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Tyranny of the Method

"I have been four months with you," said the student to the Master, and you have still not given me a method or technique."

" A method?" said the Master.  "What on earth would you want a method for?"

"To attain inner freedom."

The Master roared with laughter.  "You need great skill indeed to set yourself free by means of the trap called a method."

Systems, methods, and techniques are trap doors for those walking a spiritual path. Avoid them like the plague.

- Anthony de Mello, Awakening: Conversations with the Master (Loyola Press, 1998)