Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to God." And, Jesus said, "Do not throw your pearls before swine." And, Jesus said, "Judge not, that you may be not judged." What would Jesus do? Whatever Jesus would do, it would likely be contradicted by something else Jesus would do. Like telling the story of the Prodigal Son, and then cursing a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season!!! So, what I'm saying about all of this is this: Decide for yourself what you are going to do in each situation as it arises, and do it-- and use what happens then as food for thought in deciding what you are going to do in the next situation as it arises. Do not follow a recipe book of what to do when! No maps! No maps! No path! No path! Each moment is a fresh start. Decide what you are going to do there based on your cumulative experience with all the moments that have gone before! Trust yourself to follow the impulse of your nature, and let that be that. Use the information you glean from that experience to collect as grist for the mill for the next moment. We are milling awareness, here! We are milling maturity! We are milling grace and compassion-- for ourselves as much as for anyone else! Living is the lesson, life is the teacher. Do what you would do and let that deepen, expand, enlarge your response potential in the next moment. You be your own authority in deciding how you live your life and determining what to do in each situation. Give it your best effort, and make the necessary adjustments to meet the next situation. That is your life plan. Beat it if you can.
Our role is not to choreograph life, willing things into place, pushing, shoving, insisting, demanding, ordering, directing, compelling, threatening, serving our way, imposing our agenda... Our role is to fold into life, to merge with the current, to become one with the flow, to let things be waiting for the right time to act in doing what is called for, and being a steady influence over time. Like water, finding its way, not forcing it, wearing rock away to create the Grand Canyon with its unrelenting presence, moment-by-moment, day-by-day. In accord with the Tao, integrating yin and yang, transforming the landscape, changing the world, doing nothing in the special way water has of being water.
We have to live the kind of life that allows us to be who we are. There has to be a close correspondence between how we live and who we are. When there is too much dissonance, we sacrifice our original nature, our natural self, for the sake of who our lived environment requires us to be. Too much "civilization"-- too many "Thou Shalts"-- and we are living in The Wasteland of Lost Souls, looking for a way back to Eden. The way back to Eden is the return to "the face that was ours before we were born." What is the impulse of our nature? How are we restraining ourselves in deference to our surroundings? How is our life inhibiting our ability-- our freedom-- to live the life that is crying out to be lived? Everywhere there is striving and forcing, contriving and conniving, seeking and serving our way in pursuit of what we want now! Where do we simply sit, waiting quietly "in a perpetual state of centeredness in undirected alertness," watching for things to open up "of themselves, according to their nature" (Quotes from Joseph Campbell), in order that we might act in accordance with the rhythm of time and place, here and now, with no concern for, or attachment to, the outcome? Where do we merely look to see where we might best bring what we have to offer in response to what is being called for moment-by-moment? Always, everywhere, there is only doing this to get that, or to keep from losing that. Never just to act innocently, nobly, "not missing the moment of life," allowing "life to be lived of itself" like dancers at one with the music, disappearing into the moment, stepping aside, allowing the dance to be danced through them (Quotes from Joseph Campbell). The return to Eden is the return to the innocence of the time before contrivance and expediency. As Campbell said, "What is keeping us out of the Garden (of Eden) is not the jealousy or wrath of any god, but our own instinctive attachment to what we take to be our lives." And as Jesus said, "Whoever seeks to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life (in the service of what is called for moment-by-moment) will find it."
Sincerity and self-transparency are the basic building blocks of a true human being. Which is to say that truth is fundamental and foundational for a true human being. Truth is integrity, is integration, is Yin/Yang, is Tao is living aligned with ourselves, in accord with the Tao, at one with who we are, where we are, when we are, how we are, here and now. No duplicity. No duality. No denial. No pretense. No hidden agendas. No ulterior motives. No mixed signals. No gaming. No pretending. Who we are is who we are. Across all situations and circumstances. times and places. We don't go were we aren't welcome to be who we are. Where appearances don't express/exhibit realities. Where the visible conceals the invisible. And the truth is not how it is presented to be. The life of a true human being turns life as it is being lived upside down. Do we have what it takes to be who we are? What would have to change about our life for us to be able to live in ways that are true to ourselves? That are in the flow? That are on the beam? That are integral exhibitions and identical incarnations of the values and virtues, vitality and spirit of who we are?