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Falling Into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,448 ratings  ·  76 reviews
In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow before sleep, we can let go into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling Into Grace presents Adyashanti's response to anyone looking for a way out of suffering and into the freedom of spiritual awakening. With his first introductory book, he offers what he consider ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by Sounds True (first published February 1st 2011)
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The peace and happiness can arise when we profoundly let go, when we really decide to stop struggling," says Adyashanti in this book.

Truly speaking, this book has changed my life. It came to me at a time when I most needed it, and that too as a gift. Adya writes about suffering, and enumerates its causes -- one of them being this constant struggle we have with WHAT IS. He says that the moment we stop struggling with WHAT IS, our life changes. Its all about tuning into THIS MOMENT and what it of
Smitha Murthy
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you are on the path of understanding yourself and the Universe, you need books like these. You need books that you may not understand fully. You need books like these that make you think before you realize that you shouldn’t be thinking at all, but moving into the realm of being and feeling.

You need books that make you realize the vast unknown boundaries of Life. You need books like these that make you question the questions and answer the answers. You need books where you learn that pain
Elyse  Walters
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love the way *Adyashanti* writes.

My personal 'favorite' book by *Adya*, >> (the nickname that the local community calls him), is 'emptiness dancing". I re-read it many times!!! Its a VERY VERY beautiful book!!!

His writing is soooooooooooooo lovely!!!

Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual, advaita
I'd say this is a good one to start with if you haven't read or listened to much of Adya's teachings before. (Not as great as Emptiness Dancing, but still good!) It's a beautiful book; full of relevant and clear pointers, all expressed in Adya's familiar, compassionate and heartful style.

However, for me personally it's not really plunging deep enough into the aspects I would have like it too... After reading his previous book The End of Your World - which truly touched and illuminated my heart i
Noor Abu Hassan
Like this book and the auther, i like how he illustrate his journy in spirituality. It is inspiring. Have very usefull insights.Enjoy it really. ❤
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever come across a book so powerful it made you change a good 90% of your past-read ratings because it set such a high standard? Well, Falling Into Grace did that for me. I did not expect this to be as mind blowing as it is.

Adyashanti gets to the core of why we suffer and what it means to be truly awake every moment of our lives. There’s so much magic in this book, I feel it deserves a short review so the words can speak for themselves.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites, I have read several times including reading to my husband . . . more on true freedom and getting out of suffering . . .
Sotiris Yannopoulos
Great Adyashanti!

This book is a great read for the curious mind. The one who seeks answers going beyond the obvious and self created beliefs. Adya explains simply and brings to life difficult concepts using powerful examples and experiences.
I love Adyashanti.
His teachings, his persona, his words, his voice, his presence, his caring and loving nature, his peace, his humor, his downtoearth-ness, his smile, his grace.
He may not always be all of this, but that is how I know him. From the YouTube videos and the satsang I was lucky enough to attend, here, in Copenhagen where I live.
This was my first book with Adya.
And I've got to admit: I prefer him live. Or as close to it.
I missed his voice, his laugh, and the way he speaks his words
William Arsenis
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, favorites
I listened to the audio version of this book before reading the actual text. Adyashanti speaks freely from a profound depth that resonates with his every word.

He covers a vast range of perspectives that all point to the same awakening. As with many of his talks, though he repeats himself often, I would find it challenging to outline his points and quote what he said.

This is to say that the experience of reading the book transcends the content itself. One is immediately transported to the living
Susan Wight
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Falling into Grace --- one of the best books I've ever read to date. While every page is deeply insightful, there's a section as well about transmutation; about welcoming reactions when you have a reaction. I loved realizing that you can't get rid of something like fear or anger for example. Everything is one. But you can transmute it. And to "do" that you're not really doing anything but surrendering to what is, and then whatever reaction is present naturally transmutes itself to its higher ess ...more
Matthew Cody  Raschella
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me through the death of my 11 year old golden retriever. Not more than a week after I began, she passed away. What this book allowed me to see was that my fear of the pain I thought I would feel when it was time to say goodbye was actually more painful than the actual goodbye. With the aid of this book I was able to see that one moment she was here and the next she wasn’t. But each moment was its own. And only in the actual moment of saying goodbye was I in pain. Everything else ...more
Bev Siddons
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirtuality
I heard Adyashanti on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and ordered his book immediately. As a spiritual teacher, he encourages us to let go of our struggles a be open to Consciousness.

