Removing obstacles to what? The obstacles to Totality, the fullness of life. These become painfully obvious, like a dam on a river during constant rain – the pressure for release from confinement becomes clearly apparent; Totality always gets its way.
Just as any living thing grows from its source, outwards, so it is too with Totality, living Brahman. We take care of the center first, for any unfulfilled desires in such a place cause distortion and suffering throughout life, if left untended.
There are no lists or articles to ponder about what to do next. If personal obstacles are sufficiently cleared according to obvious evidence mentally, emotionally, and physically, then we move on to the next radiant of Brahman, a partner, friends and family, then onto community, town, city, county, state, and country, then continent and planet.
Always beginning with our center of perception, the clearinghouse, or as the esteemed Yogis call it, ‘the bag of urine and excrement’ lol… just observing and reporting from the wise, please don’t shoot the messenger. 🙂
So there is no question of choice but rather adhering to Totality, living Brahman, or not. There is no half-measure, just as we cannot be half-pregnant. These obstacles that face us are due to our individual lesson plan, or karma, and must be dealt with, no exceptions.
Thankfully by the time that we are given the responsibility and joy to live Brahman, we have developed the courage and faith to face anything, ever transcending what we thought was important, and facing our ultimate vulnerabilities, allowing others in, remaining still, watching pain and fear and doubt and suffering, and moving towards them for resolution.
If we find ourselves in the consciousness of Heaven or Hell, there is nothing to do, except be there, be here and deal with it – a favorite expression of mine is, “If you are going through Hell, keep going”. Distracting into delusion is not an option in the context of Totality, as Reality remains and will be there with insistence, overriding anything else. Of course we do not wallow in the muck either – all experience is for resolution and completion.
Just as Brahman is full enlightenment, so is life experienced as full Reality, Cosmic life. Living Brahman, we live Cosmic life, ever open and informed by the three worlds and naturally insist on a deathless and fulfilled existence for all. Clearing obstacles big and little, personal and more personal, is the joyous job that never ends, serving on the road gang, building the freeway to Heaven on Earth. Now where did my pick and shovel go? 🙂