Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Passive Method of Achieving Goals

"... when you throw a stone in the water, it finds the quickest way to the bottom of the water. It is the same when Siddhartha has an aim, a goal. Siddhartha does nothing; he waits, he thinks, he fast, but he goes through the affairs of the world like a stone through water, without doing anything. without bestirring himself; he is drawn and lets himself fall. He is drawn by his goal, for he does not allow anything to enter his mind which opposes his goal... It is what fools call magic and what they think is caused by demons... everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goal, if he can think, wait and fast."
--- Herman Hesse, Siddhartha, p. 60

I read this book several months ago. For some reason, this particular passage spoke to me deeply. It seemed to describe my method of achieving my goals. Okay, granted I don't have many of them, but every once and I while I do find myself wanting to achieve something. I know many or most people when they have a goal toil on it and put all aside until they get what they want.

Not me. More often than not. I'll say to myself "okay, this is my goal." But don't necessarily do anything about it. At least, not that anyone can see. I'm thinking about it, carrying it around with my always, waiting. Waiting with the surety that if that goal is meant to be achieved then it will be. The opportunity will arise to successfully complete my goal and boom. 

I know, I know. Not exactly the best way to go about doing things. But damned if it doesn't work more often than not. I guess some people call it "manifestation", which I seem to be eerily good at. I actually had one friend once tell me to be careful about what I manifest. I once chided myself in my journal that I'm probably the only one who decides what a reasonable course of action is based on future events. Makes no sense, right? Right.

Maybe I'm just an eternal optimist. Maybe I'm just the Queen of Delusion. All I know is, that Siddhartha's approach seems to work for me. Although I will say there is more than one way to fast. 

When the mind is focused and the intentions true, like a rock to the bottom of the water, the path is straight and unobstructed. 

Or maybe I'm just a loon. ;-)

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