Excerpt About Fulcrum

The Conjunction of Opposites During Practice

Many traditions, including the Diamond Approach, talk about all sorts of states and dimensions. And every time we teach a new state, you think, “Yeah, that is what I need to get to. That is the answer to everything. How do I get there?” So, in a way, we are constantly confusing you, telling you we are not going anywhere and then telling you where we are going. That is part of the conjunction of opposites, part of the fulcrum of realization. And it’s not only you who are subject to this; I still go through the same process myself. I’ve been duped many times, and I’m still liable to be duped again! But being duped is part of the practice. Getting duped and recognizing how you get duped is part of the practice. If that doesn’t happen, there really is no path, no progress, no discovery. During the course of engaging the spiritual path, it is difficult to practice without a goal and without motivation. But as the practice becomes subtler and deeper, we realize that intention is not necessary, a goal is not necessary, motive is not necessary. Not only are they not necessary, but if they remain, they will obstruct the arising of reality. Recognizing the ways in which our practice is limited by our aims reveals further subtleties of practice. In this teaching, we come to understand, especially in the nondoing practice, that we don’t want to do anything to our experience. It is not only that we don’t orient toward some goal but also that we don’t act on that orientation. To do something to our experience means that we have some idea or hope or desire
for something different to happen.

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