I think the way out of the chain is Agency
Was thinking about this in the context of
The self that I am most given to remember is actually very much informed by a predetermined chain of events. It would be a fools errand to try and extricate self from that chain if the self so understood was determined primarily by that sequence of events. Even thinking about the self being so determined does not necessarily enjoy the status of being thereby removed from said chain. The attempt to escape samsara is samsara.
It reminds me of that parable of how we are sometimes given to descend into a dark underworld. There is the promise of being able to return, on one condition, that we should not consume or attempt to substantiate ourselves with anything that is "there". Behind our thought-patterns, hidden from the dream yet always present, there is something that belongs to us absolutely.
Soul not right? No more mojo already?If anyone's having trouble with this, I can help, for a cost close to nothing, I guarantee it.