The Obstacle of Knowledge

If we are caught by the obstacle of knowledge, even if truth comes knocking at our door, we will refuse to let it in.” Thich Nhat Hanh

When we identify with “what we know”

and with “who we know”

and our sense of self and idea of truth

shrink down to the size of our frontal lobe:

Then we start to believe that we “are” our mind,

and a door shuts close around us

with the inscriptions: “closed systems”,

“preconceived notions”, “prejudices”,

“logical conclusions”, “fixed answers”…

As we identify with and believe our limited mind,

the larger and deeper truths that life offers

and that can only be received

with a fully present and open heart and mind

will not be able to reach us, but pass us by.

Descartes said: “I think, therefore I am”

Buddha and Jesus said: “I surrender, therefore I am”

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