“Master,” said the student, “I come to you with a troubled mind.”
“Good,” replied the Master, a calm smile on her face.
The student continued. “I am suffering,” she said. “My mind just doesn’t seem to work. I can’t remember things properly. I can’t think things through.”
“Good,” said the Master, nodding her head.
Confused, the student nevertheless continued. “It’s not just my mental performance,” she said. “I can’t seem to think happy thoughts. Or if I do, it requires a lot of effort. Most of the time, I am terribly sad. Sometimes I think about very frightening things.”
“Good,” said the Master, her smile broadening.
The student gave her Master a wounded look. “Master,” she said, “I am opening my heart to you. These things have been troubling me for some time. I am suffering terribly. Why do you only smile and say ‘Good’?”
The Master regarded her student with clear, steady eyes. “Because,” she replied, “Relying on your mind, you have grown weak. It is my hope that with the dysfunction of your mind, you will grow strong again.”
“How can that be possible?” exclaimed the frustrated student.
The Master tapped the center of her chest. Automatically, the student followed suit.
“Here,” said the Master. “Here is the source of strength you have forgotten. Here is what you need to survive.”
“But I can’t think with that! How will I survive?”
“You don’t need to think. You don’t even need to feel. It is beyond thought and emotion. You simply have to Know.”
“And how will I…know?”
“Take a deep breath.” The student did, and her Master nodded. “Feel it. Be still. This is your Knowing. You can’t describe it. There are no words for it. But in your Knowing lies your power. And you will find that with your Knowing, you will move without needing to think at all.”
The student took a deep, still breath, and smiled.