Quite often my healing journey seems to be the bringing together of opposites. The resolution of paradox and the burning away of conditioning. These things are thematic. Here are a few quotes that are (at least in my mind) somehow related to this process.
Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over again to annihilation can that which is indestructible arise within us. In this lies the dignity of daring. The goal of living life and inner peace is not to acquire a state of harmony where nothing can ever trouble us – inner peace allows us to be perturbed, to be insulted, moved, broken, battered, in order that we may discover in doing battle that which awaits us beyond the world of opposites. We must have the courage to face life, to encounter all that is most perilous in the world. ~ Karlfried Graf Durkheim
The above quote makes me think of another small piece I posted in the past:
Let the ego hits burn you. Stop shooting your sense of self up with Novocaine. Take the hit, calmly. Then take the next one. Take every single hit to ego that comes your way, doing nothing that you ordinarily would or that your thoughts would insist you do in order to soften the blow or lessen the pain in any way. Little by little this is the surest way to quickly and efficiently allow what is false, and what is inaccurately holding you to your faulty identity – break away to the point where eventually major chunks of dreck will be able to be sloughed off. But those major chunks must begin by first not resisting, ever, the thousand daily blows. From Just Perception
I suppose a one liner I presented as a status update on Facebook the other day fits in here too:
The post traumatic stress thawing out process. Unfreezing hurts.
The thawing out is paradoxically rather equivalent to the burning away. Ha ha. A good number of you will understand, I’m sure.
Of course there is also Rumi:
“Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make sense any more.”