We are pushing for more of what, we do not know. "More than this" is all that comes to mind, when "this" is all we need. "Just this," just as it is has all we need to wake up to what's what, and what is being called for, and what we possess in terms of original gifts of our original nature to meet "this" exactly as it needs to be met, by doing what needs to be done right here, right now, the way it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, with nothing in it for us but the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, no matter what, in each situation as it arises. When we start doing that, from the right kind of emptiness, stillness, and silence, we will be living with clarity, integrity, sincerity, spontaneity, doing what needs to be done in the right way, and that changes everything. That is the doorway to magic and wonder, grace upon grace, light within light, realization, balance, harmony, peace, at-home-ness, boon and blessings-- for no reason than we are aligning ourselves with our original nature, and following where that leads all along the way. The secret to well-being and abundant life, moment-by-moment, here and now.
The right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence are the source of all that is. They are the building blocks of life, the "well spring of living water" which flows without end through all situations and circumstances, as blessing and grace, joy and wonder, connecting us with our original nature, and the Way at the heart of all worlds. The Path is as close as seeing, hearing, realizing, knowing, doing, being-- right here, right now-- in every situation as it arises, all our life long. Ignore it until you cannot ignore it any longer. This is the way to the Way-- and the way to the Way is also the Way.
We float with the drift of the moment and trust ourselves to it, without judgment or opinion, wherever it goes, letting the outcome be the outcome, knowing that there are no outcomes, merely transitions and adjustments, one after another, along the Way. Our place is to assist-- and acquiesce to-- what is called for, moment-to-moment, without trying to control, manipulate, manage, direct, force, compel, achieve, gain, profit from, anything in any way. Serving what needs to be done with the gifts/daemon/shtick/genius/etc. of our original nature, at one with the drift of the moment as the moved in response to the mover, in each situation as it arises, all along the Way. Allowing the magic to happen through us, by being one with the magic as it happens, and letting that be enough because it is.
The work of living in accord with the Tao, of aligning ourselves with the Way, of remaining faithful to the Path, is the movement from thinking/wanting (desiring) to seeing/hearing. Doing springs from both thinking/wanting and seeing/hearing, but what is done is the difference that makes the difference between being on the Path to being lost in the endless regions of the wasteland. Thinking/wanting guides our life in the culture of our discontent. Seeing/hearing are incessantly dismissed, discounted, rejected, ignored. Imagine Adam and Eve before the Forbidden Fruit and our story is the same one. "Of course it will be good for us! What could go wrong?" No chance here of seeing our seeing, or hearing what's what! If we want it, we have to have it, and think of ways to bring that about. We live in the service of Fear/Desire/Duty, as those who are deaf and blind to all other motivations. The work is elevating seeing/hearing above thinking/wanting, so that we see and hear what's what and what is called for and enlist ourselves in its service with sincerity/intuition/instinct/awareness leading the way, with the gifts of our original nature to resource our action in doing 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 joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, and nothing in it for us beyond that, in each situation as it arises, for as long as life lasts. If we can do that, that's it.
I believe it matters how we live. I believe we live best when we lived aligned with our original nature within the terms and conditions, context and circumstances of our life-- when we dance with the contradictions, integrate the polarities, and bear consciously the pain of the mutually exclusive truths of existence. I believe manage this through the right kind of emptiness, and the right kind of stillness, and the right kind of silence, in order to achieve the right kind of clarity, balance and harmony required to know what's what and what is called for in response to it, and offer what we have to give in its service with integrity, sincerity, and spontaneity, spirit, energy and vitality, out of the gifts/daemon/genius/shtick/talents/etc. that come with us from the womb in doing 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 joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, no matter what, in each situation as it arises, all our life long. That's all I have to say in the matter, but I will keep saying it until it catches on.