Welcoming the Unknowing–Welcoming Empowerment

So, today I woke up feeling uneasy and restless. An aimless, ungraspable intensity to do something that felt so pressing but just out of reach, flavored the morning in an overwhelming melancholy. A push to “do” without an aim or a goal – that is what I felt. So what do we do with that Unknowing that takes us at times? How do we empower ourselves with that? What do we do with that energy which wants to create, but is diffused, and without a set medium to create from?
By welcoming it? Yes, indeed!

Welcome this Unknowing

It came to me as the only option. That Unknowing itself became a teacher of sorts, a medium to unleash the power within. It showed the lack of knowledge in what I would usually do to fulfill others’ mandates of what was expected of me. With no pull from others, I felt like a balloon with no string; a cloud with no substance. I discovered the “unbearable lightness of being” as Milan Kundera calls it, and I discovered how to be at ease with that lightness.

I realized that it is just the uncomfortable transition to being truly me. There is a learning that has to happen when we step out of the confines that have always held us. There is a vastness to this new freedom that is so ungrounded and uncomfortable; that which can truly empower us.

The Unknowing is not Foucaludian
There had been a time when Foucault seemed right, and polity did make good from it. For him, knowledge may be power, but this not knowing can be powerful still; can be uplifting still; can be boosting still.

However, not knowing doesn’t mean ignorance. Not knowing is, when I wish to a write something that makes some difference is someone’s life today, but I do not know what it is that I must write. Ignorance is not that. It is not caring if your writing makes someone better or worse. It may even unleash the power within, but that power will be directionless.

Like life itself, the new boundless state of not knowing, needs practice to become comfortable; to become known. Until then, I will welcome the Unknown as a friend and teacher. Because it is only by moving beyond what is comfortable and usual can we grow and empower ourselves. And, for a better focus, growth is a goal most worthy to pursue.
-Oscar

The Truth about Changing Lives

The truth about changing lives is something that is always looked for. Some find it; some don’t.
It’s amazing how easily one can feel stuck out of the blue. At times, I can feel so overwhelmed with things that are out of my control. Then something often shifts, and my perspective changes. The issues that seemed to frustrate me fall away, and a new focus is found, usually much more productive that what I was focusing on. What happened to change that focus?

I changed slightly.

What Happens when You do Change?

And whenever you find out how to change your life; whenever you change, your entire world changes with you.

It is amazing to see that what we allow or don’t allow in ourselves is mirrored in our exterior life. If we feel internally frustrated and lost, the world will prove that we are right. If we focus on the positive, and strive to focus only on what we can control, the world is positive and malleable to fit our needs.

What Needs to be Changed in Your Life?

What is something that feels completely out of your control that you are letting control you? Is it your work, your relationships, your health, or your life itself?

Could you think of a better way? Could you find a mantra for changing lives?

What would your life look like if you had the personal power to change it to how you want?

What is that one thing you could do RIGHT NOW to move in that direction?

Change is not a New Thing

Change happens all the time. Things change; they even fall apart; and then they get back together. All of us witness it more than once in our lifetimes. The truth is that change will always happen, but you will still have to discover how to change your lives.

It happens at big levels and small. No matter how pro you are towards it, you won’t experience it unless you are a part of it. The moment you decide to change your own self, things will too. That is the first step, and the ultimate one too.

How to Change Your Life?
This is a process that can never be sudden. It goes in phases, starting from bringing yourself to make small changes in you, leading to enduring ones. This is the only right way, and the only way for that matter.
Nothing will change until you do.
-Oscar

Express Yourself in Effortless Action

Something that I have been working towards, that seems so counter intuitive, is effortless action – the action carrying itself out through me, so to speak. If you feel it, you might also express yourself in words as abstract as these.

The Observer of Action
It’s getting into that state of flow, where you observe yourself doing; as acting, but “you” seem to be just an observer as your body carries out its own function. This is freedom. Not a worry about the end results; no thought about next week’s bills; no effort; just noticing. No judgment; only open awareness. All you know yourself as, is the observer of an action that is carrying itself out.

The Enlightenment in Being, Not in Doing
I feel that this is the resting state of the sage, the “Awakened” or “Enlightened” one. Most have nothing to do, and nowhere to be, in their mentally pure state; and yet they may do so much, and be all over the Earth engaging with others. It’s the lightness of being. You express yourself through your conspicuous action no more. You are; still you are not what you do. Your entity is; your existence is; but you are doing far more than what the world defines as action by being just an observer.

Is this What Tao Te Ching Recommended to Know Yourself?
Is this the same “wu wei” that Taoism told us about – the same principle of existing naturally, in a way that is not contrived at all; a way that is harmonious; like the planets move around the Sun? It may be so, for it there is no force or conscious control; there is only spontaneity and effortlessness.

Is this Action or Meditation?
Is this meditation in action? Have you ever felt that same state? When and where was it? Can you remember, as a child, losing track of time doing something? Is that something that could benefit your life right now? Could you do that special thing with a mindset of meditation and see what happens? Could you know yourself like that at this stage in life?

You wouldn’t know until you embark on the route to find it. So, go on, and find it. Look for it, under your pillow of your childhood dreams, or in that crevice of your heart where there is, not darkness but light. Just make this effort to find effortless action thereof.
-Oscar