Our own instinctive/intuitive sense of what needs to be done-- of what is called for-- here and now, in each situation as it arises which is evoked by the moment eliciting our spontaneous, sincere, response to the time and place of our living in the field of action, is as close to the experience of, and participation in, the Tao as we can hope to have. And we cannot box that up and carry it around with us, to pull out and produce as needed, any time, any place. We can only sense what is happening in any time, any place, and get out of the way, allowing right being/doing to come, or not, according to its good pleasure. We do not possess the experience, create the participation, wield it by will or whim. We make ourselves available to it by being empty of motive, desire, interest and opinion-- stepping aside and allowing what needs to happen to happen through us to bless and grace the moment with the appropriateness of our response to the time that is at hand, by doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, without knowing at all what we are doing. This is the magic of being in accord with the moment for the sake of being in accord with the moment, knowing there is nothing more to seek, or have, or want, or be. One moment at a time.
Contradiction, conflict, complexity descend upon us right out of our imagination to rob us of the moment and transport us into mental scenarios in frantic search of solutions to problems that do not exist. Or, fantasies and flights of fancy, take us on journeys through wonders ranging from the preposterous to the surreal to the sublime-- robbing us of the moment by offering us glory beyond the best reality has to offer as the preferred alternative to what reality does have to offer. And the moment goes unlived forever. How much time each day is lived in our heads and not in our life? Living to escape our life is not living at all. HERE we are! NOW what? What is being asked of us here and now? What is being called for? What is it time for? What do we need to be doing in response to the context, conditions and circumstances of our life? What do our choices serve? To what end are we living? Sit still. Be quiet. Pay attention. Be aware.
Joseph Campbell said we are often stirred to find and do "what we absolutely must do to be who ourselves." We live to be true to ourselves whether we realize it or not. In seeking ourselves, it is our original nature we hope to find-- "the face that was ours before we were born." Before even our parents, or our grandparents, were born. There is a genetic urge to be tucked away inside each of us. We live to realize ourselves as much as a pine tree lives to be a pine tree, and a lion turns out to be a lion-- and not just any lion, but precisely the lion it is built to be-- within the context and circumstances, the here and now, of its existence. What is the original imprint we are called to bring forth in the time and place of our living? "We are who we always have been," said Carl Jung, "and who we will be." My fifth grade teacher told my mother in one of those parent/teacher conferences, "Jimmy spends a lot of time looking out the window." I still do. Suits me "to a T." We are to realize and express what "Suits us to a T," and enjoy ourselves immensely as long as life shall last.