Who was it that said, “Show me someone who has made mistakes and I’ll show you a person who’s lived.”
Something like that.
And that’s me.
And that’s what I want to talk about.
Living and learning.
This is not only a school, it’s a life.
Once it’s gone then it’s too late.
So please, live and learn before it’s too late.
Stop forcing things.
People say, what about “squeaking hinges”?
What about making noise to get heard?
And I reply, “choose without forcing it”.
Could that be why the long-held spiritual notion of a rejection of wealth, something I lost when I went bankrupt, bobs up in religious ideas over history.
Because with money we force things.
Without it we can’t.
And therein lies a great spiritual Truth.
Without the benefit of wealth we are unable to force life to go the way we would like.
Then we’re open to our Destiny to take us where we might want to go.
Going with the flow rather than with our will.
Maybe we need to save the use of our will for other purposes.
Like healing of ourselves, and others.
You might be asking, but what about this, what about that, for example, what about the Law of Attraction?
There are many influences contributing to our choices, our actions, our lives.
There might be our Destiny, our Karma, the Law of Attraction, the intensity of our thoughts, past life memory, the influence of the issues in our lives, our habits, even our television watching habits and the emotional involvement in what we watch.
What if we were a Romeo waiting for our Juliet, a Guinevere waiting for our Lancelot, to turn up in this life?
Are we going to blow it by settling for someone we’ve forced to be our partner too soon?
There is surely a priority of the thoughts and influences in our lives depending the intensity and the degree to which each is important.
I’ve always thought that the recent talk of the Law of Attraction is only relevant so far as other influences which are in our mental make-up at the time are more important.
For example, are there aspects of our Destiny or our Karma that might override any forcing we set up as our expectation of the Law of Attraction.
We’re free to make choices all the time.
That’s free will.
Are our chances of winning the lottery diminished by aspects to the contrary in our Karma or our Destiny or simply in our need to win the lottery over other considerations.
Are we always simply in the queue?
It’s a mix, like a cake.
Priorities are determined more by their importance on a spiritual level than our own sense of importance.
Much of which we may not understand.
It’s not either/or.
In the Tao it’s known as “wu wei”, not forcing things.
For the past 30 years I’ve lived by not forcing things.
I had no choice.
I was bankrupt.
I chose to go with the flow.
I was not prepared to be a victim.
And it worked.
Read more in my book ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.
It’s about how not forcing things led to incredible adventures and a life far beyond one of loss and poverty.
That would be missing the point.
Maybe it will change your life like it changed mine.
I was once an advertising copywriter and my book was a product of survival after losing everything.
Buy the book and improve your life like I did.
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Further reading: ‘Tao: The Watercourse Way’ by Alan Watts.