The Battle

Every human being is on the path to knowledge of Self. Every one.

The differences between us amount to how far along we are, and if we are even aware of walking that path in the first place.

When you look out at humanity through this lens, each and every separating label dissolves. Religious labels. Labels of nationality. Professional and social labels. All of them.

We are all one and the same with the same dream to realize abiding peace.

And yet, we are not. We have unique identities, unique predilections, and liberation or full knowledge of Self — even in the most advanced stages — shows up differently.

We can now treat people accordingly.

The most ignorant among us are the most dangerous, and doing the greatest harm at this moment in time. To the planet and people, yes, but mainly to themselves.

If you consider these as your enemies, as other, or as needing to be eliminated from existence, you join the ignorant ranks, setting yourself up for a similar destruction.

If you consider these as beggars, poverty-stricken in their understanding of the way things are, perhaps you extend the loving, helping hand, as Gandhi did, as Mother Teresa did, and as so many noble servants of humanity do now.

War will not win the battle.

Only love, in the form of deep understanding, will.

True Comfort

If anybody were to ask you whether or not you would like to be ruler of your own self, you would undoubtedly reply in the affirmative.

Self-rule is connected with freedom. It’s connected with mastery of your destiny (i.e., choosing for what you are given and what you have). It’s connected with joy.

That’s why we have an intuitive attraction to the concept.

However, if somebody were to lay out the path towards self-rule — which some have also called self-realization — you might cower at what that entails.

Put simply: it entails the removal of everything and anything that rules over you besides your own self.

There are obvious examples like people and lines of work. Then there are less obvious examples like your habits and psychological tendencies. Finally, there are the subtlest examples like desire and preference.

If you choose the path of self-rule, you are choosing a noble path indeed. You simultaneously choose for one that entails the arduous and, at times, excruciating work of removal and letting go.

It is not easy to say goodbye to somebody who has been ruling over you. It is not easy to weed out all those habits that pull you outside of your self. And it is certainly not easy to chisel away at the fundamental notions of desire and preference.

Void of desire and preference, who do I become?

Quite literally: we become nothing, or no-thing.

However, by becoming nothing, we become everything. That’s the irony.

By becoming nothing, we then need nothing (to be ourselves). At that point, we can be trusted with everything because there is no risk of abuse of advantage.

Mostly we want to delay comfort, until the truest Comfort of them all arrives.

You’ll know it when it does.

Winds of Change

Your life is under guidance.

We know this because we receive sudden bursts of inspiration, movements toward certain things, or find ourselves in certain situations, meeting certain people who end up pointing our lives in directions we never could have imagined for ourselves.

If we allow these movements to flow through us — if we allow ourselves to be guided — we experience serendipity, synchronicity, and a feeling of being in a larger flow, which could best be described as a river.

We start to see things working out in wonderful ways and we then can conclude, beyond any doubt, we are not the ultimate doers of our lives.

Of course, questions of free will arise. How free am I if, it seems, decisions are being made through and for me? How does that even work?

The ego does not like to believe it is not the ultimate authority.

And those of us identified with our egos will not listen to the subtle counsel of our heart that whispers in the language of inspiration.

Those of us identified with our egos will push for change. Will try to “make it happen.” Will think about what is best and use effort to materialize that.

We become small, independent “I’s” and cut ourselves off from the larger flow, which could best be described as clinging to the river’s shore, like a frightened child.

The river is powerful. More powerful than your individual will. You can fight against it and may even have some short-term success doing so. However, like the gradual smoothing of rugged stone over time, you will get worn out.

Disease. Heartache. Frustration. Depression. Lack of luster and joy. Misery. These are the symptoms of the ego-identified life and a life lived in separation, clinging to the shore for too long.

The flow of life is now forcing (not kindly asking) humanity to let go in major, scary ways.

Let go of scheming. Competing. Living in fear and scarcity.

Let go of tired notions of right and wrong.

Let go of anonymity.

And when you do let go?

You do not fall.

You get carried.