To my little girl –
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the sort of advice or life wisdom I’d most like to pass along to you. Of course, there’s your standard ‘be sure to always wear a seatbelt and floss your teeth’ kind of wisdom, but then there’s something even more primary to that (though those things are, and always will be, important).
Here it is:
You are not a stranger in this world. You are the entire universe, choosing to have a human experience for a while.
Love people. They are all you, too, having their own experiences. We are all manifestations of the whole.
Be with it all, right here and right now. Time is, after all, just an illusion. There isn’t ever anything but the right here and the right now. Be with it. Don’t waste your precious life getting caught up in thoughts about tomorrow –it never comes.
It is all play. We humans like to take ourselves really, really seriously. Here’s the thing: you don’t have to. Realize that the entire universe is essentially playful –I think Buddha was really on to something when he said “when you realize how perfect everything is, you’ll tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”.
The deepest and most fundamental truths are best found in silence. Try to have a few moments of unobstructed silence each day.
Humans tend to think that we are distinct, solid entities, completely separate from all other things. This, like time, is just an illusion. Get close enough and you’ll see that we’re all just made of vibrating waves of energy. There isn’t really anything solid there at all. Everything is truly nothing –just the Universe masquerading as form for a little while. You and all that you see are the same thing. This should fill you with endless amounts of joy (you’re ‘God’, after all).
Most of all, enjoy your time here, but don’t get too anxious about anything –like my favorite philosopher Alan Watts once said: “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”
Take everything I’ve said with a grain of salt. Maybe some of it will resonate with you, and maybe some of it will sound like gibberish. Either way, discover your own truths, sail your own seas, and follow your own deepest yearnings.