Flowing through Life
I remember having a dot-to-dot drawing book as a kid. It was kind of exciting to see all these seemingly haphazard dots eventually join up to produce a masterpiece…or at least something coherent. Nowadays I’ve grown out of that, but it feels like my life is a living dot-to-dot drawing book! When I come to Vrindavana new dots of opportunity seem to pop-up on the canvas of life, and often I’m not quite sure how they fit into the bigger picture. How do we know when something is a genuine call to adventure? Do we ignore these dots of opportunity, or trust that they are ushering us into something bigger and better? Where do we find the clarity and conviction to make hard decisions?
Experience tells us that ‘higher callings’ carry some classic signs. When dots of opportunity appear out of their own will without being forced or manufactured then we may want to pay more attention. Often, a genuine call to adventure will repeatedly make itself known in a variety of ways and sometimes via unexpected channels. When those unique and puzzling opportunities surface, trusted guides who are ready to tell you whatever is required will help you frame them. Then, you just have to sit with the calling, not prematurely judging, accepting or rejecting. Give it time without forcing an answer. Sure enough, things begin to settle in the consciousness one way or the other. Most important is the detached and fearless mindset. In that state, a sincere prayer to the Divine goes a long way in sealing the deal.
In some circles “going with the flow” is looked down upon. That worldview tells us to take charge of our life and make things happen, not allowing external forces to dictate our destiny. Not wrong, yet there is a higher dimensional flow of providence that we have the opportunity to synchronise with, carrying us to unknown spaces beyond our imagination. Today I sat by the Yamuna River and made a prayer to enter that Divine flow state. Vrindavana is known as “Vraja,” which literally means “to move.” Those who embody the spirit of Vrindavana are the most dynamic souls in creation, fearless, flexible and fully available in response to the Divine call. The Yamuna reminded me that we should flow like water, effortlessly, gracefully and resolutely moving past everything towards the highest aspiration. This is how spiritual people live. They’re not just going through life, they’re flowing through life, confident that a benevolent hand is orchestrating a Divine flow to speed up the progress towards perfection.