Adyashanti: The Most Powerful Impediment to Awakening


“All of us feel like we’re not the chosen ones. Most of us feel pretty ordinary, and if we have this conscious or unconscious belief that enlightenment is rare – that it’s for only very extraordinary people – it totally contradicts our experience because we’re not extraordinary, most of us, and we feel very ordinary, and we don’t feel like rare chosen people.

And so this idea, it is one of the, if not the most powerful, impediments to awakening.

“We have images of the awake being, and they are all sort of halo-enshrouded, with long hair, wearing flowing gowns. And if they are doing anything in life they’re always teaching, and they always have disciples, and people falling at their feet. These images are out there, and yet it’s simply not so.

“It’s very hard for our minds to get that enlightenment can look like your grandmother, or the grocer. Enlightenment doesn’t need to look in any way extraordinary.” – Adyashanti

(Adyashanti, “Spontaneous Awakening, an Interview,” downloaded from, 12 March 2006.)

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