Just as we use our own flesh vehicle to propel ourselves through this light show, smell show, this constantly exploding touch, feel and thought extravaganza we call Life - we use the boat as a vehicle to assist us in the journey to the other shore. When we get to the other shore, we realize we were always at the "other" shore, there was never a time when this moment was not that moment - it's all one continuous flow of energy. As adults, we have different developmental challenges than during childhood, but we still need transitional objects in order to negotiate them. Our new comfort items such as our stuffed animal or blankie are usually less concrete and more condensed with meaning. For example, the Buddha often used the image of a boat to describe the role of meditation. Meditation practice is the boat that helps us cross the river of delusion, the river of suffering. When it brings us to the other side, we can discard it. The Buddha was clear about this: "the boat is not the opposite shore - it is just the vehicle we use to get there." When we're midstream, we must cling to it as if our lives depended on it. When we get to the other shore, it can be completely relinquished. Know when and how to use your boat and do not grow attached to it.
The light in me sees and humbly honors the light in each of you.