In the past, when I began to study Zen, it was all a mistake. Wandering through numberless mountains and rivers, I wanted to find something to know. (It’s all clear in hindsight.) It is hard to understand it because talk about “no-mind” just brings more confusion.
“Gone mad is what they say, and sometimes Run mad, as if mad is a different direction, like west; as if mad is a different house you could step into, or a separate country entirely. But when you go mad you don’t go any other place, you stay where you are. And somebody else comes in.”—Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace (via frenchtwist)
“In order to maintain its suzerainty, the ego slams the doors leading to the hallowed halls of the deep unconscious or Imagination. It has turned off the lights and keeps the unconscious hemispheres in darkness so that its treasures cannot be discerned or utilized. The stronger the light of ego burns, the darker the sky becomes over the unconscious realm. The more outer-directed the ego, the more the unconscious content is forced to retreat into shadow. The more man conforms to the dictates of the collective, the more stifled the unconscious becomes. The predicament will not abate until man regards his own unconscious truly. He must realize that it is his misguided fear and apprehension that serves to alienate his own selfhood that is condemned to remain dormant in the caves of inner darkness.”—Micheal Tsarion (via heartmindspirit) (via metaconscious)