After the thrill of this infomercial wears off, though, you might want to stop thinking about it for a couple of minutes, or maybe forever. Because not only unseen but also unknown forces are at work everywhere, always, and, because we are not really very intelligent, our ignorance is easily mistaken for bliss. For a fraction of that second—about 20 galactic miles—you wonder what else you don't know that's absolutely vital, because you probably don't have a clue. How can you ever know?
Here's a clue.
My teenaged children and I moved in with my mother—into her house—seven months ago, after she had heart surgery and I needed to cut costs. Yesterday I hung a very large painting on the living room wall of my childhood home. To do so entailed removing several of my mother's smaller pieces, but I rationalized that since she rarely enters the living room, it makes sense to put something I like on the wall of a room where the rest of us spend a lot of time. Check.
Today my mother rearranged the spices alphabetically in a little cubby above the stove, three rows deep and very snug. Although I do most of the cooking, she reasoned that it's impossible to keep order without a system; therefore, the top shelf is Nutmeg through Turmeric and the bottom is Allspice through Mint. I use cumin every day, but I can't see it unless I take out the cardamom and coriander first. Checkmate.
No, really, here's the clue.
Listen. It's not about statistics or science or facts. In a world that's constantly changing and where reality is always under suspicion, our greatest threat to awareness is certainty.
If that's true, then our greatest teacher might not be a person but, instead, something more like faith or surrender. Jai guru deva om. Honor your divine teacher. Listen for that inner voice that is both you and not-you, and then just give in.
Thoughts meander like a restless wind
Inside a letter box
They tumble blindly
As they make their way across the universe.
You may even travel further than 136 miles per second across the universe and transform a pissed off exchange with your partner into pure poetry. Nothing's gonna change my world. So, my darling, just surrender.