Eckhart Tolle, author of the book: The Power of NOW has made it clear that Inspiration is always in the present moment! In a previous post, while talking of the Pioneering Spirit, I had hoped to make it clear that our tendency is to search our environment, be it familiar or entirely new to our eyes. We can imagine that explorers in past centuries sailed the seas, searching out undiscovered lands. They left the “old world,” overcoming perils of stormy seas and threats of starvation when provisions of food on board may run out before they could replenish supplies at new found shores.
Our history books were filled with stories of these risky ventures with hopes of finding new lands that people “back home” might find attractive new places to make their homes, leaving behind restrictions to the common place lives in such places they found restrictive, uninspiring, crowded and lacking in beauty. As children, their pioneering spirits found disappointing prospects because populations, governments, churches, etc., experienced restrictions, often put in place “for the common good”. These pioneers imagined beautiful landscapes, boundless fertile lands, and the prospect of taking ownership of large acreages, where common sense could prevail. Their minds contained memories of disappointment of ideals mentioned in medieval myths and stories of Greek heroes and others who surmounted obstacles and perils.
The pioneering spirit doesn’t need such melodramatic stories to see that risks can be surmounted, motivate us but it does need to entertain rich and beautiful outcomes of the search. In an earlier post, along these lines I quoted a famous song from the singing group ABBA. They sang these words of a girl getting into the NOW:
Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the place to go
Where they play the right music,
Getting in the swing,
You come in to look for a King.
Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the music’s high.
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine
You’re in the mood for a dance.
And when you get the chance…
You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen.
Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine, oh–oh
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life.
See that girl, watch that scene, dig-it, the Dancing Queen.
Having the time of her life is NOW, no time at all! In my “life of service” and seeking to help others to be more contented with life and overcoming the day to day obstacles, such as fearful thoughts becoming beliefs, I have sung in church choirs, and in recent years four part harmony or barbershop choruses. I have found that harmonious, sometimes familiar songs, can take an audience into the NOW of what is happening and away from the “normal” sentiments of daily life, which our society seems to accept is “the luck of the draw” or beliefs engendered by day to day disappointments. Our pioneering spirits, encounter experiences, which we believe cause us to have negative emotions, such as fear, disappointment, anger and sadness. We have been taught by others who “should know better” that these experiences, require us to believe that they must be met with negative emotions. They take us out of the present moment, and away from the NOW, which contains beautiful pleasure, such as seeing beautiful flowers or the eyes of a baby. For example, years ago, my then 20 old brother was a passenger in the car I was driving to work. A driver (in a hurry!) cut us off. My brother said: “Did you see that son of a bitch? He cut you off! You’ve got a right to be indignant! Get after him and give him Hell!” I just kept driving but today I might silently forgive him, yet I refuse to be robbed of the tranquillity of the NOW, like a beautiful morning.