Don't deny the truth, but don't fear it either
Here at Openhand we often feel like tightrope walkers. We feel it is our calling to speak the truth about what we observe happening in the world as we see it (credit crunch, peak oil, resource rarification etc etc)...and yet of course some may say this is to risk spreading fear. In our truth, there is nothing to fear from the truth. The key is to look at every day events with absolute clarity beyond the distorting influence of a desired need for an outcome. We can be sure of one thing, the "Is" has imagined it a great deal more perfect than we have...
See the obstacles but follow the path between them
When I was learning to walk the path, it quickly became clear to me that we create our reality by what we're being within. As with other awakening people, that was followed by a misaligned wish to try to shape reality according to mind-led desires - even if I thought they were in the greater good.
I soon realised that every part of life is interconnected like some infinite rubics cube and I couldn't possibly know how my intentions might effect the whole. However, if I surrendered to the natural flow of the Universe, I quickly began to read a higher story which seemed to be shaping events for the magnificent benevolence of all life not just my own.
It was with this realisation that many of my fears about the way humanity seems to be heading quickly began to subside. However, I felt I was still in need of greater clarification on how to steer a path through life - noticing the obstacles but not becoming identified with them.
So it was with this question in my consciousness that one New Year's Day I found myself cycling down a mountainside with a good friend. She was much more proficient and adept than me, swirling effortlessly past twists and turns, gliding down the mountainside seemingly on the wings of angels.
After hearing me fall off for the umpteenth time, she came back to help and graced me with some good advice..."notice the boulders sure, but then follow the path between them". As simple and obvious as it may seem, the advice hit me like a bolt from the blue. I knew this was not just about mountain biking, but it was the answer to the question I'd been holding about how to walk the path.
So I took her advice and quickly found myself bobbing and weaving without further difficulty just as she had done. I felt overjoyed, light, euphoric even. As I contemplated the incident afterwards, several realisations quickly dawned....
to deny the obstacles is to deny the truth without the obstacles, you're likely to ride off the mountain side the path is formed from the obstacles to walk the path is to focus on the path between the obstacles
Since then, I've always been encouraged to notice the truth, not to try to create some new, more desirable reality (to cycle off the mountain), but then not to fear the truth either (I know in my heart we are eternal). It's when we're truly informed about the way things really are that we can steer a course through the storm.
We're not alone
And I've always been caused to remember..."we are not alone". We are being aided and assisted by a miraculous benevolent consciousness. If ever an obstacle seems insurmountable, all we have to do is still our emotions and our thoughts, go deep into the heart, ask for the answer and watch what happens next without needing any particular outcome.
So wherever you are, whatever circumstance you find yourself in, even if you sometimes feel you're walking a tightrope, you are most definitely not alone!
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