I want to share an email I sent to a friend this week.
Date: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM
Subject: Wow. I’m floored.
Wow. I’m floored.
I just found something that perfectly states what XXXXX & I were discussing on Saturday.
When I told him what I was passionate about, & he said that, that “beingness” I was interested in, that “infinite peace” (as he called it), is the missing link. The missing power & focus that all movements eventually crumble over. They lose sight of the truth & they get lost & they panic & they fade. Never realizing the truth that they initially & so passionately were seeking & wanted to see realized.
This is the quote I found today…
“Our consequential activity — our resulting doings — no matter how pure of heart or well-meaning — then automatically manufacture circumstances around us serving only to maintain the causal discomforts driving all our doings.
It is through this bias toward doing that all our religions, spiritual groups, and peace organizations arise.
And, because all organizational structures foster activity that is repetitive – activity that fast becomes familiar and routine to us — and because familiarity is the sleeping pill that sows unconsciousness and the resonance of habitual egoic behavior — all our resultant doings intended to accomplish “stillness,” to enter “the now,” to “achieve happiness,” and to “attain peace” lead nowhere.
The unfolding of time reveals they all lead directly into circumstances that foster fear, anger, and grief — the causal resonance out of which they arise.
This ongoing loop continues because our doings have not arisen from the intent to know the truth of being. They have arisen as an attempt to quell the inner discomfort of our unintegrated emotional imprints [emotional scars].“
I’m going to try to write some blog posts on Being, as well as Seeing. I know that these are my work — to explore, to share, & to know — it’s just hard because they seem so abstract sometimes, & not as concrete as something that everyone can relate to & visualize. But as an artist I think that that is my job. To find a means of expression that captures its essence so that it can be relatable & viable for everyone.
…Just the possibility alone makes me happy.
This email directly speaks to the point I was making yesterday about Occupy Wall Street [What is Occupy Wall Street?] & acknowledging that all the change we are experiencing right now on the planet is helping us to evolve & wake up to the truth in being. The truth of who we really are. All of these external events, or things we are standing for, or fighting for, or struggling for, are not the big picture. They are only a fragment of it, they are only a reflection of our current way of being (which is not based on being at all & the lack of awareness expressed clearly shows that). If we can see that we have lost our ability to be, we can then begin to feel again. And with that presence — not blame, not fight, not bury to defuse or end the feeling that causes us to suffer — but to embrace it & move with awareness, move with clear intentions, & in doing that, what needs to be done happens effortlessly. The revolution simply becomes our evolution.
By the way, this is to the 99% (the people who seek change), as well as the 1% (the elite who like this current system as it is). Both are the 100% of people who have trouble being in peace, being in love, being in joy, being in harmony, being in grace, being in bliss, the list goes on. — Do you know why everyone has trouble? Because we don’t know how to simply be. This is why we are chasing freedom (or peace, or joy) via materialistic things, or through noble causes, or through saving others, or through work & passions, or through social reform, or through romance, or through goals & challenges, or through food, movies, travel, sport, — all of it. There is nothing wrong with any of these things. Material goods are fine, so is social reform & sports, whatever you like. All of it is beautiful, it’s what we have created together as a people — but it is not what will bring us to a state of infinite peace. Only being can do that.
Everyone has had moments of being: when an athlete is in the zone, or a dancer is moved by the music, or a child is smiling for no reason, or a monk is lost in meditation, or a lover is one with their lover, or a writer’s words flow automatically through their pen, or one is just totally present & fully in the moment. The point is, you are not forcing anything happen. You are not making anything happen. It’s just happening. — You are active, but you are not doing. You are allowing. You are letting go in order to be moved. This is what it means to trust.
Understand that this is where our power is. Not in making anything happen, or forcing our will, or excessively doing, but in letting go. In setting up our intention & aligning ourselves with it. The rest takes care of itself. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t active, or you aren’t doing something, it just means that you are allowing yourself to feel, to connect, to trust, to be moved. And trust me, just like the star athlete, when you do this, you do much more! You are much more effective & impactful. But it happens without your mind getting in the way.
Think of a bad dancer. Why do they not dance well? Because they are in their head & they think they have to move their body. But in order to feel the rhythm, you have to completely let go & allow your body to be moved. — And which dancers are the best dancers? The ones that can let go. The ones that can listen. The ones that can feel. — Are they active? Yes. Are they doing something? Yes. But, they let energy do the work. They allow their intention to lead & they surrender to the dance.
Can you imagine if everyday was like that? You never had to do anything & nothing felt like work. Because you were allowing yourself to be. To trust. To feel. To be moved. This is the most powerful way you can be. This is who we all already are. But we block it. We don’t know how to trust ourselves, how to trust our own innate intelligence.
Describing being is very difficult. It’s experiential. It’s not something you can fully understand with the mind — only with the heart. This is something intangible. And the problem is, that most people seek quick tangible results. Something they can show others & feel good about. The tangible fruits of their labor comes quick: “Look what I have achieved!” or “Look at the difference I made!” or “Look what I got!” — This is not that. This is power. This is energy. This is grace. Not money, not something to see, not something to be proud of, it is actually nothing — just beingness. Just peace. Just joy. Just love. Beneath it all, beneath all the work, & the game, & the hurt, it’s what we are all striving for, but we are fighting to attain that which we already are.
“All relative life without the conscious basis of Being is like a ship without a rudder, ever at the mercy of the tossing sea.”
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
And I just want to add: I’m all for Occupy Wall Street. I just hope that it eventually evolves into a deeper & more unifying movement (not us against them). A movement that isn’t afraid to be revolutionary, yet is willing to look within for all answers. I take my hat of to them. Their bravery has made history & they have inspired millions. And if they proceed to move with heart, their revolution will naturally become everyone’s evolution.