ripeningThe ripening that brings one to the non-dual view is not under personal control. People are drawn to the teaching or not. They may be uninterested, but then a few years later, can’t understand what took them so long. This was true of me.

Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now sat on my bookshelf for ten years before I read it. I was drawn to make the purchase–but then, there it sat, unopened.

One day in 2007, I saw the title gleaming on my shelf and pulled the book out out, turning it over in my hand with wonder. I knew that it had been waiting there for a very long time. From the moment I cracked it open on that day, I was drawn into the truth I found there. I instinctively knew that it was true–true for this body-mind, in any case. I read for hours.

The the pull that began that day was unstoppable. It lead to the Open Path training with Elias Amidon; the writings of Jean Klein, the Dzogchen teachings, and Nirmala; sitting with Tom Kurzka, David Waldman, and finally, Rupert Spira. The search ended there in the clarity of the teachings Rupert provides. The unlearning and dissolving of old patterns continues–that is apparently a limitless undoing.

Always a beginner. Eternally grateful.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013
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One thought on “ripening

  1. Agnes

    Dear Amrita,

    Tears appear with ‘Always a beginner. Eternally grateful’. Recognition!
    I love your small-sized honest way of writing, the strength of sincerity.
    Thanks for your great willingness to share That. It strengthens me.

    This morning a late bus due to a car-accident on the road before us.
    Concern and happiness.
    Happiness – I still amazingly walk after my accident 40 years ago.
    And happiness becoming a prayer for the people involved therein now.

    Offering an old black lady the last seat and standing myself.
    Helping a car out a difficult parking place close to my job.
    (The easy(ing) things.)

    Finding your letter. Praising You. This girl on fire!
    Will focus on this fire in a a situation at work 11 am today.
    (Burning the difficult ones.)


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