Is it possible for a human being, a product of nature, to reflect the equanimity of nature? Can we give ourselves, our unconditionally loving life-force, with careless and causeless equality to the nearest thou at hand? To do so would require a profound readjustment of our standards of equality and a fundamental release of our sense of separateness from each other and the world around us. To mirror the behavior of nature is to abandon the human notion of worth and deserving for no such condition applies anywhere else in nature. The sun, bird, and brook are indiscriminate in their sharing of themselves. They have no concept that subjects the world to a preliminary evaluation of worth before sharing all that they are with all they encounter. All that they are is released into the world without condition, without prejudice, without reserve. To nature the notion of equality is implicit. It is only the human species that imposes restrictions on what we will share and with whom. A whole constellation of conditions and evaluations precedes the choice of sharing ourselves with another.
With guarded reservation we select those with whom we will give of our self and to what degree. Fear of unintended consequence the motivation for such careful scrutiny. What if our giving is misunderstood? What if our generosity is exploited, or worse, rejected or ridiculed? The pain that would follow is so frightening to contemplate that withdrawal, into the safety of silence, seems increasingly attractive yet that decision contracts the very life-force within us that yearns to expand and express itself. And at the end of our days, when we re-evaluate past choices, how much regret might we experience from our decision to err on the side of caution and withhold our gifts from the world? What price will we pay for playing it safe?
Is it safe to love with equality? Is it possible to govern the extending of our unconditionally loving life-force without regard for the standards of evaluation we have been conditioned to believe are valid reasons for extending or withholding our love? It seems to me that the closer we come to mirroring the lessons of nature and closer our alignment with our own deepest nature and the nature of that from which we arise. Yet this is a daunting undertaking fraught with dangers we have intentionally tried to avoid. The risk/reward seems perilously balanced between ecstasy and disaster. What manner of courage can I marshal to willingly step into the breach of so perilous a choice and what price will I pay if I don’t make the attempt. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Shall I leave my song unsung for fear of suffering?
I don’t imagine myself a particularly brave soul so perhaps I lack the fortitude and courage to bring my whole song to the world yet, I have sufficient courage to make a start. I will not burden myself with the dichotomy of all or nothing. Such a stance is sure to paralyse my song before the first note is sung. Instead I will content myself with quietly humming the first stanzas and, gaining courage, raise my voice, to the best of my ability, as my song begins to take flight beyond the boundaries of my self-imposed anxieties. One degree more loving, more authentic, more inclusive, more vulnerable is all I need ask of myself. I may not get my whole song out but each note that leaves my heart is a note that reverberates to infinity.
Our song is our legacy, the only thing that transcends our finite journey through life. Each of us has a song waiting to be sung and each song is utterly unique and irreplaceable. If you choose not to sing your song then it will forever remain absent from the stream of eternity. Like a shadow, only the outline of its source will ever be known and that is the heartbreak within every tear that grieves for what might have been.
What is the song you have to sing to the world? What is waiting to emerge from you that only you can share with the world? What might you do to begin bringing your song to the world? Please don’t burden yourself with how much you can sing at this moment. Instead appreciate the courage within that is inviting you to make a start. Each note sung blends with the chorus of the universe. Your song is a sacred contribution to the universal anthem of live seeking to experience and express in form. The world needs your song. The unconditionally loving universe from which you emerged yearns to hear it. The choice however is absolutely and exclusively yours. May your choice bring you to a deeper awareness and appreciation of the beauty, wonder, and power of your song that is your deepest nature and your whole purpose to give voice to.
Love and Hugs in Fellowship