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Pristine is the Moment
“Knowing others is called understanding. Knowing self is called wisdom. ”-Ray Grigg
“33. When Thinking, Think for Everything
Knowing others is called understanding. Knowing self is called wisdom. Perhaps force can master others but only strength can master self.
Selflessly search self and all the secrets of others will be found. The deepest of self is the deepest of others. Knowing self is knowing others. The inner way is the outer way.
When the inner way becomes everything’s way, this is the way of the Tao. Be separate and there is separation; be one and there is the Tao.
Think in wholeness, sense in wholeness, move in wholeness. When thinking, think for everything; when doing, do for everything. When at one with everything, everything moves toward harmony and accord.
First have the strength to meet self; then have the strength to let go of self.”
- Ray Grigg, “The Tao of Being: A Think and Do Workbook”
Instead of asking what the moment can do for us, maybe we can ask what the moment wants of us. With that slight shift of perspective, there opens a gap in the time-space continuum that reveals a pristine moment, where nothing is expected yet everything is fulfilled.
When you go on vacation to a small town, is it really the people in the place are friendlier than the city folks you left behind? Or is it you, with your brand new vacationer’s eyes, who has taken a friendlier perspective?
When you have embarked on a mission of seeking self-knowledge and compassion, as you go your way through your usual work day commute or drive through traffic, is it really that your external world has become a more orderly place, where people jostle against each other less, or is it merely you who have become more patient?
The outer world seems to be only a reflection of the inner world.
How do external circumstances shift accordingly to a shift in our inner world? How can subtle changes make tangible things happen?
It seems that the more we let the moment be itself, just the way it is, the more we understand ourselves. The more we understand ourselves, the more compassion and patience we can extend to ourselves, and to others.
In the end, we see that by letting the moment be just as it is, pristine, devoid of our wishes, expectations, preconceptions and attachments, an infinite space-time gap is created where all things effortlessly happen to fulfill each other.