The Gateless Gate is an implied Eye of the Neetle, letting people in, and keeping people out, of Beulah Land, the Promised Land, Heaven, Nirvana, the Elysian Fields, the Farther Shore, the Happy Hunting Grounds and all the other idyllic destinations of lore. And, it is everywhere we are, right here, right now, in every moment. "The kingdom of heaven is spread out over the earth," said Jesus, "and no one sees it." Because we are looking for the wrong thing. That is what the Gateless Gate stands for, exhibits, expresses! In order to see what is before us we have to change our mind about what we are looking for. We have to stop thinking and start perceiving, sensing, feeling, intuiting, trusting our instincts and our unconscious in leading us to know what we know and follow what we know to be so through the Gateless Gate into the wonder of being here now, with nothing to do but to enjoy the radiance and reflect it in all that we do. It sounds crazy until you stop thinking about it, and laugh.
Settling into ourselves, enjoying being who we are, doing what we do, sharing the earth with others like we are-- and all others are like we are (We are one with all things, certainly with all living things, but the atoms that make us up make up suns and asteroids and dark holes as well). When you start with gravity and time, anything is possible. Of course, we have to have a third thing. A third thing is necessary to create gravity and time... Maybe a carbon atom. That will do nicely. Then we can sit back and watch the show, settled into ourselves, enjoying being who we are, doing what we do. We--or some variation of us--have been at it a long time, coming and going, sunrise, sunset, being who we are, wondering about all of it. The old Hindus have a number for the years we've been at it. The old Comanche's and Apache's and their kin cut to the chase and say, "Many moons." Coming and going, being who we are, doing what we do. And we owe it all to that immutable, abiding, enduring, everlasting carbon atom, watching it all come and go again.
The message of the Gateless Gate is "Turn The Light Around!" It is all that anyone who knows what they are talking about ever says. It is all that can be said. All that needs to be said. To say more is to distract people from the business of turning the light around. Instructions, directions, commands, explanations, exhortations, threats, promises, doctrines, dogma, theology... All the talk, talk, talk, comes down to "Turn the light around!" What that means is, "Change your mind about what is important! And keep changing it until you get it right!" That's all Jesus had to say. And the Buddha. Sin is being wrong about what is important. And delusion. Enlightenment and salvation are being right about what is important. Knowing what matters in each situation as it arises-- seeing what needs to be done and doing it-- is all it comes down to ever. We are one slight perspective shift away from seeing/hearing/knowing/doing/being. Having the transforming, life-altering, insight is stepping through the Gateless Gate. Turning the light around. And living in light of what is truly important throughout the time left for living. If you think it is about something else, you are wrong. Turn the light around!