What is holding you back?

Letting go of Form

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At first, form is needed.
Then doubt and inhibition must be dispelled.
Eventually form is celebrated with joy,
And expression becomes formless.

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In all fields of endeavor,
one must start out with
certain structures, procedures
and forms. Even though one
admires the seemingly effortless
virtuosity of the masters, it will
take time before one can reach that level.

Take dance for example. The novice
must drill constantly on the basics,
isolating each step and movement
with meticulous attention.

Although the emphasis is on structure
may add to the beginner’s inhibition,
it must be done.

Eventually, the student will learn to
let go. The steps will have become part
of their natural movements. Then dancing
can be celebrated joyously.

Our now mature dancer may even dance in
a way that seems so spontaneous, so magical,
that it will even seem formless–or more
correctly the form will emerge with
fluidity, beauty, originality, balance and grace.

The same is true for any endeavor.

A first the practice and restrictions
seem quite constricting. Eventually
you reach a stage where learning and
understanding simply flow spontaneously.
Each and every day is new and fresh
and full of insight.

The beauty of the world then shows
itself as it is. Doubts begin to fade
away and the banality of ordinary life
is replaced by the awe and grandeur
of your own life.

This is what it is to be formless.

Lead the way–
Matt Shannon

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