There is enough but it doesn’t feel like it

There is enough, although the world seems to tell us the opposite. We already have all we need. This can be very hard to get, and our inner sceptic can protest loudly.

Like the small child we exclaim, “I want, I want, I want”. The parent returns, “I want doesn’t get”. The idea that there isn’t enough is hard baked into our cultures and belief systems.

Living in survival mode

In contrast therefore, people struggle to survive, compete against one another for scarce resources, control others to hang on to what they’ve got, punish others who steal to get what they need, and kill people if necessary.

We build institutions, businesses and legal systems to ensure that these rights, as they are called, are maintained. People see it as a natural order, as Charles Darwin had it, the survival of the fittest. We build ideologies to defend these perceptions of how things are. Others struggle against them and in turn are engaged in a competing desire to bring about change, to get “more”.

It fosters the sense of separation discussed in the last post.

So if the world has all that we need, why the pointless struggle?

This is what the ego does, work to ensure its survival in a world where it doesn’t think there is enough.

How does the spiritually awakened person deal with this conundrum?

Become aware of our scarcity perspective

Firstly, it’s important to be able to step back from the scarcity framework and notice it’s going on and we’re probably heavily invested in it, even literally. The power of awareness and witnessing is to see that this is what we do – and don’t need to do.

It’s indeed a great challenge, when probably most of our day and energy is taken up with life in this paradigm.

Here one can take a leaf from the many wealth coaches who teach the value of an abundance mentality and the challenging of ways of thinking that limit our access to abundance. I don’t want to repeat all that here but just to note that one can change how one thinks about it and therefore, what we draw to us. We get what we focus on.

A love-based paradigm

What’s important too, therefore, is to hold to a love-based paradigm, where we bless what comes and what goes as a flow, and that we attract what we need when we need it.

It’s furthermore very useful to cultivate an awareness of where our limited thinking creeps back in, as the ego is very skilled at doing. Shifting these negative frameworks takes an effort, consistently.

Love rather than fear

What we seek for ourselves we also give to others. It’s reciprocal. In the scarcity framework, we fear others, that they have what we want, or are seeking it from us. Fear is the opposite of love and drives much of what the ego does. In a love-based paradigm, we love unconditionally, and freely give from that base, to support others when they need it.

It might be useful, if you don’t already do this, to look at where you could be freely giving to others, in whatever form, that supports them and helps them forward.

Also, it’s useful to look at what comes up, like our resistances to giving to and supporting others. How much of this can be coming from a scarcity framework?

It’s a challenge!

It’s a challenge, which goes right against how our global society is, in the main, working, and how most of us think. The ego operates from a needy framework, like a little child. In awareness, in the love-based paradigm, we have everything we need. There is enough.

Real food for thought!

You can read more about how need and want are such destructive ego strategies here.