A local artist asked friends to select a cutting tool which represented a painful experience. However, though I searched, I was unable to find anything.
I realized why. Many fantasize about going to an enlightened teacher, imagining that he or she will dispense illumination. It isn't like that. An authentic teacher forces a seeker to own the darkness within and withdraw projections.
The greatest pain in my life has been acknowledging that I am the one creating the depression, the anger, the frustration. This is why I couldn't find a knife.
Instead I found a mirror.