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Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 62 that, just giving, opening, extending yourself completely to the situation that’s available to you. Being fantastically exposed, and the sense that you could give birth to another world. This also describes the spiritual potential of intimate involve- ment with another human being. Another quote with a similar feeling comes from Swami Rudrananda (known as Rudy, a German teacher who was a stu- dent of the Indian saint Swami Nityananda), further describing how to work with neurosis in this way: Don’t look for perfection in me. I want to acknowledge my own imperfection, I want to understand that that is part of the endlessness of my growth. It’s absolutely useless at this stage in your life, with all of the shit piled up in your closet, to walk around and try to kid yourself about your perfection. Out of the raw material you break down [here he is also speaking of the charnel ground] you grow and absorb the energy. You work yourself from inside out, tearing out, destroying, and finding a sense of nothingness. That nothingness allows God to come in. But this somethingness—ego and prejudices and limitations—is your raw material. If you process and refine it all, you can open consciously. Otherwise, you will never come to anything that represents yourself ... The only thing that can create a oneness inside you is the ability to see more of yourself as you work every day to open deeper and say, “Fine, I’m short-tempered,” or “Fine, I’m aggressive,” or, “Fine, I love It is a form of love’s grace that brings our wounds and defenses forward into the light. For love can only heal what presents itself to be healed. NOV 58-63.indd 62 NOV 58-63.indd 62 9/1/08 12:22:17 PM 9/1/08 12:22:17 PM