How Things Really Are

Synopsis: How Things Really Are: we get lost in details, in blame, in our heads. That’s not where the truth lies.

Of Wayne’s many books, the one closest to today’s topic is: This Endless Moment
how things really are

Let’s start with a Rumi quote:

When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again,
“This is certainly not like we thought it was!”
Be patient. Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back toward disease and death.
No need to announce the future! This now is it. This.
Your deepest need and desire is satisfied by the moment’s energy
here in your hand.
The Essential Rumi, trans. by Coleman Barks

In my own walk, I notice how easy it is to distract myself with “large things,” which inevitably are “out there.” Because of this, I actually bog myself down. I’m so distracted by the shiny externals that I forget to go “in.”

It is a complicated and ultimately fruitless walk to wander here and there, seeking yet one more affirmation, one more book, one more quote, one more technique — all external things — all of which say the same thing and none of which become our practice. Instead, we need to continually look at who are who we are at the core of ourselves; at our depth. This work and this walk, from a truly Zen approach, is “an inside job.” And not a particularly complicated one, at that.

Oh, I know. We want to make it both complicated and large. Because if it’s complicated and large, it’s “unfixable,” and if I blame others, it’s out of my hands.

But really, isn’t it time to shift gears and actually get on with something both meaningful and important?

For Rumi, the “way” to achieve depth — for Zen, the “way” to achieve depth, is described as looking deeply into a mirror. Looking into the mirror of our selves is a way of coming back into our selves. Rumi says,

The green felt cover slips, and we get a flash of the mirror underneath.”

There are such depths of riches within each of us, and much of it is pushed aside on the altar of wishing our life was other than it is. So much external data, flooding by, and such a temptation to assign importance to any of it. So many people, so little time. Until you stop.

And then, your eyes open to the simple pleasure of sitting in silence, breathing–or opening to the joy of writing a sentence that captures the momentary essence of yourself. It’s not about finding out what others say or write or do. It’s about writing it yourself, then living it. It’s living in the internal world, where we connect with spirit, and then making what we learn manifest in the external world.

Where is your passion? Where else but inside, waiting for you to show up and notice? What can only you do, to make a difference in our tilted and fractured world? What’s inside, waiting for you to take it seriously? Where is your voice but inside, where you bubble over with your words, understandings, all waiting to be expressed?

All there is — all — is now. It’s all — now. When you get this, you resonate with Rumi:

This is certainly not like we thought it was!”

Amen to that!


About the Author: Wayne C. Allen is the web\‘s Simple Zen Guy. Wayne was a Private Practice Counsellor in Ontario until June of 2013. Wayne is the author of five books, the latest being The. Best. Relationship. Ever. See: –The Phoenix Centre Press

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