There's Nothing Going On

Chicago. It looks so real, so much drama, so much going on...
Chicago. It looks so real, so much drama, so much going on... | Source

Nothing at all is going on. Sometimes life forces you to realise the truth in an abrupt, and even frightening way; at other times, a slow unveiling takes place, to break the news slowly, gently...

It's not really that important. Didn't you ever realize? Nothing is really going on. It's all made up!

Life, literature, film, music, art, relationships, religion... is endlessly full of people doing stuff. Destinations need certain actions, and all manner of activities are triggered on these notions: to make a point, to be heard, to be seen, to be a part of, to feel connection, to be content, to be saved... to be loved?

The ego thrives on things that are terribly important and that need to be achieved, it loves drama. Drama sustains it.

There's nothing that can sustain the continuation of the ego more than to believe in hopes and dreams, and in destinations that can never be proved nor disproved. It appeals to the ego enormously. Perhaps this is why religious doctrines where repenters go to heaven and sinners go to hell forever, is the ego's favourite choice in its arsenal to ensure survival as well as to ensure drama.

It has everything the ego could possibly wish for: drama, continuity is potentially ensured, and there's a destination that can neither be proved nor disproved. This is the perfect recipe and makes the ego quite content! It's own status quo remains unchallenged.

To sleep the gentle sleep of the free...

How many people can truly put each day to bed, and lay down, happy with its content? Without a need to ruminate on the day, or be fixated on the next?

The tortured nature of human beings to always have to 'do' something, instead of experiencing the extraordinary reality of existence itself. This very moment.

The ego is endlessly striving toward something, some ideal, some idea of peace, of perfection on earth, of salvation, of creative endeavour.... But what if, none of it actually existed in the way one conceived of it?


...the eternal return...
...the eternal return...

There was nothing going on a million years ago...

...and in a million years, still nothing will be going on.

We tend to think that we're so special, that our race, our reasoning, is so very different and special. We even tend to feel that our motivations are wildly different to what they were a thousand years ago, or that they'll be wildly different a thousand years from now. Religious people also tend to think that this time is somehow imbued with greater significance, perhaps conveniently forgetting that people from previous times were convinced of the very same thing...

Nothing in human nature changes, no matter the country or culture. Everything stays the same, just the exterior circumstances differ. This replication that goes on, is just a reflection of the greater reality, that nothing is really going on. Humans get sucked up into the drama of things and lose sight of things - but it is just a game. A vast wall of silence confounds every intellectual enquiry and belief.

As Gurdjieff said, in early 1900:

"...people believe in progress and culture... There is no progress whatsoever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands and tens of thousands of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change. Man remains just the same. 'Civilised' and 'cultured' people live with exactly the same interests as the most ignorant savages. Modern civilisation is based on violence and slavery and fine words. But all these fine words about 'progress' and 'civilisation' are merely words.'


Only stillness behind the dream

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How many people can truly say that they know what life really is, once they've put their books and beliefs and systems away?

There's absolutely nothing going on.

It's been said that life truly is just a play of light and shadows.


Divine Love?


There's nothing going on, really, nothing happening. Nothing to run from. Nothing to be saved from. Nothing to believe in, or disbelieve. Nothing to do. Nothing to prove. .

Love pours from the stillness.

As the saint Nityananda said:

"God is conducting tests all the time; every occurrence in life is a test. Every thought that crops up in the mind is in itself a test to see what one's reaction will be. Hence one must be always alert and aloof, conducting oneself with a spirit of detachment, viewing everything as an opportunity afforded to gain experience, to improve oneself and go on to a higher stage".

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"There's absolutely nothing going on.

It's been said that life truly is just a play of light and shadows" - I thought You said that there was nothing going on? Are lights and shadows nothing?

"God is conducting tests all the time; every occurrence in life is a test. Every thought that crops up in the mind is in itself a test to see what one's reaction will be." - Again, I must ask: I thought You said nothing was going on? Are God's tests nothing? How does all this nothing fit-in with the above quotes I took from your article? And do You consider this article as nothing as well? My comment would be a bunch of nothing too.

And why am I commenting on nothing? Why would You even respond to all this nothing, for nothing ...

