Rowan Blair Colver
On the surface, our wants and needs are represented by physical things, with purpose. We seek them for the purpose they give. Behind this physical symbol, the material stuff that gives our desires something to manifest into, is a spiritual desire that we want or need from within. This could be security, the feeling of being safe or, it could be love, the feeling of being cherished and cared about by another person or, the feeling of caring for someone other than ourselves.We attempt to find many routes to our spiritual desires, and for me I find that they can be sectioned almost perfectly into these two catagories. Security and Love are the two basic spiritual needs that we as humans attempt to fulfill.
This is a material world of life, and the things that surround us and that we associate with these feelings are made of material and are further represented mentally to mean things to others on universal levels of understanding. For example, money is understood by all and its values and rules of use are maintained. We use money to find security, as we can use it to provide material things for ourselves. All of our basic needs for survival can be met with the use of money in the society that we live in. It is perfectly reasonable to require it to gain a feeling of security. There are other ways of maintaining our life that do not require money but in its existence and in the limiations to life without it, it generally makes sense to use it. Once we have money we can then use it to buy the things we need to survive, if we any left we can choose to buy things that make our lives more comfortable, also. The levels of security that money can buy go into higher levels still, when we find that we can insure our possessions and even ourselves in exchange for money, which guarantees it back if antything should happen.
We are not asexual and independent beings, we as people do much better for ourselves when we have people around us. It makes good sense to be at peace with those people as the way they interact with us in the moment gives us our choice of possible paths. The people we meet and interact with are the key-holders to our future as we are the key-holders to theirs. Each individual has a life that, if it touches yours, will influence you in some way, large or small, and completely alter everything you do and think from that point onwards. We are moved in our lives everyday at subtle levels by what we see, hear and feel. The more positive the experience is, the more positive our outcomes will generally be. For anyone who has lived with feelings of guilt, they can especially understand how deep this wisdom can reach.
Finding ways to satisfy our requirements for security and comfort from love and acceptance can be done with material routes. It is possible to work hard, gain rewards and attract people with all the benefits of being who you are. Afterall, once you satisfy your own needs and are able to be yourself with more freedom, the right people will find their way to you. On the other hand, it may not be right for an indiviudal to take this route. Some people are not mentally or physically able to enter employment and be suitable for any role in particular. There are those of us who find the methodology of the daily work-pay environment difficult to maintain.
Then, there are some of us who are able to maintain a secure life and find their way in a work environment but still feel unfulfilled with themselves, they still feel these spiritual needs are left unmet. For these people the way to finding the satisfaction of security and acceptance is to look within. Discovering at which points your integrity fails and your emotions begin to control thinking rather than the other way around, is where we can find the answers to these wants. By studying ourselves, we can find our faults, like in a slab of bedrock deep underground. Our moral truth is for us alone and it isn't our place to dictate it to others, but our places of weakness, where we no longer have a clear path to mental peace, can be fortified with knowledge of self and a deep understanding of the causes and affects of these factors.
For those of us who struggle to find our place and role in our community and wider society, finding the satisfaction of these spiritual desires can be hard and full of moments of utter darkenss. Then for those of us who have all of our basic needs met but still continue to feel starved of any form of inner satisfaction, the struggle has to be turned to within. When we struggle with the truth about who we are, we are faced with a deep level of personal suffering if we attempt to avoid it. Any change to ourselves must be taken slowly and with complete understanding and acceptance of the self we are today, in this moment. The thoughts which associate self with the material version of these desires, be it money, jewels, pretty things, clothes or something more organic such as food, sex or a haircut, can be changed. The way we feel is something which changes, once we discover which thoughts we are able to change in this moment and open new paths for finding those spiritual answers. Where is my security, who is secure because of me, where is love and who do I love? Are questions we ask ourselves everyday and if we cannot find the material answers we think we need, we can adjust our expectations on this material world accordingly to allow new symbols for these desires, these core inner wants, to be fulfilled naturally.
Rowan Blair Colver