We are going to build something now. As with all things worth building, we will need a foundation. True to our allegory, before a foundation can be laid, we will need to clear the site so we’ll have a neutral place to begin.
“The Empty Cup”
“The Japanese master Nan-in gave audience to a professor of philosophy. Serving tea, Nan-in filled his visitor’s cup, and kept pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could restrain himself no longer: “Stop! The cup is over full, no more will go in.” Nan-in said: “Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you anything unless you first empty your cup?”
Clearing the ground for our foundation can only happen if you can let go of the ideas, opinions, and beliefs you hold true. We don’t need you to abandon them completely, we just need you to loosen your grip on them, let them float to the background for now so we can level the ground and prepare for something new. We are not going to be building onto the structures you have already created. We are starting from scratch.
Why start from scratch? Simple enough answer. Do you have everything you want from your life? Are you waking everyday and experiencing the life you truly want or are you left wanting? If you know there is more, if you feel lacking and half-awake then make this realization.
The core values and beliefs of your life, your opinions and the reality you hold to be true has created the results you have in your life today.
That’s why we need to put those to the side right now, they may be of use later, and they may not. But for now, empty your cup, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get ready to get our hands dirty.