Down the rabbit hole

I love direct statements.

"Personal growth sucks," one student announced in the early months of noticing her thoughts.

Well said!

She'd been assured that observing her mind would eliminate her suffering. Instead, things quickly headed in the opposite direction.

Ever google "personal growth"? ( Code words for forays into the sharp, pointy teeth of the mind's defenses.)

You'll get a long list of fuzzy, warm, soft, muted, easy listening, quick fixing, miraculous pain reducing promises of everlasting peace, love, patience, wisdom, understanding.

How about discovering a seriously bad attitude, wrecked relationships and substance abuse problems?

Trust me. It wouldn't sell.

Remember that scene in the "The Matrix" where Morpheus offers Neo the choice to know the truth?

"You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

There are lots of really good reasons to take the blue pill.

But can you really keep your eyes closed once you know they're designed to be open?

Is curiosity enough?

Or does the bonfire of your life make that whole "frying pan/fire" dilemma really not an issue?

Your mind is prepared to defend its secrets.

And at times, it ain't gonna be pretty.

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