Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Does Emerson have it right, that once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen? That may be what appears to happen, but knowing what I know now, after what happened to me in the woods, I know that nothing is separate, and that there is no separate “me” deciding. Innumerable things make everything happen, and in fact, nothing happens without the whole universe making it so.
If you look for a “cause” of you reading this article now, well, did you “decide” to? Were you the “cause”? You saw the headline and it grabbed your attention due to something that already was of interest in your mind. Further backing it up, you got the link some how, via email or social media. If you had not received it, you’d not be reading it. Your eyes, are a cause, being healthy enough. Then there is the internet that is working now, making it possible. And your source of income (or free coffee shop wi-fi), making the internet possible. As well, nothing else distracted you from reading it. You see, the list goes on and on.
It only appears that we make a decision, when in fact, the decision becomes known to us, and mind makes a mental claim after the fact. So the universe was already in motion, making it happen. It did not need a “me” to decide anything.
You may recall that in March “I decided” to stop moonlighting as a print and web publisher, and devote all my efforts and resources to helping people end stress and discover joy. Shortly after that, I received a personal and professional endorsement from Dan Millman, as well as a generous offer of support from a client. All of this and more has “conspired” to put wind under the wings of Alchemy, and it is working. While after the “direct seeing” in the woods I could have done anything, because nothing mattered, it seemed that this is what I was to do. This was what I am best at, this is what is available, happening, and working. Moonlighting was not working.
Watching the universe unfold as a great mystery is much more fun (and far easier) than thinking “I” am the one who has to make decisions and make things happen. With the latter idea, it’s you against the world, rather than you as the world.