Confronting everything sounds so overwhelming. How would it be possible to confront everything? Everything seems to be surrounding you. Everything includes everything; obviously. Let’s step back from this terrifying vision of taking on the universe through confrontation. Look at anything or anyone; do this with more than just the eyes. Experiencing your self, everything within close proximity and beyond should be a deep conscious; spiritual occurrence. It is possible to do this in each moment; as impossible as that may sound. This requires a shift in observation; nothing more, nothing less. You may discover something astonishing when you have practiced shifting your awareness from what you are observing to yourself; the observer. You may eventually realize that you are never looking at anything else other than yourself. You are always confronting yourself.
“You are confronting what you are to become what you are.”
What is Steve talking about now? This is what many of you may be asking in this moment. Consider for yourself what you are confronting each day. There are people, things and situations that invoke patterns of thinking, emotions and fears. These are greatly influenced by conditioning.
This is what you usually are in that moment. To confront, accept and allow this acknowledgment permits change. I experienced this acknowledgment during another confrontation with a housefly yesterday. (A housefly can be a great spiritual teacher.) Confronting this housefly initiated a true confirmation of spiritual awakening. I went to the window to open it. “I hope that no flies will come in the window when I open it” is what I thought as I headed toward the window. I open it and there was a fly that actually seemed to be waiting in anticipation for me to open it. It tried to fly in the window. I stopped it before it fly inside. I forgot the little Buddha in me in that moment. I became frustrated. I told myself that there is no way I want a fly in the house now. I walked to the terrace door to open it; still frustrated about the fly. I open the terrace door. A fly (I am sure it was the same one) fly passed me into the house like a flying rocket.
I observed the housefly casually gliding around the middle of the living room. I could sense frustration and a loss of “isness” as I watched it flying. It felt like I was going to freak out on the housefly. I moved toward the housefly but suddenly stopped. This was a moment of spiritual acknowledgment. I started to smile as the housefly circled above my head. I realized that it was never about the fly. The housefly in this example was not doing anything but being a housefly. I had forgotten that I was the housefly. Can you relate to what I am suggesting? Whether it is a housefly, another person, a dog, a tree or a rock; it is always you. The housefly; in this example, had been the focus of all that I am as a person. I had forgotten the oneness.
The housefly, person or situation becomes what you are in that moment when you are not aware of what you are. Anything in this universe will always give a reflection of you as the person; unless you can shift your conscious awareness. Confronting anything in this universe is simply a self-confrontation.
You will always be the totality of anything; no matter what you experience or confront.