Passively, Naturally

by Christopher Lovejoy on October 7, 2012

Let be. Let go. Let God.

This could very well be the mantra of those who would accept or allow whatever happens, who would accept or allow whatever another does or others do, with only a hint of reactivity or resistance.

Here’s another, simpler version: Let whatever happens be okay.

With these rather extreme prescriptions, letting is key: I can acknowledge and experience whatever happened and I can allow the occurrence of whatever is happening in the moment.

Now, you might be wondering, does such extreme letting preclude getting?

Not at all.

  • I can still share and I can still serve.
  • I can still explore and I can still create.
  • I can still inquire and I can still improve.
  • I can still note it and I can still correct it.
  • I can still negotiate and I can still navigate.
  • I can still get involved and I can still engage.
  • I can still slow down and I can still speed up.
  • I can still aim to please and I can still aim to get.

I can still be awake and alert to manifesting desired outcomes, just so long as my enlightened doing aligns with my inspired being – with the sparkling, crackling essence of who and what I am.

I can make it so even as I let it go when my doing flows naturally, easily, effortlessly, spontaneously from the essence of my being for the sake of having and keeping, getting and gaining.

An attitude of letting be and letting go opens up more time and space for acceptance and allowance.

With more room for attending and intending, for paying attention and setting the intention, I can draw on this timelessness and spaciousness to keep the energies flowing in all of the ways I desire.

It’s really just a matter of coordinating the Witness and the Will with attention and intention.

Here’s the most essential affirmation that illustrates the value of letting be and letting go:

I am content, happy, and fulfilled, and I feel motivated, inspired, and free; everything I do flows from my contentment, happiness, and fulfillment, feeling motivated and inspired to exercise my freedom to be, have, or do whatever I choose to be, have, or do. Peace, power, and freedom are mine to enjoy.

I am no longer so easily subject to the tyrannies of ‘must’ and ‘must not’, ‘should’ and ‘should not’.

Tao Te Ching, Verse 6

Passivity is a beautiful thing, but before I can even accept this, I need to see the value in remaining inactive, to see the value in not taking the initiative to do this, that, or the other thing.

In the constant rush of doing, doing, and more doing, there’s no time or space to process emotion, no time or space to welcome those moments of unity and harmony when it all comes together just so.

There is, however, a timelessness and a spaciousness for accepting and allowing … for being in the present moment … for being as I am wherever I am … passively, naturally, divinely …

The spirit
that never dies
is called
the mysterious feminine.

Although she becomes
the whole universe,
her immaculate purity
is never lost.

Although she assumes
countless forms,
her true identity
remains intact.

The gateway to
the mysterious feminine
is called
the root of creation.

Listen
to her voice,
hear it echo
through creation.

Without fail,
she reveals her presence.
Without fail,
she brings us to our own perfection.

Although
it is invisible,
it endures;
it will never end.

Ref: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

These carefully crafted words speak to the beauty of passivity like no others I’ve ever read.

My Impressions of the Verse

When I consider and contemplate this verse, I receive fresh intimations of what it means to be fulfilled as a person, to wit: realizing my truth, my love, my power – passively, naturally, divinely.

The spirit
that never dies
is called
the mysterious feminine.

The divine feminine spirit is very much alive in this world, but it can only be influential and beneficial if we stay receptive to it, if we remain passive enough to receive it in all of its beauty and mystery.

Although she becomes
the whole universe,
her immaculate purity
is never lost.

Purity is too often associated with chastity.

Purity, however, is not chastity, as I can easily imagine a pure embodiment of the divine feminine spirit making love to me with a joyous and voracious lustfulness that would make a virgin blush.

I sidestep a dichotomy that would have the divine feminine be either virginal or whorish.

Although she assumes
countless forms,
her true identity
remains intact.

The organic manifestations of the divine feminine spirit – seen and heard in the play and sway of trees, leaves, flowers, and birds, for example – arise easily, naturally, spontaneously, effortlessly.

Herein lies her generous and generative power, hinting at her true identity.

The gateway to
the mysterious feminine
is called
the root of creation.

If I wish to align with her spirit, I may find it through the expressive taproot of effortless creation.

Listen
to her voice,
hear it echo
through creation.

Her heart is a river and her music resounds.

Without fail,
she reveals her presence.
Without fail,
she brings us to our own perfection.

I feel her blessed presence in my life when events take on a momentum of their own and I feel her blessed influence in my body when a surge of energy rises to a thrilling crescendo.

