“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.” - Terence McKenna
When you hurl yourself into the unknown, you free-fall towards your future self. When you really let go, and commit to achieving something extraordinary - nature will help. The trick is - you really have to go for it. You have to embody your commitment, and ensure that every cell in your body is determined. You have to let go of who you were to become what you are. Part of that is learning to relax into confusion and instability. We tend to think that these emotions have no place on the road to our higher selves.
“The bodhisattva vow acknowledges confusion and chaos — aggression, passion, frustration, frivolousness — as part of the path.” - Chogyam Trungpa
But even a bodhisattva, a being in Buddhism that has vowed to put off becoming enlightened to help others, has a life filled with turmoil. But once they’ve made the commitment to stick with humanity, and to help people no matter what - they can turn all the turmoil into gold
“When you know how to listen, everybody is the guru” - Ram Dass
When you’ve set your aim, convinced yourself to go the whole way, and disciplined your mindset - the magic begins to appear. You begin to see the result in the path. You being to understand that every so-called obstacle can be transmuted into something bringing you closer to the final result. The quote by Ram Dass simply shows that when you have this view of the world, you can always see the value in things. No matter how negative an interaction you have, no matter how difficult a situation - it can always be a platform for development.
We’re all fortunate to encounter this view - this way of framing reality. To those who would call this naive or optimistic - I urge you to try it for yourself. No use judging the words, for they are a call to action. Let a passion, no matter how trivial, consume you - and see what happens.
It is as it is.