The idea of control is a human creation. It pervades our belief system and many of the individuals who make up our society. When we begin to explore the idea of control in our own lives we begin to see how futile it actually is. Control represents a static state, continual activity or vigilance, and an erroneous idea that we are the true masters of our fate. Control epitomizes both mental and physical action. This is in direct opposition to Being. Being allows you to open up to all possibilities. Even the act of trying to control things closes us off to Being and life. Being allows you to breathe and let go. Being is freedom. Control is a self imposed prison. No one has ever attained peace through control. Everyone who has ever attained lasting peace accomplished it through Being.
Control is especially prevalent in so called ‘spiritual’ communities and people. It is expressed through ideas like ‘controlling the mind’ and ‘controlling the breath’. Controlling your anger and eating a ‘perfect’ diet and the idea of perfecting yoga are all expressions of control. People frequently use an amalgamation of control and ‘spirituality’ in an effort to find peace. If any glimpse of peace is found through this process it will be fleeting because control requires action as well as a ‘doer’ bound to their action. These things must be given up in absolute Being. The belief in control can only be used as a stepping stone to the realization that you don’t have control. If you doubt this then ask yourself how you plan on controlling any aspect of your own death? Pondering and reflecting on one’s own mortality is one of the best was to realize the futility of control. When you realize this you will begin to experience true peace. Abandon control, action, beliefs, attachments, and desires and be free in Being.