We know from the universal law of conservation of energy that in a closed system, energy is permanent in the sense that it is neither created nor destroyed, and it is impermanent in the sense that it is in a state of continuous flux. Energy has the ability to change from one form to another. An example of this is the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy, as in photosynthesis. Looking at the photosynthesis formula, 6CO2 + 6H2O + Light Energy = C6H12O6 + 6O2, we find that the units on one side of the equation are equal to the other side of the equation. The energy can take the form of wave or particle. In the example above, light energy is an example of energy in the form of a wave, and carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2o), sugar (C6H12o6), and oxygen (O2) are examples of energy in the form of particles. Behind the form is the formless, where what exists now was once only a possibility. An example of this is an oak tree. Inside the acorn is the potential to become an oak tree. What is the engine of the collaboration of events that occurs so that the acorn becomes oak? Some would say coincidence, but most would agree that there is a driving force behind the orchestration of life. Who or what is the driving force? The force has many names according to its beliefs: religious, spiritual, or otherwise. For the sake of simplicity and respect for all beliefs, let’s call this force “Great Spirit.” Impermanence is part of life and we can choose how we respond. Ignorance, or being in the dark and resisting the universal truth of impermanence, gives rise to attachment and aversion. Ignorance, attachment and aversion are the three poisons that pollute our actions. We reap what we sow, and as long as our actions, or karma, are poisoned, so will our path. Our most loving and enriching choice is to embrace impermanence by accepting what is.
With time and space, we can observe the impermanence of energy within the Universe and within ourselves. Of course this is true since we are a microcosm of the macrocosm. We have all heard the phrase “times have changed” and the famous Heraticlus quote “nothing lasts longer than change”. We know these principles, and yet applying them to our daily lives is much easier said than done, especially when our minds and hearts are involved. When we have an experience that is pleasant, our heart opens wide and the mind attaches itself to the torrent of joy and ecstasy that we receive. Once the mind recognizes that the experience is positive, it creates a preference and seeks to repeat or cling to the experience, which creates attachment. One of our deepest fears is the loss of what we hold onto, and the ultimate loss is the loss of life. Death is our greatest fear because it threatens to lose everything we know, and yet death and change are the only constants in life. Perhaps it is time to develop a healthier relationship with all the things that come our way in life, especially death. Attachment is an extreme reaction to a situation and, like the “yin-yang” symbol, the opposite is also true. Just as darkness cannot be appreciated without the existence of light, attachment cannot be felt without the felt existence of aversion. Where there is attachment, there is the possibility of loss and therefore aversion to anything that threatens to wrest it from our grasp.
When we have a negative experience of something in life, we are warned about its continuity or repetition and we do not want to have anything to do with it. We will do almost anything to free ourselves from the uncomfortable feelings that come from coming face to face with something we don’t like. It is important to understand that it is not the person, the place or the thing that agitates the problem, but that it is our reaction that creates the internal confusion. It is also important to understand that magic and growth occur outside of our comfort zone. If we can learn to detach ourselves from the situation and our projections of a negative outcome long enough to gain a broader perspective, we can open ourselves to the possibility of a different outcome. There are infinite possible outcomes for any situation. Fear creates aversion. Fears of not being enough, of loss, and of the unknown are some common sources of disturbance. We all have different core fears, and becoming familiar with your authentic fears will help you look at the sources of your aversions, however deep or superficial they may seem. As Alan Watts put it, “The only way to make sense of change is to immerse yourself in it, move with it, and join in the dance.” Our most favored outcome is one in which we can gain access to expansion and love, which could be said to be said as the purpose of life. Love is expansion. If we can learn to love through all our experiences, we can remain in a constant state of expansion, which is the ultimate goal of all religious and spiritual paths.
In the present moment, everything is always exactly as it should be. Our bodies, jobs, roles, life stages, preferences, thoughts, and emotions are continually in a state of flux. Yes, this brings attachment and aversion when we hold on to what we want and reject what we don’t want. Remember that with every death there is also a rebirth. “Out with the old and in with the new.” This phenomenon occurs with or without participation. We can choose to consciously let go of what no longer serves us to make room for what we want, or life can do the work for us. It can be difficult when we don’t know why we are experiencing a loss. It helps to remember that in every moment the lie is a gift. Our gift is that in every moment there is an opportunity to grow and live our highest truth with integrity and purpose. By accepting, honoring, and learning from each moment, we live a life of faith and prayer. Offering one’s life to the Great Spirit as a vessel for the growth and expansion of human consciousness is the supreme prayer. Have faith in the continuous flow of everything in the world of forms, including thoughts and emotions, and free yourself from the bonds of attachment and aversion. The winds of change will continue to blow wild and free. As the wolf spider weaves a web between two blades of grass, rather than two solid structures so that the wind does not destroy its home, it is up to us to prepare our hearts and minds to bend with the wind by not clinging to things and events. . In our life. When we truly surrender to each moment and allow the breath of the Great Spirit to flow through our lives, we allow the process of our own personal life path to unfold naturally and we sing beautiful stories of love and mystery with our lives.
We build walls around our preferences to protect them from what threatens their existence. As the late J. Krishnamurti says, “only the mind that has no walls, no foothold, no barrier, no resting place, that moves completely with life, advances, explores, explodes without time, just such a mind. it can be happy, eternally new, because it is creative in itself … Such a mind is life itself, because life has no place of rest. ” If we resist and deny the impermanent nature of all things, and work to control the outcome of our experience, we stagnate and deny the natural flow of the Great Spirit. It depends on using to awaken our way, our way and our light. Ultimately, there is only one way, one way, one truth, and one light. Discovering how our own individual path aligns with the only true path is our purpose for living in this world. In the moment of now is the gateway to the acceptance of what is.