traveling is something i generally enjoy, it has a motive beyond just
traveling. it is a combination really. it's a way of expanding one's
consciousness, one's awareness, of understanding better our world,
other cultures, people, societies, ways of living, eating, making
love, worshipping, walking, laughing, using the toilet, and expressing
appreciation and joy. it is a way of almost constantly having to confront
oneself, one's prejudicies and judgements. life is truly done with
mirrors. it seems to me a rapid fire way of potentially awakening
because of having to see oneself so frequently. it's not about the
other person or culture. it's about me, my actions, reactions, and
attitudes in response to each event or encounter. this does not necessarily
excuse or approve of another's behavior, nor does it suggest that
the other does not have his own issues. however, that is most always
something that is out of our hands. we are enough!
naturally i don't want to see all this. i want to point a finger at
the other, to judge - and remain asleep! assuredly, if i travel with
a pointed finger i will become so frustrated and indignant that for
the sake of all, it would be best for me to return home. it would
indicate clearily that i would not yet be ready for something so intense.
i don't see this as a fault, but simple as a statement of where i
am in my journey. however, if my defenses are developed enough, i
might well be able to travel for a time and place many encounters
in a category of being primitive and uncivilized while going on my
merry superior way. at times i see this in myself, and often at more
and more subtle levels. it's not always so blatant and obvious but
can be hidden vaguely under an appearance of humility and understanding.
we can become quite clever in this way.
in theory, this can all be done while sitting in an easy chair
at home. it is true that all we need is right within us, we don't
have to go anywhere. yet some of us seem to benefit from an earthquake,
a slap in the face (gently please!) to bring us to a place of
opening and possible change through becoming vulnerable. traveling
in other cultures, other countries, particularily third world
countries, i would say, understandably makes this more accessible
than the comfort of my easy chair. speaking for myself here!
i'm convinced we are here in this lifetime on
planet earth for more than a partner, profession, cars, kids, power
and material possessions as wonderful as all these can be. i see
these simply as the vehicles we each have chosen through which we
might awaken. we are here to wake up, to return to our Original
Face, to become the Living Truth. or perhaps more accurately. to
peal away the layers that hide and imprision the Living Truth that
we already are. this requires the destruction of our biography and
the destruction of our conditioning. for many, and for me, traveling
is a way of allowing this process to unfold.
so i muse, observe, contemplate, try to keep an empty cup, and witness
what happens. sometimes!