One of the things many people wish for in life is abundance. Having ones life needs, finances and livelihood well sufficient.
Some people find abundance through simple consequence. What some call karma or past life credits. Circumstance or inheritance places them in comfort with ease. They may or may not find satisfaction or happiness with that, but I’ve noticed such people rarely have a sense of what lack is.
Most of us take the approach of action or doing. We apply ourselves and the consequences soon follow. The reward is equivalent to the action, although quality is a key there, not quantity. In essence it is an energy equation. I touched on these points back in Self Effort in the Yog Vasishta.
It’s also worth noting that:
– Those in the first category got it through the second.
– We’re more likely to find satisfaction in accomplishment if our goal is sufficiency rather than excess as Lynne Twist suggests.
– We’re also going to have an easier time of it if we work with life rather than against it, as I touched on in Energizing Cooperation.
– We should also not underestimate the value of tapas or warming. Action warms the way, prepares the ground. Take the steps. Move towards.
– We have to allow for backlog and timing. Sometimes things just don’t happen when we want. They happen when it’s time and when what’s been happening finishes. Effort is never wasted.
– The process is easier to see in retrospect. Resist judging during and avoid expectations. Intend and allow it to unfold as it does. You may be surprised.
But there is also another means. One not described in most teachings. The journey of awakening can be characterized in part by the letting go of all aspects of me, including personal desires.
As we clear up all the dreck, the reactive desires fall away. But also the desires of life itself that the ego has taken credit for are disengaged from the me.
This is the essence behind ideas like doing austerities. Not to live as a monk in the jungle and be rewarded in kind but as an exercise in letting go of credit. Ego has an appalling sense of entitlement.
Like many of the curious stages of the path, the good stuff we give up is soon discovered to still be there. Only now it’s not caught in a story of me. Now it’s not “my” desire, it is the desire of life itself. Life moving through us.
The desire itself actually hasn’t changed. But our relationship to it changes completely. In essence, we get out of the way of it, then learn to support it.
As I touched on over in A Secret of Manifestation, we can use our dreams to fulfill some aspects of life.
Other aspects will be highly appreciative of a relatively clear vehicle for their fulfillment. And others will be happy to assist in any way they can, just for the spillover of the love and bliss being expressed by all that fulfillment. The epitome of working together.
Who’d a thought life could turn into such a fun house?