Nothing Else But This

Fear, worry, panic and the like are the emotions that motivate us toward external seeking and problem solving.

They are all based in the very real sense of not knowing what comes next. And, particularly, if we will be OK.

Most of the time we react when fear strikes. We look for quick fixes through a number of mediums. People, substances, various forms of content, to name a few.

While these fixes might be needed in the short-term to stabilize, it is just a matter of time — like a rainstorm — before fear strikes again, sending us into a tailspin.

Fear is not solved through external seeking and problem solving. (It is in the sense that you must externally seek first to realize externally seeking does not give the final solution.)

Fear is finally solved through becoming OK with not knowing what comes next, i.e., becoming OK now.

We become OK now when we realize there is nothing else but this, or nothing else except what is happening right now.

Because there is nothing else but this, we can conclude that nothing needs to change because nothing can change.

Because nothing can change, we know and have every reason to believe, everything is already OK—and always will be. No matter what.

It takes extraordinary amounts of practice to come into this understanding and extraordinary amounts of trial and error.

It is worth the effort because the understanding is the one and only gateway to abiding peace (and, ultimately, abiding bliss, which comes when we realize that this moment is all that we would ever want).

First, abiding peace, which still has room for the emotion of fear, as even the most experienced pilots need warning systems, but no longer can fear knock you off your center. It comes, you notice it, it serves some benign purpose, and exits.

You remain you.

Merge With the Moment

Inner freedom is the permanent and irreversible end to separation.

It is achieved through the gradual lessening of the “I” thought.

The “I” thought is what keeps us separate, afraid, and in competition to survive.

When I believe in “I,” there is a me and there is everything else. I am bound to my experience.

Life revolves around my happiness, my problems, my future, my past, my wishes, and my wants. Effort and willpower gets involved to manage these things and those like them. Effort to cultivate happiness, solve problems, create the future, fix the past, realize dreams, and so on.

It is the effort, we think, required to feel free. Unfortunately, further separation is the result.

We tend to think that “something else” is required. Something needs to be added. Something needs to be subtracted. We tend to think that we know what is best for us.

The reality is: what is best for us, is happening right now because nothing else can be happening.

Can you find the gift in your present situation? What are you learning? Can you see what invitations are being handed to you to open doors that were previously shut?

Sometimes the present moment tastes bitter. It is not to our liking. We feel it needs to change (and it very well might need to).

Can we remember to relax? To stop kicking and screaming? Can we drop our shoulders and merge with the moment?

To merge with the moment means to let go of the “I” thought, which really means to stop thinking about it. Quit — literally — analyzing, making plans, and trying to figure things out. Things are already figured out.

Your job is to live the moment. Embrace it. Learn from it. Let it move through you.

That is how you merge, and that is how you get free.

See the Gift

When summer changes to fall, would you say that summer has ended?

On one level, yes. It is no longer as sunny, or warm, and the kids come home from camp ready for a new school year. It feels different.

On another level, no. It is just a matter of time before summer “begins” anew again.

Things change form and cycles come to relative completion, even as new ones take their place. That’s what we typically call an “ending.”

There can be pain associated with things changing form and cycles coming to relative completion. We tend to reach for the static and concrete, or what is known and has become familiar.

Ultimately, it is pain of our own making, as we are always — always — being given what we are asking for in every moment. If only we knew that with crystal clarity. However, what fun are movies for which you knew the full story in advance?

We must summon the courage to bear every trial that so called endings bring with them. It is not easy to bury a loved one, retire a career, accept injury, or adjust with a new reality taking shape.

What good is it to cling to summer? What good is it to wish it were warmer in fall’s cool breezes?

Suffering, i.e., chronic pain is wishing for things to be different than they are.

What we do then is love everything. The coming and the going. The ending and the beginning. The triumph and the trial.

We start to perceive them as one energy wearing a different costume, depending on the need of our evolution. How much kinder does the world become when we see it constantly providing for us, meeting each and every one of our needs with a type of precision bordering on the level of genius?

We no longer have a reason to complain. All sense of lack and limitation begins to dissolve. Like any great movie or tale, we look forward to what comes next.

We now know whatever it is, is a gift.