There is stillness in the world and there is stillness in the mind. They echo each other. The observer and the observed.
We often dilute the bodies wisdom and thus natures wisdom, by deluding ourselves that thought is superior to instinct. That wisdom is something we achieve. That we can gain it by being educated, “smart”. All mysticism and wisdom traditions contradict this. It arises from the dominance of scientism today, and modern scientists are weak substitutes for the ancestral spirit guides when it comes to human nature. Much of modern pop psychology is actually just carry over from something they learned from shamanic practice, and the more “primitive” cultures didn’t eschew the passions. Voodoo. Native American spirit dancing. These weren’t a way to dull the passions or to transcend human nature. They were ways to be immersed. Even the teachings of the tantra were about immersion. They are a form of karma yoga. Learning from action and transcending the experience by fully embracing it.
There is a reason in hermetic philosophy they have the saying “nothing is true, everything is permitted”. It isn’t an argument for the relativity of any wisdom. It is more an architectural use of the word “true“, meaning proper or perfect There is no perfect solution in life. No one way in this world. So all paths are valid, if you will embrace the consequences. And that is the problem. People fear consequence so will not actualize their nature. Are we really so weak? None of the wisdom traditions say so.
At rest is not weak. Weakness as I meant it is instability. The dynamic isn’t unstable, but the dynamic isn’t embraced. People seek the static, and nothing in nature works as a static. It is like a void, and is not a part of the natural balance.
Stress also brings up one part of the value of being spirited. In fact, nothing is resolved so thoroughly as it will be with dedication. Like me hammering my digital head against technical issues. In time any issue can be solved and it really is nothing more or less than persistence.
Often when we are on our path things manifest. Omens. Some think the law of attraction doesn’t work. It doesn’t because they aren’t being true to the core. They are not on their souls path. In Taoism, “way”ism (though that translation is bad), there is a natural order to the world and to our own beings. We often avoid our own way because we think we are getting our way. If we stop seeking it, and accept our center we will naturally find our way without struggle.
In the bible there is a reference. I tend to interpret the bible from a hermetic/Gnostic view rather than a mosaic or literal one, but it says consider the flowers of the field, they neither toil nor spin but live life in abundance. I paraphrase but the concept comes forward. They are vulnerable, this is true. There are times in which surrender is necessary, but surrender isn’t weakness.
The world seems treated badly by us sometimes, and many of the spiritual paths that are supposed to offer comfort and strength seem to fail don’t they?
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.