Eckhart Tolle’s quote for the day: “You cannot receive what you don’t give. Outflow determines inflow. Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won’t even know that you have it. This includes abundance.”
Well, this in an interesting nut to crack. The most common answer to loss is that “if you love it let it go, and if it was meant to be, it will come back.” Or life is a boomerang. We seem to be looking at life as a feed-back loop that is illogical, or as I call it, a metaphor that points in opposite directions at the same time. “Outflow determines inflow” Now that looks like a feed-back look where incoming and outgoing are simultaneously the same. But in time, in logical methodical time this can’t be so. Time stretches the feed-back loop or whirlpool out into a straight line, like pulling the spaghetti out of its circle into a straight string.
In the feedback-loop past and future are One in the timeless Now. Ah, our logical mind just collapses here. How can giving and receiving be One? How can dying and living be One? How can the outgoing river and the incoming tide be simultaneously the same? There is no differentiation when opposites ate the same. There are no separate things when opposite things are the same. And….there is no YOU when opposites are the same. This feed-back loop where opposites are one seems to be a Black Hole. Or the world of Alice in Wonderland. Is life a dream? Is time, the string that pulls everything out in a straight line a dream?
So where does intention play in this feed-back loop where letting go is also getting? If I have the plan to let go in order to get back, am I just playing the time game in a devious way, some kind or bargain. Will the formula work if I try to game it my way? I don’t think so.
When time goes, intention must go also. Unless I “allow it to flow out, I won’t even know I have it.” Okay….what is the difference between an incoming flow and an outgoing flow? Put you hand in a flow of water and close your eyes. The pressure sensation on the hand is the same whether the water is out or incoming. How do we know is something is coming in or going out when it goest through the gate of the mind? In Zen this gate is called a Dharma Gate, and the Dharma Gate swings both ways simultaneously. Outgoing is incoming; incoming is outgoing at the Gate of Now.
Liberation is the instant you realize there is no way out. Freedom is the moment you see there is no freedom. Choice is the moment you realize there is no choice. That is the Dharma Gate. Laughter is the only way to penetrate it.