The Jewel and the first Word - Flipbook - Page 16
The Jewel and the rst Word
So now I want to talk a bit about how we practice.
Firstly there is no outer form to stick to. Everyone choses to do it in their own particular
way as informed by their own intelligence. There are no rules.
If we want to we can take this energy and use it. If we like we can make it something
wild. We can raise the rebel flag. We can make it fierce, something that really cuts
through. After all, in every sense, it’s meant to set us free. Deliver us.
So it’s not restricted to any formality. Any time, any place. Underneath the motorway
with the roar of traffic overhead. In the mountains. By the sea. In the doctors waiting
room. In the corridors of a busy hospital. Collecting children from school. When we are
tired and fed up.
Formal sitting? Cushion and incense and meditation bell? It all has its place. But I get
the sense that the time for that kind of refinement is over. Whatever comes next,
growing out of what came before, has to be alive in the middle of life, not something
separate. Anywhere where we can breathe.
Things have got a bit more critical.
All our emotion, all our passion is included. Just that we hold onto the centre and be
wise. We respect the prompting of our own intelligence. We respect the choices and
intelligence of everyone and everything that is around us too. There is no promotion.
There is absolutely no mission. That would be seriously mixed up. If we influence
anything around us it will be by measure of our character and our integrity. Things work
on an invisible level and we cannot possibly understand the curve of another persons
life or judge their state of being.
So the word is this. We keep it tight. We don’t talk about it.