Ever really stop to think what being a consumer means? Look at the word itself, as we know already, words have power. Consumer is based on the root to consume. To consume is to spend - expend - waste - eat up. Wow! So we could stop using the word consumer and switch it out for wasters? We are people who waste, spend, deplete, expend. . . the more we “want” the more we spend, and the more we waste? Is that what the media is marketing to? Advertisers use commercials to brainwash and in fact are like drug pushers selling us our next fix when in reality the fix doesn’t “fix” anything; it keeps us broken!
More, more, and more…. When is it ever enough? The Buddha said that this is the root cause of suffering. Mankind’s insatiable appetite causes man to suffer. No matter if you want material stuff (clothing, cars, jewelry, Xbox, or IPhones) or emotional stuff (love, affection, security), the more you “want,” the more you feel the absence of it and this dissonance causes angst and suffering. In Buddhism under the second of the Four Noble Truths, it is said,
“By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied. As a result, desiring them can only bring suffering. Ignorance, in comparison, relates to not seeing the world as it actually is. Without the capacity for mental concentration and insight, Buddhism explains, one's mind is left undeveloped, unable to grasp the true nature of things. Vices, such as greed, envy, hatred and anger, derive from this ignorance.” http://www.pbs.org/edens/thailand/buddhism.htm
What does that mean for us New Thought metaphysicians? Simply this – stop consuming!
We stop consuming by ceasing our desires which is done by realizing that all our needs are met. As we align with the Source, we understand that there is really nothing to want. In the book, “Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay” in chapter five which is entitled “The Journey to No-Needs,” author Rev. Jim Rosemergy says,
“When we are still and experience the Presence, we enter a state of consciousness where there are no needs. There is nothing we require. How could we? We have God, and God has us. The two are one. Asking ceases, for contentment and fulfillment inhabit the soul.” He later also says, “‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.’ When we are consciously one with God, we cannot want. We have everything. There is nothing for which to ask.”
This is when suffering ceases.
Desire, wanting, and/or needing implies a sense of lack, and yet the very natural world around us, the grass, the air, water, and sand on beach… all demonstrate examples of abundance. Only when mankind in his greed causes such atrocities as extinction and pollution, do these things begin to demonstrate symptoms of scarcity; and yet once again be reminded that outer appearances show one thing, back of the outer is the Inner Truth and that truth is that God is our One and Only Source and in that All is Well.
Do you live in alignment with that? Do you often speak or think in terms of what you do not have, what you wish you had, what you want to have, what “things” would make your life better or happier? Where in your life are you suffering as a result of wanting? Where could you apply the healing balm of letting go of desire?
Take a moment and simply be with this meditative thought:
All that I believed I needed, wanted, or desired is already available right here right now. God the infinite source of all that is, of all that I am has provided immeasurably for me and I accept and allow this into my awareness and as I align with that, I see it in my life as well. All is well. The lilies of the field neither toil nor spin nor do they suffer from worry or wanting, and right here right now, neither do I! All is well!
Any time you find yourself craving, wanting, desiring, and/or suffering, remind yourself that all is well and breathe into it and allow what is “on the surface” to be what is and see how it changes to what Truly Is!