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Effort or Grace - which is needed?

effort and grace

The Holy 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.

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.