Different Strokes For Different Folks by Greg Calise

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I’ve been contemplating this for a few days. Each of us has a specific path that we have planned before coming here. From my own awakenings, I have realized that we plan our lives before we come here. There are certain experiences we desire to experience while we are here. The difficult aspect of this to understand is that whatever we do experience here has already happened in the higher aspect of our true Being. We have already created it on that platform, and we, as the physical self, are experiencing it. We are simply following the script.

So each person will follow his prescribed path, even though on this physical dimension it seems that we are making the choices of which path we are following. So whatever path a person is on is perfect. Wherever we find ourselves at any moment is exactly where we are supposed to be. These are our lessons and experiences we have decided to take on at this time. Each person is on a different level of learning, so there is no one path that everyone must follow. For some people it may be to just remain conditioned, because the soul needs to experience that at this time. For some people it means to follow the wrong path of “spirituality” as well. I certainly did. I remained conditioned and I went down many wrong roads and detours, believing I was on a true spiritual path. These were all necessary experiences I had to witness. When I awakened, I saw that everything I did was absolutely necessary to experience before I could awaken. They are all still there for me to see the world in relation to my past experiences.

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When I look at religion, politics, culture, society and personal relationships, I have my past knowledge to reflect back on. I have learned from my own mistakes. Sometimes I forget that others must also have their experiences, mistakes, delusions and false beliefs, so that when they also awaken, they can reflect back on their experiences. So sometimes I wonder just how far I can become involved in other peoples lives concerning their own awakening. How far can we interfere?

I see that some spiritual teachers feel that it is important to spread their message far and wide, sometimes even by hook or by crook. That is their prescribed path, and those that follow them are also following their prescribed path. So even though, from my perspective of consciousness, I may not agree with their tactics, that is only from my own personal perspective. In other words, I personally may not perform those actions, but that does not mean that those that do perform those actions are wrong. It is wrong for me. But they may need those experiences.

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I do not belong to any tradition or label of spirituality, but the closest would be Taoism. In Taoism, you see the perfection in the chaos, and allow everyone their space to live according to their prescribed path. Because of this, I feel no need or desire to spread my message or convince anyone of my truths. I throw them out there for those that may be interested, but I don’t try to convince anyone. If no one ever reads my writings, I’m fine with that. A true Taoist would not play that game of trying to convince people to follow him, as he can see it all as folly of man. There is a story of Chuang Tzu regarding this:

Chuang Tzu and the Turtle

It happened that the emperor was in need of a good counsellor and, as he had heard so much about the wisdom of the Taoist, Chuang Tzu, he ordered that he be brought to the palace.

The emperor’s soldiers hunted far and wide and they finally found Chuang Tzu sitting in the shade of an old tree. They explained the emperor’s command and the old sage smiled and asked:

“There was a turtle who was sitting in a mud pool when he was captured and taken to the palace to be sacrificed there. It was, of course, a great honor but don’t you suppose he might have been happier in his pool of mud?”

“Of course.” The soldiers answered.

“Then leave me be in my pool of mud and be gone.”

[Taoists laugh at ambition. The story is that Lao Tzu only wrote the Tao Te Ching because the gatekeeper on the road wouldn’t let him leave society behind forever to meditate in the mountains without leaving some kind of teaching behind.]

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Neither Lao Tzu nor Chuang Tzu had disciples or followers, and Chuang Tzu never even bothered writing anything. Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching only because he was asked for his passage out of the kingdom. I pretty much feel the same. A Taoist shuns fame, adoration and distinction. Again, it is seen as folly of man.

But others may have a different path that they are following, and they may even be compelled to spread their message far and wide. That is their path and that is exactly what they came here to do.

Now there is a paradox concerning this. As you have noticed, I can be very critical of many false teachers, and I point out the follies of men. I shoot holes in the matrix as a hobby. I point out the dead ends, detours and the difference between right and wrong. Why? Because from my perspective, this is what I see, and I am only interested in the truth. I figure if anyone reads my writings, they wish to know these things. They are on a path where they want the truth. They want to free themselves from the matrix, so our path is just that.

I certainly see nothing wrong in someone spreading his message, writing books, etc., but I feel it must be done with integrity, otherwise the message becomes tinged. I feel that they must have no interest in fame, followers, adoration or other personal agendas, for their message to be pure. But again, that is from my perspective. Others may need those experiences, but I am not interested. In the end, there is perfection in the chaos.

Another paradox in this is that we are compelled to act. Everyone must act, and each person acts according to his propensities. We are here to learn, as well as experience, so we are all confronted with situations in which we must make decisions and act accordingly. A person who is on the path to freedom will be confronted by many things, and we must decide between what we consider right action and wrong action. We are here to find our way out of the labyrinth, and we will constantly be confronted by evil. Sometimes we must take a stand against evil, and to avoid taking that stand, philosophizing in the head that we must stay aloof, then we are running away from our responsibility as humans Beings.

Such inaction is actually action that gives consent for evil to flourish. This refusal to right action binds one to evil itself. So sometimes we must speak out in opposition to evil and even confront it physically. The Shaolin monks knew this. We are all responsible to protect the innocent.

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So on one side, we see the perfection in the chaos, yet, we are also within the chaos. It is one thing to see it from a higher perspective, but then we find ourselves in the physical, objective reality, where we must make decisions, and sometimes it is between good and evil. Everyone must act and inaction is sometimes wrong action. I know this sounds confusing, as all paradoxes are. These are some of the riddles we have come here to solve.

– Greg Calise