Following up on yesterday’s post, here are some more quotes from Adyashanti on the spiritual value of acceptance what is.

Adyashanti. The Impact of Awakening: Excerpts from the Teachings of Adyashanti. Los Gatos, California: Open Gate Publishing, 2000.

An attitude of open receptivity, free of any goal or anticipation, will facilitate the presence of silence and stillness, and reveal them to be your natural condition. 25

Abiding means letting everything be as it already is – no matter what it is. If you’re feeling good, let that be as it is. If you’re feeling bad, let that be at it is. No matter what your emotional, physical, or mental state, let it be as it is and don’t wish it to be otherwise. If you want it to be different from what it is, you’re not abiding; you’re picking and choosing and trying to control your experience. 29

Stop trying to eliminate anything. It is the belief that a thing needs to be eliminated that maintains its existence. Be an open space for whatever arises. 32

When you abide and accept everything completely and fully, you automatically go beyond. 51

Liberation is a complete acceptance of what is. Accept everything, and you will no longer be tied to anything.   Whatever you accept you go beyond. Liberation is complete acceptance, and therefore, complete transcendence. 95

Adysahnti. Emptiness Dancing: Selected Dharma Talks of Adyshanti. Los Gatos, California: Open Gate Publishing, 2004.

Awakeness… is a deep love and caring for what is. 217

Adyashanti. The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment. Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True, 2008.

one of the most important steps is to come into agreement with your life so that you’re not turning away from yourself in any way. 115

Adyashanti, The Way of Liberation. San Jose, California: Open Gate Sangha, 2012.

The Way of Liberation is a way of completely facing yourself and your life without withdrawing into denial, judgment, or magical thinking. … To be a good steward of your life requires you to embrace every aspect of your life, inner and outer, pleasant and unpleas­ant. 7

Your life, all of your life, is your path to awakening. By resist­ing or not dealing with its challenges, you stay asleep to Reality. Pay attention to what life is trying to reveal to you. Say yes to its fierce, ruthless, and loving grace. 7


Adyashanti’s insistence on the acceptance of what is may seem radical or even defeatist. But it is probably the only really realistic approach to life. The truth is we have very little control over many facets of life. And, we will make better choices and be open to more healthy and life-giving decisions when we start from a position where our feelings are not constantly at the whim of fickle circumstance.

I will have no peace when I am constantly riding the waves of “I like this” / “I don’t like that”, “This is good” / “This is bad”, or “This should not be the way it is”; “It’s not ‘right'”. When my inner state is controlled by outer circumstance, or people, I condemn myself to being a victim of how things are going. This is not freedom; it is not liberation. It is not enlightenment.

Freedom comes when I do not allow, my feelings, thoughts, or reactions to be constantly determined solely by what y0u are doing, or how the circumstances of my life seem to be going.

I am free when I no longer need you to be different. I am free when I do not need to change my circumstances, or demand that life take a different course at the moment. From this freedom truly liberating choices and actions will emerge. Only when I live in this place of freedom will I be free to provide space for the people in my life to find their own true freedom.