Wondrous beyond measure the great way. It flows off into nothingness like a vast river. When a newcomer arrives on its banks, he stands in awe at its majesty.
When a weak newcomer enters the currents of the great way he is overcome by its incredible strength and quickly leaves out of fear of helplessness, never to return again.
When an average newcomer approaches the currents of the great way he immediately looks for a downed tree or piece of land toward which to swim. Then very cautiously he enters the currents. Spending a considerable amount of time fighting them in order to arrive at his predetermined “safe” tree or piece of land, he tires. When the “safe” destination is finally reached, he barely has enough energy to pull himself out of the currents. Exhausted, and inspired by a fear of drowning, he swiftly departs, never to return again.
When a strong newcomer enters the currents of the great way, he fearlessly swims into its center, where the current is the strongest. Being content with the direction in which the current flows and never trying to change directions, he never tires. He is completely unafraid and surrenders to the great way. Occasionally, when the current leads into a downed tree or the shore, without hesitation he will dive back out into the current’s center.
Every so often, even a strong newcomer will make the mistake of leaving the currents to circumvent a downed tree. Once he has left, a myriad of distractions will present themselves making it almost impossible to enter the current again.
Master Sean Pearson