LOL Cheers and all the best with the "nothing"!


klarawieck 4 years ago

Although it's true that we could benefit from being more like animals and live in the moment, it is part of human nature to plan and proceed with goals in mind. I wouldn't go as far as to say that there's nothing going on. Obviously, if we're all creating lives with whatever rudiments we've been given, then there is something going on. Whether that something is worthwhile or not it's a different story.

Also, I'm inclined to believe that what makes us special is the fact that we value ourselves as such. A house wouldn't come to existence without an architect who conceives the idea, plans it, and builds it. And if nothing is truly going, then this veil we consider "reality" must have certain amount of validity since we've conceived, planned, and built it. And just because human nature hasn't changed over the years, does it lessens the meaning of our existence?

I'm just giving you a counter opinion to keep it interesting. I don't have the answers, but I have plenty of questions.

This is an intriguing subject, and you did a great job presenting it.


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glmclendon 4 years ago

I would like to think there is a lot going on. This makes an interesting title,but let's face it there is so much going on we have trouble keeping pace. God is revealing Himself to us, but He can not give us too much at one time because we could not handle it. Oh yes there is much going on!

Stay Well


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

This is and going to be quite a lovely conversation and I thank people for the opportunity.

Can I ask You Mr. Glmclendon if it is possible that You may elaborate on the statement about how: "God is revealing Himself to us, but He can not give us too much at one time because we could not handle it."

Cheers!


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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK Author

Mr.Happy - on the surface it's a paradox. Either that or very sloppy reasoning on my part :-))

klarawieck - thanks for commenting, chewing these things over can often have their uses...

glmclendon - 'Oh yes there is much going on!', I like this. Your comments are always appreciated, and if I might say from your comments I've read elsewhere on other hubs, you always have such a lovely manner, thank you.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hello again Mr. Denizen - it's the paradox that I am after. You are not the only one walking around with this paradox and I am not sure what to do with it.

All the best!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

This is what is going through my mind and maybe there is no answer but either way: if there is nothing going on, why would You have written that great article on cyber-bullying (http://electro-denizen.hubpages.com/hub/Trolling-a... How do You understand/perceive this?


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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK Author

Mr.Happy - well it just seems to me rather often these days that nothing is going on - that creation, and the wheel of life as it were (the Buddhist wheel of samsara?), revolves eternally around the quiet centre of existence. This is what we're all after, this centre, often called God or God-Consciousness or just Love (and so on!). And so, while it is possible to perceive and even experience this truth, it's also true that we're incarnate entities in a projected creation. As such, we walk a knife edge, and this is why right action is so important. Buying into the drama too much leads us astray, hence Nityananda's words that I quoted. I don't pretend that all my actions are well informed or consequence free, on Hubpages or otherwise. Just learning, like everyone else :-)

Thanks for your comments, have a great day!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thank You very much for explaining the nothing going on part: "that creation, and the wheel of life as it were (the Buddhist wheel of samsara?), revolves eternally around the quiet centre of existence". - that kind of nothing going on, I am a fan of. Haha!

"Nothing comes of nothing", is a favorite saying of mine and I do not see it that positive. As You well said we are creations thus, the paradox: nothing or creation? I chose creation and that is why when I come across (and I have quite often in the past year or so) people of the Eastern thought telling me "it's all nothing", I get a little confused (to say the least).

"As such, we walk a knife edge, and this is why right action is so important." - What a wonderful sentence! Even better when it gets tied-in to your following sentence: "Buying into the drama too much leads us astray, hence Nityananda's words that I quoted.." Here I find that paradox again: there cannot be a right action if it's all nothing ...

There is a skip in logic and reason in my mind there but I am starting to think it is because perhaps we are trying to explain the Spirit World and as I mentioned on another article of yours, in my opinion the Spirit World cannot be explained because it exists beyond our three dimensional perspective.

Great thoughts. Thank You for sharing them. I appreciate You being the first person who took the time to try to explain the "nothing" part to me. Cheers!


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Great hub. The same premise as: Everything changes and nothing changes.


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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK Author

d.willliam thanks for the visit. Indeed, the same foundation...

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