In the past we’ve talked about enlightened self-interest and the virtue of selfishness. This doesn't mean you are out to get other people or take advantage of them. Quite the contrary…
It starts with making sure your own needs are met first. That gives you the opportunity to move into the next level of enlightenment, and move from self-consciousness to what I will call cosmic consciousness.
While they have used different names for it, the great teachers through the ages have spoken of this state.
Emerson: the Over-Soul
Sathya Sai Baba: the path of love
In self-consciousness, your focus is your personality, and protecting it against all else. In cosmic consciousness, your anxieties about self fade away, and you’re guided by divine order. The self-conscious man is the slave to his desire. The man who has attained cosmic consciousness masters his desires.
It’s not that personal pleasure is destroyed – quite the contrary. Instead of seeking pleasure as an end in itself, it is transmuted. You still receive personal gratification, however it is purified and experienced through right thought and actions. You can experience joy through contribution and service.
That doesn't mean you can’t enjoy the throaty growl of a sports car, the contentment of a delicious meal, or the excitement of a light caress across your naked body. Prosperity is about living, loving, and appreciating the temporal happiness, all while you continue the journey. It’s about not making pleasure the end in itself, for that is simply Hedonism, and won’t bring true abundance.
The path of enlightenment is one of passing through self-consciousness to cosmic consciousness. The slavery of self brings ego-driven actions, narcissism, and insecurity; the feelings of sin and shame. Divine or cosmic consciousness offers the purity, power, and freedom of truth.
This is how we break the bonds of lack and limitation. It is an evolutionary pathway that goes beyond self-actualization and becomes divine actualization. You become a co-creator with Infinite Intelligence.
What are your thoughts on all this? Please share them below, and in the next post we’ll attempt to take the mystery out of this process and find the natural underlying laws.