Someplace inside of us, we believe enlightenment will set us free from our suffering. But what awakening actually does is to open a door to our suffering, while simultaneously redeeming it in a new idea of what freedom actually is.
The only surprise in awakening is that it was there all along.
Finally, we are free. But this freedom is not a freedom from, but rather a freedom with.
What we call “life” is the union of the faraway and the near. The faraway is the seemingly outer world. The near is ourselves. A nameless, characterless quality pervades and supports both.
– Jason Shulman