Living deals with the quality of our feelings.
In human history, a thought, an idea of “what should be” was the ingredient to repress feelings and with that, the mind entered in all affairs of human beings.
Religions, morality, governments and authorities came into existence as a way to point out the “way” for a society. That way was created through a thought, through the mind.
Tell someone not to do something and automatically, the drive to do it with greater force will appear.
Tell someone that cigarettes are what is needed to become rich and if commonly accepted, that idea; that mental concept will become the rule and the reality.
Tell someone that pleasure is “bad” and the urge to pursue pleasure will be inculcated.
Systems, organizations, societies are ruled by regulations which become dogmatic and unyielding… known as the “proper way” for people to survive as a society. Add the concept, that those rules are “the words of God,” and automatically a devilish way will appear… It will be hidden and will manifest in the shadows of our consciousness, it will linger and come out in the spare moments when the mind goes away…
Many individuals have realized the above for ages, but their realization led them into a reaction, that is a movement in the opposite direction, where chaos and “do what feels good,” came into existence; whatever “your mind thinks” is a go… Don’t you worry about a thing… 🙂
Obviously, in that reaction there is a hidden repression, there is a hidden opposition and rejection to what is.
Very few will realize that it is the mind putting yet another idea, another thought, another philosophy which merely represents a small fraction of the totality of life. Nevertheless, that “piece of the pie” could be named with the holiest names to allow for followers…
Any true change does not start as a “mass driven reaction,” a revolution, an “ism.” The change is not about rejecting our perception of what is there to embrace the opposite, or something else. That perceived change only deals with the mind, the thoughts, ideas and for that, they will always be limited and they cannot go along dynamically with the changes of time.
A human being needs to let the mind free to go, to freed himself from the rigidity of thought patterns and to embrace the spontaneity of feelings of appreciation and acceptance to all; that is enjoyment. It is in that space of emptiness when something new appears.
That newness cannot be put in words. It cannot be put into a dogma or a religious teaching, for the leaf floating down the river of life, does not have a rigid pattern or view of when or where it needs to be. It just flows, and to learn to flow in life means to trust, it means to let go of all beliefs and self-created stories.
When the leaf learns to be part of that totality; when the leaf does not look upon the river as something different than its own nature, when the leaf learns to relax, unwind and appreciate the path as a traveler of its own destiny; then at that moment; the unspoken, sacred newness will be born.
That leaf, will be born again.