PALM BAY, FL—Yesterday, while writing code in a bookstore, a frail old man came up and asked about my laptop—a tiny MacBook Air. I could instantly see he was conflicted—he had a lot of questions to ask about the computer but he didn’t want to interrupt what I was working on.
What struck me though (and I am constantly struck by the simplest things these days) is that the Wayne of Old would have been annoyed (as any programmer will tell you) at having to “come out of the code” because of the interruption. But the funny thing is, I wasn’t bothered in the least, in fact, I found the “shift” from code to personal interaction to be almost mystical.
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Here’s what I experienced: I was deep IN the code… I WAS the code. My whole world was variables and logic trees and language syntax. I was flowing along the pathways and branches of IF-THEN-ELSE structures when, quite suddenly, there was this sound, an “Excuse me,” and I FELT a shifting as consciousness withdrew from the code and the computer screen and I was pulled out of the world of logical movement and suddenly I found myself sitting in a cafe, smiling up at a little old man and FEELING his push/pull of curiosity/anxiety at interrupting a stranger and I expanded outward and I was… WAS the conversation and I was the man and I was the cafe and the table and his anxiousness and the woman at the next table and I was this body called Wayne and it was all happening inside me—as me—and it didn’t seem the least bit strange at all.
I often tell people that on the spiritual path, Life acts as our teacher. She is constantly testing us, and in the testing we receive instant feedback on our spiritual progress. When you want to know how far along the Path you are, all you have to do is watch your reactions to the lessons of Life.
The Wayne of Old would have been a little peeved at the interruption. But, when Life tested me, the New Wayne found it fascinating and my attention went from being the computer code to being the conversation with the old man. Complete absorption with the code. Complete absorption with the man. There were no thoughts or emotions of regret or anger or holding on or concern. There was no sense of interruption. There was just LIVING as the code, then LIVING as the conversation.
When you lose the “me, me, me, me, me” thought stream, when your world is Real Life rather than My Life, when your center of attention is this moment rather than my troubles, the entire Universe starts “happening” inside you.
In Mystical Oneness—as hard as it may be to comprehend rationally—when “you” disappear, the entire Universe becomes you. When you disappear, you and Her become One and the Me stream suddenly becomes the Life Stream.
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