Spiritual Teachings from Adyashanti

photo: RANDY P. MARTIN
The spiritual teacher Adyashanti describes his Five Foundations as the context within which spiritual teachings and lifestyle unfold. You may find them very useful. 
1. Clarify Your Aspiration. What are you looking for when delving into spirituality? Some people aim too low and miss their true potential while others aim too high through egoic desires. 
Above all else, be sure you want and are willing to be ready for the Truth. As Adyashanti points out, few people have Reality as a deep value in their life. 
While peace, freedom, and happiness are essential aspects of the spiritual way, they are easily hijacked by the ego if you are not dedicated to Truth above all else. 
At any given moment, acknowledge truth and clarity to be what is best for your inner awakening. This will allow you to be faithful to the best you know even while your ego may kick up a fuss at times. 
2. Unconditional Follow-Through. Once you have clarified your aspiration, now you have to follow through on it. 
It is not that you need to work toward some idealized version of yourself in the future but rather hold true to the values of peace and clarity which you are continually discovering within yourself each moment. Be total about this process and trust the old saying that “The truth will set you free.”
By truth and reality, we mean the preference to learn and abide as the truth behind reality rather than just the beliefs and desires your ego my prefer. Follow through and live your truth as you begin to discover it.
3. Never Abdicate Your AuthorityThis means take full responsibility for your life and hand it over to no one. No one can bring you to enlightenment for you. No special mantras or blessings or rituals can make it so. Discovering the reality of your existence lies within your own purview and no one else’s. 
A truly enlightened teacher can clear away your confusion and help to create the space for you to discover the ever-present truth, but you must be there to allow it to happen. 
When you are dedicated to this truth, you will make the time to do your daily spiritual practice and abide continuously in mindfulness.
4. Practice Absolute Sincerity. Some people find it easy to become contrived along the spiritual path. Certain spiritual identities appeal to the ego, be that the earth-loving flowerchild or the psychedelic modern monk. 
When you try to be an image, you become stale and lifeless. One becomes inevitably more concerned with appearance than with feeling. Sincerity is the beautiful honesty we have with ourselves and the moment. 
There is no need for perfection when you have sincerity. It is the only elixir that can turn shit into bliss. When you are sincerely sad or sincerely confused, then peace and clarity are only one step away. You aren’t struggling to uphold a sense of self but rather to make sense of the moment. 
5. Be A Good Steward of Your Life. Spirituality is not a way to avoid the unpleasant aspects of life. It is not a way to shield yourself against the unpleasant, negative, or ignorance vibes of the world around and within you. 
"Embrace every aspect of your life, both the pleasant and unpleasant. All of your life is your path to awakening, not just some moments to be enjoyed and others to be endured. Say ‘yes’ to life’s fierce, ruthless, and loving grace." -LazyYogi
Find Adyashanti’s free online PDF The Way Of Liberation

Passion

Jewelry in the making
 Currently I work at the kitchen table but I have high hopes and dreams to have a studio to work in. 


I purify the crystals I use by smudging them with sage
cleansing them this way helps release the negative energy. 


I'm happiest when i'm creating!  It's a beautiful feeling once you realize what you're passionate about, I could spend all day and night making jewelry and art if I could. If you haven't discovered what your passion is, relax! Don't look for it too hard because it may just be right in front of your face. Do what makes you happy & everything will follow after that. You're always exactly where you need to be.

Body Jewelry

 I remember when I was a junior in high school I saw my first body jewelry & I immediately fell in love. I've always wanted to make my own but wasn't until 6 years later did I make that happen, boo yahh! Here are a couple of AudaciousBeing's hand pieces (aka slave bracelets but I think that is a terrible name) 
You can definitely expect to see more handmade body jewelry in the future. 


 Fits 7" wrist for 35$ Fishbone Quartz Hand Bracelet



I've always had a weird obsession with the word Audacious, so in 2011 I decided to get it tattooed. Why? Well, it was a word I rarely ever heard but I found it not only beautiful but the meaning really inspired me. Audacious means daring, bold, fearless... and I strive for that everyday.


Healing the Past

ART: BROCK LEFFERTS
Here is very insightful article from Nanice Ellis. Something I personally feel every human being could benefit from-by realizing the importance of healing the past and painful memories instead of suppressing it...

"Did you know that every time you talk about an unhealed wound or trauma, you re-activate it in your emotional, spiritual and physical bodies? As you speak, or even think, about an old issue, you experience it as if it is happening right now. Since your subconscious mind does not know the difference between current experience and past memory, for all intents and purposes, the trauma or negative experience is happening now.

When you re-activate old painful memories, your thoughts, words and emotions create a negative karmic energy that you unknowingly project out into your future. This karmic energy manifests in more painful experiences, similar to the original issue. In other words, when issues come up without resolution, a karmic loop or pattern develops.
Each time this karmic pattern manifests in real life situations, you re-experience the original wound and the current hurt simultaneously. When this occurs, it is a powerful opportunity to heal the past wound by healing the current one.

Unfortunately, when an issue is re-activated, instead of using it as a healing opportunity, many of us react by pushing the wounds down with numbing substances like food, drugs, internet, Facebook, TV, and a long list of other distractions.
Unhealed issues get stored in the body, until we release them. The body obliges as a storehouse for emotional wounds but it does take its toll, especially if issues are accumulated for long periods of time. Storing wounds in the body eventually weakens the body and invites illness and disease, as well as causing depression, fatigue, stress and weight gain. The good news is that the body is ready to release issues, the moment you are.

When an unhealed issue is re-activated, don’t just push it down – take the time to finally heal it. This means creating intentional space to feel your emotions and allow the issue to Process Through to Healing, or complete the healing process in whatever way works best for you.

Wounds are meant to be healed. We are not meant to spend our lives carrying around past issues and hurts. Unhealed issues weigh us down, keep us asleep and prevent us from consciously creating. It is only our personal issues that stop us from experiencing our greatest potential. Holding onto issues keeps us limited and unable to reach that mountain top.

Because of the shifts going on in the collective consciousness and the higher energy now available on this planet, it has never been easier to release old issues. In fact, issues are now coming to the surface to be resolved. This is why so many of us are experiencing familiar challenges. Wounds want to be healed and issues want to be released, but you have the last say. None of this can happen until you are ready and willing.

You are meant to be free and clear of emotional burdens. You are meant to live a limitless life with an abundance of love and creativity. You are meant to stand on the mountain top with arms stretched wide – willing to receive your grandest dreams. The Universe is listening."


Natural Crystal Bracelets

Take a look at the most recent Audacious Being gems

 Natural Turquoise Bracelet and Raw Pyrite Bracelet:





More details on these handmade accessories at AudaciousBeing 


Ok, so there are just SO many ideas that I have bunched in my brain that I almost feel overwhelmed. I'm trying not to be limited by the fact that money is tight but imma be real... in order for my ideas to manifest I need the funds for materials! Its a vicious cycle, but i'm remaining confident and patient because I know things will work out. 

I'm determined and motivated because i'm passionate about my art! 

Namaste!