The artful dignity of a Japanese samurai sword symbolizes how we can cut neurosis from within rather than striking an outer enemy. That sharpness and directness are what is missing in our lives when we are afraid of ourselves. Such a fantastic sword is in us already as our awake nature. We should be proud that we possess such embryonic swords in our hearts.
From Mindfulness in Action by Chögyam Trungpa, page 124–25