Exit year of the sheep
Again in December we found the best and the worst of humanity. We have seen a climate change agreement signed off on by all attendees. This came on the back of the serial bombings in France, Lebanon, Nigeria and massive deaths at sea due to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East which is impressing itself upon the shores of the Mediterranean peoples.
Every year it is difficult to 'predict' how the environmental energies when combined with human characteristics is going to play out in the whole qi field. I often ask myself will my interpretation and actions disrupt the qi field, augment the qi field, or make no difference at all. This is a very important question to ask yourself from time to time (at least every day).
At all points in time we are volitional beings and can make choices to function in different ways.
Some folk are pretty well centred on the 8 fold path and don't need much guidance. The rest of us are mere mortals and make many mis-steps. The key is being able to pull the foot back from the mis-step and reposition our body to ensure that we are truly following the right and righteous path.
For many westerners the word righteous conjures certain thoughts that are tied up with self-righteousness, extreme religious views, self opinionated and other distortions.
For those following the path of Tao it has a completely different interpretation - that is the path of up-rightness, of right action, in the right sequence and regular or constant self rectification. It is kind of like driving down the road (not on cruise control), and seeing an object in the distance. We can choose to rectify our path - that is to make the path right - such as slowing down, taking a different course, or stopping all together as there appears to be no other course of action, or we can plough on with no heed to what is ahead.
When we are talking about right spiritual action we need to also factor in the notion of our obligations as human beings living conscious lives. We have a deep inner nature (true nature) that is not associated with our personality and ego or attachments. We need to consult that nature.
So one of the courses of action is to reflect deeply on our attachments and how we hold to them. How we resist letting go of the attachments and how they distort our path or what we can see in the distance to draw out the analogy above.
To finish with my reflection let me share from one of my favourite buddhist teachers - Thich Nhat Hanh -
"A flower does not have to do anything to be of service, it only has to be a flower.
That is enough. A human being, if she is a true human being, is enough to make the whole world rejoice."