Leaning into the sharp points


The other underlying theme was dissolving the dualistic tension between us and them, this and that, good and bad, by inviting in what we usually avoid. My teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, described this as “leaning into the sharp points.”

Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart, 7

On Salvia the biggest sharp point of all gives way. That’s the sharp point of the universe itself as other. All that surrounding non-self melts away, and you see that behind the veil of otherness is just more self. Even better, you find that your human self has been embedded inside your real self all along, that your human life is just a fantasy etched inside a bubble of amnesia. Even better than that, you find that your real self is actually a caring and tender community overflowing with good will and happy humor. You realize that you are perpetually among loving friends who know you very well.