“Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.”- Sheng-yen
Go With The Flow
How to stay devoted to nothingness remains a daunting task. As Sheng-yen states, “It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there.” As humans, we sometimes expect linear paths to distinctions. However, unlike GPS instructions, spiritual journeys have no prepackaged information. It may resemble water with Buddha’ motionless concentration, nevertheless, only balance keeps one faithful.
We may not rush or alter its directions; this causes imbalance and spiritual irritation. Therefore, the all-knowing and its guidance must receive close examination by the seeker. Nevertheless, it does not require meditation, yoga or a guru for transformation. These and all other supplements provide only superficial add-ons. Inside one’s own spirit, everything one desires for the walk is provided.
Never rushing or manipulating its gift, one must enjoy the secrets it contains. However, do not allow it to get far away from you. As a result, stay steadfast in its devotion to lead one to mindfulness and awareness. Remember, it cannot be bottled or packaged in text. Likewise, it cannot be possess and used as power over others. Like water it flows everywhere, all who seek it, find it.