Today we follow-up on yesterday’s discussion about the real journey aims at what already exists inside. We can only arrive at the real source by first leading away from it.
If it were simply a matter of searching within, many might find the way very quickly. However, in order “to be here now” it turns out that a person must search everywhere else first. The answer is from within, but the call comes from beyond. The dream that calls us to a greater life both leads and misleads. Going out and coming back are both required; for there are two worlds involved and two arcs of life that call.
If the way was simple and straight forward, no dream or art or true practice would be needed. Everyone would set out directly and arrive at the soul’s destination. Yet the path to the center requires several kinds of surrender, we must stretch and change and suffer great doubts. It takes a certain amount of courage and even some heart-break to learn what one’s heart already knows. It takes enough experience of being lost to know how to find one’s way.
The genuine individual only develops from repeated tempering in the fires of uncertainty and even in the flames of inner conflict. Gold is found in dark and forboding places and usually after a great amount of searching. The same is true for the treasure within. If it were simple, we would value it less.