Chapter 6 The Human Experience is the Dance of Heaven and Earth
Life is on Our Side
Most everyone at one time or another has felt that there has to be more to life than what they are currently experiencing. There is a pull away from dissatisfaction toward lasting peace and fulfillment. With some of us it’s a slight tug and with others it’s more like a relentless yanking, and so we desperately try to find it and make it lasting through loving relationships, sex, a good job, financial security, more food, less food, different food, health, religion, spirituality, drugs, spiritual experiences, more education, music, activity, being noticed, being left alone—the list is endless. But when peace is not experienced it is always believed that it will be achieved sometime in the future, and what is right now is completely unnoticed.
But what if what we are seeking is hidden in plain sight? What if it is right here, right now and we just don’t have the eyes to see, as Jesus said?
The following Islamic saying points so beautifully to this truth:
I was a hidden treasure,
and I loved to be known,
so I created the worlds both
visible and invisible.
This pull toward fulfillment in the future happens, in part, when we don’t realize that daily life is on our side. We believe that whatever is happening now is preventing us from peace and never consider that maybe it is all actually pointing us there.
When our intent is to discover truth or realize peace, why not then be open to the possibility that whatever shows up is in service to that? When there is trust that life is on our side, life now is fulfilling and a completely different dimension of experience opens.
We then see that everything visible is on our side. We realize that everything that happens in our daily life is life moving to wake us up to who we are. The visible is in service to the invisible. The created is in service to that which is uncreated. No matter how it shows up, the world is in service to heaven. It may be heavily disguised or thinly veiled, but what comes and goes is in service to that which is eternally now.
When there is openness to the shape life is taking then life now is our greatest guide. Not a guide in the sense that it will bring us to anything new but in the sense that it points to what already is.
Nonjudgment of this life-guide, however, is foundational. If we resist the form life takes now then we are actually resisting the very hand that is pointing. Peace and freedom are not limited to certain experiences or certain aspects of our daily life. Peace and freedom are the underlying nature of direct experience and are inclusive of the totality without exception. So if this is what we truly want to realize and express then life will facilitate that— the type of person we have been conditioned to dislike and react against will show up, family members will do the exact things that push our programmed buttons and whatever event serves to free us from our conditioned ways of reacting will come. Then all others are free to act as they do and we are free to experience those actions of others consciously, as we actually are, without resistance or judgment but in true understanding and love. Freedom includes the totality or it is not true freedom. Peace includes the totality or it is not true peace.
However life shows up is in service to bringing to the surface whatever beliefs or judgments we still hold—all of which obscure the sensing of our true nature. Judgments believed always create
the impression of an incomplete or limited sense of self which is not reality. Life knows exactly what it is doing.
At times, life’s pointing may be a deep cutting sword gouging up deeply unconscious beliefs and emotions in order that they are seen and experienced through. If we allow the gouging fully without numbing it in any way with our usual drug of choice, whether it is TV, food, meditation, exercise, music, drugs, reading a spiritual book or whatever our hobby, we may experience some intense feelings. But those feelings are the form life is now taking and when we experience them as they truly are, they point straight as an arrow into the true sense of who we are.
At other times the hand pointing may be a gentle, playful wagging of the finger. Its cooling breeze may be soothing but if we become attached to that seemingly mild-mannered finger and create a positive, personal seeming story around it, it can turn into a dagger on a dime. Life always moves to dissolve the separate sense of self, not to inflate it.
Truth may manifest as a fierce love, which may not be very comfortable at times, but when truth is more important than comfort then we are open without conditions. When we come to trust the hand pointing in the form of whatever shows up now, we are then in full cooperation with Life itself—we are putty in the Divine’s hand.