This afternoon I’m cruising at 36,000 feet above the broad, beautiful, blue Pacific. We’re about halfway between California and Hawaii. I’ve been listening some beautiful music Stephen Halpern and Deuter and rereading some of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s outstanding book – Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.
This extended moment in time is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of deadlines and projects that have consumed my days in recent months.
The feeling of peace combined with the relaxing music Dr. Dyer’s skilled retelling of the Tao have taken me to a very reflective place and I thought I’d share.
I am a huge believer in two principles that some might see as contradictory. The first, beautifully articulated by Dr. Dyer, the concept of being with the flow os life and letting life come to you in its unerring perfection. The other is concept that with rightly directed thoughts and action we can achieve and accomplish amazing things.
The question immediately arises, “How do I let go and and go for it at the same time?” My answer is that is one of life’s paradoxes that we strive to achieve and yet the achievement seems empty unless we are connected to the timeless flow of life that underlies it all.
A motivated person may find himself or herself exerting energy swimming against life’s current. This is the ambitious, competitive aspect of who we are and there are circumstances when that approach is effective. The danger is that we see that method as the only way to achieve and miss the fact the sage achieves the same thing by remaining downstream. The sage allows the river to flow to him or her and simply dips a bucket into the river to capture what the motivated person swam upstream to obtain.
Is one better or more advanced than the other? Well, one certainly consumes less energy than the other, but both serve a purpose in our world. A world of sages would not have bridges. A world of bridge builders would miss the true essence that underlies it all.
The answer lies in finding balance between your upstream swimming bridge builder side and your let the river come to you sage side. If you lean more towards one than the other, try to build the weaker side and find a balance.
Before you know it we’ll have a world full of conscious, attuned bridge builders acting in the world and seeing beyond it.