Living in the past-ure


We can’t change the past. And in a time of churning we certainly can’t guarantee the future. (How much about the way you live and work today could you have predicted ten, or even two years ago?)

Even if you are a billionaire or the President of the United States you still can’t control everything, because then you have so many more issues to contend with and so much more at stake.

No-one can predict the future. Nobody is in control. And with the right attitude this becomes a benefit.

As Alan Watts teaches us:

“The meaning of the fact… that everything is dissolving constantly, that… we’re all falling apart, everything is — that’s the great assistance to you. The fact that everything is in decay is your help. That is allowing you that you don’t have to let go, because there is nothing to hold on to.”

Once we realise this,

“The principle is that anytime you… voluntarily let up control… you have an access of power. Because [until then] you are wasting energy all the time in self-defence, trying to manage things, trying to force things to conform to your will. The moment you stop doing that, that wasted energy is available. And therefore, in having that energy available, you are one with the Divine Principle.”

This doesn’t mean that we give up trying — quite the opposite. What it means is that we give up our attachment to whether we achieve the exact outcome we anticipated, or can find the opportunities in whatever else turns out.

Once we know our purpose and values and create an inspiring vision for ourselves, once we let go of the past and stop trying to (over-)control the future, then we free ourselves to live in the past-ure.

Chapter 5 of Inner Leadership provides tools to help you find your purpose and values. Chapter 6 shows you how to turn the way forward you have chosen into an inspiring vision, knowing that it might not turn out exactly as you have planned it. Chapter 7 provides tools to let go of the past and live in the past-ure. 

And if you are living in line with your purpose and values, working towards a vision that inspires you, what more is there?

Image courtesy of Michael Leunig

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