During a pre-Spring cleaning today, I found this note that I wrote to myself about three years ago.
The messiness of my scribbling suggests it’s a thought that occurred to me out of the blue, or from the other side of the veil, and I had to write it down quickly or it would become lost.
It was February 2012 and my friend Jimmy Parks, Jr. had died suddenly and much too young.
I was grief stricken, along with everyone who knew him.
I recalled Joseph Campbell’s description of the way of the Bodhisattvas.
“All life is sorrowful; there is however an escape from sorrow; the escape is Nirvana – which is a state of mind or consciousness, not a place somewhere, like heaven. It is right here, in the midst of the turmoil of life. It is the state you find when you are no longer driven to live by compelling desires, fears, and social commitments, when you have found your center of freedom and can act by choice out of that. Voluntary action out of this center is the action of the bodhisattvas – joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.”
– Joseph Campbell, from “The Power of Myth”
The final words have always stayed with me: “joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.”
Life will ultimately be sorrowful.
Life will break you.
Either you will disappear or everyone you know and love will disappear, depending upon how long you live.
There is joy.
And you have a choice.
Boiling down Jimmy’s life and the message of every enlightened being and bodhisattva who ever walked the planet is to choose love over fear.
That’s what this download from the great beyond told me…
“The world is going to devastate you.
The world will bring you horrors and griefs.
But you must find and create joy in between the storms of life.”