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The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra

To have it all we must be willing to lose it all. To lose our need to be right. To lose our need for approval. To lose the illusory sense of ourselves as a separate entity. We release it all to the great abyss in order to find we are the entirety of it all. We aren’t right as an ego but right as the whole one mind. Our lives become right in our relinquishing of any control, any desire to prove, any reflex to defend or define ourselves. 

We spend most of our adult lives accumulating - knowledge, money, things, relationships - and then fear the loss of these things as loss of ourselves. We become attached to what surrounds us as a means to grasp hold of what we are - the ungraspable essence. Born naked, free, alive into wonder, we find ourselves fully clothed, identified as this or that - a personality existing. 

And then one unexpected, unassuming day, without any announcement, you touch the shore. You retreat back as the wave.