We can dupe ourselves. Fooling ourselves is what we do best. Because telling ourselves what we want to hear is what we do best. Because letting ourselves off the hook is what we do best. Self-transparency is our only hope. Yet. How can we know if we aren't just fooling ourselves again? The right kind of emptiness discloses everything. The seeing that sees sees itself seeing. The knowing that knows knows self-deception when it sees it. Know what you want to hear and be wary when you approach its neighborhood. Know what your needs are-- what forms your neediness takes-- and be gentle with yourself and kind to avoid being tricked by yourself again. Hurry is another way of ignoring the warning signs, the flashing lights, the Bridge Out Ahead barriers, and missing the fortuitous detour on our way to having what we want which we have no business having at all. Waiting for the mud to settle and the water to clear, knowing what we know and what we do not know, and watching to see what we do without conducting, directing, choreographing, designing, managing, forcing, achieving, subduing, conquering, compelling-- by simply allowing our life to unfold according to its own impulses, in its own time, in its own way out of our original nature organic and true to itself like the paths followed by the birds of the air and the fish of the sea to exactly where they need to be when they need to be there the way they need to get there like the miracle it is all the way.
No one can see for us. We find our own way to the path that is our path the way our fingerprints and our iris patterns are our fingerprints and iris patterns. Our way is just that way. Just so the way we are just so. "The path that can be discerned to be a path, is not a reliable path" (Martin Palmer). How do we know? How do birds know when to migrate and where to migrate to? Who put you on your present path? Who got you where you are, right here, right now? How did you get here? Whom do you trust to know where you go from here? And how to get there? And what then? We are the greatest mystery there is! Our life is a wonder! Our best move is always the same: Get! Out! Of! The! Way! Get out of the way of The Way! The Way we know nothing about! The Path that cannot be descerned to be The Path is unfolding before us one step at a time, whether we know it or not. We are the Mystery! We can trust ourselves to the Mystery! And see where it goes!
Our scenes are our scenes. We all could be a better photographer with better scenes. The trick is to see the scene that is before us, and be graced by what it has to show us, seeing what is to be seen, scene after scene-- in a "Here we are, now what?" kind of way. This is called "milking the scene for all it is worth," and not leaving anything unseen in any scene. Being here, now. All the time. That is the secret Knowers know, and all that Seers have to say. Get that down and you have it made, seeing the scene that is to be seen, and doing what is to be done with it, one scene at a time.
Carl Jung said, "We meet our destiny on the road we take to escape it." I improve on his insight by adding, "And on the road we take to find it." Which is to say, "One path is as good as another," and, "All paths lead to The Path eventually, if we keep walking and live long enough." The path that leads to The Path is also The Path. Whatever we say is The Path is The Path, but not in the way we mean. All we have to do is keep walking, and live long enough. The only thing we can do to enhance our ability to live aligned with The Path, in accord with The Way, is to live out of the right kind of silence, and the right kind of stillness, and the right kind of silence. It also helps to know the difference between forcing something to happen and allowing something to happen. Between swimming with the current and swimming against the current. Between serving our idea of how things ought to be, and acquiescing to how things ought to be. Between having an agenda, and having no agenda. Between willing our life into being, and permitting our life to take shape as it will, according to its own sense of how things need to be. Thinking that we see is simply a step on the way to seeing. And none of us can be anywhere other than where we are. So, be here now. Empty. Still. Silent. Let arise what arises, and go with it, or go not, according to what you take to be The Way opening before you, or not. And see where it goes...
When waiting, wait. And do what needs to be done while you wait. But know that you are waiting, even if you are waiting to know what you are waiting for. We spend a lot of time waiting for the time to come upon us for action. We can spend the time while we wait preparing, reflecting, listening, looking, meeting the requirements of life, reading, walking, sitting... All the while, waiting. For the fullness of time. For the time of our anointing. For the time to act. For the door to open, waiting for us to walk through. When the door opens, walk through.