Having discovered all our confusions and neuroses, we begin to realize that they are harmless or helpless. Then gradually we find the innocent-child quality in us. And it does not mean that we are being reduced to a child. Rather, we become fresh, inquisitive, sparkling; we want to know more about the world, more about life. All of our preconceptions have been stripped away.
~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
As much as I value the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, this one confuses me:
Having discovered all our confusions and neuroses, wouldn’t we then be as close to full enlightenment as humanly possible?
Wouldn’t we, by the very nature of discovery, recognize them as confusions and neuroses that would automatically make them harmless and helpless?
And as we are in the process of discovery, wouldn’t we be finding that innocent-child quality, so that the full discovery would already have resulted in the return of our fresh, inquisitive, sparkling nature?
Perhaps I’m reading too much into this or I’m missing some context. Perhaps I’m assigning a near-saintly status to the idea of being Enlightened and that the discovery itself is the process– so, “having discovered” isn’t then a new beginning, but a point of Having Discovered (if that makes sense).
After all, “all of our preconceptions have been stripped away”.