Paradox by Jed McKenna

February 19, 2013


You will never achieve spiritual enlightenment.
The you that you think of as you is not you.
The you that thinks of you as you is not you.
There is no you, so who wishes to become enlightened?
Who is not enlightened?
Who will become enlightened? 
Who will be enlightened?

Enlightenment is your destiny— more certain than sunrise.
You cannot fail to achieve enlightenment.
Were you told otherwise?
Irresistible forces compel you.
The universe insists. 

It is not within your power to fail.
There is no path to enlightenment:
It lies in all directions at all times.
On the journey to enlightenment, 
you create and destroy your own path with every step.

No one can follow another’s path. 
No one can step off the path.
No one can lead another.
No one can turn back.
No one can stop.

Enlightenment is closer than your skin, 
more immediate than your next breath, 
and forever beyond your reach.

It need not be sought because it cannot be found.
It cannot be found because it cannot be lost.
It cannot be lost because it is
not other than that which seeks.
The paradox is that there is no paradox. 
Isn’t that the damnedest thing?

Jed McKenna

“the you that you think of as you (and that thinks of you as you, and so on) is not you, it’s just the character that the underlying truth of you is dreaming into brief existence.”


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