A human being is a part of the whole called by us "the universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein
How do I break free of this prison? Who do I trust? Where do I go? The ego of my universe continues to contract because of fear of the unknown, as well as fear of the absolute. It has not brought contentment, but bred restlessness, yet I am struggling for the courage to break down the walls I have built around me and allow myself to fly.