So let’s consider a follow-on situation: What happens when you find yourself in the wrong job?
Day in and day out, you face the traffic going, the traffic returning, and everything in between. Friday is a day of celebration and Sunday is a sobering reminder. Everything in between–every customer, every piece of paperwork, every meeting, every hour–is instantly recognized as yet another piece of evidence that you are, in fact, in the wrong place.
You can sit in this place indefinitely, collecting evidence proving your truth that this is in fact the wrong place for you–that is completely up to you. After all, you have your reasons.
You do have your reasons… don’t you?
I found myself such a situation once: Though I knew that the job was not right for me, I took it and I convinced myself that I was maintaining that job in order to maintain my family. The situation devolved: In time I started to see that my holding that job was negatively impacting my family, which in turn naturally reinforced my belief that I was in the wrong job. Holding the family together was a rationalization of sorts, an interpretation of my circumstances through the lens of what was actually important to me–proving I was right about being wrong.
That was “Keep one point” in action, the epitome of a focus that transcends consciousness. Moreover, that was absolutely effortless! Dealing with day-to-day events as I encountered them, I never had to consciously maintain the underlying belief, regardless of any hardships or suffering experienced along the way. I simply moved toward my truth–and sometimes it was painful.
If you “woke up” at this very moment within these circumstances, with everything around you in a collapse as epic as any country-western song could describe, and maybe with no more than a second to live amidst the blaring horn of a Mack truck about to run you down, you really could spend that last moment setting a smile in motion… though you would see that a terrified scream would be just as pure.
All but the final lesson that Zen training has to offer may be found in this one example. If that makes sense, then perhaps it’s all but the final two. Still, you have always held the key to your freedom–and, if it’s your choice, you can even use it to understand that freedom itself. If it only takes the seeding and effortless care for the belief “I am wrong” to set the universe in motion, hurtling toward an individual’s ruin, then what could you do with a different seed? And how would your existence change clinging to no belief at all?
What do you really want to accomplish? What do you truly want to understand? Return to the office tomorrow morning with this new perspective, then be open to what it has to tell you. In time, even the rush hour traffic will reveal your truth.
Now, would you like to know how to begin?