Every idea that originates in the precincts of our consciousness is like a seed in nature. A seed needs fertile soil to sprout — just like what sunlight is to a blooming flower. What provides fertile ground for any idea to blossom forth is a receptive psyche — a mind that is open and agreeable to reason. You cannot evidently dictate every idea to work the way you want it to — although you can direct it with purpose. No more, no less. Similarly, you can channelise your spiritual element, but you cannot command its subtleties. You’ll require an open heart and an open mind to evolve — to tap the spiritual strength resident in you. The same idea holds good for wisdom, or awareness. You need to be on the ground to reach the sky of your mental competence — call it spirituality, or enlightenment. What motivates us all to achieve such a state is discipline, fortitude, and receptiveness in equal measure, not in halves.
There is something about the three dimensions — discipline, fortitude, and receptiveness. It’s like reading a book three times in a row, or at intervals. It is also like your mother, or wife, calling you three times to have dinner, when you are hooked to your computer. It takes time for the call to sink in your mind, as you are so engrossed. Call it the ‘Rule of Threes,’ or what you may, there is an element of enchantment to it — it represents our awakened functioning that steers, or guides, us all through life and vocation. Success, after all, comes to those that live on the foundation of discipline, fortitude, and receptiveness. It seldom comes to those who are disruptive, drifting, and hostile.
There is also a sense of ageless wisdom in all of us. For those who listen to the inner voice, or divine whisper, they are able to recognise insights, creative ideas, and intuitive leaps of each situation — including life’s vicissitudes. What adds a touch of gloss to existence, in the process, is our mission and vision. One can always have a mission, but if there’s no vision attached to it, there cannot be any tangible progress. Vision is everything in life. It occurs in moments of quietude — if one can kindle it in the busy monotony of everyday life. But, it can certainly emerge during meditation, or through dreams. In other words, what philosophers call ‘moments of serene synchronicity.’ You’d have undoubtedly experienced such moments as coincidences that leave you in awe, or wonderment, at your own, as-yet-untapped abilities or prowess.
Ask any creatively motivated individual — writer, author, singer, dancer, or cricketer. They will sure tell you that it is only when they think of their art as being greater than the self that they are able to achieve their highest goals — not when they drive their talent on ego trips. They are ‘piloted’ to taste success because they are receptive to their inner voice. It is this inner wisdom that gives them the divine insight to excel, or make things work like magic. Just think of it — a brilliant work that rivets the reader’s attention, improvised notes, or nuances, of a melodious composition rendered sublime, mercurial movements of kinetic energy that takes the audience to the seventh heaven of their existence, and a blazing shot that sends the red, or white, cherry over the ropes. When this happens, there is a sense of stillness that follows all the excitement. This relates to the time our ego slides down from its lofty pedestal — and, everything you and I do becomes a masterpiece, or a job well done.