You would agree there can be no real inner change unless and until we can step out of ourselves....
Reminds me of a line I've heard: one must travel a far piece beyond our contents and discontents to reach the door of the Beloved.
What main steps would you summarize to prepare for such a journey?
A sincerity and integrity of purpose that's really a response to love's inner call, discrimination that comes from a clarified intuition and, finally, forbearance, grit, being undeterred by trials and errors along the way.
Seems you've really sewn it up.
Like you said, a summary...the contents of which are unraveled, redefined and put into practice by lifetimes of effort, patience, longing and receptivity to the Beloved's grace.
Let me quote you from our last talk about the use of certain terms: ’we can’t even approach their true meaning from the standpoint of that major impediment, the ego-mind. It's the elephant in the room, that mass of habit patterns keeping our consciousness in a state of hypnotic responses.'
Yes, that was talking about how the truth is constantly distorted by ego-mind’s filters, that in fact we can never directly perceive or experience the Real via the ego-mind. Changing this state of affairs is variously expressed: becoming undone, we aren’t who or what we think we are, becoming more by becoming less, going beyond our apparent smallness to an awareness our actual nothingness is far from a loss and the like.
But isn’t that kind of language too elusive, or, to be blunt, isn’t it a vagueness disguised as the mystical?
These are ways of trying to express what’s actually beyond the grasp of our usual ego-mind, ways to elude its constant constraints and categorizations, ways to tap in to our deeper intuitive wisdom. Here’s the main thing: ego-mind’s perceptions and conclusions are simply not trustworthy. This idea is uncomfortable simply because it hits too close to home. To go further, I would say if it create no discomfort that’s a pretty good sign we are too tightly wrapped, too insulated to be affected.
So then the spell is too strong, the trance is too deep…..
We’re all sleepwalking, in a hypnotic reaction to our conditioned mind that’s filled with random associations and integrated around a hodgepodge of conflicted desires; that’s about it, the sum total of what we call our ego-mind, that strange bedfellow we collaborate with.