Spiritual Awakening Enlightenment Teachers and their Differences
I just finished Jed McKennas Theory of Everything. I’m a big Jed fan. Read all his books. Searched for him online (in vain of course) And dreamed many a time of having the anonymous-book selling-mythos-lifestyle that he has somehow conjured up. I even play Tomb Raider. (Just bought my very first Xbox and have been playing the shit out of it) The name of this blog/website is even partially inspired by the title of his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment. So yeah, I like Jed McKenna. Funny thing however, I don’t think Jed would like me. If we met we would probably bicker and fight over the nuances of explaining, teaching, and being enlightened. And that, in a nutshell is the perfect example of spiritual awakening teachers and their differences- Put them all in the same room and I guarantee a bloody, cursing, knock-down, brawl of a fist-fight in about five minutes. Wouldn’t you just love to see Eckhart Tolle with a black eye? ( Well, I would. )
Something I’ve discovered in my research and interviews for my second book, Blue Collar Enlightenment, is that all awakening teachers have their own style or tendencies which they lean toward. Some babble on about now or NOW or here and now or never not now. Others are proclaiming the dream, the dreamer, maya, illusion. Some are dripping with love and compassion and joy. Others are about stark spiritual cynicism and borderline nihilism. Some are heady and intellectual. Some are artsy, simple and hippy-earthy.
Speaking with and getting to know these individuals has been a great lesson in understanding the roots of these awakening differences. These roots offer a valuable lesson in your own awakening process. Simply put, this is it: Ego remains. Jed Mckenna was probably an intelligent, funny, cynical and anti-social person before awakening. Ken Wilbur was probably an intellectual brainiac before his awakening. Ammachi probably loved giving hugs before her awakening. Adyashanti was probably a pretty cool, collected, and politically correct person before his awakening. You get the picture. Ego doesn’t dissolve, die, go away, or become non-existent. Ego remains and that is a good thing.
Adi Da once said that was was truly amazing about humanity was the egoic-uniqueness of all seven billion of us.
(He was certainly unique!) All of us are unique. This uniqueness does not die with awakening. This uniqueness carries through into the consciousness of the awakened individual and gives color to that individuals expression of awakening. That color bleeds into everything that person does- actions, teachings, writings, dialogue, etc. There is no homogenous universal ONE spirit devoid of color, characteristic, or trait to be realized. There is no other universal spirit, god, or consciousness out there. YOU’RE IT- Along with all of your own unique color and personality. If you are shy now you will more than likely be shy after awakening. If you are angry now you will more than likely be angry after awakening. If you are an artsy fartsy hippy like peace-nik now- yep, you’ll be the same after awakening.
This is not to say that awakening doesn’t effect changes in the personality. It certainly does. But I want to caution against the spiritual hype. What I am saying is this: RELAX. Be yourself. Fuck trying to perfect yourself. Fuck trying to be more spiritual or here and now. Fuck trying to be non-dual. Fuck trying to be enlightened or awake. BE your SELF. You will never wash clean all of the shadow parts of your personality. You will never be perfect, shiny, glowing and radiantly enlightened at all times. Take a good look at all the spiritually awakened teachers out there and you will see what I am talking about. You will see their differences. You will see their uniqueness- their quirks, their faults, and foilables. This is awakening. This is Blue Collar Enlightenment. This is what there is to be realized. There is a great paradoxical peace and well being to be discovered when you finally relax into just being your plain old self. This is a requirement of awakening. This is true self-acceptance. Ain’t noone awake who hasn’t met this self-acceptance requirement.
If I were in a room with a bunch of awakened teachers this just might be my speech. I would deliver it with a sense of calmness, coolness and suave- in hopes that everyone in the room would agree with me afterwards. And if they didn’t- well then, I’d have to punch them in the eye.
J. Stewart Dixon was born in 1969. He studied with dozens of awakening /enlightenment teachers for two decades before his own awakening in 2010. He is the author of 21 Days, A Guide for Spiritual Beginners www.21Daysbook.com Get punched in the eye by me personally: I offer skype sessions. Please like the shit out of this on facebook …or else… 🙂
Comment after posting by Jeff:
I know this post seems contradictory to my previous one “ego self-destruct button”. It ain’t. Ego doesn’t get destroyed, it gets removed from its throne. This removal seems like a destruction to ego. Paradox, contradiction- yes blue collar enlightenment is not black and white.