I’ve been listening to Pema Chodron discuss fearless non-theism over and over and over again. The words she shares are comforting and challenging all at once. In particular:
“We can drop the fundamental hope that there’s a better me who one day will emerge.”
I’ve found this has incredible personal applications – it rings true and is difficult to practice. I find many ways that I’m endeavoring to be better to avoid what I am. It’s hard to be honest and accepting, especially when embarrassment, hurt, shame, or other uncomfortable feelings arise. It’s very difficult when I’m in pain and suffering.
This has associations with shadow work – to be with the parts of ourselves that are not in the light. Mystery can be unsettling, and is full of essential treasure.