For me and, I suspect, for most people, the answers to all our questions are everywhere. No matter where we go, there we are and no matter where we are, there we will find our answers. Life guides us, even serves us, if we are paying attention.
But you’ve got to pay attention. If you aren’t asking questions, if you aren’t paying attention, you’ll miss those little nuggets of existential gold and guideposts that so often lie right under your nose. When I can quiet myself, when I can listen, when I am aware: I see.
I was reading a book the other day called Many Lives, Many Masters. It was a fascinating true story about reincarnation from a renowned psychologist who never really gave such a thing a thought until he met a certain patient. Eventually, as he was able to regress his patient back through her previous lifetimes to confront certain paralyzing fears, he came across some guides, or Masters, on a completely other plane of consciousness. These Masters spoke to the doctor through his patient, doling out wisdom, expertise and direction when they saw fit. (Far out, I know, but captivating-at least for me-nonetheless.)
So here I am reading this book and going through a bit of a conundrum in my personal life. Should I become a teacher or shouldn’t I? I wanted to, but the path was seeming rather time-consuming and roundabout, not to mention that in the recent economic collapse, teaching jobs were being cut left and right. I thought about going back to copywriting and applying for work at a nearby marketing firm. The ideals behind teaching excited me while, at the same time, the ideals (as I saw them) behind copywriting I loathed. But there was more money in copywriting if I played my cards right and, perhaps, an immediate job opening.
I agonized over this. I made up a list of pros and cons while reading this book, Many Lives, Many Masters. I went back and forth, back and forth over what to do. I felt a little lost and more than a little confused. Then I read this in my book: “Our task is to learn, to become god-like through knowledge. We know so little. You are here to be my teacher. I have so much to learn. By knowledge we approach God, and then we can rest. Then we come back to teach and help others.” A Master had relayed this message to the doctor, the doctor had relayed this message to me. And then, suddenly, clarity was upon me.
I would pursue teaching. I would become a teacher. This quote resonated with something deep inside and I no longer had issues with my path. All my life I had been trying to teach, never understanding that that, indeed, was what I was trying to do.
Now, I ask you, if I wasn’t paying attention, how much longer would I have hemmed and hawed about my path? If I was paying attention earlier, how much sooner could I have invested myself in this path? We all learn at our own pace and all our answers are out there.
But, keeping it simple and paying attention never hurts the process either.