As we inquire into beliefs – and awaken to the nature of mind – we are moving in the direction of nothing to defend.
When we are stuck in a particular view, there is rigidity, contraction and right and wrong. We are attached to and clouded by an abstraction. Our identity is fixed and limited. Buttons are pushed in everyday life. The nature of mind is covered up.
When we are free from stuckness, there is fluidity, openness, and multiple perspectives. We are free from believing in abstractions. Our identity is fluid and unrestrained. There are no buttons to push. The nature of mind is revealed as spacious clarity, as unfixed compassion and wisdom.
We are fully engaged in the world, clearly discerning and allowing choices to emerge, experiencing and acting free from any particular fixed view or identity.
Free of stuckness and stuck-upness, there is nothing to defend. Nothing to live up to. For any possible statement, we can say “yes, that is true of me as well”.
And as mentioned, this is a direction – something we taste and gradually live more fully. As long as mind functions through a human being, there is always room for improvement.