May 31, 2015 8:28 AM
I awoke last night with the thought, “Why don’t people share my work?” Like a fool, I had glanced at the Batgap home page before I went to bed and saw my interview had a grand total of six Facebook shares. Even taking into account only being listed for a week, I figured that if people liked my interview as much as the previous guest, I should have at least 25.
Funny how the mind works in the middle of the night.
Moments later (we’re talking 2:30 in the morning), my phone “dinged” and I saw the following comment from Jacklyn had just been posted:
I loved the interview, too. I think I’ve watched every batgap interview and yours was one of my favorites. I love that you are genuine and sincere. And I’m really glad that the interview led me here. I find your musings very uplifting. Thank you.
There’s a saying, “Smooth seas don’t make skillful sailors.”
That thought in the middle of the night, “Why don’t people share my work?” (Facebook likes do nothing but stroke the author’s ego, shares are what generate interest from others) is an indicator of what I call a spiritual knot. If it had been daytime and I had been wide awake, my Eternal quality would have responded with, “Big picture… who cares? It’s just a tiny pixel on a wall of 4K screens.” The Radiant quality would say, “Love them. Don’t expect anything from them, just love them.” And my Emptiness quality would have said, “Look at that thought! How powerful it seems, and yet, it’s nothing but mental noise spinning around inside your head. You experience it, you’re not it.”
But because I had been asleep and the unconscious had been gnawing on the thought which woke me up, that tells me that there’s still some self-concern archetype lodged deep down inside that still hasn’t been fully transcended.
As (I think) I mentioned in the Batgap interview, I use Life as my main source of practice and feedback… and I recommend others do the same. The smart have their books, but the wise have their scars.
And the serendipitous “coincidence” of Jacklyn’s comment arriving mere moments after awakening to that irritating thought—a message reassuring me that I’m on the right track?
Well, magical, ongoing, everyday synchronicity is just a wonderful and welcome bonus of the spiritual path. Smooth seas don’t make skillful sailors, but when times are tough, it’s nice to know “someone’s” got you back.
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