This song is truly spiritually meaningful………….the words of wisdom here is “let it be”…………”there will be an answer”…….in life there will always be an answer…..whether it be good/bad,positive/negative,yes/no….whatever the outcome ….we simply allow things to be…..we learn to accept and adapt to the given situation…….yes sometimes we have to wait for a while before the answer we need to know comes,in the meantime we learn to be patient and gracious and remain humble and trusting and open, not clinging or manipulating,trying to control to what we think we need but simply flowing with life’s given opportunities for spiritual growth and there is always light shining Within!
Paul Mcartney(of the famous Beatles) wrote the song let it be thru an inspiration he had in a dream of his mother Mary saying to him at a time of darkness in his life ….he heard her telling him to …..”let it be!”
Whether we want to make it that the Virgin Mary is speaking words of wisdom… “let it be” or anybody else inspirational saying there will be an answer….we can allow ourselves to be imaginative and creative and listen attentively with our hears to the words and bring in comfort that all things are impermanent and will work accordingly and simply let it be,let things be, let life open whatever,however,with whomever we need to learn to enrich our lives with courage and presence.
This song brings back a memory of a time when I was newly walking on my spiritual journey some 18/19 years ago. I was invited by the spiritual leader Sr.Elise of the Good Shepherd Convent to go to Cuba to try and open a convent there in Havana.We met the archbishop or bishop,I wasn’t too sure which,but I remember he held my hand and didn’t want to let it go,all the time talking to me in English while talking to Sr. Elise in Spanish.It was a time of spiritual beauty, grace and little miracles I experienced internally……I felt like the universe had laid out beautiful shells and conches on the beach while I walked on the sand.We were also graciously invited to go visit a convent there for lunch.
After all the work done by Sr. Elise,it was time to leave Cuba,while waiting for the bus to go to the airport,Sr. Elise asked me…..what do you think,will a convent come to fruition here in Cuba…….I replied I don’t know,there will be an answer,just let t be………..and as soon as we boarded the bus……the very first song that played on the bus stereo as we settled to sit down….was Let it be by the Beatles! And of course I turned to Sr.Elise and said here is your answer!
We do what we need to do and let things be…………………
Taste the fruit of experiences and relish in its sweetness!
When we dare to be different,to be like the one lost sheep who strayed away from the herd,we can emerge from the cocoon to be our own true selves……
Parable of Jesus on the lost sheep according to the gospel of Luke…“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.”
Like the one lost sheep,who is curious,who bravely ventures on its own to move away from the crowd,we can take courage and have the opportunity to stand alone and act independently from the chivalry of our hearts, to be in search of something mysterious, unknown, unfamiliar,we are going in the direction of seeking and wanting to be found……..the true experiencing!
When we are unafraid to knock on doors to be humble and say”I dont know,I need help me,please show me the way”……..its the beginning of allowing each door of experiencing to open one at a time, paving the way for inner questions to be answered ….it is the true asking!( if we don’t ask, we would not get answers!)
We are so easily indoctrinated, we so easily follow and believe what the others tell us in any way,shape or form……..whether in religion,in the media,in our own family dynamics,in the social/political/environmental circles how we should live our lives what we can or cannot do,how to raise our children,various ideologies of the world with marketing strategies telling us about beautifying ourselves, being rich, smart ,healthy,encouraging multitasking in our lives to generate material/consumer productivity and also to engage in various fun/exciting activities/adventures in order to find happiness,etc,etc,etc.Have we found true lasting happiness, peace and joy that way yet?
Yet still we seek happiness, peace, healing,and love!…………….…
Even the Buddha himself told his followers not to simply believe solely in his teachings but to experience its truth!
When we rely on beliefs alone, following,thinking like the crowd of any sorts,we become dependent on the opinion of others and cannot therefore have faith and trust and believe in our own heartful endeavours which we can in turn take responsibilities for.As long as we are ‘blindly’following what the others are saying, doing/living and projecting,we are truly drifting our selves further from the truth that which lies only within us and hence we feel the dichotomy,feeling of separation and confusing disturbances we are plagued within ourselves endlessly.
There is this analogy of tasting the mango fruit…..if we dont know what a mango is and if someone told us where its tree was planted and that the fruit tasted so deliciously sweet and juicy,we cannot simply go around promoting and telling others about this fruit….unless we undertake the time and effort to find that tree,climb up and pick the fruit and then taste it for ourselves first to see if what the other had said of the fruit was true!
The wise heart observes with care and guidance,it waits in patience to act and exercise its all encompassing and empowering love in order for the self to experience truth………..
Only Love in courageous,selfless action can guide us along any path,any situation, any uncalled for circumstance and lead us out of unecessary suffering with compassion, tenderness and forgiveness and true understanding.When we witness our own altruistic,noble and loving qualities,our own faith, strength,courage,forebearance and trusting capabilities ,we truly come to know ourselves ,we dont have to believe in anything outside of ourselves…..when we act in love,for love and by loving intentions all outcomes become blessed and accepted,surrendered and empowered…there is no failure or success….we simply lived out the moments and learned its lessons and can embrace ourselves in compassionate tenderness for having endured its difficulties and hardships!
While we do not make self assertions but remain fearful of not wanting to open doors into the unknown to taste all experiences for ourselves directly, to learn and grow from it,we do not live in the wisdom of our own hearts which hold the key to truths to set us free from worldly illusions,delusions and ephemeral pleasures!
Every single human being has the potential of becoming spiritually awake/enlightened,if only we endure with courage to remove the dross on the mirror so we can see ourselves with luminous clarity!
In order to cope with life’s rollercoaster(up and down) phenomenons,we need to practise the opening up of humility.Humility is not the same as humiliation(allowing oneself to being abused and taken advantage of).Humility is a flexible and wisely fertile energy that allows the strength,forbearance and compassionate bravery to face adverse,disturbing as well as trivial annoyances with the wisdom to look deeply into each circumstance and be open to surrender, learn,accept and let it go.This helps us move along on the road of healing,it is an antidote to pride and arrogance which are contracted/hardened and rigid energies that lock pain and suffering in……………..
We are all born into this world not merely to exist in a mundane way of life….. to be academically adept,grow up healthy, work and hopefully be successful and rich,find romantic entanglements,get married and raise a family and continue to seek for enjoyable outlets….while all of these are required for basic human survival and not to be condemned….there is a deeper, greater and wondrous mission planted in each being,each one totally unique …..from the indigenous person of the amazon to the president of a country,from the downtrodden of the poorest street of Calcutta to the richest celebrity star of Hollywood,from our own homes/lives to our neighbourhood and environment and society……
We might forget that we are all gifted with a Divine spark that could light the world afire with love, peace and healing!
So despite the outwardly,worldly pursuits,we are truly on a inward mission, a divine pilgrimage,unbeknownst to us,the journey,the adventure within ourselves…….no matter how long it takes to embark on this beautiful sublime journey,we remain at the edge waiting for our ‘ride’to take us IN………………music might just be one such implement to take us into the self……..