Start to face it. Start to see it. In the simple willingness to see yourself, in the simple sincerity, the truth starts to reveal itself to itself. It is not necessarily a technique oriented endeavor here. The technique is sincerity; we need to really want the truth even more than we want to experience the truth. This sincerity isn’t something we can impose; it’s inherent within reality itself.
This type of radical sincerity may be hard to uncover for some people. It can come as quite a surprise that we can have an amazing glimpse of the true nature of things, and then come back into the gravitational field of duality and find the body and mind still horrendously conflicted. This can be very surprising, not only for the people it’s happening within, but for those around them. One minute, such a person could be extraordinarily wise, and the next minute he or she might be extraordinarily deluded. This isn’t only confusing to the person; it’s confusing to everybody around him or her.
In fact, it causes some people to doubt the nature of awakening itself. Somebody has a great awakening experience but is still sort of a jerk. Who cares about awakening, then ? While understandable, that conclusion can only be made by someone who does not fully understand the process of awakening. The fact is, we can have a very deep seing of the true nature of things, while remaining, on the human level, very conflicted and deluded in certain areas of our lives. We need the sincerity to stop shying away from that, to actually turn, look, and face any place where we perceive something less than awakenedness, something less than unity. When we perceive divisiveness in ourselves, we must face it.
— Adyashanti: The End of your World; Chapter 3—