As soon as we connect with the purity of our inherent nature, our buddha nature, what is revealed is our fundamental goodness—the good heart. Kindness, compassion and love simply exude. And so you are not only in touch with yourself, but completely in touch with others also. You feel a sense of real oneness with them. There is no barrier standing any longer between you and them. Nor even between you and yourself.
So often the barriers, and so the problems, are our own; we are at war with ourselves. Now, through this practice, as the grip of ego loosens and our tendency to grasp evaporates, so the conflict, the suffering, and the pain of fragmenting and fighting with ourselves dissolve. For the first time, a deep and fundamental forgiveness for ourselves becomes possible.
At the same time, expectation, fear, and anxiety melt away, and with them all those feelings—of being blocked and closed, of not being in touch with ourselves or others, of being estranged even from our own feelings—that disqualify us from being happy.
It’s incredible what this wonderful practice can bring about…