July 25, 2015 10:58 AM
I spent the morning in a coffee shop, tagging blog posts to be included in the re-tentatively titled book The Awakening of a Mystic: Enlightenment was only the beginning…. I know, I know, I’ve started and stopped this book (and others) a number of times, but since I’m going through an O/S reboot, consolidating the past in book form seems like a safe bet.
In going through the posts, I kept coming back to how often I was “confessing my sins”—how imperfect I come across when compared to most spiritual teachers. Then I saw my comment on this recent post which is so indicative of the nature of much of the spiritual transparency problem: The idea that spiritual teachers should be perfect.
The idea that spiritual teachers should be perfect is probably the primary reason that so few spiritual teachers blog about their personal lives. If their students ever learned they weren’t perfect—weren’t always abiding in a state of pure bliss—I’m sure most their students would drop them in a heartbeat.
Isn’t that sad? Truth—the whole Truth with a capital-T—doesn’t sell very well, so many spiritual teachers edit out (by omission) the “bad” parts.
But is a permanent, blissful state even possible? From personal experience, not that I can see. Personal experience is obviously very limited, but in researching this, I’ve found zero supporting evidence of a permanently blissful state among any spiritual teacher. Of course, since there is practically zero transparency in the great Spiritual Teacher Circle (living or dead), this isn’t surprising.
All the evidence seems to support that “enlightenment as a permanently blissful state” is a manufactured belief.
So why can’t a blissful state be permanently maintained? Simply because Life is a dynamic thing. Nothing in Life is permanent. Every manifest thing—and especially emotional states—exists in a constant state of flux.
Only the Source of everything is permanent (TaoGodHer). Everything else is dynamic by its very nature.
TaoGodHer is neither living nor dead. As the source of all things, She exists beyond these two states. Everything else is dynamic. Everything else is constantly changing.
This is why Adyashanti pointed out so eloquently in his BATGAP interview, “If you want a perfect teacher, pick a dead one.”
With all my pontificating about transparency, you can understand how happy I was to hear him say this.
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