That line comes from Dan Millman’s Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior. Here, Mama Chia is reminding Dan that really, seriously, we don’t need to do anything. Period.
It annoys us humans–particularly those w/ amazing gifts, to think that we don’t need to, or in fact, should not DO something. I bring this up because as England burns amid other violence, there has been a repeated call among those of the proclaimed Lightworker (I’m really not quite sure what that means these days) persuasion that we must intervene, must heal the situation. In addition, there are organizations who have created for themselves the purpose of interrupting, intervening, ‘transmuting’ political systems, economic institutions, and other foundations of countries and entire regions.
This is a reminder that there are processes, systems, billions of people, mysteries, and a bigger picture involved than anyone can really grasp. Some may have a distinct ‘sense’ of it but not hold a true understanding of: a) what is really happening, and b) how interference in those things can cause harm to others no matter the original, personal intent. It’s uncomfortable to know that these same processes, systems, people, mysteries, and other unknowns are working themselves out in their own way and maybe not to our liking. But our liking isn’t the point. Each person involved in the aforementioned is working himself out in his own way and influencing those around him. It is not for us to decide what’s good or unnecessary and change the ripple effect of or for others.
We quite often forget that this is about us. Us, first. It appears that, even for those who claim to be more ‘developed’, it is much easier to identify (subject to our own definition, of course) something or someone else in the world that ‘is wrong’ and try to ‘heal’ or ‘fix’ it rather than focus on ourselves My request to those healers, transmitters, foundations that we truly do that and rather than intervening in things around us, we work within and help in matters rather than ‘heal’ those that don’t fit into how we think the world should/would/could be/behave/process. Get active in politics if you want to change political systems. Get involved with your local police force or corrections system if you want to see that change. Participate in the opportunities there are to feed and comfort others, create ones that don’t exist if that is your calling. Bail someone out of jail. Mentor a child or two. Help another rebuild their home. Put compassion to work in things that you can influence.
As further food for thought, I share this from Frank DeMarco’s “I of my own knowledge” here: http://bit.ly/oaj8gR A snippet here:
“Everybody to his own work. What is one person’s true work is another’s evasion.
Here is your dilemma, and it is the dilemma people of good will must always face. Whatever your intentions, your ability to change the way things are is going to be limited…
Life is vastly too big for anyone to comprehend…
So, if you are tempted to abandon your siege of a hencoop to march off to a pretended siege of Babylon, remember that only you are created able to do your work. And what is your work? It is to be present to your opportunities and problems, and make of them what you will. For some it is the expansion of their awareness along social lines. For others, it is the absorption of patterns. For still others it may be the dissemination of insight or learning. For others, it is the day-to-day execution of defined responsibilities. How are you going to say that any of these life’s paths is wrong? How can you know how any one is going to react with others? The short answer is that you can’t and no one can. And, since it can’t be done, obviously it can’t be the path.
Live your own life; and live it your way.”
And Be while letting others do the same.