Our conditioning can create a world for us that we adhere to convention and domestication. How do we come to find passion and to see and realize what defeats it. How do we come to lose it and how can it come back to our lives. There ultimately seems to exist throughout our lives an endless tug-of-war between freedom and domestication, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves. How might we come to realize the importance of courageous inquiry into understanding what contributes to dispassion, numbness, depression, being stuck and bored and in turn to living in a full way.
Rodney Smith suggests that at some point the sincere Dharma practitioner realizes that as long as the “I” is the governing force behind thoughts and emotions, then our internal world will be filled with abstract arguments, and the external world laden with conflict and struggle.
The self must cease through awareness of its own limitation, the falseness of its own existence. However deep, wide, and extensive it may become, the self is always limited, and until it is abandoned, the mind can never be free. The mere perception of that fact is the ending of the self, and only then is it possible for that which is the real to come into being. – Krishnamurti, The Collected Works, Vol.