How can you do by being? What does it mean by being? Being sounds like just sit and do nothing. Is it being lazy? What is it?
To Just Be
Being as I understand it, is to “just be” with “what is.” If you are frustrated, then be with that frustration and observe what it feels like. Don’t distract yourself from that feeling. Do not suppress it. If you do, then that will get lodged in your body as a chemical and may cause disease. If you are inspired, then don’t resist it. Let that inspiration create through you.
Let’s see what happens when you just observe your feelings and allow them to be expressed through your body. After you finish experiencing the emotion, body feels light and you don’t create mental stories around that emotion any longer. No clutter, so there is space for creative expression to take place.
Body is Part of the Divine
The following is my current realization. Our body is part of the divine that you are, though a small part. Though mind or ego (this is what we think we are) also arises from the divine, it has its own agenda—to do something or the other, and to think incessantly. This mind comes between God (the true Self) and God (the body). If this gap becomes too wide (that is mind takes over too much), then body will start reacting adversely telling the mind to stop widening the gap and create a clear link to the true Self. Mind is the one that says, “Do… do… do. Don’t just be. If you don’t do it, then everything is doomed. You can’t make it!” This is what the collective mind of the society trains our minds—and we tell ourselves the same thing. This is the state of the world now—”Do, compete, crush others. Otherwise, you are a looser and you will be left behind.” This conditioning makes people think that it is a Dog eat dog world.
Doing Stresses the Body
Doing involves a lot of thinking and analyzing before doing anything. This thinking and analyzing leads to fear, which prompts us to procrastinate rather than do. We (as egos) think, “What will happen, if something goes wrong?” This “What will happen?” mostly means what will happen to me, my reputation and my story. Mind lives in the past in fear of the future. Never in the present. Only the true Self and the body live in the present moment. When the mind takes over too much about doing making the gap too wide, the body starts telling the mind to stop—in the only way it knows how—through pain and disease.
Being Means Flow
Being does not mean being lazy. But, when you are in being the work automatically happens. This means, if the work is meant to happen, it will happen. But, if it is not meant to happen, then it won’t, even with all the physical and mental effort we put in. This means, in beating ourselves up in the “doing mode,” nothing will happen, if it is not destined to. So, why beat ourselves up?
Being is Creation
Doing by being is the most helpful in any creative endeavor. “Creation” by definition means “to make or bring to existence something new; something unprecedented.” But, fears arise, because mind can only cope with things that already known. When encountered with something new, it goes into a panic mode. In some people it is more stifling than in others. This fear is caused by thoughts arising in the mind as we just discussed. When the mind clears and steps aside, there is a greater link that is created between your true Self and your body, so creative expression of the true Self comes through the body.
Doing Melts into Being
From being, doing arises, naturally, organically. No effort is needed on your part. Take for example, writing of this article and most of the articles on this site. No effort was put into writing them. Yes, there was an effort of typing the words, editing and rewriting. However, no real effort, in the traditional sense of the word, was put into the creative act itself. I, most of the time, have a title or subject that I want to write about, but don’t know ahead of time what I am going to write. I don’t plan or outline the article in anyway. It feels like it puts me in a box of how the article should turn out.
Sometimes, I do not know what I want to write about; nor do I have a title or subject in mind. It feels like there is something that wants to come through me. I meditate a while, sit quietly and access that stillness, silence, peace, god within, or true Self that knows more than the little me, the ego. Some random words or thoughts come up and start putting them down. After a few minutes something coherent starts emerging and that becomes an article’s first draft. That is the artistic or creative act. After that come the rewriting and editing cycles which are part of the writing craft and have nothing to do with art.
That is the state of Being. Does this mean that the mind or ego or personality is not there? No, mind is there and is needed to interact with the outer world. However, this mind is a servant to the god within—a clear bridge between true Self and the body. Creative act happens, automatically, when this master-servant relationship holds.
It Takes Practice
However, this did not come easily to me. I have to admit, when I started this blog in 2007, I had this idea that I wanted to make this blog number one in the blogosphere in the area of self-mastery and enlightenment. I read about blogging and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and implemented a lot of the advice. Among that was the advice that I write articles on a schedule, and put them out everyday or at least three to five times a week. Otherwise, readers would forget my blog quickly. All that advice assumed that people had short attention spans. However, I soon realized that it was not true for me. I concluded that I could not force things out of me. That would just be the work of the mind and the quality suffered.
Nothing Really Matters
In the past year, I realized that, in the end, nothing really mattered except the true Self. I decided to write only when strongly prompted from within. I was prompted more often in the initial months of the blog, since it was all building up inside before I even started the blog. Now, I am not prompted that often. That is why you see me posting articles in longer intervals. This seems to have worked for my blog. I have a small group of loyal readers, who are very interested in what I write and they take equal interest in participating in the discussions.
All That Matters is “To Be”
All that matters now is to “just be” and listen to my inner promptings. When the inner prompting comes, the mind still resists sometimes, saying, “If you write about that or do that people may laugh at you. You will be a looser!” Or, when there is no inner prompting for anything, the mind may come up and say, “You looser! You are not writing or doing anything. Look at the world, it is moving forward leaving you behind. Look at all those blogs out there, they are overtaking you.” Then, these times become hard, if I am not aware of myself and stop from getting carried away with self-pity and self-criticism. I tell my mind to just shut up and say, “I choose to be that way.”
Choose to Enter into Being
This way of doing holds true in all my daily work now. How does this help in my job where my employer feels that I must do? I don’t feel, “I must, have to, or supposed to do.” I choose to do. When I say, “I choose to do,” I remove the mental resistance right away. This clears my mind and makes it a clear bridge between the true Self and the body.
You can carry this attitude of “choosing to” (either to do, or not to do) in all your endeavors in your life. Because everything is a choice that you make. When you choose to, then you accept what is and enter a state of being that brings in a higher level of consciousness and quality into everything. This is a form of surrender to the divine.
So, in this state of Being,
- Who is creating?
- What/who is the created?
- Who is there to accept credit or blame?
Answers to the above questions can only be arrived, on individual basis, through contemplation and by just being. It is up to you, now.