The only thing that really matters
It’s all futility. I can’t do it.
I was going to write to you about goals this week. I had a great idea. It was all planned out. It would have been fun to write.
But I just can’t do it; it’s all futility.
Everywhere I turn I see people searching. I feel the yearning, I taste the hunger.
You’re reading this now, as you do every week, because you’re searching for answers.
The search is for contentment that cannot be disrupted, joy that does not fade, peace that persists in spite of all of life’s impermanence and pain. The search is for wholeness and completeness, for belonging, for comfort, for home.
We wander the earth, searching in all the wrong places.
We search for it in external safety and “security.” We search for it in prestigious degrees with their promise of the “good life.” We search for it in political and economic freedom. We search for it in sensory pleasure. We search for it in drugs and alcohol, sex and pornography. We search for it in personal development seminars. We search for it on Facebook and smartphones.
Most of all, we search for it in money.
More money, we think, will solve all our problems. If only we could make more money, we wouldn’t be so stressed all the time. If only we could make more money, life would be better. If only we could make more money…
And we tie up our self-worth with our net worth and the chains draw tighter and tighter around us as we compare ourselves to others and feel worthless because of our perceptions about worthless pieces of paper.
And it’s all futility.
Without awakening, nothing else matters.
Yes, I can teach you how to make more money. I can teach you how to start a business and market and sell. I can teach you everything you need to know about online marketing.
Yes, I can teach you how to more effectively set and achieve goals. I can teach you about your subconscious mind. I can teach you how to conquer fear.
There are many things I could teach, but without awakening, none of it matters; all is futility.
We have all fallen asleep.
We were born wide awake — present and alive, enraptured with the overwhelming sound and flavor, shape and color, texture and dimension of each and every spine-tingling moment of this miraculous life. Our self-worth was never in question, our basic goodness was a given.
And then we fell asleep. Entranced, we walk around in a dream world of ego fantasies and mentally-fabricated stories—most of them revolving around our inadequacies and deficiencies, our brokenness and incompleteness.
And in this dream world we search and we search and we search and we search for something than can never be found in that world.
When we awaken, we discover that what we have been searching for has been sitting right in front of us, plain as day, all along.
Contentment is here, now. Joy is here, now. Peace is always here, now. Love, our true essence, has never been lacking but has been flowing in effortless abundance from the moment we were born. Home is right here, right now.
Faith is surrendering all of our ego-driven desires — any belief or hunger that anything external can bring us any lasting satisfaction — and resting in the truth, perfection, and beauty of each moment, just as it is.
When we come home to who we really are, to the truth of things as they are, we laugh at the very idea that more money is what we need to be happier. We see that we have now, always have had, and always will have exactly as much money as we need in any given moment. We stop stressing and start wholeheartedly trusting what Christ said in Matthew 6:25-34.
We stop striving to achieve goals as if their accomplishment will fill the hole in our souls; we no longer feel empty. Rather, we live from the essence of who we are, just as a flower does not strive to be a flower but simply is a flower.
Every guru, sage, and enlightened being who has ever walked the earth has spoken of this awakening.
Christ called it being “born again” and asked, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
The Buddha spoke of “The one in whom no longer exist the craving and thirst that perpetuate becoming; how could you track that Awakened one, trackless, and of limitless range.”
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Let us not speak of accomplishing goals, or cultivating willpower, or making more money, or achieving success.
Let us speak of awakening. Let us speak of seeing and being with reality as it is in this moment. Let us speak of remembering who you are.
Let us speak of your wholeness, goodness, and beauty. Let us revel in the truth that you are complete right now, with nothing to change, nothing to fix, nothing to improve.
For while goals may have their place, without awakening, nothing else matters.
If this resonates with you, I urge you to download and read this free ebook by spiritual teacher Adyashanti: The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Awakening. Read it now; nothing in your life is more important.