The Buddha said desire is the cause of all suffering. Christ said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Allah says: “O humankind! Remember Allah’s grace toward you! Is there any creator besides Allah who provides for you from the heavens and the Earth? There is no God save Him. How then are you turned away?”
A Cree Prophecy states:
“When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”
Time and again, our great teachers try to tell us the secret to happiness. But we are so afraid.
We are like the fledging who fears the leap, not knowing how to spread its wings and fly. Not even understanding what wings are for!
When faced with these ideas people become indignant, offended, as though they are hearing the most idiotic idea in the world.
“What? Just don’t worry about my bills? Don’t pay my rent? Don’t go to my job?”
I can understand why it feels that way to them. It felt that way to me.
I was terrified of trusting in the Creator.
I didn’t understand that I was still going to work, still pay my bills and be a responsible citizen. I didn’t understand and I was terrified.
But little by little as I let this idea of non-worry enter my heart the more I understood the wisdom of it.
Do you know anyone who is always afraid of losing money? Of never having enough? They are constantly in dire straits. They seem to have the worst luck. Unexpected expenses pop up, or they lose a lot of cash, or lose their wallet. It goes on and on. A string of unfortunate circumstances.
It’s not a magical mystery here.
It’s the brain listening to your thoughts and orchestrating the results. If you think everything is tough, your subconscious mind will believe you! It can’t differentiate between what really happens and what you think.
And so, like an obedient program, it will follow your orders.
“I never have enough money”
Gotcha, boss. I’ll distract you so you misplace your wallet. I’ll ignore a ton of warming signs and lead you into a terrible contract.
And so it goes…
I know this because it was my life.
My self talk was really bad for me. I blamed myself for so many things I had no control over. I believed all the bad things about myself that anyone ever said to me. I had no self respect or love for myself.
How do you think life played out for me at that time?
Pretty harsh. I fulfilled all the negative things I believed.
Are you doing this, too?
Are you always worried?
Do you blame yourself and others and fate for all your bad luck or loneliness or struggles?
But it’s not your fault.
You don’t believe you’re perfect, even though you are.
I’m not saying you always do perfect things and make perfect choices. Of course you don’t. Not yet, anyway.
I’m saying that who you are, your essential being, your soul…is perfect.
You might want to start building your self from that truth outward.
Because the more you judge, the more you’ll be judged. So judge yourself and everyone you ever meet as perfect beings who sometimes make imperfect choices. You’ll be a lot happier, I promise.
And the more you worry about your life, the more that will come true as well. Start from a good place and good things will happen to you. It’s amazing how many opportunities come your way when you truly believe you are a Child of God. A Child of the Stars.
Work hard. Sweat often. Care for your body with love and reverence and gratitude.
Be responsible. Do your best. Make plans. Be smart.
And then stop worrying. Let it go.
The most important things in life are not the possessions we can acquire or the supposed security of a fat bank account.
If you are in a healthy frame of mind you really don’t concern yourself with those things. If you are healthy, all these neat doodads and whatsits are interesting and even enjoyable, but you can let them go at a moments notice and not feel it as a loss.
Things are just things. But life and spirit are what truly make us happy.
Letting go doesn’t mean floating aimlessly, it means living with pure Purpose, Potential and Power.
Letting go is how we gain everything.