You are like fish in the ocean seeking water

Not realizing that the liberation you seek is functioning perfectly in your own mind, you search far and wide, study various doctrines, and seek guidance from enlightened teachers. Even if your aspiration is genuine, if you do not look deeply into your own mind, how can you ever find it?

You are like fish in the ocean seeking water. Just let go of your ideas and step back into the pure, clear awareness of your own mind. Then you will be able to discern all the subtle teachings of the various traditions. You will comprehend the truth of life and death. Each of you is endowed with perfect wisdom, but until you stop seeking outside yourself, you can never realize it.

The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing by Ted Biringer