Watching the latest Star Wars movie, I was reminded of the choices we face in life. Do we favour the “dark side” urges for power, control, and fame? Or do we move with the light towards peace, happiness, and love?
So many aspects of our lives have these kinds of choices. For example, what is our motivation around money? Do we have an unquenchable desire for more or a settled approach to sufficiency? Do we believe money is the root of evil or a tool to accomplish good? It’s valuable to have enough but do you work to live or live to work?
As I’ve mentioned many times, our life experience has more to do with how we see things than what is here. If our life remains unexamined, we’re at the mercy of our unresolved past – another message of the movie.
Are we driven by the attached ego or by a higher calling? This is the largest influence on our inclinations – who we see ourselves to be. When we move with the first, we try to control the world and seek outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We mistake passing fame and power as desirable and fail to recognize they never satisfy and always end. How many of the famous do you know who are truly happy? Do they gain more control or just more things to worry about?
When we run with a higher calling, we act towards fulfillment and the qualities of light grow within us automatically. If we also culture inner development through moderate spiritual practice followed by acting in the world, fulfillment grows naturally both within and in worldly accomplishments.
Joseph Campbell’s advice to “follow your bliss” is good. That comes right out of descriptions of established Self Realization.