Shatter the darkness that shrouds the doorway.
Step around the poisonous vipers that slither at your feet, attempting to throw you off your course.
Be bold. Be humble.
Put away the incense and forget the incantations they taught you.
Ask no permission from the authorities.
Close your eyes and follow your breath to the still place that leads to the invisible path that leads you home.
From St.Teresa of Avila, “The Interior Castle”, translation by Mirabai Starr