In terms of the teacher himself, I concur wholeheartedly with the other positive reviews of "Spontaneous Awakening", as Adyashanti is unquestionably one of the clearest and most insightful spiritual teachers of our time and one of only a few in the so-called neo-Advaita or satsang movement that's actually offering a path of rigor and substance. (Gangaji is another standout in this field who's teachings are very compatible with Adya's.)
That said, I get a little concerned when I read reviews (here and elsewhere) that characterize Adyashanti's self-described "pathless path" as being easy...I'm not sure if people aren't listening all the way through or aren't understanding what's being said or what, but this ain't enlightenment-on-a-stick, folks. Even in this series, which seems very casual and conversational on the surface (especially the first hour or so), a lot is being asked of the student, both in terms of practice (i.e. meditation and self-inquiry) and vigilance regarding shadow tendencies like self-deception, conceptualizing, and spiritual bypassing.
Simple isn't the same as easy, and when you get into the real meat of what Adya is offering here (especially in terms of stabilizing and embodying one's spiritual experiences, or what some teachers call integration), it's not really even all that simple...
Adyashanti has a clear, simple style that spoke to my core. On chapter 2 I just fell through.
The Untethered Soul the journey beyond yourself. Both books have a clear, simple way to point the way. The first crack opened listening to the untethered Soul when I heard the explanation that the consciousness that awakens is the same consciousness that awakens in a spiritual awakening.
It applies universally.
Humor and sincerity.
How to distance myself emotionally from life's problems.
I would like to be enlightened myself.
I am grateful many people benefit from this. For me personally he teachings are so full of internal contradictions that they become irrelevant. It strikes me as a Buddhist version of the California-style of 'hang-loose' Christianity. I find much more value in reading, or listening to, the Dhammapada. I'm glad I listened, but won't be coming back for more.
Yes since I listened while driving - otherwise I think some parts were good, others worthless
Still the same; not too much life altering information
The thing is this - author is really telling us stuff we already know and there is absolutley no life changing information. He is selling live talks done previously at a retreat that he has already "put on." My impression is that he is giving spritual advice based on what he has learned from spiritual teachers - but at the same time telling the audience not to seek too much spiritual advice. My impression is that he is a bit narcissistic and full of crap. FYI: An hour of this audio book is meditation, which is a silent waste of time and money.
You will not spontaneously awake by listening to this book. There are some great inspirational books and audio-books out there that one can read to develop a path to spiritual awakening and this is not one of them. Adyashanti speaks a lot in ellipses, where it would seem you have to know what he is actually thinking, not saying, to understand what he is getting at. If I were to summarize this book in one sentence it would be: "You may or may not spontaneously awaken if one day you happen to truly understand that there is no you, your thoughts are not real, and you are not special."
Narrator rambles in a conversational style, interjecting laughs and sometimes mumbling as if he were stoned. Narrator repeats and rephrases everything he says for emphasis, as if we didn't hear him the first time. Probably because he really has nothing of substance to say. Very annoying.