When things change in our world, we typically think that “something is wrong with me, my partner, my child, my boss, my politicians, my body, my ability, my life.” Change seems to generate a subtle thought that says, “something is wrong,” rather than, “something has changed.”
Coming from a recovering seeker-of-how-to-fix-me-and-everything-that-is-wrong, let me tell you, it is way more fulfilling to discover how to surrender to what is. I’ve gone from seeker to finder. You can too. What’s tricky is that you have to be willing to admit that you are addicted to seeking the answer to “why.”
“Why is this happening to me?” The New Age movement has given us a lot of fun tools to play with to answer this question in many complex and lofty ways. Ultimately, they are a waste of our time if we are not willing to do the real work. What is the real work? It is to put everything we think we know aside – especially all of the spiritualism we’ve all picked up, and discover innocently what is.
Like the change in our environment and noticing it’s affect on us, the mind has it’s own fascinating mechanism at play. The only way to really know what this is like is to give it a go yourself. You have to sit and watch your mind. You have to have a practice that takes your awareness inward. You have to ask, “what is it that is watching the mind?” It helps to have guidance, too. And from here we naturally awaken to exactly how things are in this moment. From here we get to have our own experience that fellas like Eckart Tolle, Rumi, and Thich Nhat Hanh speak of. I read all these teachers and like so many others was left wondering, “How do I get there?” These guys sounded like they were having great experiences – where was my own living experience of the present moment? Well, it is and always will be right where it has always been…right here – same place yours is, too, by the way. Turns out, they were right. But I wasn’t going to get the experience just from hearing about theirs. I had to do the work. And if you want it, so do you.
So how do you awaken to the present moment – to what is? Simple. Stop. Notice. Begin with just watching the mind. Your mind will begin to talk to you and you will want to pay attention to it. Don’t do it. But if you do, who cares! Simply begin again. You can hit the reset button an infinite number of times – it is a practice. You are creating a new habit – just because it sounds like it happened over night for some people doesn’t mean it will for most of us. Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it must not be working or you’d be experiencing a certain kind of experience. That is another thought generated by the belief that “there is something wrong.” It’s not that you have a whole ton of junk left to uncover, you infinite being of love and light…it’s that you are addicted to having problems to fix and that you believe that one, little, tricky thought that says, “there is something wrong.” Stop it. You can. I know because I am practicing doing it every day, myself.
So are you willing to notice your addiction to seeking? Are you ready to set your toolbox down as you rest right now and be with what is? And if so, can you do so without engaging the lifelong habit of needing to control as soon as you recognize anything arising? If so, you will discover great wonder and freedom on the other side. I wish this for you. As Buddha said, “May all beings be free from suffering.” In my experience, this is not gained from generating a certain mood, (ie: controlling our experience) but rather from surrendering to what is – even and especially when you don’t like it.
Best of luck to you, Cosmic Explorer. This is a time to celebrate and enjoy our existence. Great good forces are afoot and you have a role to play. If you choose to accept the above challenge, there are many treasures waiting for you to discover. You are not just the mind/body you’ve been given to experience life through. Step off into the well-rooted, endless sea of infinite possibility. You won’t be alone. We’re all waiting for you to rise up to the plate of your god/ess-hood and be everything you are meant to be.
Deep, Expanding Peace – Rodasi