The fulcrum--the pivot point--from past to future is to live with nothing at stake in the outcome. Giving our best to the moment with nothing to gain and nothing to lose, intent only on honoring the situation as it unfolds around us by responding to what is called for with the gifts we have to offer to each here and now, and letting what happens just be what happens to create the next moment in which we respond to what is called for with the gifts we have to offer... So that our life unfolds situation-by-situation, with us getting better at being who we are offering what we have to give to each time and place of our living, with nothing ever to gain, and nothing ever to lose, but always with another moment to shine and show our stuff by being who we are to the best of our ability just for the hell of it, day in and day out. What a life this is!
I transplanted an Oak Leaf Hydrangea and a Pink Hydrangea, and planted a Southern Wood Fern this morning, and Jesus couldn't have done it better. Jesus and I are one in that regard. When Jesus said, "The Father and I are one," he was saying, "The Father couldn't do it better than I'm doing it." We do a lot of things as well as Jesus and the Father could do them-- and that's the idea with all that we do. The only thing standing in our way is us. We get in our way when we allow our preferences and opinions to interfere with our judgment about what needs to be done and how to do it. When we are on the beam, in the flow, at one with the Tao, centered on the path and in tune with the moment and what needs to happen there, no one could do it better than we are doing it. Jesus is a symbol for being conscious of what is called for in each situation as it arises, and for stepping forward to meet the situation with exactly what is appropriate for the occasion, in all times and places of our living. When we are on, nobody could do us better than we are doing us. We just need to be better at getting out of the way.
Can you take "No" for an answer? It comes down to that. When is the last time you took "No" for an answer? How often have you taken "No" for an answer? Hold that thought, and consider this: Here's the way Howard Thurman said it: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” It can't be said better. It's what those who know have been saying since the first one knew. It's what people have been waking up to for as long as people have been waking up. Life. Living. Being Alive. That's it. Where is life found? What does it take to be alive? Where does your heart tell you "This is IT?" You have to spend more time there, doing that. The future of the world depends on it. And within that frame work of you doing what brings you to life, you have to know what you are going to say "No" to and what you are going to say "Yes" to-- and when you are going to take "No" for an answer, and when you are not going to be stopped, or moved away from your own truth, by anything in the world or beyond it.
James Joyce said, "Any object, intensely regarded, may be a gate of access to the incorruptible eon of the gods." (Buck Mulligan, Ulysses) Joseph Campbell said, "Take, for example, a pencil, ashtray, anything, and holding it before you in both hands, regard it for a while. Forgetting its use and name, yet continuing to regard it, ask yourself seriously, 'What is it' ('What is it good for? What is its purpose? Why is it here?' What was it before it became what it is?')... Cut off from use, relieved of nomenclature, its dimension of wonder opens; for the mystery of the being of that thing is identical with the mystery of the being of the universe-- and of yourself." (A Joseph Campbell Companion). It is a simple meditative exercise that takes you to the heart of the matter "as straight as a Martin to its gourd."