Our culture has for centuries been lost in the idea that we humans must control Nature, must dominate the Earth, must be top dog. This belief and practice emanates from the Christian belief that Heaven (and God) are “up there” in the sky somewhere, and that the Earth is the Devil’s domain, where sin and pestilence, temptation and pleasures of the flesh exist, and these have to be controlled too.
The idea that we can let go, trust Life, flow with it while we are also planning and creating is only recently being introduced into our cultural matrix of beliefs. The more we are exposed to indigenous people’s cultures – be it Australian aborigines, Amazonian Indians or Native Americans – we are seeing that instead of a life approach of dominating nature they exist in a seamless interaction of sustainable survival in their environments, and are perfectly adapted to them whereas we force our environment to shape-shift and adapt to us in unsustainable (i.e. slowing dying) systems.
On a personal level we are therefore trained and inclined to so the same, to play out the same template, of trying to control and be in control of everything, every aspect and every person in our lives which is well and good while everything is mostly stable and predictable, but as life and circumstances change, and as that change accelerates, the old control patterns start to spin out of control and break apart, leaving fear, chaos and disillusionment.
It is at such times of great change – and we are sure in one of those right now – that we must simply learn to adapt, and the adaptation we need to learn is to be constantly adapting, constantly letting go, being open, welcoming the new, being surprised and delighted by surprises and delights instead of viewing them all as impending approaching threats.
We must open – if we want to survive this rather wild ride – we must open to the idea of The River of Life. The idea that since we are alive, then life flows through us, then we are also Life itself and we are an expression of life. If you are in river, floating or swimming or boating, there is nothing really much we can control except to be as stabilized as we can be within the current. We do that by going with the flow, not against it!
We do it be making the river our friend. By welcoming the journey as an exciting adventure. By enjoying the changing scenery. By earning and growing as we go, as we absorb new information and experiences.
Sometimes the river is fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes the river is turbulent, and sometimes very calm. The river, like life, has many moods, many variations, and the big game is to learn how to flow with them all, how to ride them all with equal skill. By befriending and trusting the River of Life we master more and more of its aspects and paradoxically we do so by letting go and thus gain true control – and that is the definition of Mastery.
Then no fear – it is like learning to ride a bicycle. Anxious and scary at first, growing and gaining expertise and confidence, then mastery and enjoyment.
Right now there is so much change happening in and around us that the best thing we can learn to do is to trust and surrender, go with the flow, and trust that the River of Life is our River, taking us to where we need to be. As John Lennon sang: Life is what happens while you are making other plans. So make your plans align with what Life is bringing you and you will enter into flow. Go! – Gregory Charles
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Australian Gregory Charles is an astrologer, a personal growth and spiritual leader and alternative healer who has appeared in the national media in many countries (MTV, Good Morning America, BBC). His astrology clients have included Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Carmen Electra. He has delivered sex and relationship seminars to tens of thousands of people around the world and lectured at UCLA and the LSE.