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Why So Much Fuss about What is So
July 19, 2010
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Q: There is so much perfection in every moment.
Life is lived moment by moment. No trying to live in the moment, just
living, not an effort, no other way to do it. Nothing to make it happen.
Making anything happen needs effort, and there is no effort. I am where I am
and there is nowhere else to be or want to be. Ideas, creativity, loving,
just flowing without any intention, without any effort. Emotions are
experienced at the moment without judgment, then gone like a dream. If it is
not happening now, it is not happening.
It's been two months like
this. My mind still jumps in and says there is going to be a falling out,
but it does not matter what the mind says. I have pondered a lot about
bringing attention back to the now and being present. But when this started
happening without trying it was like: Wow! What's this? I did not say much
to anyone around me, but there is so much uncalled for joy, so much unknown
happiness. Even being upset and angry is just momentary, like something the
body is doing, but then it is back to the joy. I also see how things are so
ingrained in us. The stronger the mind story we had, the stronger the
attachment to the block. Letting go of a block is just untangling the story
from every cell in awareness (inner silence), and watching it drop away.
Again, no effort. With practice and slight intention (like samyama), it just
Learning samyama was huge. It is the best tool ever. Asking
for something is just ask and let it go. The more you can let go, the easier
it gets for it to happen. This is siddhi. All siddhis are just that ... how
much you can let it go. The more you can let go in stillness, the more it
has a chance of manifesting. Hence I can make things happen that don't mean
much to my deepest longing. But things that are close to heart, the letting
go is harder, there is that little bit of pull and story that keeps a slight
desire in place, not allowing a complete letting go. But when I can really
let go, things happen.
It feels like I am gliding/floating instead
of walking. And it feels like I am constantly dancing in the stillness.
Even when people around me are grumpy, I am still in joy and it sort
of rubs off on them. They are still grumpy but they cannot be mean. It's
like the joy is infectious, and although people don't want to become
ungrumpy, they just cannot be mean any more. They go back to showing their
disapproval but the pure happiness that flows cannot be ignored.. It is like
being in presence of a baby, the baby is happy for no reason, and others
around may be mad, but when they see the smile on the child's face and feel
the innocent happiness, there isn't much they can do but smile. They can go
back to being grumpy after that, but for a few moments they enjoy the
unadulterated happiness. It feels just like that. I could go on and on about
how life has changed for the better here.
Anyway, it is all true, all
I had heard and read ... all of it is true. And I am just amazed at the
simplicity and beauty of this, as I watch in awe at the power of letting go.
Still, what makes me really wonder is all the talk that the old
gurus have given of enlightenment. There is so much fanfare about it. It is
so simple. Nothing huge about it. Why then was it made to sound so huge? All
about losing the body and rainbow body, and a million definitions. It's all
so confusing to people. Why? Why not just meditate, learn samyama and the
other simple methods, do them every day, and get on with it. Why is the
simplest of all things made so complex? Or am I not getting this?
A: I'm very happy to hear about your life in the here and now. It
reminds me of a Rumi poem:
"Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and
right-doing, there is a field.
I'll meet you
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to
Ideas, language - even the phrase
'each other' - do not
make any sense..."
It is simple when we know, but there is a
journey to undertake to get to that field.
Like the proverbial trip
through the forest to Grandmas house, once we know the way, it is easy and
effortless. Once we have arrived there, we are there in every moment. But
the first time we go, we will be dependent on a
hopefully a well-marked one. Even with a good
we may become distracted and go off on other
They say all paths lead to Grandmas house. No
doubt they do, eventually. But there are a few wolves in the forest too, so
random wandering may not be the speediest or safest course.
"fanfare" is for both marking and marketing a path, because treading a path
is necessary to get from "here to here." What is so easy to see once it is
seen is not so easy to see before that. Hence, all the buzz. A certain
amount of inner house-cleaning must occur before much of anything can be
seen. This is what daily practices are for.
Oddly, once seen, the
very ease of seeing and doing in stillness can lead others into confusion,
because stated as that (nothing to do), it encourages those who can't see to
imagine seeing instead of actually doing what is necessary to see. In this,
the simple (seeing) becomes complicated, and the complicated (practice)
becomes simple. That's why we always say, favor the practice over the
Again and again, we see people arriving in the AYP
community, continuing to explore 100 different strategies, even
when they happen to be standing in the middle of a
super highway, where all they have to do is step
on the gas and go. The journey can be convoluted like that because human
karma is convoluted. But the path does not have to be convoluted. A
path can be
and clearly marked. As long as a
there in plain sight, people will find it. That is the simple
premise in AYP, flowing through an engineer's
mentality: Build it and they will find it.
Or any other
well-conceived and tested path will do. But better
to stay on one well-marked
than to run in circles in the forest.
Yes, very simple,
especially once we are at Grandmas house. The
to Grandmas house are many, and have been lit up with neon (and fanfare) for
centuries for good reason. But no neon lights are needed at Grandmas.
Everything there is quietly
glowing from within,
for no reason at all.
Home is home, and needs no
The guru is in you.
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