I've always been a very controversial spiritual teacher. Why? Because I tell people there is something to do!
I have always told
my audiences, seekers who have come to me to hear the good news about liberation
here and now, that if they want to be free, then there is a lot
And in certain circles these days, any talk of doing
is equivalent to blasphemy.
Enlightenment is supposed to be about Being
, not doing! "Wake up!"
teachers of enlightenment proclaim. "You are lost in the stream of time and
becoming, convinced there is a self who is doing this and doing that. That is
the very problem. Wake up and realize there is only Being—not only is there no
doer, but there is also nothing to do except to realize this simple yet absolute
truth. Rest in Being forever and be free."
they're lost in the past—the ancient
past. Ever since the end of the tired
old sixties, when hundreds of thousands of us found out about enlightenment, we've
been hearing the same relentless refrain: Be Here Now, Be Here Now, Be Here NOW!
Just BE. God IS
—don't you get it? Okay—so some of us did get it .
. . and then what? Oh yeah, I remember—just BE. Okay . . . I'm back—I'm Being
. . . All I have to do is stay here and rest and make sure I don't think too much
or worry about the past or the future, and if I'm lucky, well, maybe I could just
Be some more. But wait a minute! I've been doing this for years and years, and
why is it that part of me is starting to feel suffocated by all this Being, Being,
Being? Oh yeah. It must be my ego rising up again, wanting to steal the show.
Rest in Being, rest in Being, rest in Being.
But wait a minute! It's not
just my ego, that nasty, narcissistic self-(small 's')
absorbed bastard. There
seem to be another part of me that is here in this world and
that strives not only to Be (which we all already are anyway, right? That's the
enlightened state) but to do
, to CONSCIOUSLY PARTICIPATE IN THE LIFE-PROCESS,
contribute. That's the truth too
, isn't it?
there was Nothing (Being), then there was Something (Becoming). Who and what we
are is both of these things—Being and
Becoming, something and
unmanifest, form and
emptiness, human and
Isn't that the whole picture? I mean, without the manifest universe, of
which this crazy world is a part, without any doing or becoming, just Unmanifest
Being would be pretty boring, wouldn't it? Not much action or life around. Resting
only in the Unborn, in nirvana
, it would be kind of quiet. Maybe too
quiet, with nobody but our own Self to talk to . . . about what? Well, nothing
. . . because nothing happened to talk about. That's why we Became, to ENLIVEN
our own Self. That's why we got off our rear ends, so we could actively participate
in our own Becoming. Becoming what? Becoming the whole Universe! But, oops . .
. then we forgot who we were, forgot our roots, so to speak. We got lost in Becoming.
We forgot that we were always already free, perfect, whole, and complete. We got
lost in the show. And so then we began the search for our Self. And then we found
it (be here now
. . . remember?) but then in that finding, we also seemed
to forget that we were never separate from the universe, from the stream of time,
from Becoming, from the world. We are that
also, fully and completely.
We are all
of that, and yet we're also free
from all of that. Too
many of us who got bitten by the enlightenment bug (back in the ancient past)
forgot that we are
the world as much as we are free from it. We are creating
the world because we are not separate from the Creator or the creative process.
what does enlightenment mean for today
? What is
the twenty-first century? It is Evolutionary
Enlightenment! Be here now?
Of course, but also, DO
here now. Realize your own inherently free unmanifest
Self as the ground of Being and
, at the same time, recognize your own incarnation
as the ceaselessly evolving body of the changing universe—a universe becoming
ever more and more conscious of itself as Being and
Becoming. What is enlightenment
for the twenty-first century? Profoundly conscious and deeply passionate egoless
participation in the life-process, ever free from attachment, always resting in
what's new about all this? Well, the evolutionary
part, to be precise.
In the old days, enlightenment was only about Being
in the moment, free
from attachment. At times we were told to embrace the world of doing, but only
in order to use it to achieve our own liberation. But evolutionary enlightenment
calls for egoless participation in the life-process for the sake of the evolution
of consciousness itself. We are all desperately needed right now. For what? To
truly awaken, to become enlightened, so that we can consciously participate, as
, in the life-process. What is the point of the experience
of incarnation? To finally be able to give ourselves wholeheartedly to the life-process—to
evolution, so that we can make a real
in this crazy, divided, suffering world. Yes, enlightenment for the twenty-first
century calls us all
to participate wholeheartedly—that means with
everything we've got
—for everyone else's sake, for the upliftment
of all of life, RIGHT NOW, as liberated
beings. Yes, we are all needed,
by our very own Self. Desperately.