Question: My biggest fear at the moment is that I am incapable of ever experiencing True spirituality. My mind will never be quiet. I have no patience, and I'm attracted to everything that "glitters"! And yet, in spite of these conditions that hold me captive, I wish for a more spiritual life. Where do I begin?
Answer: The Upper Path begins in the moment where the lower path is no longer tolerable. In other words, we begin this inner work whenever we recognize the futility of our past actions. But to this thought we must add one other: We can't begin to recognize a futile action as being such without seeing the self responsible for selling us that action. As we see ourselves as we are, the natural longing for the wisdom we need to act differently, to be different, is spontaneously awakened in us. This is our guide. It is unfailing. Don't be concerned with how you will or won't succeed. Pay attention instead to where you let yourself invest yourself in what is inherently a dead-end.
Excerpted from Seeker's Guide to Self-Freedom