What is needed, simply, is trust that perfect wisdom is there for each one of us...
|The wise use of techniques of meditation can help us to begin to attune to the mind itself, as we feel out the space around and between its objects. It can be done with great gentleness - little by little - but perhaps there will always be a sense of awe as we allow ourselves to approach and to rest in the mystery of the moment. It is like an unveiling; for an instant we see clearly what has been encased in the carapace of concept. Ideas of 'Me' and 'Mine' are irrelevant; they have no place.|
But can we dare? Do we have the courage to put our faith to the test in this way? To really rest in that space which the present moment affords us with no plan, no strategy to protect or guide us into the future? What is needed, simply, is trust that perfect wisdom is there for each one of us and will manifest in appropriate behaviour when we remove the clutter, the incrustation of stale outdated views, and allow it the space to find itself. The Three Refuges are there, they invite us to do just that; and we can use the structure of the Five Precepts to protect us from the danger of harmful speech or action... It is likely that our efforts at first will be faltering, we will stumble and make mistakes, but little by little as we grow in confidence, we will find ourselves lighter, as the redundant patterns of thinking fall away - and definitely more joyous.