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Spontaneous Awakening

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Publisher's Summary

For those who are seeking a path of simplicity, not bound by the trappings of spiritual practice, Adyashanti brings a fresh and humble approach to Zen wisdom. "Don't think that awakening is the end," teaches Adyashanti. "Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature."

Learn more about:
How genuine spiritual discovery is self-authenticating
Finding for yourself "what is the most important thing"
Lucid dreaming: a powerful analogy for the process of awakening
How to "Allow Everything to Be as It Is" through a guided meditation
Why genuine spiritual knowing requires mental subtraction, not addition
The link between personal awareness and awareness itself
How attachment can lead to complete freedom and unattachment
Self-inquiry: how to use this potent catalyst for awakening
The all or nothingness of every moment
How holding even one idea about what is true can be an obstacle
The teacher-student relationship: is there a correct form?
How paradoxical teachings can help your mind relax
How to identify and disengage from "spiritual by-passing"

Don't miss True Meditation.

©2005 Adyashanti; (P)Sounds True. All rights reserved.

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    Jim Cox OWENSBORO, KY, US 05-05-16
    Jim Cox OWENSBORO, KY, US 05-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "For Both Beginners and Advanced Seekers"

    I've been a meditator and student of spirituality since age 17, about 46 years now. I have read hundreds, possibly thousands of books on the topic of awakening. Adyashanti is the real deal, by far the most accessible and easy to understand, and his spontaneity and joy are infectious. He is able to convey his state both through his words and in a way that completely transcends words. If you've only read his books, hearing his voice is a revelation.

    I have been listening to this audiobook during the day and then at night to help me sleep. I woke up at 4 AM, this title still playing, just in time to hear Adya describe his awakening experience. Something subtle and profound shifted in resonance with his words.

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    Andrea Lee SANTA MONICA, CA, US 05-17-15
    Andrea Lee SANTA MONICA, CA, US 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Deeply meaningful"

    I will be listening to this many more times to come. So full of wisdom and conveyed with such compassion and a sense of humor!

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    Philip M Horst 02-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it."

    There is a freshness and freedom offered here with simplicity and gentle grace. It draws me in to the path with no path.

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    Shawn M Higgins 06-14-14
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    "It's Alright"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes since I listened while driving - otherwise I think some parts were good, others worthless


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Still the same; not too much life altering information


    Did Spontaneous Awakening inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sigurður Reykjavik, Iceland 11-10-13
    Sigurður Reykjavik, Iceland 11-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "And I awoke!"
    What made the experience of listening to Spontaneous Awakening the most enjoyable?

    Adyashanti has a clear, simple style that spoke to my core. On chapter 2 I just fell through.


    What other book might you compare Spontaneous Awakening to and why?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer Laurinburg, NC, United States 02-21-12
    Amazon Customer Laurinburg, NC, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Most succinct story about how life works"
    Where does Spontaneous Awakening rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No. 1


    What did you like best about this story?

    It applies universally.


    What about Adyashanti’s performance did you like?

    Humor and sincerity.


    What did you learn from Spontaneous Awakening that you would use in your daily life?

    How to distance myself emotionally from life's problems.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to be enlightened myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Wiens Washington, D.C. 02-05-10
    C. Wiens Washington, D.C. 02-05-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Deeply Disappointing"

    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.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-09-12
    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stream of consciousness baloney"

    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."

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Apoiuwerhpga 07-07-12
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    "Worst audio book that I have bought so far."

    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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    daniel quiroz 04-19-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Its Worthless"

    I listen this audiobook two times try to find something useful but Is not. Dont waste your time.

    4 of 24 people found this review helpful

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