Clarity for the sake of all

 

Any insight – any current guiding stories – is a stepping stone, it opens up to something else.

For instance, I may seek clarity (love, enlightenment, God) for my own sake at first.

Then, I may seek it for the sake of all beings.

Then, I may question even those stories.

In the first case, I seek clarity (love, enlightenment, God) for my own sake, and I do so because it makes sense within my world view. I may take the image of a boundary between me and the wider world as true, as well as images of me, I and a wider world. If I have additional stories, such as I am a victim, the world is dangerous, I am in crisis, then it makes even more sense to focus on clarity for my own sake. These stories appear helpful for a while, and at some point, they may seem a bit limiting.

I may notice that these boundaries and images are not as real as they first appeared, and there may even be an intentional investigation of these boundaries. I may also notice what happens when I stay in this attitude of seeking it for my own sake (at some point, it feels limiting, uncomfortable, stagnant), and how more freeing it is to seek it for the sake of all beings. I may also discover that the wider world is a mirror of me, and the way I relate to the wider world is how I relate to me. Seeking clarity for my own sake, or for the sake of all beings, is really the same.

As I seek clarity for the sake of all beings, I may still take certain stories as true, and this too may appear quite helpful for a while. I may still take stories of confusion and clarity, time and space, a me and I, a world, beings and so on as true. And at some point, these stories appear a bit limiting and confining. They used to be the next or the new step, and they are now the way I am limiting reality. As I question these stories of confusion and clarity, time and space, a me and I and a world, beings and so on, something else may open up.

And as something else opens up, there will continue to be stories and images to investigate. It can always be clearer.

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