BOOKED AND BOOKED

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “I Am That” by Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Today I pray, “Dear God, It is nearing that time where I am beginning to wonder if it will all seamlessly flow for me to move overseas. I am at my job in a fog state at this point. I feel like I am on ultimate autopilot, and this is only because the desire for a shift to an expanded lifestyle is present. It has been years since I first desired to move to Amsterdam. I first spoke the desire aloud in 2011, about one year following my accepting ‘The Biggest Audience’ calling. Perhaps any restraints are only in my mind, yet the fogginess keeps me from planning. I know planning and doing is only a sign of further resistance. The path of least resistance does not often take place in planning and doing. The effort is not required. So I am wondering today… Considering living overseas, who can help me? Who can guide me? How do I focus towards my responsibilities in all of this? And will it simply be magical if I only focus on the magic of the possibility — and nothing else? Thank You. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to reveal this passage:

“Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your Self Realization. You are not to expect an explosion, for the explosion has already happened — at the moment when you were born, when you realized yourself as Being-Knowing-Feeling. There is only one mistake you are making: you take the inner for the outer and the outer for the inner. What is in you, you take to be outside you and what is outside, you take to be in you. The mind and feelings are external, but you take them to be intimate. You believe the world to be objective, while it is entirely a projection of your psyche. That is the basic confusion and no new explosion will set it right! You have to think yourself out of it. There is no other way.”
—NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ

This was an explosion of thought. I had not sat with the philosophy of “What is in you, you take to be outside you and what is outside, you take to be in you.” before reading today’s passage. That one took me on a trip around the world. I had a conversation with God about this, upon reading the passage. I only want to live in another part of the world because I was given a body and a span of land upon which to roam. And an interest, a curiosity. I want to experience all manners of freedom to roam this beautiful planet.

Perhaps it would be better defined that I long to travel. This is a good place to start. Travel. Not moving permanent residence. Travel. It sounds simple. And certainly adventurous. The inner me simply desires travel. OK… Booked and booked.

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