Consistency, reliability, dependability... Can we maintain our connection with the center? Can we remain on the path? Can we retain our focus amid the Clashing Rocks on the Heaving Waves of the Wine Dark Sea? It is one thing to grasp the truth of what is needed in the silence of circumstances that are routine and predictable, but. Enter the unfathomable. Put the Gauls or the Visigoths at the gates! Remove the norms and standards. Introduce uncertainty. Destroy the systems and institutions that hold life together. Or, just take to bed with a migraine for two days. See how you do. An old Zen adage applies: "The ability of the archer to hit the bullseye, varies in inverse proportion to the size of the prize for doing so." "AUM" is the first thing to go when the cat has diarrhea and the electricity goes off at 2 AM. Where is the center then? What happens to our focus then? Who has time for the balm of realization then? Then the time has come for action! What directs our movement in the field of action? What leads us there, then? What becomes of us there, then? Can we disappear there, then? And become one with the action? The dancer becomes the dance! The singer becomes the song! The musician becomes the music! The Force is always with us, but. Can we be one with the force? Can we become the Force? Can we become the Tao? Dancing with Yin and Yang in the Here and Now? Gracing the situation with exactly what is needed? Spontaneously? Improvisationally? Without stopping to think, "What would Jesus do?"? Can we become Grace in Action? That's how illumined we are! How enlightened we are! How awakened we are! Can we disappear and be what is needed in the time and place of our living regardless of the circumstances? That is the test of our connection with the center and ground, The Source and the flow of our existence.
We are never more than a slight shift in perspective away from having it made. We are never more than that far away from Nirvana, from illumination, from awakening, from enlightenment, from Christ-consciousness and Buddha-mind. It all comes down to being right about the way we see things. To being right about what is important. Seeing things with right seeing makes all the difference. How we see is a function of how we look. Of asking the questions that beg to be asked. Of hearing the things that cry out to be heard. Of saying the things that are dying to be said. Of knowing what we know, and what can be known, and what cannot be known. Instead of imposing our view of reality upon reality-- instead of imposing our ideas about how things are upon how things are-- we wait in the silence to see, to hear, to know, to understand. When we reflect on what is before us-- upon what is happening and what that means for us and for the situation as it arises-- to the point of new realizations, we are at the fulcrum, being levered by forces quite beyond us to seeing with new eyes, which makes all things new. And that is IT!
There is nothing like coming to terms with how things are-- and also are (Which is how things actually are)-- for enabling us to let things be without emotional reactivity that interferes with how things actually are, and creates complexity, upheaval, disruption and chaos on all levels simultaneously, wreaking havoc, destruction, devastation and misery everlasting. Here's the deal: We live on the boundary, the border line, the interface, the pivot point, the fulcrum between how things are and how things ought to be in each moment in each situation as it arises day-by-day all our life long. And how we respond to what is happening in that moment makes all the difference. The key to being able to do right by the moment that is at hand in every moment that comes along is caring enough about the right things in the right way to do what needs to be done without interfering with what is happening or getting in the way of what needs to happen. The right kind of caring is the difference between being helpful and being intrusive, between being engaged for the good of the whole without being co-dependent and overly invested in the outcome. We have to live in each moment as those who care enough about what is happening to offer the best we have to give in the service of the good of the whole without being meddlesome, over-wrought, strung-out, and personally in need of things happening in a particular way, to the extent that we try to will what cannot be willed and force things to happen that cannot be forced. We have to take things seriously enough to do what is needed/necessary, in the right spirit, with the right frame of mind, without taking things seriously at all. This is called "maintaining working distance" between ourselves and the situation. Close enough to care without having anything at stake. Caring enough to give what we have to offer with nothing to gain and nothing to lose. To live out of that place is to be always "at the still point of the turning world" (T.S. Eliot). The trick with that is understanding there is no static way of being in the daily interplay of life. The "still point" is not stationary! The still point that enables us to ride a bicycle is within a range of controlled wobbles! The same thing applies to the still point of living in balance and harmony with our life-- and all of life! Caring enough without caring too much! Offering what is ours to give to each moment of our living without contriving to arrange a particular result/end/outcome! Letting things come and go according to the rhythm of their own timing, and honoring, thereby, the tides of life and living and being alive! This is the art of being human.
So much goes on behind the scenes, unseen, unknown, it's a travesty and a betrayal of trust, and we all should be ashamed, and aware-- transparent to ourselves, if not to everyone else, and they to us. At least, we could be sincere about our lack of sincerity. But who can risk absolute sincerity? Who can be that vulnerable, that known? We hide things from ourselves! How sincere is that? We cannot bear the truth of our own truth! And other people know things about us we do not know ourselves! It is staggering-- the duplicity, the deception-- and essential! Necessary! Unavoidable! Because we need a double life to have a life at all! This is the other side of Yin/Yang-- the two sides have a second side apiece! Hidden from themselves! Our Shadow has a shadow! This is getting fancy! And we have no choice but to bear our own complexity! Our complexity is a compromise enabling us to bear the strain of the tension of competing needs-- financial, emotional, physical, spiritual, practical, creative... how many aspects of us are there that have to be taken into account in order to balance the harmony of the whole? However we look at it, there is more to us than meets the eye! Any eye! And what you see-- what any of us see-- is the result of sanity management undertaken to bear the pain of getting through the day. We have to kid ourselves in order to play the game of not kidding ourselves, because otherwise it would be intolerable, and too much of a stretch to keep it going. It is what we don't know that upholds what we do know, and makes it possible to go on!