Lightmind Extract 010
A couple of quick impressions: After knowing Adya for a number of years, I can comfortably say that he doesn’t care about an AQAL model at all. He’s not an intellectual at all. Doesn’t care a whit about reconciling this map and that spectrum and that fulcrum … Doesn’t even seem too interested in that gig himself.
But: I would say that he is a very unusual example of human integration. BTW, he used to race bikes and was quite an athlele, so he’s in excellent physical condition. He’s a householder and is married to a doll named Annie. Loves to go to the movies. Loves popcorn. Loves sitting around. Loves to joke around. Regular guy. And … (this’ll get me in trouble …) he’s honestly the most Christ-like person I’ve ever met. (Yeah, that’s subjective.)
I guess to answer your question, he sure seems absolutely comfortable being somebody and nobody, totally AQAL in Wilber speak. In religious language, the God / man deal feels seamless. A very simple guy. Put another way, he takes the cake for being ordinary.
Actually, you make the same point I do here:
Tolle says that until he was 30 he lived “in a state of almost continuous anxiety interspersed with periods of suicidal depression.” Whether we include these years of pain as part of his “sadhana” or “practice” or not, pain is a factor in the process that Tolle went through en route to “ego death.”
I think that was his sadhana, and it freed him. It wasn’t conventional “practice” at all. It doesn’t fit a model. My point is that dogma about practice–a touch of yoga, so many hours of sitting, sweat and pain–doesn’t free. There are just too many exceptions to the traditional models, i.e., Tolle and others.
Wilber says that transformation, in his “integral,” transpersonal developmental stage model, “is a matter of actual, prolonged, difficult growth.” He says “Practice is not a ladder that can be thrown away without first climbing it.” He says transformation “is a long, laborious, painful process.”
This has certainly been my experience, but, again, I wouldn’t say it’s a rule. Wilber acknowledges (Adya too) that self nature is always already present, and avialable at “any level of development.” So Adya’s teaching always points to this fact directly. At the same time, he’s held the hands of many people for years who, after “awakening”, go through hell.
Actually, as I think about it, you’re right: Adya doesn’t say the same thing that Wilber does. But I think he’s living proof of exactly what Wilber says.
Thanks for the reply, Jim. Lots more we could say here, but duty calls.
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