Resistance often emerges and insists that it can predict the future.
The voice in our head, the one who knows everything, also knows that you will be rejected, that work will be misunderstood, that you will end up ashamed.
Not only the voice but the circle around us can also do this if we choose to listen. Wearing the eager supporters hat they will try to protect you by predicting the death of the next thing you put your hope in.
And it’s easy (and tempting) to give them credit for saying because they know so many other things. They (“we”, if we count the vote) know all about the failures and disappointments of the past. They know all about the hard work and all about how others have stumbled. And then, of course, they must also know about the future.
A lesson from a koan is really valuable here. Voices that pretend to know the future – whether they’s psychics, astrologers, family or the noise in our heads – are quite effective when it’s vague enough, but awful when it comes to details. This is because when it’s vague, we complete the story on our own and create our own factual patterns after things have happened.
The simple question to ask the oracle is: I have a handful of prayers. How many are there?
As much as we might want an oracle, there is none. What we need, it turns out, are followers who trust us and have our backs.