Awakening to our true nature happens in a split second when the mind is still. Nothing needs to change in order to wake up to the truth of our Being. The full embodiment of this awakeness that we are, however, might last years or a lifetime. It is in the embodiment of the truth that real transformation takes place. Such embodiment is a continual process of shedding identities and ideas, however, not acquiring them. Embodiment might be said to be the real work of awakening, but it is a natural, spontaneous process, not the project of the egoic mind, for that thought is never what awakens.
~~ Dorothy Hunt, poet, author, spiritual seeker and leader, and founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy
I came across Dorothy Hunt as I was perusing the agenda of the upcoming SAND16, Esalen workshops. One day I’ll attend a SAND event, but until then, I troll their agendas to find insightful and inspiring leaders in the world of Science and Non-Duality. What struck me in this quote from Dorothy Hunt’s website is this sentence: Such embodiment is a continual process of shedding identities and ideas, however, not acquiring them.
I do a whole lot of acquiring of ideas; I read, study, listen to audios, and follow leads into the latest thinking announced in journals and described in notes from conferences such as SAND, but now I have to ask: am I hindering my own awakening by holding onto my lifelong ideas and personal identity? By grasping tightly to my idea of who is ‘me’ and what kind of a character I am and what I can be? Dorothy Hunt’s words lead me to wonder and to do some self-assessing on the topic. It may be time to assess inward as well as to seek outward.