23 Mar All Change is Progressive Change – March 24 2019
Posted at 19:26h in Daily Thoughts
We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Letting go can be a frightening concept:
- If I let go, I don’t know what will happen.
- If I’m not controlling things, it’s all going to go to hell in a handbasket.
- Someone has to be in charge.
- It’s irresponsible to let go. It’s my job to worry. It’s my job to control.
- The universe is dangerous!
Letting go can be a frightening concept if our idea of the universe is one of chaos, and of constant, random change. If our idea of God is a punishing God, a nonexistent God, a judgmental God, a God who became fed up with the world, or simply fed up with me, and turned away. A God perhaps like my father or my mother. With a universe like this, I’d be a fool to let go. It would mean destruction, death or something in the direction of death. It would mean that this life I’ve been building would probably crash down around my ears, leaving hopeless and alone and probably too old to begin again.
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 always is progressive. Evolution is the only thing ever that’s happening here. Always. Like a river always flowing downstream: regardless of how many curves and meanderings it may take on its way, it always will reach the ocean. Such is the nature of water. And such 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.
All change is progressive change
With evolution as a given, letting go becomes a bit more palatable. If the flow of the universe is evolution, 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 a conception 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