Twisting is really about getting untwisted, isn’t it? You have probably seen pictures or statues of Buddha with a mudra like this: each hand has the thumb and index finger joined in an “ok” sign. Hands are stacked in front of his chest; the top hand has the palm facing out and bottom palm is facing in so the thumbs of two “ok” signs are almost touching. This mudra means “untying the knots.” This is the essence of practice.
My teacher, Gelek Rimpoche says practice is about moving from negative tendencies to positive tendencies. Our negative tendencies are exactly what make us feel like we are all twisted up and stuck. It reminds me of how my necklace chains get tied up into each other and it takes me a long time and more patience than I usually have, to undo all these teeny tiny knots and get them to hang free again. But the beauty of the jewelry was always there.
Our goodness is always there, too. When we don’t see that, we get sticking living with the knots, and the motivation to do the work required to untie the knots is elusive. We forget the feeling of freedom. But that feeling doesn’t forget us and it pops up unbidden now and then. When that happens, we are reminded of our goodness and our potential and feel inspired to do more practice. This is the process of life; slowly progressing toward positive tendencies, finding clarity and more space, and manifesting our unique, radiant goodness for the benefit of all beings.