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The Uncertainty of Life (Audio)
May 27, 2010
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: I get so tired at times of the uncertainty of life, the unlimited aspects
of life that are revealed in a moment, and then as soon as we think we know
what it is, it becomes something else to navigate. How does one ever come to
terms with this?
Our experience of
life is determined entirely by our point of view. Life is simply an endless
flow that we see through the glass of our sense of self. The color of the
flow is the color of our glass. What is that flow? Never-ending movement. Is
it uncertain, or is it simply a flow, like water running down the side of a
mountain, or the sea endlessly kissing the shore?
"Uncertainty" is an
interpretation of the flow of life, isn't it? A story.
This raises a
question: Are we navigating a sea of uncertainty, a sea of opportunity, or a
sea of ecstatic bliss? It all depends on our point of view, and that depends
on our relationship in stillness with the flow of life. Uncertainty is
actually quite certain, isn't it? Why should we argue with it? Arguing with
it, expecting it to stay put according to our expectations, can be very
tiring. Much easier to go with it, rooted in stillness rather than
constant change. An interesting thing happens
when we let go of expectations in stillness. We find we have many more
choices as we move through unlimited possibilities for uplifting the flow of
life. And there is joy in this.
question of uncertainty gradually becomes a non-question as we engage in
spiritual practices. The question melts into what is, as we become that
which we were questioning. We find we are not required to take sides (no
sides to be taken), or have a fixed point of view, and that doing so only
harms us and others. This awareness becomes acute, and we learn from our own
As we cultivate abiding inner silence, and see it (our
silent Self) moving increasingly in resonance with the flow of life,
then life is seen through a clear glass. It is seen as an endless flow of
radiant divine love, beautifully adorned with all of its warts and
permeated with pure bliss consciousness
all the while. We are That, and we find ourselves acting
in the world.
We come to terms
with the flow of life by awakening in the realization that we are life
The guru is in you.
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