The basic human predicament

And, if I may say it in a very condensed way, it is precisely the godlike in ourselves that we are ambivalent about, fascinated by and fearful of, motivated to and defensive against.

This is one aspect of the basic human predicament, that we are simultaneously worms and gods.

Abraham Maslow, Towards a Psychology of Being

Free from labels

Mind can only create the qualities of good and bad by comparing. Remove the comparison, and there go the qualities. What remains is the pure unknown: ungraspable object, ungraspable subject, and the clear light of awareness streaming through.

The pivot of the Tao is the mind free of its thoughts. It doesn’t believe that this is a this or that that is a that. Let Yes and No sprint around the circumference toward a finish line that doesn’t exist. How can they stop trying to win the argument of life until you stop?

Stephen Mitchell, The Second Book of the Tao

Sunday Quote: Be your own island

In some fundamental way, happiness is found within, not in external circumstances, and we cannot give responsibility for it over to another person

So Ānanda, be your own island,

your own refuge,

with no other refuge

The Buddha’s Last Teaching, recorded in the Mahā-parinibbāna Sutta (sutra)

Ways of transformation

Most people today seems to think that sacrifice means giving something up. This is how shallow our religious sense has become.

 Sacrifice really involves the art of drawing energy from one level and reinvesting it at another level to produce a higher form of consciousness.

Robert Johnson, Jungian Analyst, Balancing Heaven and Earth

Not lost

Of all the pitfalls in our paths and the tremendous delays and wanderings off the track I want to say that they are not what they seem to be. I want to say that all that seems like fantastic mistakes are not mistakes, all that seems like error is not error; and it all has to be done.

That which seems like a false step is the next step.

Agnes Martin, 1912 – 2004), American abstract painter, Writings

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