I feel her blessed perfection in my spirit when I enter a state of such grace and ease that it resonates throughout the landscape of my life like ephemeral birdsong in springtime.

As she comes to me in these ways, I let her take me for all she’s worth.

I do not direct. I do not interfere. I let her flow as only she can flow.

Although
it is invisible,
it endures;
it will never end.

The impersonal aspect of the beautiful and mysterious divine feminine spirit remains hidden from view, even as it endures, forever and always springing forth both here on earth and elsewhere.

Implications for Personal Fulfillment

Knowing what I know and feeling what I feel about the beauty and the power and the mystery of the divine feminine spirit, my temptation to give up all personal initiative is all too real and everpresent.

What to do?

Wrong question.

Here’s a better question: who to be?

Who to be, such that personal initiative is no longer divorced from the essence of my being?

Who to be, such that my doing flows effortlessly from my being, such that my being conveys itself effortlessly, beautifully, harmoniously, serenely, intimately, ecstatically, consistently?

I’ve explored many of these values in my posts, The Art of Surrender and In Praise of Ecstasy.

What more might I say in light of verse 6 of the Tao Te Ching?

At least where personal fulfillment is concerned, the most essential part of verse 6 lies here:

Without fail,
she reveals her presence.
Without fail,
she brings us to our own perfection.

She never fails to be present. With a few deep, rhythmic flowing breaths following the simple intention to surrender completely to the moment, her loving, caring presence is readily accessible. We need only cultivate and celebrate the conditions necessary to have her bring us to our own perfection.

We may continue to resist her presence, reacting in ways that continue to make us feel less than whole and complete, but her presence and her power nevertheless persist in spite of our ignorance.

The ignorance of which I speak is our ignorance of the fear of being fundamentally helpless.

We may weep or pound pillows,
but nothing changes until we walk bravely
past the smokescreen that emotions are
to confront the real dragons –
beliefs and attitudes rooted in the fear
of being fundamentally helpless
in the face of accidents, diseases, disasters, and
other people’s passions, peculiarities, and perversities.

~ Carol Marleigh Kline, Streetwise Spirituality

“Other people’s passions, peculiarities, and perversities”: in spite of its density and darkness, this rather catchy alliteration carries an all-too-familiar ring to it, yes?

Could at least some of these perversions passions, peculiarities, and perversities be the very same ones that keep far too many of us darkly shamed, selfish, and separate in all of the worst ways possible?

Some would argue, however, and quite reasonably I think, that we make the dense, dark behavior of others a non-issue by shifting focus from the regressive, aggressive offenses that all too easily trigger fear and doubt to that which keeps us aligned (and in the flow) with being who and what we truly are.

There’s an interesting paradox in all of this: even those who wish to agree with you won’t agree with you if you keep fearing and fretting and doubting whether you can make them agree with you.

The most affirmative position is this: if I can trust what I know I can have by following the path of least resistance, by allowing my desired results and outcomes to manifest for me in whatever ways are most appropriate for me, then I need not worry about having anyone agree with me about anything.

I need not demand the cooperation of others. When my doing aligns with my being, I can have what I desire without making what others desire seem like it’s in opposition to what I desire.

To go it alone, and do so responsibly and effectively, however, I need to be aware of the pitfalls of taking a position, of clinging and clutching to this position as if my life depended on it.

Here are my egoic options:

  1. I can strive to achieve too much and then suffer emotionally when things take a turn for the worse;
  2. I can stay committed attached to my outcomes and do everything possible to maintain my position;
  3. I can settle for much less than what I know I can have and feel less than my best when I know I can do better; or
  4. I can do nothing and settle for the status quo to escape the highs and lows of this process known as life.

None of these options will ever lead to lasting contentment, happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.

Not one.

Might there be a worthy alternative? Might there be a way for us to tap into a permanent, immutable, sustaining, supportive source of energy that continues to nourish a sense of our own worthiness?

More to the point, is it even possible for you or me or anyone else to be egoless and fulfilled in a world full of fearing, fretting, doubting, blaming, shaming, hating, harming, lying, cheating, warring egos?

It is, but it requires (at least for me) a delicate balance in a dance between light and dark.

In the soft light of love and wisdom, the mysterious feminine, the divine feminine spirit, the taproot of all creation and manifestation serves as my source of energy to experience what I most desire.

Passively, naturally, divinely.

I know how this sounds in a cynical and suffering world, but there it is.

Next up: Living Egolessly (Beyond Ego, Without Ego?)

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