There is a concordance between things. A natural relationship between one thing and another. Between the wheel and the wheelbarrow. Between the teapot and the cup. There is a relationship of mutual affinity. The one attracts and necessitates the other. In the same way there is a relationship between the aliveness of intelligence itself and the coming into understanding of things. If there’s no affinity then that magic which is understanding cannot emerge. It’s like cooking a meal. If the chef doesn’t have a feeling of love for the food what kind of dish can be expected at the table?
Generally speaking, people like to know things. The more things they know, the more they think they know. They like to be able to stand up and say, “I know all about it.” But even though it is good to know things, it’s not always good to know all things. There are some things you are really better off not knowing. Sometimes it is better not to know a thing than to know it. In fact, too much knowing of things that you need not to know can cause all sorts of problems. It can even cause your head to get overheated and catch fire.
Some people are good at giving directions. Others are no good at it at all. If you listened to their directions, you would get absolutely nowhere. The thing is though that people always want to be somewhere other than where they are. They say, “Tell me how to get to where I’m not.”
But the way that I see it is that before you can get to where you are not, you have to get to where you already are. Once you get to where you already are, then you can get to where you are not. From where you already are, it’s really easy to get there. You just turn to the left or you turn to the right and there you are.
Where does the world unfurl from? Does it unfurl from within you? Or do you unfurl out of it? Or do they unfurl together like a boy and a girl running madly down the street hand in hand? What is this relentless and unstoppable unfurling? What primordial power makes the world unfurl the way that it unfurls?
If you want to see the whole world you needn’t go far. Take the bus. Go down to the market place. The whole world is right there. The rough and the smooth. The hard and the soft. The high and the low. The dapper and the ragged. The tyrant and the indentured. The bookish and the unbooked. The dreamer, the idiot, the swindler, the healer and the charlatan. The mercenary. The mistress of the house and the concubine. The well and the unwell. The beautiful and the ugly. The holy and the unholy. The saved and the unsaved. The unsavable. The irreconcilable. Open your eyes. Take a good look. What do you see? Don’t you recognize your own face?
It is said that to be a good pianist you should have a hand with long fingers. That way you can reach more notes on the keyboard. But even with a hand with short fingers, it can be surprising how far those fingers can reach. In the same way, when it comes to coming into understandings, a person has to be prepared to reach a little. Now most people find reaching for things troublesome. They say, “My arm isn’t long enough. Your arm is much longer than mine. You reach for me.”
When a thing is in balance you don’t even notice it. There’s no friction. No tension. There’s nothing to talk about. But when a thing is out of balance it’s easy to see. A bicycle that’s out of balance wobbles. A chair with one leg longer than the other is unstable. A machine on the blink gets erratic. In terms of the person, coming into balance means that all the energetic layers of the inner being align. The essential being falls into kinetic equilibrium. Inner and outer come into proper relationship. The blocked unblocks. The disconnected connects. The closed opens. The contracted expands. Running water flows.
I don’t know why but for some peculiar reason people confuse the good with the not good. They think that they are the same thing. But some things are good and some are not. That’s why a good thing is a good thing and a thing which is not good is not a good thing. However, all this has nothing to do with the good. The good is the good irrespective of whether a thing is good or not good. The fact that a thing is not good does not affect the goodness of the good. The goodness of the good is always good. The good is something which reveals itself to you when you resolve. It emerges like a mountain spring bubbling up out of the ground. The more you resolve, the more it bubbles up.
Things are always exactly what they are. But there is simply no one way that things are. How things appear to you and how you experience them is shaped by you. The canvas of your existence is an infinite reflexivity. If you lean to the left, it leans to the left. If you lean to the right, it leans to the right. If you lean forwards, it leans forwards with you. If you lean backwards, it leans backwards with you. It is constantly bending this way and that just to accommodate you. Take a good look. What is small bends into the big. What is big bends into the small. What is unimportant bends into the important. What is important bends into the unimportant. What is not there bends into the there. What is there bends into the not there. Everything is constantly bending this way and that. Think on it. Which way are you going to bend it next?
It’s difficult for a person to change the way he sees things. The more he sees things in a certain way, the more things appear to be the way he sees them. So, when a person gets set in his thinking it’s hard to change that thinking. The more the person has been thinking the thoughts he’s been thinking, the more difficult it is. One thought sits on top of another and another on top of that. As the days pass by they all pile up one on top of another. Like a pile of bricks. Even with a hammer it’s difficult to knock it down.