"No Agenda! No Opinion!" is the sine qua non for all gurus, sages and desert saints-- with the understanding that "no agenda" means "The only agenda is to have no agenda," and "no opinion" means "The Guiding Opinion is that having no opinions is necessary in maintaining balance and harmony." Having nothing at stake in any outcome frees us to see what is needed in each situation as it arises, and to serve that above any special interests that we may have. Nonpartisan, objective, distant, disinterested, unbiased and free from investment of any kind in what is happening here and now allows us to see and do what is called for in rising to any occasion and offering what is right for the moment all along the way, spontaneously, naturally, automatically, like a stream running downhill, finding the proper course around, over, under or through whatever it encounters. Balance and harmony require just enough caring to be present and involved, but not enough to be hooked, hijacked, and overwhelmed. Too much noise and complexity quickly becomes nothing but noise and complexity, and the emotional distance necessary for perspective and perception disappears entirely from our lived experience. "No Agenda! No Opinion!" is a way of restoring our place in our life, and positioning us to live in ways that honor the moment with attentive presence and the right amount of participation in the service of the good, here and now.
"Grace" is chance with a positive spin. "Fate" is chance with a negative spin. We spin things every time we ascribe meaning to them. What something "means" is what we say it means. What we say anything means determines what we do about it, how we respond to it. We change the way something impacts us simply by changing our mind about it, by "seeing" in in a different way. Interpretation of reality IS reality. Interpreting things differently alters everything. Changing our way of talking about something changes the way we see it, changes the way we interpret it, changes our relationship to it, transforms our life.
Our original nature has to be squared up with our circumstances in each situation as it arises. When we fail to do that, we incur resistance in the form of symptoms every time. We are always dismissing our original nature as a minor detail on our way through our life, and that is the failure that leads to the clashing rocks and the heaving waves, dead ends, lost hope and the unending landscape of the wasteland on every side. Nothing changes until we change our relationship with our original nature, and live aligned with its unique configuration through all of the days of our life.