Courage“The seed cannot know what is going to happen, the seed has never known the flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed. Thousand and one are the hazards, many are the pitfalls – and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort; it drops the hard shell which is its security, and starts moving. Immediately the fight starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft and dangers will be many. But the sprout starts towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why. Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves. The same is the path for you. It is arduous. Much courage will be needed.” ~ Osho Zen Tarot

I used to confess to my Dad that I thought life was frightening. He’d get annoyed and protest that there was nothing to be afraid of. He wanted me to be brave, because he knew that was the only way I would thrive, but I found this whole crazy setup — living in a physical body on a planet that’s hurting through space, with other humans that are always fighting, and at the mercy of the cycle of life and death — to be terrifying.

I was afraid when things were bad, because I worried they wouldn’t improve. I was afraid when things were good, because I might lose whatever was making me happy. I was afraid all the time. Then I realized it was the unpredictable nature of things – the unknown – that was the source of my distress.

Here’s a quote that made a big difference for me:

“In its essence, THE ALL is UNKNOWABLE.” ~ The Kybalion

You and I are inside THE ALL. So that must mean that we are unknowable, too. If you can sit and meditate for five minutes in the morning, you’ll touch the part of you that knows your soul is eternal, that you are always safe, even in the midst of a civilization that is violent, self-destructive, and environmentally devastating.

Despite what the mind says, we’re safe and at home in the Unknown, because we are the Unknown. We’re constantly evolving, just like the seed that doesn’t know it’s becoming a flower. We are going somewhere.

Many blessings to you on your unknown journey to the light!