I was talking to a friend who was at a crossroads in his life. He wanted to let the universe guide him. I think there’s truth in that idea, but people take it as an excuse to not be an active participant in their life. Here’s what I said to him:
Being open to what the universe brings is a good thing. Essentially you’re not attached to an outcome or situation. But that doesn’t mean you’re an inactive participant. The universe doesn’t happen in a vacuum, in happens in the context of your life. If you don’t put yourself out there(bring intention to the universe), then there won’t be a way for the universe to know you or tell you what to do and how to do it. In other words, you have to give the world a chance to act upon you and guide you, whether that’s going to networking events, conferences, or the coffee shop. Further, on a pragmatic level, the universe is full of opportunities and messages for you. You’re not blindly following the pied piper into your next career, there’s a lot of pied pipers out there, you’re choosing to take that opportunity.
There was a further thought that I didn’t mention to him. His line of thinking is usually associated with Eastern thinking, you know be in harmony with the universe. But I think passivity is not what, for example, Buddhism actually advocates. Buddhists believe that anyone can become enlightened through their own efforts(with or without karma). What you acheive and experience is it’s own validation, instead of someone else’s judgement in the after life. I’ve always found that a very empowering point of view. The harmony with the universe isn’t in not acting with intention on the universe, but in receiving the results of your actions graciously and without resentment. Then, as best you can, learn from the universe about yourself and act accordingly.