When we meet people, we often want pull them into our lives. We tell our story and expect them to agree or disagree with our viewpoint. If they agree with us, we like them. If they disagree, we dislike them or point out why they are wrong. Over time, this accumulation of thoughts (like/dislike, happiness/unhappiness, good/bad) is lodged deeply in our being that it blocks the universe from coming in. We cling to our preconceived notions because we do not want our self-worth to die. We are closed and are not able to experience a new level of consciousness. We become brittle and hard inside. This rigidity, this unwillingness to go with the flow of life, is the tool that the universe uses to get into our lives. This unyielding attitude produces despair, suffering, or sickness, which serves as the opening through which grace comes in. We are forced to let the old forms die so new forms can emerge.The illusion of who we are is shattered and we become free. Our pure, true self (which is vast, limitless, timeless, infinite, all-loving, all-knowing, free-flowing, and is in touch with all that is) comes to the surface. We are able to feel our own essence. We feel the aliveness within us and are able to connect with every being that we meet. Out of this awareness comes the right word, action, or person. Creativity bubbles to the surface. People come to our aid. The answer pops out of nowhere. We are able to see the benevolence even in a tragic situation.
Being one with life then becomes an adventure, even a joyous journey. We see this truth in nature. Everywhere we look, we see plants and animals being one with life despite the disruption. Everything is open for us to see.There is the acceptance, the allowing of things to be as they are. A flower dies but it produces seed heads that are in turn planted to create new flowers. A tree sheds its leaves in autumn and goes into hibernation in winter, ready to blossom again in the spring. A caterpillar goes through a painful transformation to become a beautiful butterfly. There is a reason and a season for everything. All we have to do is let things be.