Twitter’s 140 character limit makes it a perfect venue for sending quotes. Quotes can be a great way to remember or pass on a gem of wisdom, but they can also get us to swallow a thought that doesn’t make sense. A few days ago we got this tweet from a well-known New Age teacher: How do I know that I don’t need what I want? I don’t have it.
This quote brings up several questions. How do we know the difference between what we need and what we want? Imagine that you have a place to live, but you would like to move your family to a nicer home in a better neighborhood. Is that a want or a need? Most of us would base our answer on what would be gained by moving; better schools, safer neighborhood, more libraries etc. But where do you draw the line between need and want? Is it a need if you want to upgrade from a 10 year old car that’s barely making it down the road and a want if you have a Porsche and desire a Lamborghini? But there’s a much bigger issue here.
Imagine that you live in an unsafe neighborhood; your children’s school is not providing the education they deserve, your car is falling apart and you have a low paying job where you’re treated like a machine and have no opportunity for growth. You want something better but no matter how hard you try, nothing changes. Does that mean that you and your family really don’t need the benefits of a better neighborhood, school, car or job? If you don’t need these things, what benefit are you getting from the bad neighborhood, school, car and job? This thought reeks of the ridiculous idea that suffering is good for us!
If we continue on that line of thought, we would have to conclude that there’s an intelligence that’s keeping us where we are so that we can learn through suffering. And then we reach the even stranger conclusion that we’re supposed to love and appreciate this intelligence for doling out the suffering. We don’t know about you, but that idea fits better into a sick model of co-dependence than the concept of a loving God.
From a quantum standpoint, none of this makes sense. We live in a universe of oneness where needs, wants, separation, scarcity, competition, duality and suffering have no place. If that’s true, why do these things exist in our world? Our world is a virtual reality projected from consciousness that permeates reality at the quantum level of the universe. The scenario we project is no more real than a movie projected on a screen, a movie that we can stop any time we want.
Why do we keep projecting so much misery? Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son demonstrates that Ultimate Reality gave us free will and a safe way to test it. We traded the equality of oneness for a chance at the specialness that only separation would allow. How’s it working? You can figure that out by looking at how much of your life is wasted chasing wants and needs and ending up with suffering.
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