Over the past few years my focus has been on Simplicity. Specifically simplifying all areas of my life.
During this period of simplification I couldnt help but think that the chase after a wealthy life style is a rather complicated affair: the standards keep shifting, and the worries are many.
That’s why Spiritual mystics speak so often of ‘detachment’. By taking our focus off of getting stuff, we have more of ourselves available to focus on learning to love rightly, or taking time to be face-to-face with those in need, or learning , or learning how to depend on the Divine. You can’t be spiritually in tune and chase wealth; most of the time, the paths go in opposite directions.
From the time I started learning about spirituality and the Divine, I was often faced with situations where I needed to make choices. Choices between Needs and Wants.
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” ~ Buddha
In order to rewrite the mind positively we need to understand its composition. The mind is composed of three parts, the conscious, the subconscious and the superconscious.
The conscious mind is the part we are aware of – the part that does the thinking, worrying, planning and creating. It is a tiny part of the structure; it is the subconscious that is the looming bulwark, a massive entity with incredible powers and potentials. Its unique characteristic is that it can create anything that we command it to create, by virtue of the thoughts we think.
If you believe that you cannot achieve something, if you believe that you cannot have something, the subconscious will create conditions, so that your beliefs are proved. To transform your life, it is very important that you seek the help of the subconscious.
One who understands others has knowledge; One who understands himself has wisdom. Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self requires strength. ~ Tao Te Ching
I believe that most of us have far more control over our lives than we realize, because we will always have control over our reaction to any given situation. There is great power in that realization.
We need to keep our focus on understanding ourselves as opposed to trying to control and understand the actions of others. Using force to try to change the behavior of another is never the best way. So what are we to do when another person acts in a way that distresses us? The answer is always the same: be the master of yourself.
“I never knew who I was until I began to love myself in this present moment.” ~ Louise Hay
Those of us who spend time with young children realize that little ones can be extremely insightful and beautifully wise. I’ll never forget the day , when my three-year old daughter explained to me what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I want to be a human!” She happily declared.
We have chuckled good-naturedly about that comment made by our innocent child ever since. Lately, however, when I pause to reflect on her comment as she is becoming a teenager, I perceive that my little girl was being downright insightful.
In her eyes, nothing about her needed fixing. Nothing needed to be changed or improved upon. She felt that she was perfectly complete just being human, just being her human self. No strings attached. How wonderful is that?