There is nothing to it, to being anchored on the immovable spot and oriented toward doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises throughout our life. All it takes is changing our mind about what is important, being right about what IS important, and living in ways that serve it situation by situation our entire life long. The ingredients in being able to do this are the right kind of emptiness, the right kind of stillness and the right kind of silence. Sit still. Be empty and quiet. And wait for something that cannot be missed to stir to life and call your name. If you have to get up and go about your business, by all means do so, walking two paths at the same time. One path called "Taking Care of Business," and the other path called "Being Still, Quiet and Empty and Waiting On Something That Can't Be Missed to Call My Name." When the Boom Is Lowered, you will know it. Then it is only a matter of doing what is called for all along the way. What could be easier than that?
Greed, hatred and fear are easier to inspire/incite than peace, love, and kindness. This makes it easier to be a fascist than a saint. And why there is so much vitriol in the world and so little goodwill and good faith. Quirinius and Pilate had incentive, John the Baptist and Jesus had resolve. John the Baptist and Jesus could also believe that help was on the way, that justice, mercy and truth would be rewarded, and that Good would triumph over Evil. "The arc of the universe is bending toward" global warming and the bane of capitalism and racism, and the hope of a savior to rescue the pure in heart is dashed upon the rocks of reality in the form of assassinations and Dark Money, killing off and buying off the voices of those crying, "In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord!" The Coming One is here, now, and no one notices or lives as though it matters, because the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence are swept away in the noise and calamity of the clashing rocks and the crashing waves. How does the impetus of John the Baptist and Jesus sustain itself in the face of gerrymandering and right-wing rage? What fuels resolve in the age of ruthless fury? The right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence connecting us to the enduring center, source and core of life and being. This is the Other Reality enabling the resolve of those grounded upon the adamantine foundation impervious to the forces of evil in all forms, times and places. Hatred burns itself out in time. The soft values are everlasting. It only takes stepping out of the noise and complexity of this age to know that it is so. The Coming One comes to life in those who are quiet in the right kind of way. Who trust themselves to the experience and expression of grace and compassion-- the grace of compassion-- in each situation as it arises, seeing there what needs to be done and doing it the way it needs to be done, time after time, no matter what. This is the message of these times for those who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that understands what's what and what needs to be done about it, even here, even now, to the close of the age and beyond.
If I had been advising Jesus, he would have had a different outcome. "Don't push the river!" I would have told him. Jesus thought he could push God to act in his behalf. God is like the river in this regard. Nothing happens before its time. We cannot hurry the river, or God, along. We have to read the signs, know what's what, and respond accordingly. Acting appropriately in response to each situation as it arises means seeing what's happening and interpreting it-- understanding its meaning-- appropriately. Appropriate understanding flows easily into appropriate action. We have to be able to read the times to know what it is time for and how to respond to what is going on. "There is a time for every matter under heaven." Knowing when it is time for what is the art of being alive. Jesus should never have gone to Jerusalem. Bad timing, Jesus. Teach your disciples to read the times and to know when to do what. All that martyrdom was a stupid waste of resources. Read the times. Bide your time. Wait for the right time to act in the service of what needs to be done. Instinct and intuition lead the way. Learn to resonate with the times that are at hand. Dance with the music of the times. See, hear, understand what time it is for, in order to know what to do and how to do it. The right kind of emptiness, the right kind of stillness, the right kind of silence lead the way. Wait. Trusting yourself to know when the time is right. Do not push the time to be right just because you are ready for it to be right. A little waiting changes the situation just enough to create the mood that makes the time just right. We have to wait for the dough to rise, for the tomato to ripen, for the baby to decide when it is time to be born. Just wait, Jesus. Do not go to Jerusalem. What a difference that would have made.