Accessible Here and Now
I have now read Head Off Stress. What really strikes me about the book, and the other Douglas Harding books I have read, is that it turns enlightenment upside down - at least compared to my previous view. It is not a distant goal I can hope to glimpse now and again through rigorous practise. No, it is accessible here and now, if I will just take a second to let go of the games I play. It is not just head off stress, it is as much head off pretense in spiritual practise.
I am very inspired with Douglas' approach not to
eliminate stress from life, but to place it where it belongs, which is always
'there', not 'here'. I have been decapitating myself repeatedly every day since
last summer. Seeing is readily accessible, though I am quite certain I don't
grasp half the meaning of Seeing. That may come in the fullness of time and
practise. Reading Head Off Stress only served to strengthen my commitment to
practise Seeing as often as I remember. Thomas.