Accomplishment - 成就 - Chéngjiù
Effort put towards self-cultivation
results in greater accomplishment.
Why continue to doubt?
You may stand clear of others
only through progressing further than they-
Once you have found your path,
no one can overtake you.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
When you begin training, it seems like it will take a lifetime to achieve anything. By comparing yourself to a master (or any more accomplished person), you may begin to despair at the possibility of reaching their level of aptitude. If you are diligent and dedicated, however, then you have no need to fear, for it is inevitable that you will make something of yourself in due time. Once you have reached the plateau, you can relax and begin to contemplate your position on the journey.
You must spend a significant portion of your life reflecting upon what you have gained. Realize that no one else can deprive you of experience. Spirituality is yours and yours alone. Do not let anyone else spoil what is most special to you. Inwardly accessible but outwardly restrictive, the precious accomplishment of the spirit sustains and guides you. With this force comes increased health, and knowledge which can only be known through abnormal means. Tap into the source of all things and you will have gained your first foothold on the spiritual path.
Uncertainty may have previously plagued you, but the first step has changed your perspective. Who is left to argue anything else? You have seen it already yourself. Your self, a lifelong companion, no more an enemy. How magnificent it must feel, to have reached this milestone on the greatest journey one can set out upon. Rejoice a bit, indulge a little and be content. Then, when you feel rested, take up the journey again.
A sunrise on Fuji