We can become desperate when our struggles to escape just entangle us further like quicksand. In the no-man’s land of repeated failure, it’s easy to get addicted to distraction or denial, or stuck in depression. Our society excels in methods to distract attention from the crisis in consciousness, with the very few hours most have outside of work saturated with media and a variety of other tranquilizers.
What if instead of attempting to push away the discomfort we instead just open to it exactly as it is? If, instead of resisting its gravity, we allow our experience to be just as it is, surrender draws us into the hidden depths of our being. Here the walls, the knots, and the maze collapse. Right here in the darkness of our unknowing there is a path leading directly through our fear and pain to a natural intelligence that is unafraid of our bad dreams and therefore free to respond to them.