Lesson 3 - Connect with the Spontaneity of Nature
Existence is something that is spontaneous, the Chinese word for nature means "that which happens by itself".
Your heart beats by itself, your hair grows by itself, you breath pretty much by itself, your glands sweat by themselves. You don’t have voluntary control over them. So we say it happens spontaneously.
So when you go to sleep and you try to go to sleep, you interfere with the spontaneous process of going to sleep. Try to breath, you know real hard and you find you get balled up in your breathing.
So if you have to be human, you just have to trust yourself to go to sleep, beat your heart, breath, and digest your food. You have to let go of control and trust that it will happen spontaneously in the way it should.
You have to let go and let it happen, because if you don’t, you’re going to be constantly trying to do what can happen healthily, only if you don’t try.
But we have a strange anxiety in us, that if we don’t interfere, it won’t happen. And that is the root of a tremendous about of trouble.
Trying to control the outcome as if the destination was more important than the journey. Some vision of the future more important than right now.
In music though, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the meaning of the composition. If that were so, the best conductors would be those who played the fastest, and there would be composers who wrote only Finale’s. You’d go to concerts just to hear one crashing chord, because that’s the end!
Same way as dancing, you don’t aim at a particular spot in the room and say that’s where you should arrive. The whole point of the dancing is the dance.
But we don’t see that as part of our everyday education into our everyday conduct.
What do you need to unlearn?
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