nhlstnhlst said: i never saw a horse trying to find his true Self why should I ?
Is a horse orchestrating genocides, polluting the planet, working 9-5 jobs, or living in a general state of violent confusion?
1. A person juggling a dozen bean bags without realizing it.
2. That person then realizing they are juggling a dozen bean bags and starting to falter. They are excited to realize how incredible their feat of juggling is but also filled with hope and fear. They hope to continue juggling and fear dropping the bean bags. This added hope and fear then causes them to falter while juggling.
3. The person regains a state of unwavering composure. No longer are they caught by a mental imagination of the future, called hope and fear. Their full attention is engaged in the act of juggling but their sense of self is rooted in silent presence. The juggling remains smooth and continuous.
The horse is like number #1. The majority of humanity is at the stage of #2. The spiritual way helps to stabilize us in #3.
Is anything changing? The juggling in the beginning and in the end are the same. And yet there is also something different. There is a different quality of awareness.
Recognizing the reality of existence is not a “should.” I would never say that someone “should” be more spiritual or something like that. It’s just an inevitability if we want to free ourselves from unnecessary suffering and uncover the vast potential of harmony both within and without.
We are either living in ignorance or we are aspiring for clarity. Your True Self™ is not elsewhere to be found. It is not hiding. If it were, “finding” it would be much easier. What makes it seem so enigmatic is the fact that you are and always were that Self. The path is about finally coming to know that as it truly is, without the constructs of name and form.
I think most people come onto the path for different reasons. They want more peace, less anxiety, more love, less fear, or healing. But sooner or later the path will overturn every concept you have about yourself, the world, and reality itself.