Excerpt About Boats

Prayer is a Boat
Ultimately, prayer is like any other method: it is a boat that at some point you will need to abandon. Your life itself will need to become the prayer, or the meditation, or the inquiry. You may practice whatever works for you—pray, meditate, inquire, take aims—until you realize that none of them work. Because as long as you do these practices you are acting from the perspective of non-reality. All of those methods assume that you are a separate individual who needs to get someplace. At least that’s how most people begin these practices. The practices have deeper bases in the truth of reality, but that is difficult to see until we actually arrive at this reality. When you realize the truth, however, you see that you do not need a boat, for you have already arrived on land. You need a boat only when you have not yet reached land. But the boat cannot get you all the way to the shore. You must get wet. You have to leave the boat at some point before you can reach the shore. You have to get your feet wet.

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