Returning to the silence, seeking the center, harmonizing ourselves with the disharmony on all sides, making our peace with the complete absence of peace in our life, putting ourselves in accord with the complete lack of accord anywhere we look, is walking on the water of the heaving waves of the wine-dark sea, between the clashing rocks, and through the dark night of betrayal and remorse. Grief and mourning, deep loss and sorrow, too must be embraced. There is no escape from the ebbs and throes of life. We bear it by bearing it, receiving it as one might welcome any fact unfit for human company, but here nonetheless, with nowhere else to go, and no one but us to deal with it as it must be dealt with for as long as its time shall last. Here we are, now what? Live on! Live on! Doing what must be done, even here, even now, even with this, oh, why this? Why not? Here we are. Return to the silence, seek the center, harmonize ourselves with the disharmony all around, trusting balance to return in time, and the gyrations to subside, and the still point to come back into focus, and our feet to find the foundation, and spring to come at last.
What are your virtues-- not in terms of morality, but in terms of your personal qualities. The characteristics that characterize you-- the gifts, talents, abilities that set you apart and make you you. That constitute your identity, are foundational to your make-up and define you as do your fingerprints the color of your eyes and the cones of your irises. These are the aspects of your Original Nature that came with you into the world, and are yours to bring forth in your life as your service to the world. What are they? Sit still, be quiet, wait for the mud to settle and the water to clear to make plain your ground and foundation, your center and your core, that nothing can knock you off of, or take from you because it IS you, and no one but you can exhibit them the way you can. And only you can keep that from happening. Why would you not be who you are?
Some things never change. What was true at the beginning of time is true today. The old Taoists, from before 2000 years BCE, were talking about Yin/Yang, and the work of Integrating The Opposites, and our Original Nature, and the Virtues that are ours from before we were born, and Balance and Harmony, and the essential importance of Sincerity (Non-Contrivance) and Spontaneity in being in accord with the Tao (Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, moment-by-moment-by-moment throughout our life). And, after all these years, nothing has changed in this foundational formula for living well and having a meaningful life. And all of the things that have opposed the embodiment-- the incarnation-- the exhibition/expression-- of this way of life through the ages, are still at work in the service of disharmony and chaos in our life and in the world. Our work remains the same forever. Ours is the Sisyphean Task of rolling the rock up the hill, following it down the hill, and rolling it up the hill, to follow it down the hill, throughout time. Being in accord with the Tao through all that disrupts the flow with clashing rocks and heaving waves on the wine-dark sea-- up the hill and down the hill and up the hill forever. Got it? Go to it! Go do it! Day-after-day-after-day! That's all there is to it!
What is your work, your life? What do you need to do it, to live it? What are the tools you need to do your work, to live your life? My work/my life is looking/seeing, listening/hearing, and getting to the bottom of it all. I am a spiritual scientist. I explore the Numen, the ineffable, the Tao, the unnamed Source of life and being, of light and darkness-- the Mystery at the heart of everything. My tools are a camera and a keyboard. And books. I write to hear what I have to say. I read to hear what I need to hear. I look to see what's there. I make inquiries because there are more questions than answers, and "an answer is just a step on the way to a better question." What about you? What's your schtick? Your Thing? Your energy source? Your life source? Driving you on? How do you feed it? How does it feed you? What are the tools it requires for its service? Answering those questions-- and the ones they lead to-- are all you need for a meaningful life. And what do you need beyond a meaningful life?
The lesson of the Buddha under the Bo Tree is: "Do not be impressed by anything!" Which is also stated: "Do not need anything you do not already have." We come as complete human beings from the womb, packed with all we need to find what we need to do what needs to be done in each situation as it arises all our life long. A baby has exactly what they need to get what they need. And that remains true with the baby throughout their life. Insecure/unstable babies think they need more than they need, and cannot get enough of what they do not have. Secure/stable Buddha-babies are confident in their ability to sustain themselves simply by finding what they need here and now, and living on by making do. What did Gandhi have ever? He wore a diaper and was bare-footed forever! And he was a rock-- immovable, unfazed, unimpressed by anything. Jesus was the same way. What did Jesus have? He went without whimpering to his crucifixion. Do you think Donald Trump could do that? Or any of his minions? Any of the 73 million MAGA-GA-GA's? Not one of them can stand alone and be who they are, knowing they have what they need so that no one can buy them, or frighten them, or threaten them. They are afraid of everything, and need guns and walls to protect them from the threatening world that will come for their guns at any time. There is no such thing as a secure fascist. Insecurity, uncertainty, fear and emptiness are the bedrock of fascism. Being a Buddha-baby is their worst nightmare. Democracy is for people who have what it takes to be who they are in each situation as it arises without ever being impressed-- for better or worse-- by anything.