Mudita Journal

Jon Bernie: To awaken is to dissolve

As many of you know, over the past couple years I’ve become increasingly interested in the teachings of Adyashanti, Jed McKenna, and the like.

Jon Bernie is one of Adya’s friends and colleagues. I met him briefly and attended one of his satsangs (sitting & teaching events) last time I was in San Francisco.

Below is a brief teaching he sent out to his an announcement list. (Thanks to Marsh for the forward.)

I think it’s a well-expressed encapsulation of this perspective. You might find it worth contemplating if you’re open to this sort of thing.

For those of you new to this perspective, there’s plenty of “poetry” here: It’s not so much to think about; the trick is to feel its actual meaning in your lived experience. Your mileage may vary.

“Karmic arisings,” by the way, can be loosely translated as “the difficult things that come up in your experience.”

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To awaken is to dissolve in one place and simultaneously appear everywhere. Awakening can also be called being presence, being energy. Karmic arisings, whatever their nature, are fuel for dissolving. So rather than resisting, or fighting, or arguing with what is — instead of all that, simply accept what is. Receive what is, allow what is. Become what is.

Now there’s no separation between perceiver and perception — there’s simply being perception. There’s just listening, just observing, just feeling. There’s just thinking. And you allow this gestation to happen, you allow this growth, as painful — or ecstatic! — as it might be.

The good news is you don’t have to understand how it works for it to work. Being here is enough. All you have to do is learn to allow yourself to cook. To be dissolved into light. To appear everywhere simultaneously. That is freedom.

  • Marilyn


    These words of Jon Bernie I experience to be so true.