We cannot just reject the world of the cocoon, even though it is quite horrific and unnecessary. We have to develop genuine sympathy for our own experiences of darkness as well as those of others. When we look back to the cocoon and see the suffering that takes place in the fearful world, that inspires us to go forward in our journey of warriorship. It is not a journey in the sense of walking in the desert looking ahead to the horizon. Rather, it is a journey that is unfolding within us.
From “The Cocoon,” in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, page 62.