We Are Not Deficient

One thing I have learned about the spiritual scene as I come into it over the past year, is that transparency as a human being is extremely rare among even the most prominent teachers; and I have met a few. There is a disconnect, claims that are filled with hyperbole, and a guarded mentality to hide one’s humanity behind the facade of spiritual greatness and subtle competitive arrogance. As you navigate this path of spiritual teachings, ask yourself does this teacher provide a healthy admixture of the relative when speaking of the “beyond?” Do they show the intimate relationship between our humanity and spiritual truth and seek to bridge that gap? Or do they make you feel deficient, wrong for who you are, incomplete, and a work in progress that you never seem to reach? The highest spirituality will be experienced through our humanity and nowhere else. So never forget to celebrate that and find it in the “little things.” By actually embodying our humanity fully with all its so called deficiencies, we are offering it to Grace. This makes a complete human being; not our effort to rearrange our self, but ironically the ability to accept our self.

-Atreya Thomas

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After a Series of Awakenings….

After a series of intense awakening experiences, I returned to the inner city I grew up in (specifically the alternative school I went to as a kid that I was thrown out of 15 years earlier) to speak in front of the children there; which was more like a day prison than a school. At the end I hugged them and a few cried, and the teachers panicked saying “do you know these kids do you know these kids, You must know them. Why are they crying! What did you do?“ Those kids were considered the worst of the worst. I said “they know love,” and I winked at this scrawny little white kid who reminded me so much of me when I was a student there; and he gave me the most beautiful smile. I knew in that moment that my hard childhood was not a mistake; even if it was all for this one encounter.

-Atreya Thomas

Do it Your Way

Live it well my friends and do it your way. You have no obligation to the inner mental rhetoric and the pressures of outer life; either to fix, change, go along, or manipulate them. Let them be and give them space. All the while creating a secret plan to carry out what you really love to do in life, finding your unique talents and expressing them in spite of mind/body conditions. In other words, stand alone and dive into the wellspring of your own heart!

-Atreya Thomas

Give Yourself a Break

Take time to release responsibility for the quality of your thoughts. Let them be; let them come, and let them go on their own volition. Do not judge and micromanage your humanity. There is pain, pleasure, and everything in between. Self realization does not mean the absence of this spectrum of human experience, but rather a surrender so profound that our humanity is allowed to exist along side our divinity.

-Atreya Thomas