Oh FFS… Rudy, your mind is full of preconceived ideas given to you by those folks who claim something fucking magical, and now you are looking for this something special and magical here.
What flipping ‘Oneness’???? What bloody ‘enlightenment?? Where ON EARTH have you EVER come across anything that does not have another side of the coin, i.e. complete duality? Black-white, happy-miserable, dry-wet, male-female, in the mountains – on the savannah, up-down etc. etc… The sense of non-dual is a temporary sense of floating through the universe pumped up full of happy hormones. One always remembers the taste, but it goes, and one ends up staring at.. what exactly?? Yes, at the real world, the one they have always inhabited, but wanted to get out of, because the real world is unfortunately not that conducive to happiness.
WE as human beings are not prone to happiness. For hundreds of thousands of years we had to survive in the wild just like all other animals do. We are hard wired for a sense of alert, danger, competition, and that is keeping us on our toes even when there is no immediate danger anymore.
Worth having you say….what is worth having? Didn’t you read Jed’s recommendation against looking for something that, frankly, will fuck you up forever? What, you want Valhalla?? There is no Valhalla.
There is no pretty Shangri-La either, where one is One with everything, drop that crap right away. One lands exactly where they started and goes “SHIT, what was I looking for all this time!!! There was nothing to look for!! What a bloody idiot have I been!!!” Don’t you remember Jed’s metaphor of taking the skin off oneself piece by piece and than Bang! one gets the fact that they are looking for something THAT HAS NEVER EXISTED, and begin to laugh, yes, hysterically, I did too.
But then…. real life reminds them that they need to survive. They begin to write books. Or begin to charge for courses. I know a person who said to me they would teach, even though they realise it is all pointless. But they said they have to pay the bills. Anyone who tells you Oneness is a special state that exists and is achievable – is selling you the Dream.
You are a typical representative of the enlightenment seeker brigade: willing, naive, eager. This is the target audience of our masters. Of those people on your list I would give some credit to Richard Rose, even though he was a total tool from attempting to crack open the minds of his young students. None got it in the time of staying on the farm… and to Wayne, as he he never profiteered much from it, but he did write his books which means – he did add to the illusion of enlightenment, and let’s face it – he was a nice man, but not quite right in his head.
Adyashanti is your typical Californian business person: he is shrewd, in the business of enlightenment and has set it up very successfully. He is softly-softly, but see if you directly challenge him and his business practices and watch how vigorously it will get defended. There will be no ‘softly-softly’ then. Something is so strange about Californian people in general.. all that I have met are screwed up as far as this enlightenment shit goes. I have met a few here too. ALL have ‘enlightenment’ or ‘New Age’ affliction.
I am beginning to sound like U.G. – grumpy, fed up, annoyed. I am annoyed at human gullibility, yes. I am annoyed that you have surrounded your mind with all these ‘respectable’ figures and their stories, and now you are also inadvertently trying to add me to this monkey circle.
And you are asking the wrong questions. You are asking the questions which will never lift the veil of your ignorance. You are not asking anything on Reality. And it is not me you should be asking. It is – you.