Therefore I do my best to cultivate the skill of finding the humor in even what looks sad—or even tragic.
Norman Cousins (who was known for laughing himself well) said, “Maybe illness isn’t a laughing matter: but it should be.”
If we don’t sense the weirdness and strangeness of the happenings in life, we are missing the great mystery. And life is mysterious!
At times it’s so weird that we can’t possible figure it out. This may frustrate that part of our personality that prides itself on finding answers, but there is no way to comprehend the subtleties of life.
It seems the engine of evolution highly values novelty and surprise. When all seems lost, something new and amazing emerges. Out of the ashes, the Phoenix rises.
I delight in surprises and newness, even though sometimes I am blindsided by them. Yet there is something hopeful in the great unknown.
Out of loss comes gain. How does this happen? The universe has been doing it for the last 14 billion years. Amazing! Kindness of heart has been slowly growing throughout time. A careful study of history reveals this. There is more compassion and caring on our planet now than ever before.
Our perceptions must be questioned as to their validity. The study of quantum physics continues to reveal that no one knows the deep mysteries of matter, except that it is in a constant flow.
Quantum physics now reveals that matter emerges from this invisible wave (flow) and becomes what is put into it. It is as if we all participate in this one all-encompassing energy field by way of injecting our thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs into this invisible substance. And we can’t stop doing it! Our attitudes just flow from us.
What we think, feel and believe changes what we call “life.” This is truly mind blowing.
How often I’ve heard someone say, “Well it doesn’t matter what I think about it. It will happen anyway.” Quantum physics says, “Not so.”
It almost seems absurd that we are affecting what is each moment of the day and night. How can we be so powerful? As we view the immensity and vastness all around us in comparison we appear so small and insignificant. Smallness affects largeness. This is a mystery that no one can explain or even understand. We only get glimpses and insights occasionally.
One of life’s seemingly absurd ironies is that the things we fear most turn out to be our greatest gifts. But the gifts emerge only as we face and engage them. Not by running away. This is no easy task!
In the end everything works for good.
“If it’s not good, it’s not the end,” as the saying goes.
What gives me pleasure is finding the ironies in everyday life. One is that my interpretation of the news events is just that—my interpretation—my perception.
As I watch the news I sometimes observe myself getting crazy mad and frightened. So I keep watching myself carry on like a wild woman and soon I begin to laugh. I am comical! As if this action will be helpful.
Through careful observation I become the witness, rather than the actor. This action switches me onto a different neural pathway—a new path pointing me in a new direction. Life then becomes lighter.
I don’t know how the universe will use each event. But it will. The universe doesn’t waste a thing. No tear is wasted. No heart break is wasted. No sadness is wasted. The universe knows how to integrate everything and create something new that is beneficial to life. I find this awesome!
Since we live in a great unfolding mystery, why not make it a kinder one? It may seem absurd to act kindly when things seem to be on the brink of disaster, but are they really? Perhaps it is how we perceive it. This is worth questioning as Jesus taught that we shouldn’t judge by appearances.
Our thoughts, feelings and attitudes change what is. We are so much more powerful than we can imagine. And it’s not our ego that is in charge. It is our deepest yearnings and desires for beauty and goodness.
To Build A Swing Hafiz
All the ingredients
To turn your life into a nightmare--
Don’t mix them
You have all the genius
To build a swing in your backyard
Like a hell of a lot more fun.
Let’s start laughing, drawing blueprints,
Gathering our talented friends.
You carry all the ingredients
To turn your existence into joy,
Mix them, mix
From The Gift, poems by Hafiz. Translations by Daniel Ladinsky
Blessings, Rev. Billie