He who binds to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy; He who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity’s sunrise. — William Blake (Whyte, 1994, p. 194)
We have been conditioned to believe that if we let go, we will somehow be left, stripped down, naked, and alone. When we are in such a mindset, we have forgotten that nothing can really exist in and/or of itself, and so it is impossible to be alone. All of life is interdependent. To illustrate the point, imagine that you are walking through a grove of Aspen trees in the mountains of Colorado. You may see each tree as a free-standing entity. Ah, but you forget (or perhaps you never knew) that all of these trees are part of one of the largest living organisms, because they are all connected by their root system. What affects one affects another. And the trees are all influenced by other conditions like sun, rain, snow and wind. The trees live, the trees die. Just like the Aspen trees, so do we live and die in all of the moments of now. If we keep ourselves attached to those moments, and all that accompanies them, we will suffer. In accepting our role as creatures of the great good-bye, we must continue to train ourselves to be attached to nothing.
We can look to the Aspen trees for guidance. They know without knowing that they do not have to make an effort in order to be linked. In fact, imagine these trees straining to cling to each other. What would the Aspen grove look like if the trees that freely rustle with the wind were suddenly entwined, gnarled and stuck together? How would such a development affect the ecosystem that supports them? The trees have a simple understanding of the Oneness that connects them to all that is. They don’t try to make that connection happen. It just does so on its own. The relationship always existed naturally, and the trees know it. We know it too. We just forget sometimes.
— p. 140-141, Happily Ever After Right Now… Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!
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Above excerpt taken from “Happily Ever After Right Now… Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!” p. 98
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