A friend of mine, a retired Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest, once told me that he observed the great one’s consider the whole universe to be their temple, and that is why they did not practice or preach within four walls. He said if you consider the whole universe to be your temple, who is not included in your love and service?
During college I had a professor of Christianity of German descent who said the for the first nine years if his life, he was a Nazi. He later bece a priest but left because of some conflicting beliefs one of which was that women should be allowed to be priest. He told us a story about a woman in his home town who, at the end of the Second World War was running away from the Russian tanks with her three children in the dead of night. One child was under the age of one and because se was carrying that child she could not run fast enough and therefore all four of them were facing death.. She decided right then and there to put her youngest child down to save the other two. My professor said he spends every Christmas with her. He asked our class what words did we think would comfort her. We remained silent. Yes, he said, sometimes all you can do is sit with people and not let them be alone with their pain.
Naturally people see psychics to get a glimpse of the future in order to alleviate anxiety, but realistically it rarely works. Whether the prophecy is good or bad anxiety never really leaves. Instead it hovers like pollen in the air, subtly agitating their hearts, until the foreseen event does or doesn’t happen.
Intellectual knowledge, which is what most prophecy really is, is at best a temporary tranquilizer. This is because the intellect is a servant and tool which our consciousness uses but in the modern world it is the tail that wags the dog. Higher consciousness is based in love and is to the heart and mind as oxygen his to the lungs. While pure air depends on our brothers and sisters the trees and plants of the world, pure love depends on us. The purity with which you breathe pure love depends on the clarity of your vision and focus; on the clarity of your mind. If your mind is clouded with anger, resentment, and guilt your focus will be clouded.
When every thought is loving, kind, and heartfelt you will begin to see clearly; this is the true meaning of clairvoyance, or clear seeing. With clairvoyance or clear seeing, the next step is made lovingly and carefully, or full of care. In this way your future will unfold with goodness, joy, and grace. Taking your steps lovingly and full of care in the present moment allows your intuition to take your anxiety confidently by the hand all the while saying to it, “It will be alright.” In this act of faith, stepping lovingly and full of care, you build a better future. You prophecy or profit by seeing lovingly and carefully. In this faithful, peaceful and confident way, all is good.
It used to bother me. Why did Jesus kill the fig tree? Why didn’t he heal it? He healed so many other ailments and problems, but a simple little fig tree gets the ax? I felt silly giving it so much energy and thought, but hey, it bothered me.
So I prayed and meditated on it and the answer I received was, I’m not saying I received “the” answer just an answer, I’m just sharing here, but the answer I got was this; if the purpose of a thing is not fulfilled by that thing, it is lifeless.
Whether the story of Jesus killing the fig tree was a metaphor, or a dramatic example, it seems that purpose unfulfilled is like death.
In the old world there wasn’t much to choose from, I mean vocation or work as purpose, and yet there were elaborate and often difficult ceremonies for discovering purpose. Take the Lakota vision quest for example. A young man is placed in a hole in the ground, which represents the womb, for four days and nights in order to receive a vision telling him what his life purpose is. There wasn’t much to choose from back then; there was warrior, medicine man, hunter, and chief, as far as I know. But beyond a job title there was the sense of being part of a tribe. But even deeper still was the purpose of being a part of creation and by acknowledging that connection sensing a connection to the Divine. Life was purposeful on all levels; personal, social, earthly, and spiritual.
I’m not sure the situation is so different today. The higher we get in education the less and less choices there are, really; if you think about it there are not that many college degrees to choose from given the number of people in the world. Of course at the doctorate or Ph.D level you have some flexibility to create something new, but that doesn’t mean it’s purposeful or marketable. You may be a very well educated pizza delivery guy, and I’m not knocking it, Einstein did some of his best work as a patent clerk. But it would be hard to pay off those student loans delivering pizzas, much less feel fulfilled. But what if the Ph.D pizza delivery guy was very fulfilled? What if he was completely happy seeing the happy faces of the people he delivered pizzas to? Then maybe the money spent finding out he hated advanced economics, or whatever, was worth it. I know many a lawyer who either hate their jobs or have quit for more fulfilling pastures as the actor Gerard Butler did.
If a fig tree is not authentically being a fig tree then it is fundamentally dead. If a human being isn’t authentically being, he or she feels dead. Most suicidal people I have counseled, when we got down to it, didn’t want to die. They just didn’t want to go on living the way they were living, and they saw no other way out, but death. But once we got to a place where he or she could feel they could change their life, that transformation was possible, life returned to their eyes and they began taking new steps; they began a new life. Metaphorically the old life died as the new one evolved.
Whatever your path, purpose, dharma, fate, destiny, or karma it is possible to modify, evolve, and change it to one that is more fulfilling. There are many different methods; find one that suits you and give it your all. Some examples of methods are going to school, changing your job, getting a divorce, getting counseling, speaking to a minister, meditating, exercising, changing your diet, going on a retreat or many, taking up a hobby, breaking up with your boy or girl friend, working less, organizing, and on and on.
As a spiritual practitioner I have learned that it is important to respect your life, to respect the creation the Creator made. Sometimes it means blocking out all the well intended voices who think they know whats food for you and listening to the divine love in yiur heart. That doesn’t mean you need to reject or rebel against your loved ones, it just means quieting your intellect and emotions enough to hear the still small voice within. Often the path is internal before it is external, there is vision before there is creation. I recently saw a movie called Sacred Science where some people went to the Amazon rain forest to heal of various diseases. Many of the participants were healed by the medicine men and their indigenous herbs, but one of the aspects of the healing was solitude. In that solitude the peile could see themselves and hear themselves more clearly. They didnt have to go off to meditate, they became mindful simply because there was no other stimulation interfering with their natural mindfulness. They go clear naturally. Try pausing for clear quite time once a day and you will notice your life and your path becoming clearer too.