Daily Meditation: The Reward of Attainment is The Price We Pay For It

Daily meditations for the higher man.“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.

Practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, Vedic sciences, Gnostic spirituality, and martial arts, Craig Williams is also the author of Cave of The Numinous: Tantric Physics vol. I, and well as numerous articles on health, martial arts, and authentic initiation in the Kali Yuga. Craig lives in Austin, Texas where he operates a busy private medical practice specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda (www.AyurvedaAustin.com). He is a licensed Acupuncturist and a Professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, Vedic sciences, Gnostic spirituality, and martial arts, Craig Williams is also the author of Cave of The Numinous: Tantric Physics vol. I, and well as numerous articles on health, martial arts, and authentic initiation in the Kali Yuga.
Craig lives in Austin, Texas where he operates a busy private medical practice specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda (www.AyurvedaAustin.com). He is a licensed Acupuncturist and a Professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

One thought on “Daily Meditation: The Reward of Attainment is The Price We Pay For It

  1. Mr. Williams,
    Great article. As a Christian it reminded me of Psalm 37 vs 7

    1Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not envious of wrongdoers!
    2For they will soon fade like the grass
    and wither like the green herb.

    3Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.b
    4Delight yourself in the LORD,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    5Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
    6He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

    7Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

    8Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
    9For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.

    10In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
    11But the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in abundant peace.

    12The wicked plots against the righteous
    and gnashes his teeth at him,
    13but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his day is coming.

    14The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose way is upright;
    15their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.

    16Better is the little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
    17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
    but the LORD upholds the righteous.

    18The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever;
    19they are not put to shame in evil times;
    in the days of famine they have abundance.

    20But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

    21The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
    but the righteous is generous and gives;
    22for those blessed by the LORDc shall inherit the land,
    but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

    23The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;
    24though he fall, he shall not be cast l headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.

    25I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging for bread.
    26He is ever lending generously,
    and his children become a blessing.

    27Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever.
    28For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
    29The righteous shall inherit the land
    and dwell upon it forever.

    30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.
    31The law of his God is in his heart;
    his steps do not slip.

    32The wicked watches for the righteous
    and seeks to put him to death.
    33The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

    34Wait for the LORD and keep his way,
    and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
    you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

    35I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
    spreading himself like a green laurel tree.d
    36But he passed away,e and behold, he was no more;
    though I sought him, he could not be found.

    37Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
    for there is a future for the man of peace.
    38But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
    the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

    39The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
    40The LORD helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

    Again, very good article!

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