We make it through the dark times in the strength of our original nature and the consolation of the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence. All the help we need is found there to ground us in the adamantine knowledge of the qualities and characteristics, the gifts, daemon, shtick, abilities, talents, knacks, etc. that are naturally ours, and the instincts and intuition that lead the way in conjunction with sincerity and spontaneity to know and do what is called for in each situation as it arises, moment by moment, day by day. Worry and anxiety are replaced by trust and confidence in the help that is found within by being still and quiet, emptying ourselves of all that prevents us from being empty, and waiting to see what stirs to life and calls us to action in doing what needs to be done, here and now. We start walking in that direction, and the path opens before us into worlds we never knew were there, opening into the adventure of a lifetime, and wonder upon wonder, world without end-- who would guess it, or deny that it is so?
There is very little difference between a sage and a fool, and even less difference between a sage and a child. The difference being that the sage sees the truth the fool is saying, and knows the truth--is the truth--of the child. Jesus got into trouble with Those Who Know Best by saying things they did not know were the truth. By saying things everyone knows to not say. By doing things everyone knows are not to be done. Truth is that way. Those who say the truth and do it, are on the Bad List of those In The Know. It is the way. Which gets in the way of The Way. The way of The Way is the way of silence and compassion observing what's what, knowing what to do in response to it, doing it and letting the fallout be the fallout-- without emotional attachment to the outcome, but simply observing what's what, knowing what to do in response to it, doing it and letting the fall out be the fallout-- without emotional attachment to the outcome... No agenda. No opinion. Just seeing. Just knowing. Just doing. Just being. Like a fool. Like a child. Who neither know nor care what should be said and done. And letting the outcome be the outcome. With silence and compassion.
Coleman Barks told the story of his granddaughter's softball team being soundly beaten by the team from a neighboring town in the 10-And-Under League. He said, "When the game mercifully ended, the opposing team rushed out of their dugout, celebrating and chanting, 'We Won! We Won! We Won!' Spontaneously and instantly, his granddaughter's team rushed out of their dugout, celebrating with equal gusto and chanting, 'We Lost! We Lost! We Lost!'" "It was," he said, "One of the most memorable experiences of my life."