Without Action

stones_zen_700It may seem counterintuitive to do nothing in a situation, but when when we begin to think about life in terms of energy, what may appear externally as nothing can actually be the most important thing happening. Here’s one way to look at it: in any given moment there is a limit to what is possible, because of the people involved, the situation, and the energies at play. So for us to try and steer that moment with our advice or strategies has a very narrow potential. Instead, if we work energetically, without judgment or criticism, we can hold in us the possibility for the best possible outcome. Whatever that may be, we can be in support of that as an outcome. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So it’s an interesting theme last night, this dreaming theme of having to recognize something more by way of knowing how to drop how one is.

The initial understanding of this came about as a buildup from yesterday’s dream, in which one was able to see that the way something wakes up is it feels like a descent, or something coming to you, or pulling you up. And then comes the challenge, at some point in time, when you kind of reverse that and have to come from a sense of self back into life – and not set off commotion, landslides, or something. You have to be able to do it in a more balanced, and natural, way that’s in keeping with everything around you in the atmosphere.

So that was yesterday, and then today is kind of like a type of continuation of this theme, pointing out a level of linearity, obsessive linearity, that is unnecessary and actually affects the way something is able to unfold.

What’s interesting in the scenario, if you look at it from yesterday, is that everything is out in the open. It’s not all washed away this way, or that way, like it had appeared to be to where something then needed to be drawn down, or shaken down, in a dynamic way to cause more of the situation to be taken into account.

Now, with what has happened, the situation has the pieces that are out there, they may not be aligned yet, but it’s not my job to align them. Under this kind of setting I can hold onto a mannerism, with a quality of demeanor and presence, that can take and handle the situation from here.

The secret to holding my focus and presence is to bring something through a little bit, and then know how to step back and let go so that you’re no longer caught up in any dynamic – because to get caught up in any dynamic causes a person to lose a greater sense of awareness, in terms of the whole. And so that whole is something that’s being designed and shaped based upon the input understanding, and how that is dealt with, just like a teacher takes with a student and causes them to become more aligned, more speeded up, and more aware about what’s going on, in the environment, so that they then can act upon a responsibility, and care, that they couldn’t act upon before because they weren’t aware of what was going on and how to sort themselves in relationship to the outer.

Just like it’s like that on the outer, on the inner it also stops right when it gets to a point where everything is left and able to figure it out from there. You don’t have to carry it all the way through as if, you know, that’s the end all be all. You don’t have to carry it all the way through. You can step back and let the component pieces sort themselves out; and if they get it wrong, they get it wrong.

This is what a teacher has to do with a student. The teacher has to hand out, but what the student does with it is their business, and this is a similar situation. I have gone to the length that’s necessary to point something out, and now I have to step away. Initially I may have had to do a few things that might have been a bit awkward in order to cause a shift of attention, but now, now that that has been done sufficiently, whereby people can catch up with it all on their own terms, however they’re going to catch up with it, however it is that they work with that, that’s what I now have to accept.

This is just like a teacher. A teacher has to hand something out as an awareness and recognition that the student catches up with, and what they do with it then is their business. The more polished and pure they become, the more their business is the teacher’s consciousness business in an overall consequence way – but that’s a whole other story.

Initially, in order for a person to gain a better handle in terms of how it is that they are meant to be and are, they initially have to only go so far and then settle back, because what they’re working on is establishing a quality that permeates without action. If the only way that they can permeate is to push the envelope themselves, get into the situation physically, then they blindside themselves by that digression.

And so you don’t make the digression after you have caused what is an epiphany understanding to come into place. You withdraw even more and, as you withdraw even more, then a certain sense of a greater beingness is able to take into account the situation. But if you stay in there in the dilemma, and you attempt to appreciate that setting in spite of things, then you are diffusing who it is that you are. You’re losing a sense of continuity and self worth, in terms of yourself.

So it’s a very, very fine line in that when, if necessary at times, is for something to shake through and come through and then, when it does, you have to be able to just drop it. You don’t keep going and going and going on some tangential mannerism. And then what’s meant to be will just be. And whatever that might be you have to accept that.

So the secret is, the issue is, can one do that after having gone to an extreme? If one cannot, then the extreme that you’re on will impose a lack of freedom upon the situation, and then you get some other strange outcome as a consequence of such deviation.

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