Stock market forces might be causing a “correction,” but a larger “force” is at work. It seeks more than a correction. It seeks an evolution
People are losing their jobs across the board, as layoffs seep beyond the real estate and financial sectors and into the upper echelons of the high-tech workforce. Try borrowing money for a house, or even a car. Actually, don’t bother.
Fear, we all know, begets fear. So much of this economic “crisis” is based on perceptions, even illusions. And yet there are very real effects stemming from these illusions.
One of the most frustrating things about this “crisis” is that it is entirely out of our control. We feel helpless because, in many ways, we are helpless. Our insecurity mounts. We might even feel guilty if, say, our family investments sank on our watch.
So first, stand back a bit. If your stocks imploded, remind yourself that you made your investments out of reasoned goals. In short, you weren’t behaving recklessly. Remind yourself, too, that you are not alone: Millions of people are hurting, and many more are far worse off than you.
It is precisely times like these when we are called to embrace a spiritual state of mind. It is a shift in perception that removes us from helplessness.
Consider what’s really going on here. The world of form — that is, our daily experience of things like tables, chairs, cars, people, newspapers and bank accounts — is demonstrating to us the futility of trusting the world of form.
We are now experiencing how our perceptions shape the world around us: our collective fears and insecurities actually manifest a reality that is fearful and insecure.
People talk of greed as the cause, but what is greed except the over-valuation of accumulated things? We generate “wealth” simply by assigning a perceived value to certain things, be it shares in a company, barrels of oil, or ounces of gold.
The “value” of gold is especially telling. I like to say that if the streets of heaven were paved with gold, gold would have the same value as asphalt.
So one approach is to revalue what we value. Another Soul’s Code contributor pointed this out nicely when she suggested the lesson here is to place a higher value on relationships, and caring for each other.
What we need is a shift in consciousness. Until we realize that the only “thing” of value is the One Life — the consciousness that is the fundamental fabric of the universe, and is manifested in all the separated forms — we as unconscious “individuals” will continue to create cycles of abundance and scarcity, conflicts between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” and the “need-to-have-mores.”
It is not at all easy to make this shift of consciousness. Here are some suggestions:
- The present situation can be experienced as a property of the universe that seers over the centuries have called wisdom. Here, wisdom is giving us an opportunity to step back from our fears. This summons courage, a certain faith and trust.
- Allow another deep breath and feel the energy within you. Even your anxiety can be a hint of that aliveness.
- Jesus suggested we consider the lilies of the field. If possible, look out a window and see nature for what it is, without the intervention of thought. Let the myriad manifestations of life all around you saturate your awareness.
- Can you detect a wisdom that created, and sustains, all that? Keep breathing and feel the connection of the life expressed in your body and the life that is all around you. Wisdom created you. Can you trust that Wisdom to sustain you, as well? Reflect on all it has created through you and countless others who are experiencing this same teaching now.
- Most of all, find patience. The shift in consciousness most often comes slowly, too.
We hear about market forces bringing about a “correction.” There is a bigger “force” seeking not just “correction,” but evolution.
Evolution happens in small increments. But it does happen, and you play a role in the evolution of this life we inhabit together.
The pain of the present situation is like growing pains, caused by expanding beyond the limits of our mind’s ability to comprehend a larger picture.
Keep remembering to breathe. Give yourself the experience of that slight spaciousness which can allow courage, trust, and wisdom to flower within you.
When each of us learn to play joyfully with the manifestations of forms, without grasping any form too tightly as “mine”, then we can find happiness.
When we learn that gold has no more value than a flower, that both can be appreciated in their own right, then there will be true delight in things simply as creations “for the fun of it.”
There will be less grasping. There will be plenty to go around, because there already is plenty.
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