What are the things keeping us from being the person we are capable of being, doing the things we are capable of getting done? Really--what is holding us back? Standing in our way? If it weren't for what, we would be doing what? Sit quietly with those things in your lap. Meditate on those things. Contemplate those things. See what stirs to life in so doing. See what comes to light. See where you are being led, and don't fail to go where you are being directed. Your life needs you to live it the way it needs to be lived. To serve your destiny. To be who you were born to be. In each situation as it arises all your life long. Beginning right here right now.
We are here to serve our destiny-- to be who we are, naturally, spontaneously, doing what is ours to do, without contriving to have our way, or to get what we want, or to turn things to our benefit, profit, gain or advantage-- just to be who we are and do what is ours to do for no other reason than because that is who we are and that is what is ours to do. Period. In each situation as it arises, all our life long. Our destiny is the rough equivalent of a caste system, the only difference being that no one can tell us what our destiny is by virtue of the circumstances of our birth. No one can tell us what our destiny is. That is ours only to know for ourselves. Only I know what is "me." And "not-me." Only you know what is "you." And "not-you." Joseph Campbell said, "We know when we are on the beam, and when we are off of it." We know what is ours to do when we see it. We know it is talking to us when it calls our name. Of course, most of us have other ideas. We have our preferences and our dreams for our life. The trouble is that our life probably has other ideas for us. This gets us to the heart of, "Not my will, but thine, be done!" Our life's will for us can be like a crucifixion, a self-sacrifice, acquiescence, surrender, submission, death, dying to our wants/wishes for ourselves in swearing filial allegiance and liege loyalty to our destiny and our life's will for us. This is the story of the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane. Who is the final authority determining how our life is to be lived? Is it us? Or our life, our destiny? Our answer to that question determines everything that follows.
If everyone would sit still and be quiet until The Shift happened the world would be instantly transformed. Shift happens. It happens regularly throughout our life. But we cannot schedule it. It doesn't happen when it is convenient. It doesn't happen at the same time for anyone, much less for everyone. It can be assumed, and even expected, and looked forward to, but it cannot be predicted, and if it is controlled, it is artificial, and cannot be relied upon to be as dependable and trustworthy as the real thing. When The Shift happens, our life "clicks" into place, and things take shape around that. We know what is important, see what needs to happen, hear what is being called for in each situation as it happens, and live in the service of our destiny in responding spontaneously to the need of the moment in each situation as it arises, with sincerity and non-contrivance, compassion and acceptance, balance and harmony, day-in and day-out, all our life long. This is the attitude, and the approach to life, that changes the world. And it arises on it own out of the stillness of the silence.
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Hi Mr. Jim, I’ve really enjoyed reading your stuff. I also have watched the videos of Jon Kabat Zinn.
Hi Wesley, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s approach to mindfulness will be a help to you throughout your life. Just breathing yourself into here and now gives you a sense of yourself in the present moment and provides you with a pivot point for levering the future into being just by the way you respond to the Now as you live it! Good for you! — Jim