No one can do me better than I can. Jesus couldn't do me better than I can. The same things go for you. You know all the people who think they could do you better than you are doing you? And try to all the time? Giving you tips and pointers, making suggestions, offering directions and guidance? Give them the Ukrainian Blessing, maybe under your breath, and walk away, if only in your mind. They could not do you better than you can, and would mess you up beyond untangling if you allowed them to. Don't. Call them out! Tell them what the Good Book says about removing someone's landmark (It says don't do it!). And invite them to turn their attention in some other direction, like restoring decency, kindness and compassion to the world as we know it. And turn your own attention back to doing you as well as you can imagine doing you. It all comes out of our imagination, how to do us. We come right out of our own imagination. We imagine a way of being some way, of doing some thing, and try it out. See how it fits. How we like it. I tried fishing, and canoeing, and bicycling, and they worked for a while. Dancing didn't last long at all. Singing never got out of the shower. Board games and card games, not. I'm great at looking out windows, and walking in woods, stalking photographs and making bread pudding. Take yourself out and give yourself spins on a regular basis, practicing doing you in unique and creative ways. There is more to us all than meets any eye, and we live to find out who we are and who we are not, and what we do best and love with all our hearts. We don't want to die not knowing who we are, not doing what we love to do! Not being who we are built to be!
Who are you built to be? How much of you is apparent in the way you live your life? How much of you sees the light of day on any given day? How much of you stays under wraps because it isn't safe for you to risk being seen? How much of you do you have to hide? How many people do you have in your life who are safe places for you to be you around? These are bad times and are getting worse by the day. We make it through bad times in the company of a good community. I call them "communities of innocence"-- innocent in that they have nothing at stake in one another. The community is not trying to get something from its members. No dues, for instance. No having to be in attendance at every meeting. No officers. No obligations or responsibilities. Yet everyone is a naturally good place to be. No one "puts on a face" "to go to church" (for instance). People are just who they are, as "those thus come," like the Buddha and the Christ. Everybody is the Buddha and the Christ. We all need communities like that to keep us connected with our Buddha-Christ side. We are all Buddha-Christ's but we are so divorced from our Buddha-Christ side that we are more like Satan-Demon-Devil-Child, consuming everyone in sight at our pleasure. We get back to our Buddha-Christ side by being with people who are "thus come," Buddha-Christ just as they are, in their natural state of being. We draw Buddha-Christ people to us by being Buddha-Christ ourselves, by being true to who we are, by exhibiting ourselves in all of our relationships, by being our original selves, our natural self at all times, in all places. We are forming communities of innocence as we live our life in this way without knowing what we are doing, or intending to be doing anything other than being who we are as the occasion allows and calls for. In bad times, we have to be conscious of who the Buddha-Christ's are among us, and deliberately, intentionally, gather with one another to console, encourage, sustain and maintain our place in the world as ourselves, individually and collective. The collective protects and develops the individual, the individual creates and develops the collective. We walk two paths at the same time. Walking two paths at the same time is what we do on every level. It helps to do it consciously, with compassionate awareness of what we are doing. We are walking one path with an eye always on the other path, never losing sight of the two paths we are walking at any point. We know who we are, where we are, when we are, how we are, why we are, and what we are doing at all times. It is called being transparent to ourselves. When we are transparent to ourselves, we are "transparent to transcendence," and the ineffable (the Buddha-Christ-Divine) is apparent in us and through us. It is a miracle. And we all have the potential of participating in the miracle of "the one thus come" at any time, all the time. It only takes being aware of what we are doing, and doing it with intention and purpose, living to be who we are in the company of those who are living to be who they are, in each situation as it arises, no matter what. These are the times that require us to be "one thus come," the Buddha-Christ, being true to ourselves all of the time, in a community of innocence with others being themselves for the true good of all.
The Gateless Gate is what we step through in engaging our other side, our spirit side, our spiritual self, our psyche-self, in being who Carl Jung was describing when he said, "A hermit is a primitive person (An original person, a natural person, "as one thus come"-- the Buddha-Christ we are all capable of being, and called to be by consciously, deliberately, intentionally "turning the light around," and stepping through the gateless gate). "A hermit is a primitive person who trusts his/her unconscious." When we step through the Gateless Gate, we become who we are, who we also are, in being intuitive, instinctive, spontaneous, innocent-as-in-childlike, just so, open to knowing what we know, knowing what's what, knowing what is called for in each situation as it arises, and rising to the occasion on every occasion, by doing what needs to be done in the right way at the right time and letting that be that without "letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing." We live in times that call for us to use the gateless gate in turning the light around and responding to the moment in the strength of our eternally present Psyche-self in doing what is needed because it is needed no matter what time after time. The more we do that, the better we get at it, and the times need us to be really good at it all the time.