A river flows without thought. It takes the path of least resistance.
A tree grows upwards without intervention. It still always grows upwards.
The rain falls without force or urgency. It falls when it is ready.
The dis-eased human flows with thought. He/she chooses the path of resistance.
The dis-eased human grows with intervention. He/she does not always grow upwards.
The dis-eased human lives with force and urgency. He/she will never fall freely.
To end suffering we must flow like a river. We must grow like a tree. We must fall freely through life only guided by life itself. Place your trust in existence. It has been doing its job very well since the beginning of creation, do you think your mind can do any better?
i can’t believe you wrote this.
it’s really good.
are you sure you’re not a Zen master?
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. -Alan Watts
Reminded me of this quote. Great writing, @splashartist – do you happen to blog?
@splashartist, Absolute truth…beauty. You have found a capturing way to express an idea that is not easily conveyed through diction; hence the message of opposing thought. Rather, to flow within the contours of existence and outside the constraints of mentality.
Here are some concepts to ponder on against your words.
The path of least resistance is likely the one most travelled, that’s why change is difficult.
Do you think all the men and women of history who have made incredible positive contributions to society picked an easy path? Was that path the path of least resistance?
As far as the other two, I like them. The least resistance part bugs me. Life is a fight, a fight is not known for being smooth and easy. Sure there are breaks in between rounds but resistance and adversity blows shape people because they have to counter the onset of resistance. On this site a lot of people seem to post about going with the flow of things, that’s good sometimes but other times you have to make your own flow and do something thats just fucking hard. Conquering that problem or overcoming that resistance builds you and gives you experience points.
Think of life like a video game, every time you beat a challenge you get some experience and level up attributes.
@splashartist, Wow I thought this was a quote ripped from somewhere. That’s a special piece of writing you did there.
Also I have a question. What do you mean when you say a tree grows without intervention. There is probably a meaning to the word intervention that I don’t understand.
@splashartist, I appreciate most of what you have said here, sir, but do have one question pertaining to one of your beliefs. You say that we are to “fall freely” through life. Could you, perchance, expound upon this? What does it mean to “fall freely” through life, and why is it desirable? I merely seek some clarification. Thanks!
@moonglade, There is nothing besides the shapeless air telling a tree where it should go. This translates into us as grow as you should grow naturally without you becoming your worst enemy and intervening with your natural path because of issues that you think you may have (which of course you don’t). This can go further to say some people end up miserable because of fear and self created suffering which ends up making their trees go downward never reaching sunlight in the forest.
@optimystic, Think of it this way: you get thrown out of a plane. You can either scream, shout and resist the inevitable (that your falling). Or you can enjoy your last moments alive. What this translates to is life is not a choice we made but a journey we have to go through so you might as well embrace what already is. To struggle is to suffer. To suffer is to die without ever truly living. I hope this clarifies this for you.
@optimystic, I don’t believe recall this ever being an epiphany for me, maybe it was when I was young (as I started meditation at a fairly young age). I guess I had forgotten what I already knew for a couple of years to due dropping my practices for awhile for some reason. I went through hell to get back to where I am now though, glad I’ve made it to the other side. We all inherently know these principles, most people just forget.
@selina, I’ve tried frequently on this site in different contexts but most people never seem to understand what I mean due to lack of thread activity (I’m assuming). I think this way of describing may click easier for some (but who knows :D).
@splashartist, And if these thoughts were not revealed to you arbitrarily (you claim they were never a part of an epiphany) how is it that you came to receive them? Also, how can you be sure that these principles, as you call them are inherent to us? I’m sorry for interrogating you, I’d like only to validate the words I read before I decide whether or not to believe in them. I’m sure you’d understand.
@splashartist, It seems it has! It is quite a challenge to express ideas such as these because they belong so far outside the context of speech in a much rooted (natural?) perspective. Reading your post immediately made me connect with your intention. I felt it. As it is something I continue to make myself aware of on a daily basis. Something beyond the realm of human searching and somewhere closer to home. As you said, “Place your trust in existence. It has been doing its job very well since the beginning of creation, do you think your mind can do any better?”. Perfection.
@moonglade, Maybe to convey further. Follow your natural path of growth as it is. Let the ‘universe’, ‘source’, etc. guide your path and it’s up to you to walk it. Don’t try to modify the path as you will create much more work for yourself to get to the same destination. The path ends in death.
Trees don’t have the mind to tell them they cannot grow upwards. We do, but we can overcome this.