Look: it turns out the way it turns out. And it's never turned out any
other way. Not once, not ever. The starting point for living life
transformed, is to get it the way it is (and the way it isn't) with
nothing added, and with nothing taken away. If you don't get that, it's
a pretty miserable existence. If you do, it's all perfect. Look: that's
not trivial. It's high stakes. But it's not significant. Making it
significant is just more arrogance.
In the light of this, I've discovered that nothing I do makes any
difference. Really. It turns out the way it turns out anyway - no
matter what I do (or don't do). No, that's not fatalism. And no, it's
not pre-destination either. And it doesn't require karma
to conceptualize it. But it is unmistakable and (depending on your
willingness to confront the obvious rather than the known / the thrown)
inarguable. Things turn out the way they turn out. And they've never
turned out any other way. Not once. Not ever. Even if
that doesn't fit into your
it's the truth. Stop lying about it.
Bringing forth who we really are - in the face of it turns out the way
it turns out anyway - is possibly the only action we can initiate that
makes any lasting difference at all. But watch: if none of it makes any
difference, since it turns out the way it turns out anyway, then it's a
paradox, a kind of a cosmic joke (if you will) that
bringing forth who we really are, in the face of it doesn't make a
difference, makes a difference. You can't get that rationally.
And it will drive you crazy if you try to figure it out: in the face of
nothing makes a difference, bringing forth who you really are makes
Our world, and the ongoing play of life in it, comprises people. I
wonder: if you and I don't know who we really are (and consequently
to bringing forth who we really are), what does that say for our world,
and for the ongoing play of life in it, comprised as it is by people
who (mostly) don't know who they really are? It's a disconcerting
predicament to be in, one which (for the most part) we don't question
or challenge, relegating us to a kind of feeling our way around in
the dark way of living, bolted in place by what the venerable
distinguished as "the taboo against knowing who (we) are".
I'm a big fan of
and his books. I've visited
but I've never met him. But it was in being around
the Franklin House
that this other possibility for being (indeed, an entirely new
possibility for being in the world) became apparant.
is always, always two things: one, in action, and two, fully
Self-expressed. Both. Always. Being fully Self-expressed (that's "Self"
with a capital "S") in the face of it turns out the way it turns out
anyway, is arguably the one ability we human beings have which makes
any difference at all.
Make a million dollars? Makes no difference. Fly into space? Makes no
difference. Develop a new social media app? Makes no difference.
Discover how to (and be) who we really are, and bring that forth in all
our actions, as our natural Self-expresssion? Makes a difference. Makes
a profound difference. Alters the very fabric of Life as
we know it.
demonstration. Arguably it's his demonstration of always full
Self-expression and always in action, which validates and verifies all
the ideas and distinctions in the rich body of distinctions that we
call "transformation", and not the other way around.