Every time we talk to someone, there comes back to us a map of expectation as to how we should respond. We share a confusion; we are often given a direction. We share a pain; we are often given an instruction. We share a desire; we are often given a plan. The power of these unspoken maps should not be underestimated. For the endless gravities of expectation we move in & out of, govern most of our thinking & summon most of our energy in denying them or complying with them. In actuality, underneath all the plans, pressures, & expectations, underneath all the subtle guidance & nudging we receive from almost everyone, the next step is truly unknown & has never been taken by anyone. Thus, our spiritual charge is to maintain the wonder of the singular explorer that each of us is. The freshest step has always come when I’ve been brave enough to land at the end of what little I know, breathing new air & feeling new feelings, in reaction to no one, in wonder at what is always possible…….Mark Nepo
what cuts us off from others? where is the disconnect? so much about chasing karma seems to be about the absence of self-forgiveness….like chasing our tails, we chase karma by not being good to ourselves, then not being able to be there for others….all the while building fear & narrowing our expansive potential….unable to move into the beauty of our mess…what is needed is a sacred trust in what it means to be human, in what it means to need love…..
Each of you – not separately, but in the cauldron with all beings, cooking & being cooked—is realizing awakening. Not you by yourself, because that is not who you really are. You by yourself are not Buddha-Nature; but your being in the cauldron of all beings is realizing the Buddha-Way. This is the total exertion of your life. You also can’t really be flexible & free of fixed views by yourself. To decide for yourself what flexibility is is a kind of rigidity. Living in harmony with all beings is flexibility. It is a kind of cosmic democracy. Each of us has a role in the situation & gets one vote. You cast your vote by being here like a great unmoving mountain. Please cast your vote completely: that is your job. Then listen to all other beings, especially foreigners, especially strangers, & especially enemies. Hang out with people who are capable of making a commitment to you & your life, & who require that you make a commitment to theirs. Hang out with people who care about you, with people who need you to develop & who say so. Make such a commitment & don’t break that bond until you & all beings are perfect…….Rob Anderson
To understand all is to forgive all.