'Doing.' Major subject.
It is so simple and obvious to me. I have shared it so many times.
I don't have the energy to write about it to a great depth. It is so subtle.
We can Skype again. In the meantime....
Simply: healthy doing is not doing, it is allowing. That says it all.
If you are sitting comfortably in your garden chair, and your mind keeps
going to the unpleasant thought that you have left the gas on - if you keep
sitting there - you are doing something - you are holding back.
If you get up and check it - you are not doing anything, you are just
It is almost impossible to explain to minds that have been trained only to
'do.' We have not been encouraged to develop our intuition.
Yet almost all of the great breakthroughs have come through that way!
Just look back.
But too uncertain, unpredictable and uncontrollable for the average
undeveloped/ mediocre/intellectual person.
I know this may not seem relevant at his stage, but let's take it as a
hypothesis: Everything is always perfect. Always. Just because we cannot see
the perfection at the time, does not mean it is not so. Just look back.
And even if it is not true, let's assume it.
You say you have to choose people for your new department,
and how to do it without 'the doing.'
Please tune in. All your anxiety and uncertainty has to do with being
'right' and identifying with having a certain outcome.
You want things the way your mind (and your father/peers) wants them.
And, that may not be the maximum potential - for something much bigger than
what you are seeing. We not only don't know, the mind is not capable of
'knowing' the future - because there isn't one!
Have to stay open for the unknown/unexpected.
(You may think you are choosing 'the right person' but often, geniuses are
right on the edge of sanity.)
What we call the future is created by the present, and the more we use the
past for determining the future, the less possibility of something totally
new emerging. The mind can only operate from the past.
We don't know. But we can sense, feel.
May not be obvious to the mind, but our senses intuit something.
Again, look back. It is so obvious.
(In fact, the ancients were/are still ahead of us in many scientific ways!
But that is: Another Very Big Story.)
You also mention that I say that any practice becomes an interfering
interface to being present.
It is not possible to be in the present while using a practice.
A practice is an interface - it is between you and the moment.
A practice is of the mind. Life is the present.
In the East, as a technique, Mantras are given by masters. If the person
says them enough times, millions, the effect is supposed to become
automatic. But it is still an interference to the purity of the moment.
Buddha's saying: "If you meet me on the way, kill me."
(A little extreme don't you think? A thank you would be more sweet?)
Making 'the right choice' has to do with being unconditionally present.
Totally there, unconditionally. Listening. Sensing. Feeling.
The mind cannot do that.
What the mind says is: "Listen to me. I remember the past. Your past,
things you have read, and with my experience we will choose the best
But you see, it is the past.
Although many major breakthroughs have built on the past, they were not the
past. The past is past - therefore, not a breakthrough; not creative.
In the beginning the 'greats' were not only not accepted, they were derided,
laughed at. Like the great masters of the past - you have to decide - acceptance by your
peers, the mediocre - or the unknown?
Some compromise is wise, but the main feeling? - Your/The Truth.
As I see it, you are being guided for something big - so a bit of compromise
may be appropriate.
As you continue to wake up you will come to realise that there is a flow to
life. Life is living itself. If you tune in, and flow with the flow you will
experience blissful fulfilment.
If you decide to decide for yourself, it just takes a bit longer.
So no need to take it seriously.
Doing and Allowing... by Paul Lowe
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 22:30
posted by Jeanette
Good job making it apaper easy.