The off-kilter mind fears and wants, divides and opposes. The role of the mind is to be a skilled canoeist—to go with the flow, to accept everything and resist nothing.
Here’s a question I never thought I’d ask: What is the spiritual significance of the Old Testament detail that Noah built the ark in his own backyard? Well, two things. First, if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, you’ll need no help doing it. To underline that point, Noah was 500 years old when he set to work. On top of that, the entire neighbourhood thought he was nuts. Second, if you’re all about saving the world, you don’t need to go anywhere. Bloom where you’re planted.
“I can of my own self do nothing.” I am just coming to see how deep this truth goes. I was shredding my 2015 diary yesterday and came across this jotting: “Change nothing. Do nothing. All that is required of you, He performs.” It was in my hand, but I didn’t write it. Maybe Joel Goldsmith was briefly running things. Truth is, we do not know why we do what we do. An inner power acts; we think we’re doing something. “I did it!” we say. Or, expanding on the delusion, “High five!” Or shrivel up like a dried blueberry, as I did on a call-in show back in the day when no one called in. Are we actors? Plainly, no. We are the acted upon, the done-through. “Do you know how to do nothing?” asked Lao Tzu, pointing to the one thing we can be sure of: It’s all a mystery, top to bottom.
Nothing that happens has a sole cause. There are numberless causes for everything. Thus, blaming is a stupidity and faming a conceit. We’re not in control. Everything that happens, happens as it must.
Destiny isn’t pie in the sky. It’s fulfilled right now. It’s what happens.