My earlier teacher, Jean Baby, who died during our Winter Retreat, said to me once:
You can’t break the mirror of the self with the head.
What I took this to mean is that sitting isn’t a heroic activity. It is simply understanding where delusion and liberation are located.
We can see our delusive and endless tendency to conceptualise, to continually make a map of the world, thinking we need this to navigate our lives. But if we take Emptiness seriously, the world is whole, immediate, inconceivable, alive. And it is always prepared to burst through the map we make of it, if we don’t lead with the head; if we just let ourselves fall backwards into reality.
So Liberation, Enlightenment, isn’t hidden within ourselves. It is abundantly available if we care to see.
We are saved by all beings.