We see others with amazing acuity. We see ourselves through a glass darkly.
Stupidity is not necessarily a lack of intelligence. Some of the stupidest men in the world are savvy, rich, well educated. Stupid is the man who does not know himself, who does the right thing for the wrong reasons.
A change on the inside produces change on the outside, in the world of form.
A change on the outside changes nothing in the world of the formless.
Change is not going from A to B. Change is clear seeing.
A desire for change is not change.
Anger cannot be managed; it helps no one to list his triggers. Anger is an inside job. Life is the trigger. What then? Anger must be traced to its source. Do that and see that anger is not a problem but the symptom of a problem. It is the love-puckered face-freezing fruit of a thought habit. That’s what needs to be dismantled. It’s not easy. We love our habits. Occasionally, we break a habit, but it is more frequently the case that a habit breaks us.
Where is it, this “pearl of great price”?
Where it’s always been—inside the clam.
Likewise, the chalice, suspended from a bough of the great oak in the walled-off garden of the grown-over castle.
“Look inside yourself.”