We are all inside a cultural egg trying to get out from the inside. We make the mistake when we try to get out from the outside, thinking that the egg that encloses us is out there, and we can break our prison from the outside. But eggs are built to withstand outside forces. But we also make the mistake by trying to crack out from the inside. Inside or outside the egg always holds.
When we crack from the outside, we attack the form of the egg, like religion or government or some enemy. When we try to crack from the inside we attack out own mind with a hammer. But the inside of the egg and the outside of the egg is the same cultural egg.
You can’t crack the egg unless you see that you are the egg and that cracking won’t do it. You have to see through the egg; you have to make the egg transparent. We make the egg transparent slowly, like a turtle, not like a jackrabbit. Jackrabbit cracks are bright and powerful, but they close up. The egg is like algae on a pond that creeps back over the clear space you have made with your hands. When we tire, the egg comes back. We try to hold the crack open with yoga and spiritual disciplines. But the force of the cultural egg is like gravity. You can’t jump out of it.
Anyone on the path of cracking the cultural egg learns that the egg won’t crack from the outside or from the inside. When we begin to see that, a shift happens. We stop making the effort to crack the egg. And with no-effort—yet that doesn’t mean giving up and surrendering to the egg—if means being awake within the egg, within the dream. It means waking up in the dream, and then the egg becomes transparent. When you are finally out of the egg, you look back it was never there. The traces of the egg are now stories you can use to help others make their egg transparent.