The Buddhist River of Life by John Cali

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In an article taken from his book, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra talks about a beautiful Buddhist doctrine.
John Cali

Here’s how Deepak describes the doctrine:

“There is a profound Buddhist doctrine that speaks of a great river that flows through all of reality. Once you have found yourself, there is no more cause for action. (Emphasis is mine.)The river picks you up and carries you along forever after.

“…effort from the personal level, the kind of effort all of us are used to in daily life, become pointless….This includes mental effort.

“….No one gave you the job of steering the river. You can enjoy the ride and observe the scenery.”

Can you imagine how wonderful, powerful, and magical our lives could become if we truly believed that?

Here’s Spirit.

Indeed, friends, as John said, your lives could become wonderful, powerful, and magical.

Yet how many humans are living that kind of life? Certainly not a lot. Most, or at least many, are struggling just to make it through the day, just to make it from one day to the next.

It does not have to be that way. But that is the way of the world. However, it does not have to be your way.

God never intended you to live empty, joyless lives. Your higher selves never intended you to live empty, joyless lives.

You have been brainwashed into thinking and believing it must be that way. Nothing could be less true.

You can live lives of effortless ease, of a joyful journey from one happy moment to the next, one happy day to the next.

If you’re struggling, you’re not doing it “right.” Of course, we’re not talking about right or wrong in any moral sense. We’re talking about practicalities here. Struggling is not right because you don’t have to struggle and suffer. That is a choice. But it was never “predestined” for you.

Struggle, friends, is always — no exceptions — about resistance. Resistance wears many faces — fear, anger, worry, doubt, depression — you name it.

Giving up resistance is far easier than you might imagine. Suffering and resistance are not natural to you. Ease and joy are natural. This is how your higher selves live — in a state of perpetual ease and joy.

Anything that feels good to you is aligning you with your higher selves. The more often you feel good, the more often you will feel good. It’s that simple.

Get yourselves into that river of life the Buddhists talk about. Then, for the sake of all that’s good in you and in your lives, go with the river’s flow. Do not struggle to swim upstream. That never works and it never gets you where you want to go.

Uninspired action, effort, struggle, and suffering are old energy. You’re living in the new energy now, in this time of transformation. All you have to do is form your intent and go with the flow. Then you will create the lives you want.

You will then enjoy the ride and the scenery, as you were meant to do.

You are God. Claim your rights as God. Go with the flow. Be joyful. Be happy.

All is well.

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