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You may know the superficial layers of your mind,
but to know the unconscious motives, drives, fears,
the hidden residue of tradition, of racial inheritance -
to be aware of all that and to give it close attention
is very hard work; it demands a great deal of energy.
Most of us are unwilling to give close attention to these things;
we have not the patience to go into ourselves step by step,
inch by inch, so that we begin to know all the subtleties,
the intricate movements of the mind.
But it is only the mind
which has understood itself
in its totality
and is therefore incapable of self-deception,
it is only such a mind that can free itself of its past
and go beyond its own movements
within the field of time.
This is not very difficult,
but it requires a great deal of hard work.
- The Collected Works, Vol. X",253,Choiceless Awareness
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