Our life elicits our original nature if we let it. We interfere with the natural process at work in the unfolding of ourselves within the life we are living by having desires that are at cross purposes with the flow of life and being in accord with the Tao, the Way of Life and Being. We can live in the service of our wants, of what we perceive to be our advantage, our merit, our gain, our benefit, when our actual benefit, etc., is realized through the process of maturation resulting in the alignment of ourselves with our original nature, producing wisdom, integrity, compassion, grace, kindness, gentleness, generosity, etc. which are the marks of original, authentic, genuine, natural human beings-- which was the mark of the Buddha, and the Christ, and many others who have preceded us along the way. Our life calls for our original nature to be displayed through the gifts, shtick, daemon, genius, etc. that came with us from the womb for us to serve and to share in doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises. But we see each situation as a place for us to exploit for what we take to be our own good-- and don't we see that going on everywhere we look, though? We have to turn the light around, and realize that we are here for the good of our situations. Our situations are not here for the good of us. Once we get things in the right order, they fall into place and life becomes what it is capable of being, the place of the realization of ourselves in the work that is ours to do for the good of one another and every living thing. But, like Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden, we have our own ideas of how things ought to be, and spend our time chasing fame and fortune while the time for our becoming and being ticks away.
Wait, what? That's all it takes to turn things around. Turning around turns things around. Wait, what? Turns things around. Just stopping. Just looking. Just seeing. Just hearing. Just comprehending. Just understanding. Just knowing. Turns things around. Wait, what? Brings us face-to-face with the situation as it arises, as it is. Here and now. And that includes ourselves as witness and as participant. Seeing ourselves as witness and as participant in this here, this now, removes us ever so slightly from the situation and invites us to examine what's what with ourselves and with our situation. It is called getting to the bottom of things. At the bottom is the grounding foundation of ourselves and of the situation. What's up with that? What has become of our foundation? Of the foundational assumptions undergirding the situation? Holding things up? Keeping things in place? What is our ground? Our foundation? The adamantine source of our life and being? Our original nature? The things that make us us? Who are we? What are we about? What do we know to be so about us? Who do we live to be in the world, in ever situation as it arises? What do we turn to when we have nowhere to turn? What can we count on from us? From ourselves? The truest truth about us is what? At the rock-solid ground of you is what? Wait, what? Grounds you in you. And enables you to be what the situation needs and is calling for, the foundation of the sutation depends on our being grounded upon our own foundation, the dependable, trustworthy, reliable aspects of ourselves that have been with us-- that have been us-- from the start. Return to your gifts, your shtick, your knacks, your genius, your daemon, your "you." Live from there. Drop into the right kind of emptiness-- emptying yourself of all the complexity and noise that interferes with you being you here and now. Be with you here and now. Live from there. Trusting yourself to be who you are. Listening, looking, seeing, hearing, knowing, doing, being. Here and now. Moment to moment. In each situation as it arises. Turning the light around, and living from your own center, ground, foundation. Exhibiting your original nature. Calming the world. By your response to the moment, here and now.
The United States Government is not who it pretends to be. It is not for liberty and justice for all. It is not for democracy if that be a government of the people, by the people, for the people. It is a government of the wealthy people by the wealthy people for the wealthy people. Of the white people, by the white people, for the white people. Of the conservative people, by the conservative people, for the conservative people. The rest of the people can get by however they can. The government is not here to empower them. They are on their own there. And the deck is stacked against them. We are left with finding ways to make our life work with the government making that difficult at every turn. Our work is to find ways to make our life work. It won't be easy, but it must be done. We have to know what our work is, what the work is that we are here to do, and find ways of being true to our work, of doing our work, throughout the time left for living. We empower ourselves by believing in our work, and doing it "with every fiber of our being," including heart and soul, every day, all the way. Create your support community and as "Red Redding" would say, "Get busy living or get busy dying." We are all we have, and it is up to us.