Our motive for most of our action is what's in it for us. What we stand to gain. What we can keep from losing. Since Adam and Eve, we have been seeking better. Our motto through the ages has been: "NOT This! THAT!" Ambition, aspiration, incentive, drive and desire are the motivating forces of humankind. The Buddha and Jesus said, "Enough of that!" It didn't get them very far. The Buddhists sold Buddhism on the basis of the accumulation of merit, and the Christians sold Christianity on the basis of getting to heaven and avoiding hell. Both the Father Shore and Heaven/Hell were invented in order to improve market share, and provide leverage to those hawking the advantages of their point of view. The Bottom Line is the only line. It is certainly the only thing that matters. The thing that matters most. Increasing the Bottom Line is the only reason for living for too many people. It is the way government and business are run. Increasing the bottom line for everyone that counts at the expense of everyone else is the way you get things done. And, of course, everyone in government and business thinks they count and it is okay to stiff everyone else. I present you: The World! My standing with the Buddha and Jesus doesn't improve my chances. It is a sad indication of my prospects. I'm selling sincerity and non-contrivance in a world grounded on polar opposites: "Promise them anything to get what you want!" Or: "Promise them anything and do what you want!" Are the mottoes of business and government. We cannot live like that and be fully, wholly, vibrantly, radiantly, alive. We cannot live the life that is our life to live without changing our relationship with life the way it is being lived. And with the people who are living that way. "What does light have to do with darkness?" What does life have to do with death? We do it our way and pay the price. and they do it their way, and pay the price. We all pay a price for the way we live our life. How we live in light of what is the choice that tells the tale.
We cannot begin to live-- as in the sense of being fully, wholly, radiantly, alive-- until we begin to live truthfully. Living truthfully is living aligned with our original nature, from a position of sincerity and non-contrivance, responding appropriately to our circumstances without a motive beyond doing what needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, here and now in each moment that comes up. Living truthfully is living motive free. We aren't trying to get anything, gain anything, we are simply rising to each occasion in ways fitting to the occasion. When we live from motives, we introduce complexity into the situation, and move away from the center in striving to force our way onto the moment instead of simply responding to the moment, offering what the moment needs instead of trying to get what we want. The work to have our way brings disharmony to life in the here and now, as we attempt to use the moment to serve our ends, and do not live in the moment as an agent of what needs to happen there which may be apart from what we want to happen there. We are then "out of the flow" of the moment, inserting our own will for the moment into the moment, and keeping us from living "in troth" to the moment, at one with the moment. Two tennis players are inserting their will for the moment onto the moment, but they are living/playing aligned with the here and now which calls for them to do that very thing. They are living truthfully in the moment, aligned with the moment, being one with the moment-- and the better they can do that, responding to the moment as it develops around them, they are more likely to win the point than if they allow their will to win to put them in the position of over-hitting their shots, or trying for a more precise placement than may be possible in their particular situation. Their willfulness has to be responsive to the moment, and cannot get outside the moment, beyond the moment, to force something to happen that is inappropriate to the shot that is available at any point in the game. They have to "take what the game gives them," and make what they can of it without overdoing it, being "too fancy," or "too cute." We have to read the time that is at hand, and respond to what is called for in ways appropriate to the moment, without trying to "push the river," and make happen what would be out of time and place. Living truthfully is living at one with the moment, with no motive beyond living at one with the moment, and seeing where that goes. Experiment with living without a motive and living sensitive to-- aware of-- each moment and what is called for in each moment, noticing when you are trying to "over power the moment" and force to happen what you want to happen there. Learn to dance with your moments in ways that are truthful to the moment, living there with sincerity and non-contrivance, and with the good of all concerned at heart, moment by moment. Dancers who do that, create together something neither dancer could manage on their own, neither asserting their will, but both willing alignment to drift and flow, producing radiance and wonder, moment by moment.