It happens to everyone.
We find ourselves dancing with the cosmos, and then we get this funny idea that we had something to do with it.
We start to meddle. We roll up our sleeves, like the sorcerer's apprentice, and attempt to manipulate our environment with magic we were never meant to yield. We lose vision, we lose stamina, we lose ourselves. We’ve gone and made such a mess of it all that the only thing to do is wait for the master to return and set things right.
Let’s call this falling back. Where before we were exerting unnecessary forward force, the fall back is a surrendered yet powerful backward plummet into the unknown.
It can take unprecedented courage, but only then can infinite intelligence pick up the shards of our situation and assemble the pieces into a stunning mosaic.
Nothing to fear, it’s part of a natural cycle. Maybe, over time, we get better at recognizing when we’ve assumed the role of master.
Maybe, over time, we become so in tune with the way of the master, that our actions start to flow with the same power and grace, that we become masters of ourselves...
And servants to the world.
Practical Wisdom for the Creative Journey
Joel Ripka is a Brooklyn-based actor with 20 years and over 30 professional stage credits from off-Broadway to regional theaters that span the country. He is a blog author and writes about a life lived creatively and in close connection with our deepest expressions of consciousness. He's committed to joy, teaching, sharing, and uniting. He inspires people to do cool things and live intentionally. He is a musician (guitar, piano) singer and also a skilled teacher and writer.