So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking.
So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one–big hitter, the Lama–long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? “Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga.”
So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?”
And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.”
So I got that goin’ for me… which is nice.
Bill Murray, as Carl Spackler, in Caddyshack
- To feel better/find happiness
- To release stress
- To have a vacation from our thoughts
- To contact that place inside that is other than our thoughts, feelings, opinions and ideas
- To receive total consciousness
When we meditate, we de-excite our experience of life. We settle down to that place within that is other than our thoughts and our feelings. The place where we are at-one-with Totality. Like waves on the ocean who have forgotten that a wave is simply curved ocean – never separate from. A wave is ocean, all the way up and all the way down. Yet we have spent so long feeling ourselves as separate, different and apart from the whole, that we have forgotten this truth of our being.
We are Totality Itself. There is only one thing. By definition, we must be that one thing. When we meditate, we begin to know ourselves again as this deeper, greater truth. We give ourselves access to the wisdom inherent in the whole of nature. We are able to feel, in our most subtle self, what to do and when to do it, without having to ‘figure it out.’ We begin to live from this place that is other than our thoughts and feelings, and in so doing, we no longer are at the mercy of our thoughts and our feelings. We no longer are dependent upon the reactions of others, real or imagined. We begin to know the freedom and joy in which we are meant to live. We begin to find our place in the world and we begin to know peace.
And we don’t have to wait til our deathbed.
Today I will meditate twice, knowing that with each meditation I am expanding my identity with Self, deep within; and throughout the day I will pause, drop out of my speculating mind and into the present moment, and I will see if I can feel my connection to the world – to a tree, a friend, my dog, Totality.