The Gateless Gate stands before us in each moment, inviting us to step through and flip our perspective in order to see what we look at, hear what the situation is calling for, know what needs to be done and do it with our original nature and the virtues that arrived tucked inside of us at birth. This is the Sisyphean task of life waiting for us in all the days of our life. It is job security, and we get plenty or practice in sizing things up, being right about what is happening and what needs to be done in response, doing it and stepping into the next situation that flows automatically from this one. The trick is mastering the Gateless Gate, turning the light around, and switching from a logical/rational/intellectual approach to knowing what to do when and how, to an intuitive/instinctive/imaginative/metaphorical/mythological approach to living in the moment aligned with the Tao and living to balance Yin and Yang through all of the days of our life. With so much on the line, you might expect that we would be better prepared to meet what faces us and know how to use the tools at our disposal. But. Obi-wan Kenobi and Yoda are not to be found, and we are on our own in finding our way to enlisting in the service of the Force and meeting the day as the day needs to be met every day. The way opens before us as we start walking. Watch for what catches your eye, and look closer. Think twice about dismissing, discounting, disregarding, ignoring what greets you along the way. Help is always there for those who know how to avail themselves of it. Savvy?
Jesus and I spent our entire life looking for people with eyes to see and ears to hear. They are "few and far between," as the old saying goes. Here's an example of what I'm talking about: The ground rule of life is No Agenda! No Opinion! How many of you responded instantly with an internal, or perhaps, external, "THAT'S BULLSHIT!"? What I'm saying. Practically no one grasps the importance of No Agenda! No Opinion! Yet, that's the starting place. If you have an immediate reaction to No Opinion!, you have an opinion, actually gabillions of them, and nothing I say is going to shift you away from them. And I have to keep walking, keep talking, looking for someone who can hear what I have to say. I will add here, in an attempt to establish some credibility with those of you who are still here, that all we are allowed are preferences. Preferences lead us along the way. Preferences guide our choices, direct our action, in a "One book opens another" kind of way. Preferences are all we have to go on, but we do not have the stake in our preferences that we have in our agendas and opinions. We have latitude with preferences. We can say no to preferences. We can negotiate with preferences. They do not compel us to shoot ourselves in the foot 10,000 times before breakfast every day. Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell made their living by telling anyone who would listen to them, "The only thing that matters is finding your life and living it!" And that is all that keeps me going. I am finding and living my life telling you to find your life and live it. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you are encouraging me in my task, as I am encouraging you in yours. May we walk without agendas and opinions together along the way!