What does NEXT mean anyway? Time is not really linear, I’ve heard. So maybe what’s next is what’s past. What’s next can be whatever we choose on some level. But then, one can get into quantum physics and that’s way too complicated for me to write about.
How can we know what’s next, on the larger, grander scale? Many of us have a fear of what’s next, because we feel we have no control over what happens next. But is that true?
I am a spiritual being, WE are spiritual beings, having a human experience. All the great teachers, from Jesus to Rumi and all the Sufi Mystics, to current teachers like Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, ad infinitum really, there are so many, teach us to be still. To just be still, and ask ourselves what we want, what our purpose is. To discover what our desires are, for ourselves. We can manifest those desires. No one elses, but we can manifest our own.
Because I’m taking a course right now presented by Deepak Chopra on the Nature of Reality, I will quote what I listened to today. “Desire is a fundamental aspect of consciousness which takes the potential and makes it into what we call the actual. Desire is pure potentiality seeking manifestation. It is an inherent property of consciousness as it moves from the unmanifest to the manifest, from the invisible to the visible, from the spiritual into the material.”
It seems to me, (with a little help from Deepak and every other great teacher I’ve read or listened to) that we can manifest our desires if we live each moment walking toward them. We can’t manifest others desires or our desires for others, but we can direct our own lives. This has happened to me many times, that I have known what I’ve wanted and moved toward that desire. We can work toward a common goal with others who have similar desires. Only in this way can we know What’s Next, on a personal or even a larger scale. To first look deep within ourselves, to know ourselves and identify our desires. To live through each moment with that end result as the goal, and allow that dream to be manifested, by your own consciousness.
So, the answer to the question What’s Next is really up to you. What you want will dictate what happens next.
Note: This prompt was a result of my writer’s group meeting. The last meeting was right after the mid-term elections, and we spent a good bit of time musing on those elections and as we began to end the meeting, decided our next prompt would be What’s Next? I struggled with this prompt. Too open-ended. I didn’t want to write about politics, or recite what was next in the course of my immediate day. I started and stopped 3 essay type posts. I started poems, haikus, FIBs but none of them were working for me. I finally, in listening to Deepak teach this course, realized that what’s next for me depends on what I want. As it always has. Love and light to all.
Thank you for sharing this wisdom. It helps me in dealing with my desires for my adult children. One of my desires is to be a good example for them, but it’s up to them to make their own choices. I have plenty to do and be all by myself. I think it was Emerson who wrote/said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
With our children, all we can do is try to help them see all the options available to them. Then you have to trust that they will choose wisely for themselves. I like the Emerson quote! Like Rumi said, “you are not a drop of the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” Thanks for your thoughts on it.
Mmmm. That’s a good Rumi quote.
Your final thoughts summed it up perfectly. It is entirely up to you.
A lot of words to get to that final reduction, lol. But I guess it’s a rich thought, after being boiled down. Thanks so much.
No, I wouldn’t say that. You wrote this the way it needed to be written. I just pointed out that the conclusion was perfect.
I can’t seem to click on your more recent posts.
That’s weird! I wonder what’s up with that. I did try using the new editor for one post but went back to the old one before I posted it. I’ll look into it on this end.
Try this link and see if it works. https://learningtolivelikewaterblog.com/2018/12/11/from-anger-to-stillness-to-gratitude-and-forgiveness/
Yes, that link took me to the post. But when I go to your home page, I don’t see the titles and can’t click the individual posts with the blue backgrounds. I can still click the older posts with the white backgrounds. I checked a couple other blogs and it was not an issue. I really like the passion without fear post, but unable to click on it to open. We’ll figure it out eventually. Thanks for the link.
Ok I saw that I changed the status on my last 3 posts trying to get back to the old editor. I have changed them back to “gallery” like all my others so maybe you can access them now? Let me know…
Got it! I’ll stick with the old editor if that’s an option.
I managed to get back to the old editor, and won’t do that switch again! I couldn’t get it to work, drove me crazy!