Wisdom relayed is that nothing is certain, nothing is fixed, only temporarily stagnant if you believe that anything is immutable. The wise know only that they don't know. Petrified belief is a blockage that will cause trouble unless you release it before the back-flood of energy gets too dangerously big and violently blows through the barrier. "Everything flows and nothing abides; everything gives way and nothing stays fixed."--Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher of Ephesus.
There is no such thing as a single road as we all have our own path, just as there is no such thing as a final revelation. Possibilities are limitless and cannot be constricted to one truth or reality or one person with all the answers for everybody. Something new always comes along that no one has ever considered, imagined, or discovered before. "Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. (Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.)"--Antonio Machado y Ruiz, Spanish Poet and Playwright.
If you think you know it all, ponder that a fly on the wall may have vastly superior knowledge. More eyes may mean possession of greater awareness, plus they can fly and you cannot. They have been around longer than we human newcomers. They live in cooperation with the environment whereas we, like weeds infesting the planet, are making war and destroying other life forms even to our own detriment.
Consider that the fly on the wall is an angel observing you and even your thoughts! And while here, flies even help purify what we pollute and they'll still be here even after we are extinct through our own ignorance. Bottom line is nature needs flies a lot more than it needs us. So next time you see a fly, bow down and humble yourself before its auspicious presence. Or conversely you can contemplate the fly and try to be the fly in your mind, and gain wisdom from that. It may be the very thing the fly is trying to tell you to do when it disturbs you during your meditation. When we pay attention, we begin to notice deeper, and many times we will find that things are just the opposite of what we thought they were, because there are layer upon layer of realities that are constantly opening, lest we be in bondage to any belief.
"In my village for instance, the tree that we see is not a fixed thing that stays there for several hundred years. The tree is probably the most mobile consciousness that we can tap into. There is no real clear English way of demonstrating a,b,c why...why the tree can be the most mobile thing. But believe it or not, this is the way it is. The Dagara people believe in a certain hierarchy in consciousness. The highest consciousness is the vegetable world, the nature world, trees. The second is the animal world, and the third one is us.:) So we are trailing behind.:)"--Malidoma Patrice Some, West Central African Dagara Tribe Initiated Elder.
There is always room for more wisdom. A glass half-empty is every bit as good as a glass half full. As you change what is in the glass, the container itself morphs to accommodate the contents. New answers bring new questions. Growth is endless renewal. Everything has consciousness and responds in kind to consciousness and thus we have constant change through constant interaction.
"Nothing is more important about the quantum principle than this, that it destroys the concept of the world as 'sitting out there,' with the observer safely separated from it by a 20-centimeter slab of plate glass. Even to observe so minuscule an object as an electron, he must shatter the glass. He must reach in. He must install his chosen measuring equipment....The measurement changes the state of the electron. The universe will never afterward be the same. To describe what has happened, one has to cross out the word 'observer' and put in its place the new word 'participator.' In some strange sense the universe is a participatory universe."--John Archibald Wheeler, Visionary Pioneer Physicist.
Change is the order of the universe, the divine circulation of interaction in a magnetic field of reciprocity. Life is an evolution of cascading circumstances where conscious design meets and melds with the chaos of chance.
Rigidity is crushed to extinction by the torrential flow of evolution. Adapting to life's ebbing and flowing cycles is the way of survival and growth. What does not change will be stunted in the wake of competition and eventually perish.
Development physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually is ongoing. We both absorb and contribute in this process. We become changed and we cause changes through demonstration of creative talent and sharing of knowledge, ideas, and experience.
We have all got to live in an environment and an environment cannot cultivate life without the dynamic of give and take. Thus we become one with our environment. Environments can start out small, but predisposition is for growth.
An egg or womb is a sheltered environment in order to ensure its inhabitant reaches a certain stage of maturity before moving on to the bigger environment of the nest or household. That environment in turn nurtures its inhabitant and in the case of humans, both the child and the parents grow in the process.
Our well-being expands from concern for self, to family, to neighborhood, country, and globe. Isolation is necessary at first, but is not meant to last. Today, consciousness is reaching its global scale. We live in a global community. That is our environment. "No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive."--Mahatma Gandhi, Leading Civil Rights Activist.
To get where we are today may not have been pretty. It may have been very vicious and barbarous. In nature, the volatile transitions of transformation can be very messy, but the strides we have made are substantial. Bitterness mellows with age, to make a fine wine that compliments any meal. Acceptance of the past allows us to appreciate the present and look forward to the future. Every disaster contains the seeds of glorious resurrection. Even death is not the penultimate. It does us no good for whatever reason to be stuck in the past, or for that matter to be stuck anywhere. "Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form."--Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Persian Poet and Mystic.
Now is the time to share together the diverse and rich heritages that are no longer in isolation from each other. Now, like all other times, is the time to change, the time to mix, mingle, marry and evolve even further. The world is a garden and the hardiest plants are hybrid. Even the human nature to resist change is changing to embrace change in the cognizance that change is for the better. "We are the change that we seek."--Barack Obama, United States Senator of Illinois.
Girls and boys who used to dislike and tease each other, mature to women and men who desire and love each other. Division turns to unification. Growth is surrender of self and surrender of dissension, leading to expansion of self. The wall of separation is only one of thought. Let go the thought and the wall is naught. "Beauty is unity in variety."--Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English Poet, Critic, and Philosopher.