The Search

Over 30 years ago, I remember listening to a CD called

“The Gateless Gate”

The essence of its teaching was that all searches are:

 Fear Based

  It said that,

“What we Want Most- we Fear Most”


Sometimes in our lives we really want something. In fact, it is usually the thing we want most. We want it so much that we actually begin to fear not getting it. Our fear then starts to build a wall between us and ‘this thing we want most”. A wall to protect us from the disappointment should we not achieve or get this thing we want most. Imagine the disappointment of not attaining the thing we want most. We protect ourselves with this wall.

We build this wall by allowing ourselves to become distracted and turning the ‘distraction’ into our new ‘focus’. We even create distractions and things to do as a way of keeping busy so as to avoid putting our energy toward that which we want. We subconsciously justify our inability to attend to our goal by being too busy to shift and channel our energy into actions toward its attainment.

This wall created by the fear of not getting “what we want most” is in fact a

Gateless Gate



Photography by Iggy Kreutz
  • Marie Patiniotis
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    Sounds easy to do but hard to control feelings sometimes

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      Wow Rouchelle- Well Done!

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