The forces at work in our lives are like gravity and love in that they are always there in the background behind the scenes holding things up, keeping things going, animating things, directing things, making possible all that is possible, and may yet be-- needing only cooperation and assistance to make it so. None of us knows what might become of us, even now, even yet, even so, just by befriending the forces at work in our lives. I call them "The Forces of Life and Being," but no one knows what to call them, although they have been recognized from the beginning. The old Shamans all knew of them, and visited them regularly in their dreams and visions and out-of-body experiences. The Shamans were the spokespersons of the forces, keeping the ordinary people aligned, in accord, at one and cooperating with the forces in balancing and harmonizing the interests, concerns and needs of the physical world with the ways, the drift, the flow, the direction, the way of the spiritual world, which is the world of the forces of life and being. From the Shamans came the predecessors of the Hindus in India and the Taoists in China. Hindus talked of Atman. The early Taoists talked of Tao from which they said flowed all of the forces of life and being: The Source, Yin and Yang, Heaven, Earth and Human-being-hood (With "human-being-hood being what human beings are ideally suited for and capable of when they are aligned, in accord with, the forces of life and being). Hindus have maintained the sense of how long this has been at work over time-- how many "creations" there have been. Suffice it to say that this is all there ever has been, universes upon universes coming and going, with The Forces of Life and Being flowing through them all. The Atman, the Tao, the Forces of Life and Being, are always "right there." Right Here. Right Now. Waiting. Available. Needing only cooperation and assistance to produce wonders unimaginable through the lives of those living in accord, aligned, at one with them-- even now, even yet, even so.
Along with gravity, light, magnetism, and all of the remaining forces detectable in the physical cosmos, I include Mind as a primary force at work within us and beyond us to produce what we call reality. We are products of Mind. Evidence of Mind. Vehicles of Mind. At work within the other forces and physical matter to become what might yet be during the time left for living (And this is more than the time remaining in our lifetime-- it is what is left for life in the current episode of the existence of space and time). What might yet be? We have a say in that as individual specks of protoplasm within the vastness within vastness of all that is. What we do matters. There is no greater absurdity than saying, doing, acting as though what we do matters. And yet, and yet... Nothing matters more than living as though what we do matters-- to us and those impacted by what we do, and to those impacted by what they do, and so on... And what difference can that possibly make? We answer that question best by smiling and saying, "None whatsoever--and I am going to live as though it makes all the difference in the cosmos!" Then stepping, still smiling, if not laughing, into the next situation that arises, and living there to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, for the simple joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, situation by situation, for the remainder of the time left for living.
Living as though it matters how we live puts us on a certain track, and living as though it doesn't matter how we live puts us on a different track. Living as though it matters that we do the right thing at the right time in the right way because it matters, and doing it for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, and not to get anything more than that from doing it, in each situation as it arises all our life long, creates a certain tone for our life. And living as though it matters what we get, own, amass, collect, possess, attain, acquire, achieve, accomplish through/from every situation that arises creates a different tone for our life. The track we take and the tone we create puts us in or out of accord with the forces of life and being, and that makes all the difference.