The divine includes us

If what’s happening is divine will, why would I try to change it? Why would I pray for change?

Someone asked that question in a social media group for a healing modality I am involved in.

PRAGMATIC ANSWER

There is a simple pragmatic answer.

I am part of the world and the situations in my life, so whatever I do is inevitably changing it all1. Whether I try to do nothing or something, I am still embedded in it. So why not aim at changing something if that’s what I am drawn to? Why not aim at shifting situations in a way that seems kind, sane, and maybe even a bit wise?

Why not aim at shifting situations, even if I don’t know the outcome and even if I don’t know the full situation and have hangups and biases. That’s how life is anyway. That’s how it’s all set up. So I may as well willingly and intentionally play my role.

IN IMMEDIATE NOTICING

I can also answer the question more literally.

For me, this is easier if I bring it back to my immediate experience.

This field of experience happens within and as what I am.

The wider world, situations, this human self, anything connected with this human self – it all happens within and as what I am.

It’s all happening within and as the consciousness I am. It’s the consciousness I am forming itself into all of it. It all lives its own life.

Whatever this human self does is not more or less happening within and as what I am than anything else.

THE DIVINE INCLUDES US

It’s also possible to use the language of the question and explore it from there.

In this case, the question contains its answer. If what’s happening is divine will, all of it is divine will – including us trying to change something. Nothing is excluded.

It’s all happening within and as the divine – the situation, us, whatever we do or don’t do.

We are the divine changing something within itself. It’s all the play of the divine.

STEPPING OUTSIDE OF THE MINDSET IT’S ASKED FROM

Often, the mindset a question is asked from is what prevents us from exploring it more satisfyingly. Stepping outside of the mindset in a certain way may even allow the question to fall away. It doesn’t make sense anymore.

The question was framed as a question about reality, slightly removed from our daily life. The pragmatic answer steps out of that frame and brings it back to our daily life.

The second answer is from my immediate experience. This too steps out of the framework of the question. The question was about the nature of reality, and I brought it back to what I notice here and now.

The third answer is a more literal answer to the question. Even here, we step out of the frame of the question. The question assumes duality and the answer comes from a view of all as the divine.

THE ESSENCE

These are a lot of words, although the essence is simple:

To explore a question satisfyingly, we often need to step outside of the frame of the question, one way or another.

The pragmatic answer to the question is: I am inevitably part of the world and the situations in my life, so why not play the game willingly and intentionally and try to be a good steward of my life?

And there are two more literal answers:

To me, this field of experience – the wider world, situations, this human self – happens within and as what I am.

Said another way: It’s all the divine, including me trying to make a change – or not – in the world. It’s all the play of the divine. There is no outside.

NOTES

(1) Even if I stay in a cabin in the woods or remove myself from this life, I am still impacting the situation, others, and the world. I cannot escape it since I am part of the fabric of life.


DRAFT

If what’s happening is divine will, why would I try to change it? Why would I pray for change?

Someone asked that question in a social media group for a healing modality I am involved in.

PRAGMATIC ANSWER

There is a simple pragmatic answer.

I am part of the world and the situations in my life, so whatever I do is inevitably changing it all1. Whether I try to do nothing or something, I am still embedded in it. So why not aim at changing something if that’s what I am drawn to? Why not aim at shifting situations in a way that seems kind, sane, and maybe even a bit wise?

Why not aim at shifting situations, even if I don’t know the outcome and even if I don’t know the full situation and have hangups and biases. That’s how life is anyway. That’s how it’s all set up. So I may as well willingly and intentionally play my role.

IN IMMEDIATE NOTICING

I can also answer the question more literally.

For me, this is easier if I bring it back to my immediate experience.

This field of experience happens within and as what I am.

The wider world, situations, this human self, anything connected with this human self – it all happens within and as what I am.

It’s all happening within and as the consciousness I am. It’s the consciousness I am forming itself into all of it. It all lives its own life.

Whatever this human self does is not more or less happening within and as what I am than anything else.

STEPPING OUTSIDE OF THE MINDSET IT’S ASKED FROM

That answer is honest to me, and I am aware I stepped out of the framework the question was asked from. Sometimes, that’s appropriate.

Often, the mindset a question is asked from is what prevents us from exploring it more satisfyingly. Stepping outside of the mindset in a certain way may even allow the question to fall away. It doesn’t make sense anymore.

THE DIVINE INCLUDES US

It’s also possible to step into the framework the question is asked from and explore it from there.

In this case, the question contains its answer. If what’s happening is divine will, all of it is divine will – including us trying to change something. Nothing is excluded.

It’s all happening within and as the divine – the situation, us, whatever we do or don’t do.

We are the divine changing something within itself. It’s all the play of the divine.

THE ESSENCE

These are a lot of words and I get a bit dizzy looking at them.

The essence is much simpler.

The pragmatic answer is that I am inevitably part of the world and the situations in my life. Whether I try to do nothing or something, I am part of it. Whatever I do or don’t do is changing it all. So why not aim at changing something if that’s what I am drawn to? Why not aim at shifting situations in a way that seems kind, sane, and maybe even a bit wise?

And the more literal answers to the question:

To me, this field of experience – the wider world, situations, this human self – happens within and as what I am.

Said another way: It’s all the divine, including me trying to make a change – or not – in the world. It’s all the play of the divine. There is no outside.

NOTES

(1) Even if I stay in a cabin in the woods or remove myself from this life, I am still impacting the situation, others, and the world. I cannot escape it since I am part of the fabric of life.

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