I woke up yesterday and looked out the window. I saw a hawk circling high in the sky, unusual for Revere, Massachusetts. I felt a compulsion to say, "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" like we do at the start of the New Year, although it was January 21.
A voice said in my inner mind - not audibly, but with gentle certainty that set it apart from the vacillations of ordinary subjectivity: "You have to decide!"
In the book Radically Condensed Instructions, I explore the idea that enlightenment is a choice, not a goal.
We often think of spirituality as a search. I find it helpful to think of it as a decision.
This is why I often say, "the path and the goal are one." When you've chosen to walk the path, everything you encounter is the perfect thing to further your journey. When you're not on the path, everything is a problem.
You have to decide:
Do you want love or do you want fear?
Do you want to be constrained or do you want to be free?