“The value of a thing sometimes lies not in what one attains with it, but in what one pays for it—what it costs us” — Friedrich Nietzsche.
The idea of obtainment lies behind almost every act and thought in the modern world. What will this goal do for me? What will this person do for me? On and on ad infinitum.
It’s vital to remember that in actuality, the goals we set are used as pathways to clear away the residue and dross of the daily grind. Transformation is not about obtaining something as much as it is about clearing away the roadblocks which prevent us from seeing into the Soul.
This idea is the foundation of Yoga whereby one seeks to de-condition the mind and clear away social conditionings. It’s not how much we can memorize or discuss which transforms us; these are mere stepping stones which guide the way until we learn to let them go. It’s more what we leave behind which defines us and transforms us. This idea is fundamentally dangerous to a modern capitalistic society which seeks to stimulate a constant insatiable thirst for obtainment and acquisition! Therefore do not expect this to be a “popular” idea.
The more we learn to refine and simplify our lives, the closer we move to the ambient susurrations of the Soul voice. This is often revealed in times spent in nature, when we leave behind the trappings and comforts of the modern world and orient our days around the rising and the setting of the Sun and Moon, the Cosmic Devatas which are quietly embodied in the circadian rhythms of the human body.
Our body and mind is cleared of the fog of modern artificial stimulation and finds nourishment in the natural sights and sounds of nature; sleep cycles harmonize and even our immune system is regenerated by regular journeys into the womb of Nature. This is not so much because of what we are receiving from Nature but rather more due to what we are leaving behind: artificial light, artificial sounds, artificial schedules. This is a powerful metaphor of how we can grow and transform by leaving behind what we don’t truly need.
Training can also benefit from this mindset. As a medical practitioner and Health Coach, I’m constantly encountering patients who are always seeking a “magic pill” or “magic regimen” which will solve all of their frustrations. In almost all cases, the clinical protocol is TAKING AWAY pills, powders or programs and discovering key foundational issues which are being forgotten or ignored due to the background noise of the overstimulation of obtainment!
It always important to find a professional who can help you refine and simplify in order to organize your life in a manner conducive to the manifestation of the inner voice of the Soul.
Many individuals live in a constant state of inner stimulation due to the constant chatter of the mind. Our thoughts and intentions create a unique “background noise”, an inner environment which can either calm or excite. We must learn to leave behind the chatter of fears and emotional stimulation in order to cultivate the ability to hear the still voice of the Soul. Therefore, it’s not always about finding a new idea or a new book, sometimes it’s about leaving behind the endless mental stimulation and spending time in silence.
From silence and emptiness is born the fire of creativity and inspiration which destroys as much as it creates. But what is destroyed is the unneeded, the mental and emotional baggage, the fears and hopes which cloud and cover the sky of mind.
Take the time to ask yourself what you have to pay for a goal. It could be time, money, energy, sweat or blood. But this “cost” is the heat which burns away our limitations and allows us to move beyond the status quo of the modern world.
Ask not what you will receive, but discover what you need to GIVE in order to grow and transform. This is perhaps the most powerful secret available to all yet obtained by the few.