If the spirit doesn't burn to work then you are a slave to ego. But don't worry, you have plenty of company.
Ego is your very own personal pharaoh.
The teacher's job is to wake your spirit by making your life hell. And until you can clearly distinguish spirit from ego that's exactly what it'll be.
The work is your only hope. Squander it at your peril.
Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.


The world of energy and the world of thinking are mutually exclusive.
The beautiful thing about natural objects is that they abide happily in their own energy – they don't clash with themselves. This is not the case with most adults I meet, which leads me to one conclusion: the human self is not natural – it has come from elsewhere.
Demolish the ego. Dismantle the mind. Undo the damage. Methodically, systematically.
Staying busy to keep from registering the deep despair in the modern soul is what therapists call active depression.


Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!

Dantien is a tight fist; heart is an open palm.
Without the bitter pill of work to balance and sustain that outward sweetness, you effectively become a spoilt child – flabby, petulant and selfish.
The great thing about being part of a body of work is that I can allow myself to be touched and enriched by everything without fear of being diverted or distracted.
Taoism is a principle of agnosticism. As soon as you think you know something you get suspicious and look for its opposite.
Come out of your self.

The heart is like a flower. Unless it is open, it cannot release its fragrance into the world.
The work should tire you to exhaustion, but never get you down. Learn, above all, to rest.