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Serving the One by Adyashanti The revelation of Oneness brings a great peace and rest at the center of our

being. But it also opens up an opportunity and an impulse to live and express that revelation in the world of duality. To transcend the world of time and space is not the end of spirituality but rather the beginning.To express the timeless within the world of time is to fulfill our true potential.

Only in our love of Truth does the heart break open, and we finally stop asking, How can I hold onto this Truth? How can I maintain this realization? We dont look at it that way anymore. We only look at it as How can I serve this realization? Theres no more interest in holding on, finding safety or satisfaction. When the real heart breaks open, the question becomes, How can one serve the One? How can one be this Truth? And theres no final answer to that kind of question. Its always in the moment, at every moment, to be it nownot How can I be it? in some image, but just to be it now. We discover that were no longer a gatherer of beauty, a gatherer of bliss, a gatherer of peace. Were not a hoarder. Were its servant, you and I. You cant lose what you serve. Thats the secret. What you serve, you cant lose. What you dont serve and what you try to hold onto, you cant hold onto. Its always slipping out of your fingers. Thats why you can never separate wisdom or insight or realization from love or devotion. One has to find in their heart the devotion to serve the Truth thats found, moment to moment. Thats an act of love, to serve. It gets us out of the last vestige of self-centered relationship with our experience. When you touch into real love, the farthest thing from your mind is How can you serve me? Its just not there anymore,

not in the true spiritual heart. Its not there in the heart thats broken open by realization. Then were not looking at that Truth for what it can do for me, even though it does for you and for me, over and over, constantly giving itself. This is an open secret, an obvious secret to living in Oneness: you have to serve itnot because anybody said so, because you dont have to serve it if you dont want to. But you dont get to live it all the time unless you serve it all the time. When I say serve it, I dont mean anything that might even be really obvious. I dont mean serve it in a way that might even be noticeable. It doesnt have to be served with career, life meaning, goals, and all that. Thats not what its about. Its about each moment, each moment, each moment. Is Oneness being served, or is it not? Is it being embodied, or is it not?

After 15 years of Zen practice and a series of ever-deepening realizations, Adyashantis Zen teacher asked him to teach. Since then, many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti. Adyashantis unique expression of the living truth emerges spontaneously from emptiness, free of any tradition or ideology. His teachings have been compared to those of the early Chan (Zen) masters and to the nondual Indian wisdom teachings of Advaita Vedanta. Adyashanti lives with his wife, Annie, in his native San Francisco Bay Area and teaches throughout the Western United States and Canada. There will be an event, Mysticism & Global Transformation, with Adyashanti & Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on November 19 & 20, 2005 in San Rafael, Califonia. Please visit the events page for further information. This is the second event they are holding together. 2004 Adyashanti. All rights reserved. http://www.workingwithoneness.org/article_adyashanti.html

Oneness is very simple: everything is included and allowed to live according to its true nature. This is the secret that is being revealed, the opportunity that is offered. How we make use of this opportunity depends upon the degree of our participation, how much we are prepared to give ourselves to the work that needs to be done, to the freedom that needs to be lived. - Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from the book Working with Oneness

The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God's redemptive plan, not only for us, but for the world in which we live. God may be preparing a great awakening for the world, if God can find enough people to cooperate in this mysterious plan. -Thomas Keating

The realization that every act, every word, every thought of ours not only influences our environment but for some mysterious reason forms an integral and important part of the Universe, fits into it as if by necessity so to say, in the very moment we do, or say, or think it - is an overwhelming and even shattering experience. The tremendous responsibility of it is terrifying. If all of us only knew that the smallest act of ours, or a tiny thought, has such far-reaching effects as to set in motion forces which perhaps could shatter a galaxyIf we know it deeply and absolutely, if this realization becomes engraved permanently on our hearts, on our minds, how careful we would act and speak and think. How precious life would become in its integral oneness.

-Irina Tweedie

All the phenomena of existence are one single thing in the ultimate dimension of the unborn. -from the Dzogchen Semde

We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

From out of all the many particulars comes oneness, and out of oneness come all the many particulars. -Heraclitus

This is the age of Holy Spirit, this is the age of the universal principle -- the open, flexible field of consciousness, the understanding of the unity of life in the multiplicity of human

experience, so that we find in our culture again that hidden unity which transcends the fate of multiplicity and nemesis. As I see it this creative spirit which has entered our world is causing such disturbance that it will have to be answered by the spirit of the earth which we have denied as much as we have denied the spirits of the higher worlds. We have denied the spirit of the earth, and that spirit of the earth has to appear in woman. The meeting of the spirit of the earth and the spirit of the other world is one of the great moments that, I believe, will come in the future history of culture. - Cecil Collins from The Vision of the Fool and Other Writings All rights reserved, the Tate Gallery

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. -Albert Einstein

How can the divine Oneness be seen? In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders, awe-inspiring miracles?

The Tao is not obliged to present itself in this way. If you are willing to be lived by it, you will see it everywhere, even in the most ordinary things. -Lao Tsu

Chandogya Upanishad In the beginning was only Being, One without a second. Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos And entered into everything in it. There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the innermost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme. You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that. As the rivers flowing east and west Merge in the sea and become one with it, Forgetting they were ever separate streams, So do all creatures lose their separateness When they merge at last into pure Being. There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the innermost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme. You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that!

Tao Te Ching If the people of the world were wise enough to plant the root of their lives deep within the Subtle Origin

Then the worldly affairs of life would coherently follow their natural course and harmony would abound of its own nature Then the peaceful order of the universe prevails and unity manifests again of its own accord. -from the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tsu, trans. Hua-Ching Ni

See the One -- know the One and affirm that it is One Whether at the beginning or at the end, all of this is only one single thing Alas the eye of man sees double. - Attar from The Book of Secrets

How wonderful that a single Essence should Refract itself like light, a single source Into a million essences and hues. - Shh Nematollh from The Drunken Universe

When you make the two one and When you make the inner as the outer and the above As below, and when You make the male and the female into a single one Then you shall enter the kingdom. -The Gospel of Thomas

The soul is all things together. And since it is the center of all things, it has the forces of all. Hence it passes into all things. And since it is the true connection of all things, it goes to the one without leaving the others therefore it may rightly be called the center of nature, the middle term of all things, the face of all, the bond and juncture of the universe. -from The Philosophy of Marsilio Ficino by Marsilio Ficino

For those who are awake the cosmos is one. -Heraclitus

Listen, O dearly beloved! I am the reality of the world, the center of the circumference, I am the parts and the whole. I am the will established between Heaven and Earth -Ibn Arab

A hundred things a million or more if you look to their reality are one -Fakhruddin Iraqi