Recently I stumbled across a quote by Mahatma Gandhi who knew how to connect the spiritual life with an active one in society: “You have to be the change you want to see in the world .” Gandhi, Martin Luther King and in a different way Mother Theresa, they all brought change to the world, a change that they were incarnating in their life. Many of the present day Enlightened drive luxury cars, wear silk shirts and have people take care of their every need and whim. They too are the change they wish to see in the world.
The Gandhi quote seems to be about the future but in my view we always already are the change we wish to see – or to put it another way, what we wish to see can be recognized in what we actually are right now. And looking at the way we are day by day can be very uncomfortable especially if we think that we actually would wish to see another change. Well, that seems to be the bad news …
… and now the good news: We are always connected to reality no matter how reality seems to be – we are already one. We can neither be connected more nor can we divorce from it. If we are conscious of it then that connects us, and if we are unconscious then we are thus connected. We can doubt this – and then doubt is the form of our relationship. No matter what we think, what we do or not do this, forms our present relationship with everything and everyone. If we dread ourselves then that is our connection – and now that it’s over, we are again connected… how?
To understand this changes us from a seeker for whatever-it-may-be to a researcher, “How do I relate to reality this moment?” And understanding this gives us great and enduring freedom: Our oneness with the whole of reality is never in question, no matter how we relate to it. We can change now, and now, and now… and if we want to create a more encompassing change than we are free to do so by living it again and again until it is virulent enough to take over.
A change that is important enough to me to put into effect in all my seminars, events and the training right away is connected to money and value. Until now I have always decided myself how much people had to pay for participating in my seminars and events. But now I think it is essential that all of us learn to decide for ourselves how much the things we do are really worth and what that might mean financially. Therefore from now on I leave it up to you how much you value my work and what you wish to pay for seminars, events or trainings.
I call it the principal of “Fair Share” and it rests on the premise that we can only receive as much as we are willing to give – a fair exchange between free people based on trust.
My this year that is so full of mystical numbers and dates (a celebration we just have to take up: on 7.7.2007 in the evening on 7:07 our “707 party” will commence…) bring those changes to you that enable us all to create wonderful relationships with those that we love and don’t love and to reality as it appears to us.
I took a distance from what I call ‘vertical spirituality’. If you want to know how and why then you will find reasons here in a short essay.
Actually I’ve had this coming for a long time as you can see from the article that I wrote originally in 2003 “Why God does not need a Throne“. And it does have consequences, of course. A friend, who recently visited, wrote, “It was also a lot of fun to be with you and the people of the Community. It’s beautiful to feel the changes time and again, and see that you guys nevertheless manage to use the chaos productively. Anyway, I think it is great that you let go of the vertical structures and guru-dom (even if this revolution comes from ‘above’ ðŸ˜‰ )”
Well, in my events and seminars things are not as chaotic as S. writes about the community’s development even though the vertical structures are disappearing more and more.
I call the direction in which I see us moving cooperative spirituality. All of this leads me to tell you what I have found useful these last weeks:
- After waking up in the morning I remember the many fields and dimensions in which I am embedded ( body, family, friends, neighbourhood, country, continent, planet, galaxis, flexiverse… and the subtle dimensions as well: the aura, fields and energies between us, the dimensions of the predecessors and disincarnate entities, the very subtle fields, the realm of archetypes and godheads, the nothingness and fullness: the whole unspeakable mystery…)
- Remembering that we ourselves are the highest authority – this is our reality, our life, our destiny, our development and opportunity…
- Remembering that reality always also is a co-production between me, the ones I’m with and all I am embedded in.
- Remembering my heart’s resolution: May the fullness and richness of all fields and dimensions be with me and all living beings.
- If I feel like it : sing, dance and express in any way what bubbles up from deep within.
- And then I let go of it all and move to do what’s next …
This is just a trial run of a new ‘morning exercise’ – and I would like it very much if you would use some similar process and tell about it, for instance in this weblog.
Much Love ,
PS.: Short remark re. “Silence & Celebration” from August 24th ’till 27th: We will also be silent outside the group-room (There will only be a very short possibility each day to confront burning questions).
Often in my seminars and events someone asks, “Why…?” this or the other frustrating is happening in his or her life. The Buddhists among us have quite a clear answer to that question, citing the First Noble Truth, “There is suffering and impermanence in life for all beings.” Not being a Buddhist, although I do have great sympathy for the wisdom that this tradition brings, this is not an answer I prefer, and that is because I am not thoroughly convinced that life – our being in this world – actually is suffering. Neither do I believe that impermanence is a reason or cause of suffering.
The question ‘Why?’ is always also a question where the unliked or frustrating happening comes from, and often it is a request for a reasonable explanation for what is happening to me or us. And, of course, a good answer then gives us a meaning that we can attach to what is happening. This, it is supposed will give us an opportunity or the means by which we can avoid this unpleasant thing or happening in the future (and maybe does).
Whatever may be the case, we cannot avoid the fact that what is happening to us in daily life is… already happening; it is the case – whatever the meaning might be that we give it (even if a ‘good’ meaning might be helpful in dealing with its consequences). Seeing that this is so I am bold enough here to tell you ‘Mushins First Noble Truth’: “What is happening is already the case.” Or to put it more flippantly, “Reality, as I am experiencing it, doesn’t care what I think about it.” And this leads us to ‘Mushins Second Noble Truth’: “What I think about what is already the case determines very much wether I suffer or not.” So it is up to me – in many ways – how happy or unhappy daily life is in my case.
What does that mean for my spiritual practise?
Let’s assume that I meet someone that says something hurtful to me or that something frustrating is happening to me. My First Noble Truth informs me, “This is already happening – regardless of whether I want this to happen or not. And I perceive this happening as hurtful or frustrating. I can accept it, supress it or try to change it, but so much is true: It is happening/has happened and I feel bad.”
If I am adequatly awake . and maybe the frustration has awakend me from my dreamlike state – I will pause. That means the automatic chain of judging (“this is frustrating”) and feeling bad and reacting (I justify myself, fight or try to escape) has been broken.
Now I have created enough space to undo my judgement (that I ‘automatically’ had) or regard it as not very adequate to the occasion. In this space also the ‘bad’ feeling loses power so that I can now accept and possibly ‘study’ it: How does it feel – exactly? Where does it manifest on the bodily level?
And I have another possibility in the space I created: I can – as this feeling (or with this feeling) – open to what is happening. Now my feelings don’t seperate me anymore from what’s going on – it doesn’t serve as protection, justification or whatever anymore – but rather connects me to what is the case right now. I don’t recoil or cramp up but rather loosen up and relax into what is the case.
In opening to this moment – just as I am feeling and experiencing it; just the way I am right now – I don’t need a ‘why’ or ‘whence’ or ‘where will it lead’ anymore; what is appropriate to this moment opens itself to me spontaneously. The moment of crisis showers its entire richess on me, and I can live it in relationship.
And so the way has become the goal…
PS.: We still have a few places free in the summer-event “Opening the Cosmic Heart” – July 1st untill 9th – and I would be delighted to see you there.