Many have gone crazy pursuing success. Success is like
the carrot at the end of the stick that keeps the donkey moving
forward. But we must ask ourselves what success really is, and
what it really means. To most, success means financial prosperity.
To others it means fame, influence and power. To others it means
complete freedom from having to answer to anyone for anything.
Success seems elusive, however, to almost everyone.
First let us ask ourselves where this wish for success comes
from. Who is it that wants this success so badly? The answer
to this is easy to find. It is the ego that wants to be recognized
for its talents and strengths, achieve financial gains, and have
influence over others and society. Almost everyone has had youthful
dreams of being someone famous, a rock star, a movie star, or
some other glamorous, successful, rich and powerful position
in society. Most come to their senses in their 20s and realize
that they must pursue a more practical goal. Others struggle
for a longer period of time before they must give up on the dream
of fame and riches. At this point they may feel quite disappointed
in life, that they have done everything in vain, and that society
simply does not recognize talent.
Perhaps this might be true, that society does not recognize
talent, for many have become famous for talents that are definitely
lacking, and many talented people remain undiscovered. Obviously,
talent is not the determining factor in who becomes famous, powerful
and rich. The determining factor is the plan that was adopted
at birth, whatever that perfect plan is for each individual.
If you are meant to become famous, it will find you. It will
just happen. It will not happen because you made it happen. It
is in your plan at birth. One might as well relax, for if it
is meant to be, it will happen without even trying. Just being
wide awake in life is enough.
The eternal self is not interested in material success,
financial gains, or whether society recognizes this particular
personality self or not. The eternal self is only interested
in the experience of life itself, spiritual growth, and awakening
within the dream of human life. It recognizes that everything
in the universe is a thought in the mind of God. To the eternal
self life is only a dream, much the way dreams of sleep are related
to the human personality. When one awakes from the dream, even
if it is a dream of great success and material gain, nothing
remains but the memory of the experience. It is the same for
the eternal self when it wakes up from a human life.
The drive behind this great desire for success is quite
humanly based. It is driven by fear of scarcity, fear of being
unlovable, narcissism, the need for approval, and self love based
only on accomplishments rather than the realization that one
is God self. There is no need to accomplish anything in a human
life before one can love the self. However, most humans are trying
as hard as they can to prove to themselves that they are lovable
by accomplishing things.
This does not mean that success, fame, and power are unrighteous
to experience for one who realizes the true identity of self.
However, the eternal self is not obsessed with success the way
the human is. More likely, success, fame and power happen quite
by accident, or by divine flow. This happens because the eternal
self has allowed these energies to flow into one's life, rather
than pursuing it relentlessly. An enlightened person actually
gives up ego desires and surrenders to whatever Divine has in
store. This means giving up all dreams of success, material gains,
power, influence, and recognition. Strangely enough, by giving
these things up it becomes more possible. When the human personality
drives are out of the way, and the eternal self can flow freely
inside form, magic is possible.
So What Do I Do?
Let go of all desires for recognition, success, financial
gains, and other illusionary pursuits. These are only dream objects.
Once attained, they will not make you happy, for you will still
want more, and you will still feel empty, as if something is
missing. Let yourself be satified, for a change, with being an
ordinary person in an ordinary life, and find out who you are
at a deeper level. This is the place to start. The thing that
is missing for those who are successful and rich, yet commit
suicide, is the realization of who one really is. This is what
everyone is trying to find. Let go of earthly gains and surrender
to whatever God wants to do with you, even if that means lack
of material success.
Don't push the river. Follow the flow of your life. The
river will take you where you are supposed to go if you are awake
and paying attention to the path of your life. Let your life
unfold rather than unfolding it. Let yourself be carried rather
than carrying. Let your life do you, rather than you doing life.
If you could just relax, everything will come to you that is
perfect for you in this lifetime.
If the ego still needs a pacifier, realize that you had
plenty of lifetimes where success, riches, and fame were already
experienced. If it is all one being having many lifetimes, every
lifetime that is ever lived is yours, even the lives of people
you wish you were or could be. They are all you!
Christine Breese is the founder
of The University Of Metaphysical Sciences, Starlight Journal
and Universal Church Of Metaphysics. 707-822-2111