Mistake

February 4, 2014

We are often told that all of our unhappiness stems from a single root: ignorance.  But the following teaching, from the recent public sitting in Portland, suggests how very innocent our ignorance is through its use of the forgiving word “mistake”:

“The greatest part of our suffering is the simple misdemeanor of mistake.  We make mistakes about who we are, about what we know, even about what we want.  We mistake the fact of destitution and destruction for the absence of God and we mistake the voice of our own calling, that longing that seeks us out, for a voice critical and damning.  We mistake love almost all the time.  And we mistake even our own confusion, thinking that our ignorance itself is our fault, our flaw, when it is this kind of ignorance, this kind of mistake that defines the very play and purpose of our lives.  If God is seeking itself in each one of us, it must hide in order to be found, and furthermore, it must believe itself to be truly hidden; and we are all in this play, part and parcel of this game, hidden from ourselves and seeking what is real, the same as God.  And so our mistakes are our humanness, not in the sense that people are fundamentally flawed but in the sense that form hides truth; manifestation, by its very nature, obscures reality….”

And then the prescription for our release from this play:

“…Do not trust yourself to see things as they are with your superficial eyes and your cursory glances.  Do not trust yourself to know things as they are with your simple, frantic thinking and your planning, fixing mind.  Seek, first, the eyes that would allow all things to be real and see with those, and then seek the mind that would quiet itself and open itself to all possibilities—not just the ones it is already familiar with.  And so, seek the seeing and the knowing with those parts of you that are capable of this, those parts that can penetrate the hiddenness and find the secret of things inside of this strange, mad manifestation….”

One Response to “Mistake”

  1. Yes indeed! this is thought provoking. Have you always be so logical?

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