Christine and I are at the beach in Mauritius. What started as a holiday and family visit has turned out to be an exciting introduction of TAG on the island followed by a series of one day workshops.
Christine is an islander; she was born and grew up here. As the plane landed I got a sense of a little girl who had come home to play. Although a little nervous too; after all she was bringing her crazy maverick husband to meet her conservative family for the first time. Come to think of it, I too was little nervous.
We spent the first few days playing, taking long walks on one of the most beautiful beaches that I have had the privilege to step feet on, followed by refreshing swims in the sea. And delicious meals, lovingly prepared by Christine and my mother in law. Coconut water straight out of fresh coconut: bus rides on busses packed full of islanders etc…
It was like going back to my childhood. Doing simple things with ordinary people … no wealthy business man … no guru status … just simply being … barefoot … holding hands … laughing, lots of laughing. And lots of time to marvel at the contrasts while taking time to just be.
Slowly as my new family got to be comfortable with me the questions started coming: “So what do you do for a living? Is it a paying job? What do you teach?” Again contrasts: the blank politeness and mild curiosity of the older generation and the insatiable curiosity of the young ones. “Where did you qualify? How is it possible to be so knowledgeable without a formal education? How do you know that you are right? But we have been taught…”
Right, what’s right: It is our social conditioning that leads us to believe in a concept of right and wrong. In the Universal scheme of things there is no right or wrong, only results and consequences; the manifestation of the law of cause and effect.
Truly educated people question everything, even their own most cherished beliefs. Remember once people believed that the world was flat, but their beliefs did not make it so.
As we evolve through the understanding of life, allowing our experiences to become our teacher, without judgement but with a sincere desire to extract all the learning that life has to offer, we slowly let go of everything that was in our past. This is the only way to make space for the limitless possibilities of our future. Remember; ‘truth out of context is a lie.’ As we flow though the experiences of life the context of everything keeps changing. As a result we are truly grateful that our past brought us to this point of consciousness that is enabling us to see future possibilities. Options that were not even imaginable while we were stuck in the old place become our new found reality and so it goes and life evolves.
Yesterday I had the privilege of addressing a gathering of Rotarians and introducing them to some of the simple thinking that underpins the TAG consciousness. This is the feedback from last year’s president: “Listening to Dave was an exceptional experience. He strikes on the right chords with aplomb. A real treat”
We still have some one day seminars to do before we come back to SA next week. Christine is not writing this month she is too busy catching up with life on the island.
With love from Mauritius
David Packard Wyllie.