This afternoon, I posted this Ray Bradbury quote on my Facebook page:
“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”
His words are so timely, and run so deep for me.
Right now I feel pulled by energy around me. Energy that wants to rush and force things to happen. Energy that doesn’t trust that all happens just as it should, and just when it should. But I know differently. And it’s up to me to maintain focus and clarity on what I know to be true. Life takes great balance. A balance between so many dimensions. The intangible and the tangible, the seen and unseen.
Early this morning. I was meditating. And I was using the word ‘bij’ as a mantra. Bij (pronounced beejz, it can also be spelled as bija — same word in plural form), means seed. And to me, this speaks for all life. There is so much possibility in a seed. So much that is unknown and unseen and unpredictable. Yet it is there. It is the source of life! It is full of magic and possibility, full of innate intelligence. All we can do is make space for it and allow it to do it’s work through us. When it finds that the circumstances and timing is right, it will bloom — it will reveal itself, it will become known.
Life is like a seed in every moment. Unknown, unpredictable, and sometimes unseen. We get fixated on the known and on the visible, wanting all of life to be this way. But we are selling ourselves short. It’s like obsessing and wasting all of our energy on what matters very little, and totally forgetting about where true power resides and what is really important.
We are part of the universe. Instead of going against the universe (doing its job for it, like we know better), if we allow it to guide us at every moment, we have its power at our finger tips (because it is working through us). We are allowing it to move us and show us the way. We are then allowing ourselves to see more possibilities and options that might arise in unexpected ways. For many of us, this is scary, because it means we have to trust in something greater than ourselves, than our individual selves. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts — isn’t it?
Bruce Lee said:
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Do you see what I mean? We have a choice. We can either flow with the universe, using its magic and foresight. Or we can resist and insist that we know better, insisting that we make the world turn. Which would you rather do? Work with a force, or against it?
Now when I say work with a force, I mean use its power to work for you. Think of it like money. You can use it wisely, in a matter that doesn’t rob you of your energy or cause you to overstress. You can use it in a way that empowers you and facilitates what you want in life (what truly gives you energy and makes you happy). Or, you can use money in a way that is foolish, that has you chasing it and becoming a slave to it. You can literally lose all your energy, and your mind — you can lose your life to it. How many of us have seen this? People that are literally losing their life or their minds over their possessions/money/desires?
There is a way we can not move with the masses and decide to work with the whole. The whole that not only involves people, places and things, but includes all that is unknown and unseen, yet ultra powerful. Think of it as the source. Taping in to the source of all that exists! Who are we? How did we get here? What is life about? My answer to that is to give up. Give yourselves up to the flow that is life. Stop crashing and wasting energy. Life is not yours for the taking or making, it’s yours for the living. Live!
[Human seed art image snagged from another blog, you can visit it, click here.]