Tuesday, August 7, 2007

You Can't Find This On Google

You already have what you are looking for. Right here. Right now. Wherever your here and now happens to be at the instant you read this sentence. You don't need to look for it anywhere but inside yourself, at this very moment. Being on the path doesn't mean that enlightenment is out there. Somewhere else. To be attained sometime in the future, if you study hard enough, search intently enough, and meditate long enough. That's not the way it is. What you seek is already part and parcel of what you are and who you are right this very instant. It's already there, inside you, yet you can't see it simply because it is obscured, covered up, hidden from view. BUT, just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there. It's like clouds hiding the sun on an overcast day — just because you can't see it, doesn't mean that the sun isn't there; shining so brilliantly in the sky that it forces anyone who can get past the clouds to wear sunglasses.

Attainment doesn't mean accumulating. Attainment means letting go. It means letting go of the prejudices, preconceptions, biases, fears, etc. that cloud over your original mind. It means letting go of everything you've read, everything you've learned, everything you thought you knew about enlightenment. It means trusting yourself enough to let go of your conditioning and seeing what is already inside instead of grasping at more and more knowledge from the outside. Letting go is a frightful thing to do, though, and that is what makes the path so hard. Be brave, let go over and over again until the clouds clear and you find your life expanding until it is so full there is no room for clouds. Let go until your life expands to the point where there is no difference between you and the clouds. Then, how could they block your view?

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