I was reminded this morning of this quote attributed to the Buddha:
“I will give you everything that you are, and take away everything you are not.”
In a way this is very much the problem of the modern western man. Every day we take in newspapers, tv shows, self help books, websites, and very little of it makes a real impact, but we are surrounded by a swirl of words and images crafted by others. The few words that touch us light up parts of our truth, but to reveal the innermost core of our being takes the skill of a sculptor, knocking away that which we are not.
Jiddu Krishnamurti often talked about deconditioning or deprogramming. I vaguely recall his book Freedom From The Known, the problem is that besides letting things settle and being concerned with the practical aspects of living, there are not that many techniques that one can employ, whatever you do just fills up the brain’s inbox with more stuff.