By Vidya Ishaya
"Except ye become as little children, ye cannot
enter the Kingdom of God"
Remember that one? Did you ever see little children
playing in a sandbox or on the beach? They create wonderful castles, great
monuments, roads and aqueducts between cities in their sandbox. They
create their own worlds of sand.
But then with glee and hand-clapping, they kick their
castles to dust, destroy their roads, eliminate their aqueducts and start
all over again with nothing but a blank pile of sand, happily creating
Can you imagine a child stressing out because the sand
palace starts to erode as the waves come to chip away at it? Well, maybe a
little. But how long does she hold onto it? Does she start building a wave
blocker? When the rain comes, does she design a roof to protect her
creation? Does a child imagine he's safe if a building stands, but becomes
fearful for his own existence if the building starts falling?
No. Children don't try to hold on to anything. They let
whatever happens happen. Yes, they are the creators of their play
universe, but they're the maintainers and also the destroyers of their
creation, all in great fun, pleasure and enjoyment.
What is the difference between the outlook of a child
and that of an adult?
As adults, we've been taught just how important and
significant it is to hold on to our creations and never let them
deteriorate. It's great to build a house or an organization, but it's not
great when it starts to change (and it's especially bad when there's a
threat of dissolution.) The more we can hold onto "exactly the way
things should be," then we're sure we're safe and secure. And very
Well, not exactly. What we actually see and experience
is that the more we hold on, the more we try to keep things exactly as
they are, as they've always been, the more we suffer. Because it is the
nature of the universe (and everything in it) to be created, maintained
for a while, and then destroyed. Everything! But this does not have to be
a source of suffering. Not at all!
The truth is - you create your world around you. And you
maintain it. And you destroy it. Consider the body you reside in. You
imagine that you have to keep it safe at all times, to prevent it from
being injured or destroyed at all costs. The keyword here is
"imagine." We imagine that we know the truth. We imagine that we
know what's going on all around us when the real truth is something
different than we imagine.
In truth, we create our body, we maintain it for awhile,
and then we choose to leave it, exactly at the perfect moment according to
a choice we made long ago. And this is precisely what is happening to
everything else in our universe.
When you let go, and experience the world as a child
experiences the sandbox, then you are open to the Truth: what is real
never ends. The reality is that you are eternally the master of creation
-- and destruction. You create, you enjoy your creation for awhile and
then you dissolve it, so that you can do it all over again. Forever.
Why? Does nothing matter? Isn't anything significant?
Look at what was on the earth 10,000 years ago. Look at
what's here now. Imagine what will be here 10,000 years from now. All
totally different, all totally changed. What does that mean about all the
things we hold dear, all that has such importance to us? Do we just give
up in frustration because the world is meaningless and nothing matters?
No. Of course not. We once again become as little
children and see the joy, the beauty, the fun in what we've created right
now. And then we let it all go, in glee, like the child who destroys his
sand castle with a bucket of water. Because we know we can create again,
always fresh, always new, with a burst of excitement and enjoyment.
What it all comes down to is: what do you choose? Do you
choose to hold on tightly to everything exactly as it always has been,
experiencing stress, sorrow and frustration when everything begins to
change, as it must? Or do you choose to live life from a place of joy and
laughter, happily accepting everything as it unfolds in front of you,
whether it looks like creation or destruction?
It really is just a simple choice, and everyone is
making the choice, in every moment. What do you choose?
Vidya Ishaya is a teacher of the Ishayas' Ascension (the
Art of Inner Exploration.) At First
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