Enlightenment is a destructive process.

I came across a photo meme the other day with this quote by Adyashanti:

“Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of… untruth. It’s seeing through the façade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”

I’d like to add my own perspective…

The path of enlightenment (which never ends) has everything to do with becoming better and/or happier!  It also involves an extremely uncomfortable process that will totally ruin the perspectives you’ve spent your whole life creating (paradoxes are big in spirituality).

The crumbling away of paradigms that no longer serve us can be painful, for sure.  However, it is necessary to clear the old before creating the new –  you wouldn’t want to built a shiny new building on a crappy old foundation, would you?

Destruction is essential to creation.

After the dust settles you have a new set of tools with which to handle life’s obstacles and challenges.  You have access to internal wisdom that will always point you in the right direction.  Relationships become honest, your mind becomes clear, and the inherent worth of yourself and others becomes apparent.  You do become better.

After the dust settles you are left with a profound feeling of possibility, freedom, and expansiveness.  Personally I don’t think I even knew true happiness before undergoing this process.  I knew it in beautiful fleeting moments, sure.  However I had no idea that it was just chillin’ in the background the whole time – constant access to sheer joy!  You do become happier.

It feels like you’ve been let in on the cosmic joke.  It’s freakin’ awesome.  Don’t let a little destruction deter you, but do be aware that it’s part of the process.

The juice is totally worth the squeeze.

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2 thoughts on “Enlightenment is a destructive process.

  1. Thanks for this. I have gone forward and backward many times on the path of enlightenment because this destructive process is so hard to handle sometimes. For instance these days all I want is to stop existing.
    Still, this time I want to stay on this path and not leave it.

  2. Yeah, been there. I was talking to a friend who was feeling like this the other day, she wasn’t suicidal or anything, just…kinda over it. I told her what I tell myself when accosted by this mood, this life is kind of like a vacation. We’ll go Home when it’s time, but we chose to come here temporarily, so we might as well enjoy this random-ass trip.

    Thank you for your feedback, I hope you’re feeling better this week!

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