In China we don’t consider a person really beautiful until we know them for a long time and then we know what lies behind their facade.
— Zhang Ziyi
Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.
No society wants you to become wise: it is against the investment of all societies…
The only thing you have to offer another human being is your own state of being.
I find that somehow,
by shifting the focus of attention,
I become the very thing I look at,
and experience the kind of consciousness it has.
I become the inner witness of the thing.
I call this capacity of entering
other focal points of consciousness,
LOVE, you may give it any name you like.
Love says “I am everything”.
Wisdom says “I am nothing”.
Between the two, my life flows.
Since at any point of time and space,
I can be both the subject
and the object of experience,
I express it by saying
that I am both,
and beyond both.
This is your body, your greatest gift, pregnant with wisdom you do not hear, grief you thought was forgotten, and joy you have never known.
― Marion Woodman
The racial and evolutionary history planted in our bodies is lost to us if we can’t know it’s there. We won’t suspect our depths if we can’t hear our own inner oracles. The ancient Greeks had a…