Spirit is in you in a very literal sense. His is the Voice
that calls you back to where you were before and will be
again. It is possible even in this world to hear only that
Voice and no other. It takes effort and great willingness
to learn. It is the final lesson that I (Jesus) learned,
and God's Sons are as equal as learners as they are as
Sons. A Course in Miracles T-5.II.3.7-11
The experience ( of awakening) is unique and unmistakable.
It will dawn on you suddenly, when the obstacles are
removed to some extent. It is like a frayed rope snapping.
Yours is to work at the strands. The break is bound to
happen. It can be delayed, but not prevented. Nisargadatta Maharaj
There is a time and a place for everything. There's a time
to make effort and to be disciplined.
There is a time to let go and realize you cannot do it
alone, that it is up to grace, that effort and struggling
and striving play no part. Adyashanti
The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love,
for that is beyond what can be taught.
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the
awareness of love's presence, which is your natural
inheritance. A Course in Miracles Intro T-in.1.
For the seeker effort is necessary, but it is also
necessary to remember that effort can never attain the
final goal, since he who makes the effort must dissolve,
leaving only the Spirit. The Spirit, which is the true
Self, replaces the illusory ego-self when the latter has
removed the obstructions and that is Grace. Spirit flows
into the vacuum which remains when the ego-self dissolves.
It is for the aspirant to create the vacuum by removing
the obstructions. Arthur Osborne
The value of a spiritual practice is to make you ready to
fall into the Truth when it is exposed. Bonnie Greenwell.
Gaining enlightenment is an accident. (Grace)
Spiritual practice simply makes us accident prone.
(Effort) Suzuki Roshi
You seem to want instant insight, forgetting that the
instant is always preceded by a long preparation.
The fruit falls suddenly, but the ripening takes time. Nisargadatta Maharaj
You can't make spiritual
awakening happen, you can set the conditions but you
can never make it happen. It's the same with farmer,
he can't make the seed grow but can set the
conditions for this to happen. Some non dual
teachers say that there is nothing to do, and know
one to do it. But, that does not work either. Adyashanti