The Way Things Are

shutterstock_55225252How much time and energy do we spending insisting that things be different than what they are? Spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, has aptly referred to this as "having an argument with the ways things are." We can do that for a while, but sooner or later if we want to grow, we are going to have accept things as they are.

We seem to perceive the fact that we cannot force things to be they way we would have them as a loss of freedom. But when viewed from a different perspective, this is not the case at all. Our freedom lies in the options we are left with after we accept things as they are. But we never get to the freedom of choice until we see things are they are, because without such clarity, we cannot even see the options.

So maybe insisting that things be the way that we would have them is actually taking us further away from freedom rather than closer to it. Of course, it may not feel this way. We seem to prefer the supposed freedom of the illusory world or how things should be rather than how they are. We choose illusion or fantasy over reality. We get to be king or queen of our illusory world of the way things ought to be. The only problem is that it is not real and that it is very difficult to share with another.

But what if we accepted things as they are earlier on, and then channeled our energy into evaluating what our options are? Then we could be free to choose the best option for ourselves. And it would actually be real and available to others.

I guess it just depends which world we want to live in- our world or the real world. We choose moment by moment.

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