What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?” — Jacob Needleman
Balancing the material and spiritual. This is the 4th post in my series on transition and change. In this post I want to begin exploring one of the questions, I, and others I have counseled have asked, which is, “How do I discern and manifest my desires to have material possessions without compromising my spiritual journey?
But first let me share a personal update.
The relief I am experiencing as a result of my right knee replacement surgery this past April has inspired me to have the same surgery on my left knee. I am remembering when I came out of surgery, it was so painful, I said, “I’ll never let them touch my left knee.” But here I am scheduled for surgery in a week.
My friend, Bill Hinton, recently shared that I reminded him of Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity WorldWide ministries who at 94 said, “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and leap forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.” I placed that quote on my desk where I can read it regularly as an inspirational reminder. So how can I not say yes to this other surgery?!?
Furthermore, the relief and increased mobility allowed me to enjoy a 10 day Alaska cruise and to participate in a flash mob dance at Sharon, my daughter’s church, as they celebrated Rev. Karyn’s 10th year as the senior minister at Unity of Palo Alto. OMG! It was so much fun, and it activated within me a desire to be able to participate more actively in other ways. Isn’t it interesting how the other side of a painful change can be so rewarding.
Now back to the main theme. But first, if you are finding value in this series, take a moment NOW and share this link with others inviting them to check it out: innerdimensionsblog.com
As we know, some spiritual traditions advocate total denial of our desires, while at the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find the tradition which advocates that it is God’s plan that we manifest all of our desires.
I believe it is possible to bridge these two philosophy’s so that you both acknowledge and have a healthy balance manifesting your desires in a way that honors your spiritual path as well? Our personality has a need for security. As a spiritual being having a human experience in a material world, we need money to survive. If we don’t have enough for basics, our lives cannot function. At the same time, with too much emphasis on the material, we lose the spiritual awareness that brings meaning and fulfillment. The key lies in the balance.
Beliefs to let go of on your way to fulfillment. If you are among those who have adopted the belief that your deep desires might be in conflict with God’s plan for your life, then you understand how that belief engenders fear in making decisions. Try to imagine the shift in my belief system when I read in Lessons In Truth—one of the core texts of Unity’s teachings—that our deep desires are God’s impulse within us. Dr. H. Emille Cady explained the root of desire as….de = of and sire = the Father. The context included the idea that our deep desires are impulses of the Father (Infinite Intelligence, Universe, God, etc.) within, wanting to be birthed in, through and as us.
As I began to assimilate and integrate the exciting idea that my deep longings for more love, more good, more prosperity, and abundance as impulses reflecting God’s dream for my life, the competing belief I held began to dissolve. The ancient scripture in Jeremiah 29:11 took on new meaning, “I know the thoughts I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I began to see possibilities waiting and wanting to unfold in, through, and as me. I suppose the keyword is deep desires, because of course, we have surface desires as well.
Diverse Paths. It goes without saying that we are complex beings who live in a constant tension between the sacred side of our nature and the human side. While both sides long for more, the paths to having more are different. Our culture emphasizes “Do more, so you can have more, then you can be more.” Conversely, the spiritual approach is “Be more, so you can do more, and then have more.”
Because of our blind spots we often are unaware of the habits and patterns that may have served us at one time, but may now be blocking our deep desires from being fulfilled. The pattern of holding on to limiting beliefs, unproductive habits, persons, places or things that no longer serve us can be seductive. They are familiar and have become our default go to place emotionally and behaviorally. Usually, our default place is mostly unconscious. But, what if you consciously chose the path to be, do and have through inspiration, enthusiasm and joy? What would that path look like?
The path of fulfilled desires to be continued. We will dive deeper into the path of creating healthy balance from inspiration, enthusiasm, and joy in the next post. Meanwhile, cultivate and develop more deeply your spiritual practices. Having practices in place that give you the awareness of being connected to something bigger than yourself invites more ease, grace, and support as you navigate through fear-based thoughts and through emotionally overwhelming life experiences.
When some of the Tibetan monks were murdered, the Dalai Lama was asked “How can you respond compassionately about the murderers who committed this dastardly deed?” The Dalai Lama replied, “Thats why we have spiritual practices, to sustain us in times like this.”
Rev. karyn Bradley, offers this perspective on transition and change, “… Once we say “Yes” to a deeper experience in life, “Shift Happens!” That’s when Cosmic Consciousness seems to step in and take over, guiding our paths in ways previously unimaginable… It is a journey all authentic seekers must undertake!…”
What would you like to bring in your life? Let’s each think of that right now. And then, ask yourself, “Am I willing to become that? If not now, when?”
By setting our priority to first seek God’s Kingdom within as Jesus emphasized, we worry less and are more able to connect to the flow of inspiration, synchronicity and realization that the Universe is conspiring for our good. As St. Paul states, ” I would that you prosper and be in health even as YOUR SOUL PROSPERS.” In our contemporary language we would say, keep the main thing the main thing.
I invite you to share what practices support you in balancing the demands on your attention, time, energy and your spiritual journey.
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