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The Orienting Principle of Being - DVD 96
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When we don’t have a clear orientating principle for our lives, we get possessed by conditioned reactivity that leaves us vulnerable to the whims of this conditioning. This happens not only at the individual level, but can be seen throughout history at the cultural level as well. Adyashanti encourages us to dive deep below the surface of our personal and collective constructs of reality, and discover a deeper orienting principle of being that’s worth orienting our lives around.  

Talk Topics Include:

  • The Mystical Truths in Allegorical Stories
  • The Anxiety of Western Culture
  • Dismantling Conditioned Beliefs
  • The Empty Side of Emptiness
  • The Power of an Orienting Principle
  • What is the Enlightenment Impulse?
  • Fully Letting in the Unknown
  • Diving into the Numinous 

Q&A Topics Include:

  • Becoming Completely Conscious of What’s Happening
  • The Importance of Resting As Awareness

Quotes: 

“What is worth orienting your life around? If you don’t consider this, conditioning will decide for you.”

“A person’s psyche is like an iceberg; 2% is above water and the rest is underneath the water. If we want to go deeper, we need to let go of that which holds you to the surface water of consciousness.” 

“Spiritual inquiry is using the light of intellect to dismantle beliefs.”

“You have to go through the empty side of emptiness to get to what spirituality means by emptiness.”

“If you can really feel the willingness to ‘not know,’ this becomes a relict.”

“Your psyche is as vast as the cosmos.”

“Anyone who has ever gone to the numinous ground of being, their subjective experience of being is completely changed.” 


Recorded in Palo Alto, California on October 21, 2018.


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