There is a kind of disease that permeates western culture. With our up until recent stretch of prosperity, the disease became almost unchecked. That disease is entitlement. A sense of deserving, simply because of who you are.
We see this in the unsustainable debt levels many people have taken on. In the expectation of ever greater profit at any expense. Marketing is full of this message. You deserve to have anything we want to sell you. We’re actually ruining the environment we need to support ourselves in this rush into meaningless consumption of products that themselves ruin our health. It is also deeply entrenched in new age and modern spiritual thinking such as Law of Attraction. If I wish it, I can have it. I deserve to be wealthy.
How do we deserve such prosperity when we leave a wake of destruction in our path? When we leave even our own unfortunate to fend for themselves on the uninhabitable streets? Such madness can only arise in the illusion of separateness.
While the basic principles are true, they have been co-opted by the ‘dark side’, by the mask of specialness. By a childish sense of “mine”. When we culture entitlement to the illusion, we are giving it strength, making it real. We are growing our shadow story about the world. This is not the path to awakening. It is being trapped in a childish pout.
Such ideas are the most dangerous on the path – the wolves in sheep’s clothing. Messages of happiness masking greed and envy. Messages of peace covering want and lack. The real question – who feels entitled? Who deserves all this crap at the expense of our children?
Some teachers teach abstinence to move away from such dangers. Others, like Jesus, taught humility. To a large extent, you can move past much of this simply by connecting to source. But there may be some need for a practice of mindfulness or presence to bring embedded ideas into awareness so they can be seen through. You may also find it beneficial to step a little out of the media barrage that cultures these needs, like TV.
It’s a funny thing. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. But we don’t deserve it because we are it. We have never left the Garden of Eden, except in our minds. When we can surrender to what is, let go of this sense of “mine”, then the story will fall away and the peace that passeth understanding will be revealed.
It’s a startlingly big change in outlook. But it is a surprisingly small change to make. The veil of illusion is very thin. Peace and happiness are yours, but not the little yours. Perhaps put better, peace and happiness are ours.