Let the Journey Be the Destination
Let the Journey Be the Destination
  • Posted: February 10, 2014
  • 615 words
Key Lesson

Trying to meet life with predetermined ideas about how to handle what unfolds before us -- before it does -- is like a downhill skier wanting to know where he will make his turns before he reaches the mountain down which he intends to ski!

Summary

Occasionally, for all of us, we accidentally enter into the Now. We could be skiing, skating, doing yoga, playing golf, and suddenly our activity aligns us with the flow of that moment. We can even be in the flow of a conversation, and in that moment we are aware of something sustaining us. Physically we enter into the Now because that flow is part of the Now. Emotionally we can enter accidentally into the Now when we look out and see the sun breaking through the clouds or we catch the evening light as it shades trees differently. Intellectually, from time to time, we enter into the Now when we have an insight and an epiphany comes. We're walking along, and suddenly we have the feeling of understanding that came to us because at that moment everything integrated. This Now, the real Now -- not the intellectual or the imagined one -- is a perfect integration. It is a dynamic mutual convergence of all the creative forces, and it is always stirring.

At a certain point, if we've touched the Now at all -- or it has touched us -- we want to begin to no longer experience all this activity accidentally. We want to be able to live in that awareness, know that kind of love, know that kind of insight. We want to be someone who is in the flow, and because of that is in direct relationship with everything else that is in the flow.

This truth, this flow, is in the present moment. It is perfect connectivity, right Now. We don't know we are in it because the nature we live from is apart from it, even though it is the source of life that sustains the thought nature itself. This higher world is more complete. It is more compassionate. It does not have stress and strain in it. It is a world in which, unseen, we live in; it is our interior world.

This interior life that we are supposed to have access to and live within is hidden from us because of this nature that we live from that wants to know what it is, what it's to do, how it's to do it -- at all costs, all the time -- and so we miss the truth that what we are from moment to moment is what determines our experience of the moment we are in. When we begin to understand that, the moments themselves become beautiful reflections, expressions of ourselves to ourselves. We learn to be present to ourselves. That is what the path is.

We want the path to lead to a proven place. Each person has different ideas about what the path leads to -- maybe to become enlightened, or to make a million dollars - but that path doesn't lead to anything because it doesn't go anywhere. What is Eternal doesn't go anywhere -- it just is. Our task is not to go someplace. It is to discover inside of ourselves a new order of being.

Little by little we can recognize that it is possible for us, instead of always trying to confirm ourselves by life -- going through that process where we're always trying to figure out who we are -- to begin to surrender ourselves to the action of this Light that lives inside of us that by our relationship with it through understanding, we are part of it, and it is Good.

This Goodness is the idea of let the journey be the destination. Then we're not going anywhere; we've discovered a new being. We've invited it into our life. We've become receptive, to whatever degree we are capable of.

Excerpted From: Living Now: Secrets of the Extraordinary Life, Take the Path That Leads to the Timeless Life

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