"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

September 3, 2011

Almaas - The Power of "Allowing" to Set Us Free

"The allowing position is an alternative that your mind doesn’t usually see. Your mind could see there is this way or that way. But there might be hundreds of other ways. Which way is broader, more expansive – to be free while your environment is the way it is now, or to be free only when it changes?  The first perspective of allowing is to see that these are walls that can be removed. But, the allowing perspective is so big that it can even see the walls are there, and still allow them to be there.

The perspective of allowing is so big that it transcends even the issue of whether there are walls or not. You allow – when there are walls, when there are no walls. The walls themselves can be seen and allowed; and in the middle of the wall, in the thickness of the wall there can be an open space, openness can be there. So allowing can enable you to tolerate stuckness when you are working through a belief or feeling and identifying with it – the whole process of dealing with an issue happens within the space or attitude of allowing."

A. H. Almass (Diamond Heart Book 1, pg 175-176)

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