“Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being. A natural state, of course, means a state which is not contrived, a state that requires no effort or discipline to maintain; a state of being which is not enhanced by any sort of manipulation of body or mind — in other words a state that is completely natural, completely spontaneous.
Herein lies one of the reasons meditation often leads to a dead end. Many meditation techniques, if you look closely at them, are a means of control and manipulation.
You can achieve a lot of things through a technique-manipulation orientated meditation; you may learn to still the mind or might come into psychic powers. But what you can’t do is come upon your own natural and spontaneous way of being.
Real meditation is not mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. What happens when you relinquish control and allow everything to be just as it is without trying to change it?”