Why do we hold on?
Maybe we believe that our safety lies in holding on,
That losing our grip could spell disaster,
Or we may believe that holding on is the way to salvation.
But do we really know it is safer to hold on?
Would letting go really be so bad?
Do we really gain from holding on?
It is the role of the teacher to show us that such security is illusory.
That holding on only holds us back.
That our salvation lies in letting go.
Our holding on is a constraint we've placed upon ourselves.
It is an attitude, a way of thinking.
And our thinking - unlike the weather or the movements of the planets - is one thing we have complete control over.
The task of the teacher is to show us that we can change our minds, and that it is safe to do so.
Date created: July 30, 2000