For instance, I would love to know how to bring about good outcomes in the lives of my children and grandchildren.
I would like to know that our country will form a truly democratic government, and that our world will become fully “environmental caring.”
I want to see an end to poverty and starvation. I want to see bullies being loved into higher and wiser ways of acting.
I would like to know that my schedule next week will not be messed with by the stuff that happens.
And most of all I want to know that I’m OK. That I’m enough. Not defective. Because I sense a little child inside me that often feels inferior, a child who wants assurance that she is loved just the way she is.
These are some of my wants, but what are my real needs?
There is a huge difference between wants and needs.
One way to distinguish a “need” from a “want” is that there is a sense of relaxation and contentment when a need is met. We feel full and satisfied, not worrying about the next “fix.”
When “wants” are satisfied there is only a temporary relief. In a short time we must have something else to fill the void. We are like a “hungry ghost, wandering around always wanting, but never finding satisfaction. The way things are is never quite right, for something is always missing.
The wanting mind is a frightened mind. It arises from a belief of a “stand-alone self.” Separated and alone it must get more and more of whatever it hopes will bring some solace. But there is no end to this wanting, because it feels disconnected. There is never enough to keep a sieve filled. It must keep grabbing more and more.
For nothing outside can fill the void. The emptiness can only be filled by recognizing it already has everything that is needed.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear has heard……..the good that God has prepared for them.” I Cor. 2:9
What we seek is already here. This is the information we need to know.
This is the truth that metaphysicians and master teachers have known throughout the ages. And this is what quantum physics is now revealing. There is no matter as such—no isolation of particles—or of humans—because all energy flows into and out of one continuous moving, changing energy system.
The universe is “one verse”—one song, and we are free to sing it.
We are energy beings, and the loving, intelligent energy of the universe is always flowing through every particle of matter, through each of us, and always giving just what is needed at every point.
Everyone and everything is connected by the very nature of this quantum energy. We can never be disconnected, for we are all a piece of this one fabric that is constantly being woven together. And where there is unraveling the energy continually gathers it back in. Nothing is left out.
Our work is to skillfully engage with this energy, welcoming what comes and finding a harmonious way to be with each experience. That is our job, our purpose, and no one ever said it would be easy. But we have each other to help us!
And we have a universe we can trust. For it knows how to grow every being, every tiny aspect of life and has been doing so for over 14 billion years.
The universe doesn’t encumber us with unnecessary information, for that would just weigh us down and make our journey more difficult, loading us down with extra baggage.
Less baggage gives us more freedom. We need the ability to move forward moment by moment without having to call and arrange for a moving truck to hold all our stuff (our unending supply of beliefs and ideas.)
We don’t need our old self-image, for it is heavy, packed tight with false information. For we never were “that person”—alone and disconnected.
Instead we are always receiving new energy that flows directly from the essence of what is. And this is what we need!
We can travel more sleekly and elegantly when we go lightly, knowing that what we need to know will be given us at each moment of the journey.
In fact, it’s already here. For instance, the power of choice. We have the ability to choose how we see life. We cannot choose outcomes for there are no guarantees what will take place as a result of any activity.
But we do choose our thoughts and our actions. We choose where we place our focus. We choose our view of life.
When our intention is to align with universal energy we open the valve that informs us.
To do so, we only need to be still, listen, and wait, trusting that what we truly need is already here. The breath we breathe connects us with all that is and keeps us in the flow of reality.
The breath is spirit.
By letting go of what we want to happen, and receiving what is here, we are guided into our next step. We will feel ourselves nudged this way, or that, and we move as directed.
It is in trusting the light we are given that brings a sense of freedom and joy. No matter how dark it looks there is always a speck of light. We need only settle down, wait and watch.
In time our eyes will begin to see in the dark, and this small light guides us. It reveals one step at a time.
Proceed as way opens. It is enough.