Impermanence: I am whatever will be!

Doris Day shared useful insight in her famous song “Que Sera, Sera Whatever Will Be Will Be”. She probably did not intend for the song text to be oriented on acceptance of the now; spiritually speaking. However the philosophical ramifications are very evident when we listen to the song. Whatever will be in our state of being indicates awareness to the space of impermanence.


Impermanence (anicca) is the first of three Buddhism characteristics of existence and being. Dissatisfaction or suffering (dukkha) is the second. The third Basis Marks of Existence according to Buddhism is non-self (anattā). These three are focus points of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path.

Here are the Buddhists “Three Basic Marks of Existence”:

* The three marks are:

  1. sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā — “all saṅkhāras (conditioned things) are impermanent”
  2. sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā — “all saṅkhāras are unsatisfactory”
  3. sabbe dhammā anattā — “all dharmas (conditioned or unconditioned things) are not self”

The song from Doris Day reflects this frequency of impermanence. The song text reference also gives us insightful stepping stones into the teachings of Buddha. Whatever will be will be therefore could be considered a constant in a universe that always seems to be changing.

Every object is a focus point for the manifestation of life energy and pure consciousness. We experience this frequency of energy consciousness through a state of impermanence in our existence. However our existence is usually based on an illusion of darkness and chasing after the brightness of life without every realizing that we are this light. Thus we can understand what Buddha’s insight is offering us pertaining to our state of being.

Impermanence and Life

A true state of existing in the now involves being whatever the moment reveals. The mind is conditioned to usually resist or try to completely deny what is unfolding; especially something that it labels wrong or bad. These, however, are only interpretations of the impermanence of life. It does seem very difficult to accept the moment without interpretation or judgment but with practice it is possible. When you have learned to allow whatever will be to be you are not just experiencing presence, you become it. This allows life to flow and manifest in harmony with you.


Best wishes

P.S. Here is a link for “Que Sera, Sera” from Doris Day



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