A day after the final transport of our office contents from 2616 Mesilla Street to 2202 Menaul Boulevard was complete, I was given a momentary respite, long enough to flash on the many levels of meaning in the word ‘moving’. Prior to that grace, I barely had time to breathe. Now, nearly two months later, we continue to experience the reality of that metaphor — deeply, intensely, happily.
Like all others in a world ruled by karma, our last move instigated the current one. Even as we were in the middle of it, the move of our office in 2009 was manifesting conditions that continued to unfold until this one was necessary. Such is the nature of life on a dual plane.
This metaphor could be extended into a book, but let’s condense the message into the three key elements of this movement.
- I’ve never really noticed recessions and downward financial spirals in the past, because, in forty years of creating my own reality, I’ve always lived so close to the poverty line that I didn’t see much difference in my micro-economy. When we moved to Mesilla Street, the economy at large was already in a precipitous slide. As usual, I had my attention on circumstances and conditions of my own microcosm rather than the outer world. Business had been up, nearly crowding us out of our limited space at Adams Street. Sue had joined the practice. And for the first time, my practice was beginning to look like my original matrix for it — or so I thought.
- The influx of flourishing business birthed some significant professional paradigm shifts. I’ve been in practice now, for over seventeen years. From the beginning, I have operated from the assumption that people truly want to be healthy, and that, if they were shown what being healthy requires, they would jump right in and demonstrate their sincerity in attaining that goal. The longer I practice, the more naive I realize I’ve been. People may ‘want’ to be healthy, but they want a boatload of other things more. Genuine good health is really no more than a vaguely passing desire for most individuals. It’s way down the list of priorities — ‘just keep me out of pain, please, and that will do just fine’.
- So, while I was responding to the outward need to expand, I was beginning, internally, to turn the other direction. I initiated policies which placed greater limitations on not just how many clients I’m willing to see, but on levels of sincerity I’m willing to enable. I wasn’t fully cognizant that the two horses I was riding were taking inevitably divergent paths. The perfection of this misperception becomes more obvious the more deeply I surrender to having made such choices. And as this process unfolds, I find myself happier and happier.
The real reasons for this experience may or may not be fully revealed to us. They are far deeper, more subtle and complex, than appropriate for this blog. What’s written above merely describes their outer reflection.
So too, conditions of poor health, discomfort, and disease. It’s all a game of mirrors, and if we’re giving our attention only to the outer manifestations, we’re merely seeing multi-layered reflections — not the real thing, not the true cause. In accordance with this principle, I continue to practice Oriental medicine, for two simple reasons.
- It works so amazingly well in the sometimes confusing and frustrating world of physical experience.
- And, better than any other form of medicine, it recognizes, acknowledges, and works within this eternal principle.
This entire journey called life is merely a dream, and like any dream we’re given, the events within it deserve contemplation, interpretation, and assimilation. They point to our dilemma, but more importantly, to our emancipation from it.
(For details of our new location, please read our much more brief newsletter announcement.)
P.S. There are some readers with keen memories to whom our new address will bring a smile of recognition.
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