"What we all aspire to, and what is in fact natural to us, is openness, peace, love, and well-being. These qualities are completely natural qualities of spirit. They arise in us when we become conscious of our spiritual nature, of our on-separate, non-somebody nature. Then love flows quite naturally." (p 75)

Let go. Relax.
Jul 05, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow before sleep, we can let go into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling into Grace presents Adyashanti’s response to anyone looking for a way out of suffering and into the freedom of spiritual awakening.
Amy Mosow
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This took me a long time to read. I would read a little than stop to absorb it and practice it in my daily life. I highly recommend reading this. We all suffer in so many different ways and Adya shows us how we don't have to. Stay in the moment!!
Barbara Mayer
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I want to and will read every book by Adyashanti. After seeing an interview with Oprah, I was impressed.
This book was full of grace and kindness. Exactly what I saw in this author. It will lift your spirits..
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
Breaks down why we suffer in a simple to follow manner. If we are in conflict with what is true (happening) there will be struggle.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really memorable - some new ideas for me.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best spiritual books I have ever read. It all starts with you. Just try to shut up your mind. :-)
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
a great book about the reasons of suffering and about the self. However, after I am that, it did not impress me anymore. But a good read though
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful explanation of how we need to approach the world. Very insightful!
Allison Barlow
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite spiritual books. I've read it several times. Good practical insights that help me see the world with love, opposites, and find grace in each situation.
Tasnim Hussam
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"sometimes it's disturbing that we' ve been holding onto a pocketful of dreams, but ultimately it's liberating, we can let our hearts break; they are that big. Illusion never brings peace never brings happiness when we are done being disturbed by our own illusions, then we start to become a astonished - astonished that we aren't just our illusions, that we are something so vast and unexplainable. We aren't something that exists within heaven or even in the great mystery of being. But we actually ...more
Aristidis Marousas
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I read this book after Power of Now and New Earth by Tolle. Many of the principles discussed are similar across the three books and two authors.

Adyashanti has some very slightly different ideologies and explains mindfulness and letting go in his own way.

I did appreciate his take on things, but I felt this book falls into the trap of many others where they discuss how you should/could see yourself and the world but don’t actually provide enough concrete steps and/or examples to help you
Daniel Dao
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this book. 4 Stars because there was a lot of religious context that was hard for me to stay tuned into. However there were a lot of great snippets I took away from the book. My main take is that we should open our heart and mind to the experiences of the world. To be completely honest, I find parts of this hard to take in considering the current political climate. However I think parts of it could be applied on the more interpersonal level with regards to my platonic, familial, ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my perspective!

This book resonated with me in a few different ways but I would start with the fact that it is so well explained that I had little questions for the book but for myself. I really love this book and I am glad I got it because it taught me to stand outside of my normal views and grow. I would definitely recommend this book to others and probably search for more books by Adyashanti. It was written very well and left a lot of peace in my mind after reading it. Thi
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though, I didn't finish the book, I thoroughly appreciated the insights about our minds and thoughts; how we end up suffering because we hold onto false stories and ideas about our life and our selves.
"It's not necessary to resist pain."
There is no point arguing with life and how things are. We need to learn to feel emotions and let them go.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's a similar tone of surrendering to the moment and removing resistance to end suffering. Realizing our mental stories are not true and truly feeling into our mental and emotional narratives. He also mentions non duality, how escapism into formless isnt spirituality. I feel much of this requires experiential leaning into rather than intellectual knowing. Tho reading his teachings can be beneficial as a foundation.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite spiritual book I’ve read so far - and there’s been a few :)
It’s a very non-pretentious, very grounded approach to the spiritual path.
It will definitely challenge the way you view life and maybe also your ideas about spirituality. Really inspiring and insight-provoking.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
Thoughts on letting go, what that means, how to do it, and how it relates to suffering in one’s life. I was hoping for a more substantial treatment of grace from a mindfulness/Buddhist perspective, but this was not the author’s intent.
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Adyashanti is an American spiritual teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area who gives regular satsangs in the United States and also teaches abroad. He is the author of several books, CDs and DVDs and is the founder of Open Gate Sangha, Inc. a nonprofit organization that supports, and makes available, his teachings.

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