A white cloud is a perfect example of the effortless Universal Identity of Loving Presence. It has no set path, no predetermined destination, and no ultimate goal. It simply drifts wherever the wind guides it, content to be in the moment.
This Way of Being is a radical contrast to the way most people live life. We are constantly striving for something, whether it's a new job, a promotion, attention, money, power, or some craving that tells us it will bring happiness or completeness. We are always looking ahead, never satisfied with where we are.
This constant striving and struggling to "be productive so that people don't think we're a worthless POS," mentality can be exhausting and frustrating. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even physical illness.
The white cloud offers a valuable teaching about living. It shows us that it is possible to be happy and content without any goals or ambitions. The white cloud has zero struggle. Our inherent nature is like that. Whatever our eye color, there's no struggle. Our hair color, if we don't fix and tamper with it, is the color it is with no struggle. The inherent DNA of our body is as it is, with no struggle, yet many of us fight with it, instead of learning to be with It in a loving way. All we need to do is let go of our need for control and dominance, simply allowing ourselves to be carried along by the flow of Universal Loving Presence.
When we do this, we discover that there is a deep peace and joy that comes from simply being. We no longer need to worry about the future or the past. We can simply enjoy the present moment, knowing that everything is exactly as it be.
The invitation could be that when we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, we could give ourselves permission, to take a 15 or 30 minute break from being the never-ending accomplishing machine. We could take that 15 or 30 minutes to watch a white cloud drifting through the sky, or keep a picture of one with us. We could open our awareness 360° and notice... The white cloud that rides in the container of the blue sky has zero goals, zero ambitions, and yet it is perfectly content as zero.
We could allow This reality to inspire us... to let go and be free before we are dead... of the ego's obsessive and self-centered need for control that strangely it never obtains and simply enjoy Being as is, without being some sort of improvement project. What could happen for us if we appreciated ourselves with unconditional positive regard for 15 or 30 minutes? Do it and see.
一We Are the Practice Itself