Safety and security are important. However, one soon learns that obsessively pursuing external material needs at the expense of self-growth leaves behind an internal vacuum of mixed emotions and mental confusion.
ConsciouslyÂ approaching and understanding these internal signals is what will propel you into a domain ofÂ personal empowerment, progress, and exciting growth that most are unable to even perceive.
HAVING WEAK GOALS IS DANGEROUS!
Simply put, if you have weak, fuzzy, or unclear goals â€“ itâ€™s going to be very hard for you to feel inspired and motivated to take action.
As a result, most people will by default slip into â€śsurvival modeâ€ť, whereby theyâ€™ll simply resort to making the acquisition of material resources a priority.
Instead of facing the true challenges that are calling out from within them, they anesthetize themselves with external distractions.
Then, they reach a point where despite the amount of money or possessions theyâ€™ve accumulated, they still donâ€™t feel fulfilled. In fact, they might even find that the more they amass on theÂ outside, the worse they feel on theÂ inside.
This is a life lesson that many people are all too familiar with, and it can be remedied entirely with a simple â€śshiftâ€ť in theÂ focus of your conscious awareness.
GETTING â€śSTUCK IN SURVIVAL MODEâ€ť
I know I literally just said this, but it needs to be restated:
Instead of facing theÂ true challengesÂ that are calling out fromÂ within them,Â most peopleÂ anesthetize themselves with external distractions. Then, they reach a point whereÂ despiteÂ the amount of money or possessions they have,Â they donâ€™t feel fulfilled.
This is becauseÂ you can never find genuine fulfillment in external resources, due to the fact thatÂ they are unstable by their very nature.
External resources are temporary, becauseÂ they require internal resources to generate and sustain them in the first place.
Fulfillment is a constant.
External resources and circumstances are not.
True securityÂ arises from a genuineÂ sense of fulfillment, which is always independent of external circumstances.
True securityÂ begins and endsÂ within you, via your ability toÂ consciously exercise your internal resources.
Therefore, if you prioritize cultivating yourÂ internal resources,Â you therebyÂ create the conditions necessary to allow external resources to flow more efficiently toward you.
If you prioritize acquiring money and other material assetsÂ ahead of cultivating and strengthening your internal resourcesÂ (knowledge, skill set, experience, etc.), youâ€™ll be met with increasingly frustrating and demotivating experiences, because youâ€™reÂ actively approaching life from aÂ level of scarcity.
Scarcity consciousnessÂ views everything as a potential threat to security. Bills are seen as threats. Unexpected expenses are feared, because they could require more than you currently have. Money is tight, only buy what you need.
If you understood that how you relate to life is how itâ€™s going to â€śrelate back to youâ€ť, youâ€™d stop behaving this way immediately.
Unfortunately, the temporary material rewards for following this path are often enough to keep people blinded from whatâ€™s actually going on.
INTERNAL V.S. EXTERNAL RESOURCES
Letâ€™s take a quick moment to discern some of the differences between internal and external resources.
See how well these align with your perceptions of your current reality and circumstances, and try and envision them in ways that might allow you to expand said perception, and invite the process of growth:
External Resources:Â money (assets, land, home, etc.), people, places, food, technology (including transportation).
Internal Resources:Â conscious awareness, creativity, knowledge, passion, individuality, attitude/mindset/perception, intelligence, confidence, discipline.
Notice how all of the external resources are things thatÂ depend entirely upon the responsible organization of yourÂ internal resources.
Even if youÂ unconsciouslyÂ ignore this fact, your negative emotional response to beingunconsciousÂ is in itself a â€śwake upâ€ť alarm, alerting you that your perceptions require a bit of fine-tuning.
YourÂ thinking, feeling,Â andÂ doingÂ are unaligned with your higher purpose, so you naturally manifest all sorts of knotted confusion and incongruent experiences as a result.
Your being behaves more like a clogged pipe than an open highway for optimal â€śflowâ€ť of more liberating thoughts.
If youâ€™ve bought into the programmed assumption that acquiring as much money as possible is your highest calling in life, youâ€™re in a deeper hole than you probably assume.
The more important of a priority that you makeÂ money, the more equal and opposite of a â€śturn aroundâ€ť tugging youâ€™re going to feel as you tread deeper and deeper down that path.
Youâ€™re trying to build a house starting from the outside, and using only the shingles; you have no actual foundation.
Youâ€™re operating under an unstable system thatâ€™s designed to collapse.
And it will, time and time again.
WHY THIS IS INCREDIBLY EMPOWERING
Instead of falling for the either/or trap like most people will, letâ€™s instead take a closer look at whatâ€™s actually going on here.
People behaveÂ unconsciously, and let seemingly intelligent logic guide themÂ toward a perceived â€śpath of least resistanceâ€ť between themselves and letâ€™s say, a desired amount of money.
So, they place full priority of focus on acquiring external resources, believing this is all thatâ€™s needed in order to feel truly fulfilled.
As weâ€™ve explored above, however, the exact opposite is true. It often creates more of a mess and only adds to the frustration. This is the metaphysical equivalent of being caught in a Chinese finger trap.
However, the solution to all of this is to instead begin placingÂ full conscious focus on increasing and improving your inner resources.
These are the things which are actually responsible for determining the level of use youâ€™re able to make out of external opportunity, and thereby generate external resources for yourself. Everything begins and endsÂ within you.
When you ignore this and follow societyâ€™s back-asswards dogma of â€śget moneyÂ first, live happily everÂ afterâ€ť, youâ€™re perpetuating theÂ survival mindset.
This is not living; this is merely perpetuating your own existence.
Whatâ€™s even moreÂ empoweringÂ is the fact that even if all of your external resources fall away in some major catastrophic event â€“Â your internal resources remain unaffected!
Youâ€™re then able to simply keep using your internal resources as youâ€™ve always used them, and those external resources will naturally replenish themselves as a result.
This is the highest form of personal circumstantial immunity possible, becauseÂ your internal resources are what generate your external resourcesâ€¦andÂ you are in complete control of your internal resources!
ByÂ focusing on improving your internal resource of knowledge, you increase yourÂ awareness of the opportunity present in your environment.
This new awareness can help you earn more money in the long run.
You wouldnâ€™t have reached this conclusion if you were too busy just chasing money in circles, nose to the ground.
If youÂ consciously focus on increasing your internal resource of creativity, you might come up with faster, easier, more efficient ways of earning money for yourself.
These creative solutions might free you entirely from the frustrations you face from having a day job. That might be the entire source of your frustration all together, and the entire â€śknotâ€ť of problems is then solved.
None of that could have happened if you instead prioritized external resources ahead of internal onesâ€¦
â€¦And yet, thatâ€™s exactly what most people do.
Donâ€™t be most people.
About The Author:
Jason Demakis is a psychology, philosophy, and metaphysical/quantum mechanics writer obsessed with all things personal growth. He inspires and empowers others on a daily basis through a variety of media, both online and off. Jason’s focus is on consciously bringing the totality of our being – mind, body, and spirit – into congruency, so we may experience our full potential, manifest our highest goals and desires, and achieve the highest levels of self-fulfillment possible. He is an ISSA Certified personal fitness instructor, owns and operates No-BS Health & Fitness where he teaches classes four nights a week, is a contributing author on ExpandedConsciousness.com, and also runs his own website JasonDemakis.com.
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