Excerpt About Change
In other words, for us to continue with inquiry when we are afraid, we need to be courageous, we need to be strong of heart, we need to become lionhearted. But what we need to become lionhearted about is the truth. All kinds of things can happen—disruptions, hardships obstacles, fears, and inadequacies. You might feel helpless for a few days, or a few years. Some people can go crazy on the spiritual path, and some people even kill themselves. These difficulties of the inner journey are well known and have been documented throughout history. So there are dangers, and it can get scary. But it can also be exhilarating. The spacecruiser is going into territory you’ve never seen before. You don’t know what kind of creatures you will find; you don’t know what kind of perceptions will arise or how they will affect your mind. You don’t know whether you’re going to experience yourself differently, whether your life will change forever. The journey is exciting, it’s beautiful, it’s creative, but there’s always an edge of fear. If inquiry is truly happening, then you’re always walking this edge. You are terrified or completely thrilled at each turn in the road. You’re leaving the old and familiar and going to the new and unexpected. Whether it is a step in the dark or a jump into the abyss, the unknown awaits.