Then you come to that place of burning through the atmospheric fabric of consciousness. You learn how to make use of the intensity of heat, and you use it to burn through thoughts and emotions, fears and desires, to purify and transform.
Because you are not your thoughts, emotions. You are not the sum of your fears and desires, however enslaved to them you perceive yourself to be. You are a thread in the fabric of consciousness. You are part of the awareness that witnesses all things in this field of time, this dimension of duality.
So you can stop trying to hold on to your identity as it is defined by others. You can start to let go of how others might see you, how they might judge you. And you can start to release your own judgments, assumptions, and misconceptions about others.
You might arrive at a place of thunderstruck stillness in yourself, a calm quiet place that has always been there, somewhere, like the surface of a pool of still water, or maybe the eye of a storm. All the great importance of your external environment is diminished in this place of being at rest within yourself, this sensation of coming home to your own heart, this peaceful pause in the wake of the ten-thousand things.
It’s a place where no one owes you anything, and you don’t owe them. A place free of demand or expectation. A place of clarity, blindingly brilliant, where you can see a little more clearly what it is to be human. Because each time you make an individual self-discovery, you discover something about humanity in the process.
There is a revelatory quality in your experience of self-discovery that is unique to you, but you are also simultaneously connected to all those who have made the same discovery, all around the world, down through the ages. You are connected to those who have not been born yet, and those who are here now, shedding their own brands of light.