke
Excerpts from “The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction” by JDETRICK on JUNE 18, 2011.” For the full article see: http://www.goodvibesclinic.com/the-science-behind-the-law-of-attraction