Fear of not enough
Will I have enough? Enough of what? Money? Power? Love? Will I be enough? Good enough? These are the questions locked away, unspoken, and oftentimes never answered. The terror of lack is the catalyst which causes one to hoard, to grasp, and to cling. In the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, this condition is referred to as “greed”, and it is one of the Eight Great Fears. In deep study, I meditate on the Fears as I call out to the Saviouress, in her words om tare tuttare ture soha. She answers.
“See now the wordplay:”
- Miser/misery. Does miserliness lead one into misery? Or, perhaps misery causes one to hold tightly to all possessions, both material and other. Now is the time to let go. The answer to misery is to release that which one clings to. Free from the chains of lack, one drifts amongst clouds of possibilities that pass across the blue sky. This action truly is a leap of faith. And be warned of another word in the group…miser, misery…demise. Let go, and live.
- Give/forgive. Gifts come to us in continuous flow. They are magnetized to us, drawn by the powerful sun within us. They radiate forth with that same energy. Once in our brief possession, blessings warm us, comfort us, and fill us. As prosperity, in many forms, passes through us, vessels of alchemy all, it gushes into our world. He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38 KJVA. Perhaps forgiveness is yet another word to describe a blessing that comes from within the yellow crystal core. For us to believe that we can not forgive, is for us to be trapped in a place of disempowerment. Give, and receive.
“See now the reconciling:”
- Generosity is the remedy for greed. The Buddhist cosmology describes generosity as giving of oneself. Yet many fail to recognize the worth that lies within. They think they have nothing to give. This truly represents a life of poverty–not material lack but spiritual insufficiency. One can not give what one does not possess. Is this truth? Or is it a turning away from the promises of God? Or is this mindset a failure to see, or even a rejection of, prosperity that rains down upon us all?
- Compassion is the remedy for a broken spirit. Perhaps the words of Jesus, as spoken from a mountainside, describe both the condition and the relief. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 KJVA
When He said “blessed”, Jesus was saying loved, important, and valuable. He reminds us that the kingdom of heaven is for all souls. Some know this, and others do not. We reach out with compassion to those who do not. Compassion stirs in our hearts and the emotions signal to us that it is present. The compassion I speak of is not a feeling that we experience, rather it is a gift that we extend.
Now come together the way of Buddha in the presentation of the Eight Great Fears, and the Christ energy bringing forth eight blessings, as recorded in The Beatitudes. The blending of the two systems make whole the mystery. Let us see miserliness as what it truly is, and let us heal it through forgiveness and compassion–for others and for ourselves. For compassion and forgiveness are among humanity’s greatest gifts. Compassion without fear is truth.
With great love,
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