Returning to the silence in a regular, routine, rhythmic kind of way, establishes us in a practice incorporating emptiness and stillness, along with the silence in establishing and maintaining a connection with our original nature and the virtues that are ours from the beginning-- equipping us to meet each day's deliveries in the strengths that are ours to use doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises, day by day. We have what in takes in the gifts that are ours to use, but we have to take the time to remember that in order to avail ourselves of it, and draw from it what we need for the work of being who we are within the context and circumstances of the day. The right kind of silence, stillness and emptiness link us with the resources and the resolve for meeting what waits along the way, and serves as a wellspring ever-flowing throughout our life.
We get to our original nature by being clear about what is "me" and what is "not me," what is our "primary mask," and what is our "antithetical mask," what is authentic about us and what is affectation. What is "just us," and what is "the me we wish we were"? Our authentic self is awash in our original nature, and reeks of the virtues that are ours from birth, exhibiting "the face that was ours before our grandparents were born." Our authentic self waits for us to relax ourselves into all that "we always have been, and what we will be." Why the resistance? Why even any hesitation? Relaxing is being natural. And in itself alone, adds years of congeniality and cordiality to our life. Why wouldn't we go for that the rest of the way? It is the truest thing there is about us. Why would we run from that? The Gateless Gate reminds us that we are only a slight perspective shift away!