Reading Emerson’s essay on self reliance has opened my consciousness to different ways of thinking over the last couple of weeks. I do find it hard to read Emerson’s work as the language is a challenge to understand sometimes but the messages he conveys are worth the effort.
This passage is a good example.
- ‘It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the worlds opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.’
What a great message to remember when we are making decisions about our lives. It is all too easy to follow someone else’s opinions and try to please others with your actions. It is just as easy to think you know the best for others around you and give your opinions to them. We often have opinions about others with little regard for what they may have as a vision for their future. It is true that 95% of those around us don’t have a clear vision with a plan to achieve it but that does not give us the right to impose our thoughts. Wouldn’t it be better to inspire them to form their own independent plan? Or even just know that they have the ability to form their own plan if they wished to?
That would seem to be the difference which I would like to help propagate far and wide. To inform people that they can do well for themselves without influencing them to do it my way. To inspire others to take a positive course towards their own dharma would be the most rewarding way to spend a life on this wonderful planet.
It is true that we all know what our dharma is but for some of us it is buried very deep. I personally didn’t realise that I had one until I understood that we all have that little voice deep inside us that knows so much about what we are and where we are heading. Hearing that voice and giving it the credit that it was due was my first step and although only a small step to some it was massive for me. I had given too much credit to other voices which seemed to know what I should do and how I should do it, they almost always had my best interest at heart but how could they possible now what my dharma was if I didn’t even know myself?
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Desire is possibility seeking expression. I believe it is possible to become rich and this feeds my desire. I find it less intimidating now and I am growing into a person who would feed this desire and allow it to express itself in work and effort.
Some find discomfort in talking about becoming rich and I felt the same until I understood more about becoming rich. I believe that if you don’t feel at ease with something then you will never achieve it as you will be living and thinking in conflict. I believe that it is impossible to reach my highest self without becoming rich. For this reason it would be sinful to not achieve all that I can.
To satisfy my Mind, Body and Soul and achieve my full potential I believe I need riches.
Mind – To satisfy my mind I will need books and time to study them. I will need to travel and feed my mind with different cultures and surroundings. I will also need intellectual recreation which I can satisfy with art, fine foods and objects.
Body – To satisfy my body I need to live fully with freedom from excessive toil. I need to be comfortable with plenty of rest and recreation.
Soul – To satisfy my soul I need love. My soul needs to feel love but also give it and express it. To love is almost a magical force which allows us to fully express ourselves. To be able to give I must first have enough to satisfy myself and to simply accumulate just enough would be wasteful as I would not be able to give.
The above would not be possible without becoming rich.
Some may say that you can live in poverty and still be happy, I would agree and have seen it myself in travels both near and far away. It was a remarkable sight in Marrakech when it became obvious that those with the least had pleasant expressions and a life to live. I was not born there, I am here in the UK surrounded by opportunity. The economy is moving towards direct selling and an age of information. I am at the heart of it so to form a desire to just get by would be wasteful and serve no-one but myself.
So there it is, I’m out of the closet and happy to talk about becoming rich. I will not gain riches by taking away from others, I will instead be creative and find riches through building and creating new ways of building value. If I can do this in a way that adds to the whole without taking anything away from others then I be a positive force driving forwards. With this in mind I can be proud of what I achieve and use this as a positive force for those around me.