03/02/18 - Abundance and Stillness

Saturday, 3 February 2018

There are various forms of abundance but when most people hear the word, they automatically think of material wealth, prosperity or physical things they can touch or see. Status. Success. Accomplishments. 'Stuff'. As many who have achieved all of those will tell you, living in pursuit of this type of prosperity is ultimately disappointing, because when you arrive at each level of success - when you achieve each thing you were sure would bring the elusive sense of satisfaction - you discover the feeling you were seeking is only transitory and it is necessary to strive for the Next Thing... and the Next. The cycle continues on, until one day you find yourself (usually at a crisis point) wondering what happened to your life. 

That is not to say you shouldn't work or study hard, or enjoy the fruits of your labour, but it's the importance that is placed on these things which is the key, because there is another form of abundance of greater value, yet much less frequently appreciated in a society where consumerism is king. This includes what you might call 'being in the flow' and appreciating the natural expansion and contraction of life, instead of struggling against it and constantly feeling the need to strive for something else
Deck: Connected and Free, The Alchemist's Oracle by Inner Hue
Today's card is a reminder of this second form of 'wealth', which is free of physical form (i.e. it is intangible or spiritual in nature) and is represented in the image by sacred geometry. The seed of life - universal symbol of creation - and the hexagon which is omnipresent, and often unexplainable, in nature. It is a reminder that you already have access to this kind of abundance because you are part of it. 

Eckhart Tolle makes the following distinction, in his book Stillness Speaks, first talking about what I've called 'physical abundance':
Many things in your life matter, but only one thing matters absolutely. It matters whether you succeed or fail in the eyes of the world. It matters whether you are healthy or not healthy, whether you are educated or not educated. It matters whether you are rich or poor - it certainly makes a difference in your life. Yes, all these things matter, relatively speaking, but they don't matter absolutely. 
He then goes on to explain the importance of the other form:
There is something that matters more than any of those things and that is finding the essence of who you are beyond that short-lived entity, that short-lived personalised sense of self. You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realising who you are at the deepest level. 
How can you do this? If you have ever completely lost yourself in contemplation of a beautiful flower, a tree, a sunset or in the eyes of a newborn baby, then you have experienced it already, even if it was just for a moment and just by chance. Time will have ceased to exist, and you'll have felt a sense of perfect clarity and connectedness. Tolle calls this 'stillness'.
Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in ‘just being’. Allow nature to teach you stillness. When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. - From The Power of Now.

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