This is the secret, isn’t it? You’ve really hit the nail on the head when you say:

“allowing those currents to sweep past you like the wind sweeps around a tree. Be like the boy in the hospital quietly observing the chaos. You are not helpless and adrift. You are conscious, strong, and fully capable of directing your life.”

Life is like a magical display or a magician’s illusion. True freedom comes when we don’t entangle ourselves, but live with a wise and open heart.