Sure, change is happening… yet it is easy for the mind to feel hopeless and impatient when feeling how ‘long’ this global process is taking. It sure is a challenge to co-exist in a reality where we can so blatantly see and feel that 99% of what we experience and play with has been overplayed for eons of time. We may feel at times that it is difficult to stay light, centered and at peace when so much of what we externally see makes our mind lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes… we just wish we could be there already.
But this experience in itself, no matter how noble our desires and efforts to bring change are, offers a great lesson for all of us that feel drained by the current reality.
I was having a conversation the other day with a close friend of mine who was struggling with similar issues to those I am presenting in this article. What was being shared were frustrations about the current state of the planet and how none of it is fulfilling in the present moment. Whether it is talents you were born with, or a desire to work for change, a resentment was being felt towards the structures of this world that are still limiting the full extent of what could be shared and created by the individual.
I am not writing this to deny the fact that the few that are living for change are being affected by the majority who are still holding onto the old ways (and vice versa). This would be denying the fact that we all co-create our reality together.
I am writing this because as I was conversing with my friend about this situation, a message came to me pretty clearly.
As long as we live in the mind, we lose sight of the PROCESS.
Living in the moment does not mean what the moment looks like, what it feels like, or what level of freedom it allows. It does not mean how “shitty” or how “ideal” the moment could be described as. It has nothing to do with “focusing” on the present moment. The wisdom of the present moment is this: allowing oneself to rise above the definitions of one moment in time, and therefore have a peripheral view of the ongoing process that THIS MOMENT truly is.
“The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind.” – Eckhart Tolle
Despairing about what this moment cannot give you now only makes you lose your peripheral vision of the beautiful FREEING process that we are all undergoing at this time on the planet, no matter how many chains remain. It is much like a child sitting in the car always whining about “when we will get there”. Mom, on the other hand, understands that the road trip is simply the process that will lead to the destination, but the child does not see this. In this analogy, the whining child represents the ego that can never see beyond what it cannot have right now, while the mom represents the peaceful soul that understands, accepts and observes the process of NOW. She always moves forward with this knowing, even when there is traffic. 😉
When you choose to spend some time judging and feeling overwhelmed by the current limits of our world, notice how you forget that we are also in the process of freeing ourselves from those very limits, right now!
“As things are interpreted or labeled by the mind they slowly cease to be what they are and start to become what is thought about them.” – John Greven
Despairing about this moment simply reveals our remaining attachments to our desires and expectations, despite how noble and heartfelt they are. But what do attachments and expectations do? They are hooks that latch onto us along our journey, adding more resistance and discomfort to each step that we take.
For the good of yourself and of all, take some time to look at every concept, idea, belief, thought or judgment that adds blur to your own peripheral vision of the creative process that is taking place. This request does not ask for more faith, hope, or trust, but simply asks to let go of all doubt, judgment and fear that takes you away from the knowing/understanding of the bigger picture. Rest in this inquiry, and feel the difference between giving power to the whining child in the back seat, or being the one in the driver’s seat. The peace, wisdom and clarity of the soul has never changed and never moved, but it is up to each and everyone of us to embody it.
You have nothing to lose… except the whiny commentator in the backseat of your mind that is only there to pick a fight with the process. 😉
“The moment – the now – is like a river, which carries you forward, ever-changing and ever moving. You either flow with this now or reject it and fight it, but that doesn’t stop the flow; it only determines your experience of it.” – Gina Lake
Remember, what is happening here is beautiful, the process is beautiful, every moment is beautiful. Choose to notice this in everything you do, and everything you do will shine much brighter. 🙂
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