Precious guru, embodiment of all buddhas of the three times; Great bliss, the lord of all accomplishments;
Wrathful power, who dispels all hindrances and subdues demons; Pray bestow your blessings.
Please remove the outer, inner, and secret obstacles and grant your blessings to accomplish wishes spontaneously.
–Prayer to Guru Rinpoche to clear away obstacles on the path
“Both therapy and mysticism begin by redirecting attention to the one who asks the question. The beginning of the answer is not ‘out there’ but ‘in here.’ In the very consciousness of the one who is looking. Our transformation and healing will commence only with sustained introspection…..
The result of this introspection for both therapy and mysticism is always the same. There are within and beyond the self hidden orders of being. ‘As above, so below.’ Consciousness is layered. Concealed strata of reality that are inaccessible to ordinary perception. They are literally meta-physical…..This unconscious hidden universe has no place in the world…..
This other dimension is not merely concealed, it flows softly beneath the surface of everything. It moves beneath what is apparent and animates it. It fills this world with ‘undreamed of’ potential meaning, for since it is beneath everything, it joins everything. It is an untamed primeval motion of ever-rearranging arrangements of only God knows what. A primary process that seems to sparkle through ordinary things and events in moments of great insight, beauty, and genius. It is reflected sunlight on water. The dancer who dances with such intensity that self-consciousness is left behind. The musicians in the orchestra who play with such devotion that their combined music is greater than the sum of their individual contributions. One body that joins with another body to form, for a moment, what seems to be a single living organism. When all things around us seem to ‘flow’ within and by the same current. When the words of prayer seem to take wings. Then have we fallen (or risen) beneath the apparent surface to some more primary process. Symbols have greater life. Linear logic recedes. The boundaries of space and time blur. The primeval and archaic return. The dream awakens even though the one who dreams remains asleep.”
– Lawrence Kushner (The River of Light)