Monday, January 27, 2014
It was creepy. NOTHING had been showing up everywhere: all over FaceBook posts, in films, in song lyrics, even on a popular TV show. NOTHING was inescapable! So I started investigating NOTHING—from lectures by Alan Watts to scientists like Carl Sagan, Einstein and Nassim Haramein; from spiritual leaders such as Osho to Krishnamurti; I even peaked at the existentialists and other philosophers—which all accumulated into the constant thread of non-duality: Nothing is Everything.
NOTHING was associated with EVERYTHING, literally-- from Zen mind-less bliss (the ultimate state of enlightenment) to the start of creation (Big Bang) to dark matter and black holes to limitless potential to death and depression. Thus my question was, “So what? WTF am I supposed to do with THIS? How am I supposed to apply NOTHINGNESS to my life?”
Well, as you can guess, the answer was obvious: Do NOTHING. All of a sudden I had plenty of opportunities to test this new and very foreign response to life: Threatened with eviction? Do NOTHING. (Guess what?! It worked itself out!) Angry friend? Do NOTHING: her anger has NOTHING to do with me, she is just projecting! Family, friends caught up in their own dramas? Do NOTHING. They are on their own path, learning their own lessons through their own experiences and at their own paces. Seeking new work? Do NOTHING. Work and money came to me!
I started applying NOTHING to everything and the results were celebratory! Let’s not forget that several masters throughout the ages, from Lao Tzu to Jesus to John Lennon (“Let it be”), have been saying this for centuries. I finally got it! Literally, do NOTHING. Try it! For the sake of experiment: Next challenge, try to do NOTHING! See what happens, when you allow everything to take care of itself! I suspect the results are going to stun you!
So what did I do while I was busy doing NOTHING? Well, lots of dancing around my house and in public; I read LOTS of books; watched a lot of films; visited with friends; lots of painting and writing; chatted to my grandparents on the phone; went on a 4-month “Get Goofy Road Trip” from Chico to LA and back; spent a month in Alabama; went to 2 music festivals; cooked my favorite meals; did Osho zen readings for friends and strangers; got a pedicure and a haircut—basically, having a DAMN good time. Was it really THIS simple? Shall I refer to Occam’s Razor?
NOTHING reminds me that I really KNOW NOTHING! I have no idea what is going to happen in the next minute, much less a month or year from now! The Buddhists teach, be attached to NO-THING. NOTHING lasts forever…ha! Ha! So ultimately, my BIG lesson was surrender, letting go and as Osho said, “All you can do now is to relax into this no-thingness...fall into this silence between the words...watch this gap between the outgoing and incoming breath. And treasure each empty moment of the experience. Something sacred is about to be born.”
Live your bliss,
The Goofy Guru