In any Now, we do not know What's Next. In attempting to soothe our anxiety, take control of the moment and arrange What's Next, we remove ourselves from the flow of Tao-- which is the flow of time (kairos) and place (dharma), upset the dispensation of Grace and Synchronicity, and operate as a rogue predator in the here and now of our living. Better to live aligned with ourselves, standing on the ground that grounds us, attuned to the moment, waiting for the time to act in the service of what needs us to do it, spontaneously moving in sync with what is called for, with no concern for what is in it for us, and nothing at stake in the outcome-- moment-by-moment-by-moment.
Jesus can't do anything for us that we can't do for ourselves. Jesus has only one thing to say to us: "Be who you are the way only you can be who you are, the way I am being who I am. Don't allow anything to keep you from being you the way I am being me. Not fear. Not desire. Not duty. That is all I have to say."
The face that was ours before we were born is our Original Nature, which is who we are when there is no one to please, or impress, or oppress, or dominate, or constrain. When there is nothing to lose or to gain, and we have no stake in the situation and no reason to wear any other face than the one that was ours before we were born. That is the who we are to be everywhere, anywhere, all the time, for all time. What keeps that from happening? Why not be who we are? Sit quietly with the question, and receive what occurs to you with compassion and grace, and without judgment or opinion. Be the mirror reflecting you to you, and live self-transparently throughout the time left for living.
I trust you to know your own business, to know what moves you, to know what is yours to do and to not do, to know what calls your name, to know what you need and where to find it, to know what is striving to come forth through you into your life and into the world. And, if you think you do not know these things, I encourage you to sit quietly and receive what occurs to you with compassion and grace, and without judgment or opinion.
The Hero's Journey is to the heart of who we are. There, we find the essence of our Original Nature. We discover the wonder of the Mystery of Life and Being. We relish and revere the Silence as the source of our own healing and wisdom. We embrace our calling and our destiny as servants of truth integrating polarities, bearing the tension of contradiction, taking up the tasks of balance and harmony, and doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises with the gifts/daemon/virtues/character/vitality/spirit that are ours to offer in each situation as it arises all our life long-- without thought of profit or gain, benefit or advantage, but with compassion, sincerity and spontaneity, dancing with what life brings us and being sources of goodness and mercy, moment-by-moment, day-by-day, "participating joyfully in the sorrows of the world" (James Joyce/Joseph Campbell), and being a blessing upon all who come our way. May it be so for us all!
Liberty, Justice, Equality, Truth are the grounding values of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. They are the heart of the Sermon on the Mount, the parables of the Prodigal's Father and the Good Samaritan. They are the center of the 8 Fold Path and the 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism. And, they are the Boon the Hero retrieves from their journey into the depths of the Psyche to find what we ultimately are all about and bring it to life in the life they are living in the world. We cannot do better than Liberty, Justice, Equality, Truth. They are the end to Racism, Sexism, Misogyny, Xenophobia and Homophobia. And, they are the essence of who we are as individuals and as a community of like-minded people. It doesn't matter what we believe, who we are, how much money and power we have, or what we say is important to us-- if we do not live in the service of Liberty, Justice, Equality and Truth, we have failed to embrace our calling and live out our destiny as human beings sharing a planet with one another. If we are white and privileged (And what white person is not privileged?), it is incumbent upon us to live beyond the appearance of impropriety in these four areas of Liberty, Justice, Equality, Truth. We must live so that we never feel the need to say, "Oh, I am not racist, sexist, a misogynist, xenophobic or homophobic," because those things are being said about us by all who know us. Liberty, Justice, Equality, Truth bond us together, call us forth, inform our living, comprise our life. We owe it to ourselves and to each other to live together in ways that serve, honor, revere and incarnate Liberty, Justice, Equality, Truth-- and oppose with deliberate vigilance all threats to these core values of humanity in all times and places throughout our life.