One of the strongest lessons I have ever had to learn, is about my own ignorance about where happiness really lies for me. There seems to be a quality in us that is committed to keeping us unhappy. We have the intention to be happy and yet we do things that make us suffer.
MC frees us of the karmic results from doing the same habitual thing over and over again, in order to encourage us to interrupt those habits and in fact burn them up altogether. When we hang in there on our fasts, we save ourselves from dire consequences.
What if you could find the keys to your innermost self?
Knock down a few walls? In order to stay on the fast you will need to be interested in reflecting on yourself, and also willing not to bail out. It requires devotion to a process you stick with through thick and thin, where you will be required to love yourself so much that you can withstand strong challenges. We can appreciate difficult circumstances that we face, because they can transform us. Having an appreciation towards that which causes us difficulty, leads to freedom. We become grateful that we are no longer oppressed by our minds and the unpredictable mess we have been trapped in.
Each day on the fast, I discover there are not so many story lines going on inside me. In fact, I think I have a top ten. You don't have to be a brilliant person to know that the habitual response never brings you the happiness you seek. Burrough's outlined the path for us, but now it is entirely up to each one of us to walk the path. If we are not able to cultivate actions that will support our intention, we will not make much progress. This is why so many of us fail once we start our program. Many of us have no idea how to go about doing this by yourself. Don't worry! On MC, one's own experience is the teaching. Your own process is the real teacher, and as your ability to do this work grows you will develop confidence in that. The teaching of MC is not just found in books, but in the doing. We must marry our intentions with specific actions.