Whatever is unconscious within us—our shadow self, to deploy a Jungian term—will express itself in our behaviour. Perhaps we’ll be shocked, puzzled or ashamed by this. Buddy cavils, “That’s not me!”
Forgiveness recognizes that every person acts according to his highest level of consciousness. Which, in some cases, is lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.
As the historical record confirms, enlightenment is not a reward for good behaviour.
“Spiritually speaking,” Carlos Santana said, “we don’t fuck around.”
The man who habitually says “I’m sorry” is remembering something his mother said.
Discipline has nothing to do with subjugation, suppression or standing at attention. It does not mean replacing one pattern of behaviour with another. It means “to learn.”
We must be completely free in order to learn. Freedom begins with the realization of how trapped we are.
The least free are the most conventional.