Corona lifts the rock When you lift a rock on an ant colony, there is momentary chaos, but soon the whole colony as an organism moves on. Corona has lifted the rock over our civilization of interconnected networks, and there is momentary panic, but we can see the ants creating a new social network, a new way of relating, a new colony that we could not imagine before Corona.
A metaphorical mind, a mythological mind is liberated from the literal interpretation of our reality. Corona is a coronavirus, a real thing, but it is also Shiva. or any other frame of reference that sees beyond the boundaries of dictionary definitions.
Why Corona? Why Us. What did we do? Is this a punishment? Is this the End of Time? OMG. This should not be happening! I grieve. I’m in despair.
Movies, great movies are myths and extended metaphors that give us a way to see beyond our literal borders, which are our prison when change comes. When Shiva comes, we need a bigger boat of understanding.
The question in this meditation on Corona as a rock lifting, what does it expose? is there a sleeping basic creative intelligence in all of us, sleeping because our culture of dependence on external systems has put us to sleep. When everything is supplied by external forces, why turn within? Why rely on your own resources. Everything is just one click away on Amazon.
Is there basic goodness, a basic creative intelligence that always knows what to do in me? My old guru said: God dwells within you as You. This basic goodness is joyous when it rises because it does depend upon external conditions that are favorable.
Our sense of happiness and well-being is conditioned to depend upon favorable conditions. We long for the moment when everything is just perfect. When all the bills are paid, and nothing breaks down, and there is no loss or unexpected upsets. No problem, we keep saying. But the moment “Shiva the destroyer” comes, we experience the stages of grief.
No Option Corona is the Zen of Corona: there is no option but just this, just this Corona, this moment, this now. There is no option but to be here now.
America is built on having options, having choices. That is American freedom. You have choices, and the more choices, the freer you feel. We are flooded with choices, inundated with choices. But with Corona, there is no choice. Where can you go that Corona is not?
The medical responders in hospitals have no option. It is their duty, their vocation to fight Corona. There is no option. The mother has no option but to take care of her child, no matter how much it cries. The warrior has no option but to fight. The policeman has no option but to uphold the law.
Oh, I know you will bring up exceptions, but let’s go deeper than that. Are there moments in your life when there is no option? When resistance to the moment is not an option? But underneath all these superficial choices and options, there is the final No Option. We have no option but to die. Nobody gets out of life alive. But the religious mind says but Oh, there is the option of Heaven. I have an option.
But is that not an avoidance of being here now where there is no option? When I avoid the No Option of being here now, I split my self, my mind into Now and should not be Now. I am only half here. A part of me is missing, gong to the future where I imagine I have an option.
The Buddha says this is the cause of our suffering, this division in the Now with the Now me being here, and the “I don’t want to be here” fighting the other half. But when there is no Option, you are totally here now, and there is no suffering. There is no mental resistance. There is no drain on your psychic energy fighting your own mind. And this is liberating. This is the freedom of No Option.
This is the joyous participation in the Now, in the No Option Now of the Cross. Jesus had no option but the Cross, so he was resurrected. No Option is the Resurrection from the Death of having an option, a division and split in your being.
Corona is a bartender who is breaking everything up and shaking it together. It is us to each of us to pour out a martini, a new tale, a new story, a new way of being.
When everything is held together in a mutually dependent economy and reality, we don’t have to create new systems all at once. We week the ones we have, but the quilt stays together.
But Corona is shaking everything up. This is Zen, basically. Zen is kicking away the crutches a blind man depends on, turning him around and knocking him down, so he has no idea where he is. When what we depend upon is removed, we experience a death, and we go through the stage of grief. But in the end, we come to renewal when we discover that denial, anger, and despair will not save us. We must invent our way out.
The obelisk in Space Oddysey: 2001 was a metaphor for Not KNowing. The obelisk had no reference to the known, the past and memory. When it appeared, evolution happened. Creative intelligence makes the unknown known, creates a new reality to hold the new unknown.
Corona comes like the Obelisk to activate evolution. Empty of known names and forms and all references to the past, Corona forces us to evolve our consciousness, both collective and individual. They are two sides of the same coin of consciousness.
There is consciousness that takes refuge in the Known, and there is creative intelligence that is awakened when confronted with the Unknown.
Corona is interesting because we don’t know what to do about it other than doing nothing. Stay home. Do nothing. This goes against the stream of our experience which is “don’t just sit there, DO SOMETHING. But now all we can do to defeat Corona is do nothing. Doing something, running around, working together spreads the Corona. Ironic.
Zen Buddhism is the science of doing nothing. This is also the Zen Koan MU! No matter what I think the answer is: MU! Not KNowing creates the conditions for Knowing, the act of Knowing, the aroused mind that does not rest on the known names and forms.
Not Knowing activates the evolution of your creative intelligence. Surrender first, then act. Knowing that is action fills the emptiness of Not Knowing.
You can practice this yourself to see if it’s true. When you are caught in a double-bind where nothing you can do gets you out of the fix; STop, open your full awareness and ask the question: What’s the truth here?
Is this opinion, this fear, this panic, this doubt, the depression real. Is it true?