Adyashanti: “What Zen practice really did for me was provide the avenue through which I eventually failed. it was my avenue for failure.”
It seems like we all need to fail before we wake up and realize that our thoughts and possessions and all the things we take for granted are just illusions. That we are not our thoughts or possessions or body or other things, we are life, we are awareness, we are consciousness. Only failure can take us there, because as long as we experience success we don’t look outside of that.