There is what happens and there is how we respond to what happens. Between now and what's next stands the swing point, the axis mundi, you/I. The future rides on how we handle the present. Everybody likes to think they don't mean anything. They mean everything. Each one of us is responsible for what's next in our world. We shift the future into place by the way we respond to the present in each situation as it arises. We have to stop flipping off our place in time! We are the crux of the matter! Our life has placed us here, now. What we do here, now moves us and those with us into there, then. How alert are you to the Power of You? How alive to your place in the moment are you? How attuned to what is happening and what needs to happen in response? How aware of what is called for? How unaffected by what you want and don't want? How free to be who you need to be in each moment in every situation? What do you think about that keeps you from thinking about what you need to be thinking about? How do you interfere with your response-ability? Your balance and harmony? Your presence and influence? What do you mean by allowing yourself to be battered around by your circumstances like a pinball, spinning, rolling, from one catastrophe to the next? You have two feet! Stand on them! Open your eyes! See what you look at! Hear what is being said! Know what is going on and what needs to be done about it, and how you can step up, step in, and help out with the gifts/perspective/virtues/talents/ knacks/proclivities/character/daemon (sounds like "diamond")/spirit/shtick that are yours from birth! And summon the courage to do it! For the good of the situation, in all situations that come your way, for the rest of time! Why hold anything back?
The silence has all the answers. The silence knows. Listen to the silence. The silence is the opening to metaphysical reality. There is nothing to believe. There is no doctrine or dogma. No theology. No multilevel sequence of heavens and hells. There is the silence encompassing all that is to be experienced on the other side of normal, apparent, rational, logical, physical, reality. All questions about the silence are irrelevant and unanswerable. Sit still. Be quiet. Wait for "the mud to settle and the water to clear." See/hear what arises in the silence. What emerges. What beckons. What calls. What occurs to you as realization, awareness, knowing, comprehension... And how you respond to it on the level of your heart, stomach, body. Listening to the silence and listening to your body are the two-pronged path to communion with the silence. From there, everything that follows is up to you. What you do about what you experience in the silence is your call to make. "The bird is in your hands."
We live best from a position of balance, harmony, stability-- which flows from and leads to living in accord with the Tao, the balanced center of Yin and Yang throughout time and space (The eternal here and now). We live for pleasure and gain-- whether that serves our balance, harmony and stability or not. It is better to live for balance, harmony and stability whether that serves our pleasure and gain or not. Live toward being a human gyroscope, living out of its own center toward the true expression of itself in the service of what is called for moment-to-moment, as it is said of Jesus that "he came not to be served, but to serve and give his life to set others free." Free from seeking their own pleasure and gain, and free for balance, harmony and stability in the service of what is called for moment-to-moment. Balance, harmony and stability-- allow us to be free from service to pleasure and gain, and free for service to what is called for moment-to-moment. Living like this "turns the light around," puts us in accord with the Tao, and opens the way for spirit and vitality, rhythm and grace, to come to life in us, and who knows where that will lead?