All Change is Progressive Change – April 20 2020

All Change is Progressive Change – April 20 2020

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

 

Letting go can be a frightening concept; especially if our idea of the universe is one of chaos, and of constant random change; or if our idea of God is a punishing and judgmental God, or no God, or a God who has become fed up with me or with the world and has turned away. Or Perhaps a God like my father or my mother.

 

With a universe like any of these described above, I’d be a fool to let go. It would mean death or something in the direction of death. It would mean the I’ve been building would probably crash down around my ears, leaving me hopeless and alone and probably too old to begin again.

 

It would mean that this COVID-19 pandemic would win.

 

The Veda tells us that change is constant, that the nature of the relative world is continual change, always. Like the weather in Montana: if you don’t like it, wait a few minutes, it will change.

 

But the Veda also tells us that the changing nature of the universe is always progressive. Evolution is the only thing that’s ever happening here. Always. Like rivers always flowing downstream: regardless of how many curves and meanderings they may take, they always reach the ocean. Downstream flow is the nature of water. And evolution is the nature of consciousness. Consciousness cannot help but evolve. It cannot help but expand, widen, deepen, grow. This is its very nature. Though we may resist it or ignore it, pretend it isn’t so, in fact it is so. It always has been, it always will be.

 

But what about now? When the whole world seems to be falling apart?

 

We may not have an answer yet to this question, but we can know that whatever is happening, consciousness is being served. Evolution is occurring.

 

All change is progressive change.

 

With evolution as a given, letting go might seem a bit more palatable. If all change is progressive change, anything I am holding on to by definition is keeping me from my highest good. And why would I wish to delay my highest good?

 

Today I will ask of the universe to help me form an idea of the future that is exciting, rather than frightening. I will ask to be shown how to let go with an expectation of life, rather than of death. I will ask to be gently guided to the next step that consciousness would have me take. I will listen to the quiet voice of this guidance within, regardless of how the voices in my head may sound. 

Ganges from Above Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India