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So Much Work, So Little Worthwhile

Key Lesson: One of the reasons why the false self likes to create a mess is so that it not only has something to worry over, but then it can also feel good about itself later on for getting it cleaned up!

Keeping Our Attention in a Busy World

Question: How much is too much activity for one who wishes to take on and risk more yet wants to keep their attention and not be overwhelmed with an unnecessary amount of activity?

Answer: First, and perhaps most important, is a simple truth we must learn to see as such: we do with our life what we value above all else. There is no escaping this fact, nor should we try, as within it is the only way to find the freedom for which our heart of hearts longs.

Everyone, everything must work in this world; it is a rule of life, a principal connected to obligation and the reconciliation of all that is. That said, there is what we owe to the world, and then there is what we must "give" to ourselves, even in the midst of our busy-ness, if we ever hope to be free.

In many respects, the activities of people in this world -- in their pursuit of pleasure, possessions, sensation, and all forms of experience connected to always having "so much to do" -- is not unlike an individual trying to paint a picture on the surface of a running stream. Everything that we do in passing time will always prove itself to be pointless with regards to our wish to finding interior permanence. And, in a way, that's the only question: not just where and how we spend our life, but what do we care about most, moment to moment, in the throws of our affairs?

It is too easy to be pulled into the dark undercurrent that runs through the secret underbelly of this world; billions of people believe they have somehow escaped such spiritual captivity, when their activities are its very heartbeat. One way in which we can know our actual proximity to this unseen psychological prison is the degree to which we justify, or otherwise find ways to make peace with whatever unwanted position we have found ourselves within.

There are some things in this life for which there can be no substitute, regardless how temporarily promising or stimulating. On the other hand, it seems that the upper path can only be found and walked by those who realize not just the temporality of all their past choices but, more significantly, how temporary is the self that was satisfied by the same.

Lastly, you may be sure that the Divine is always aware of your needs before you are. This means that the true work for us as aspirants is to be as open as we can be to seeing how certain self-supplied needs leave us wanting. In this awareness are both a negation and the confirmation that our wish is being answered.

This article is an excerpt from www.GuyFinleyNow.org, Life of Learning Foundation's Online Wisdom Center directed by Guy Finley.

For a deeper understanding of this topic we recommend Seeker's Guide to Self-Freedom.

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