There are no shortcuts on the spiritual journey. Growing up is hard to do. And that's all it comes down to. Growing up. Coming to terms with the way things are. Making our peace with not having our way. Doing what needs to be done. When it needs to be done. Where it needs to be done. How it needs to be done. Every time it needs to be done. Moment by moment. Forever. You think that's easy? Could ever be easy? You want it to be easy? You don't have what it takes. Go back to your soft fantasies and the consolations of your comforting illusions. Growing up asks hard things of us all the way. Jesus handing us heavenly bliss for the low, low price of believing he will if we believe he will, smoothly skirts the bit about bearing our cross daily, dying again and again on the hill of doing what needs to be done whether we want to or not all our life long. The Sisyphean task is the true way to the land of promise, to the farther shore, to nirvana and happy at last. It is called paying the price to ride the ride, and is not what we want to hear. "No pain! No Pain!" "Smooth and Easy! Smooth Easy!" "Soft and warm! Soft and warm!" Is more like our brand. We have our standards, and our way is the only way to the land of lemonade brooks, lollypop trees, and big rock candy mountain-- where shortcuts abound, and pleasant is all around, and nothing drowns the sound of good times coming down on big rock candy mountain.
We live from one situation to another. How we live in this situation sets up the next situation, so that we are the common link among all of the situations that comprise our life. We set the tone, compose the theme, shape the contour, form the pattern that becomes the life we live, one situation at a time. How we perform here is a reflection of how we performed there, and a precursor of how we will perform in all the situations that flow from this one. We would do well to be aware of what we are doing and how we are doing it, evaluating that in light of how we want to be known, remembered, thought of-- of what we want our body of work to say about us, now and forever. Are we proud to be who we are? Is this the best we can do? We make the adjustments commensurate with our ideal of who and how we want to be one situation at a time. Is this how we want to do it? Is this the way we want to be? Does this represent the us we are glad to exhibit and express? If not, then what do we need to do to be more like we want to be than we are in the next situation that comes along?
Growing up is the solution to all of our problems today. And every day. This is the way things are, and this is what we can do about it, and that's that. Letting that be that is the key to everything that follows. The ease with which we go about doing that in each situation as it arises tells the tale. And that is all that needs to be said about what needs to be done in getting us together with our life. Letting things be what they are means letting our decisions/choices be what they are, and letting our outcomes be what they are, and doing what can be done with all that comes our way, and letting that be that.
It's all mind. There is no ego that is not mind. There is no awareness/illumination that is not mind. When you take into account that the observer cannot be separated from the observed (Or the observed from the observer), there is no external reality that is not also mind. Mind is all, connecting all, making all things one. There is no duality that is not mind. Mind is one. "So What?" you say? So stop acting as though you are separate from all other people and things. As though there is an I and a Thou, a We and a Them! Start acting as though Thou Art That, and That, and That, and That... Sit down and be quiet with all of this. Let it sink in. Let it marinate. Let it ferment. Let it mature. Let it bring a shift in perspective, and make all things new. Do that. And see what happens then.