I recently listened to a spiritual lesson by Michael Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s the handsome black man with long braids who was in the movie ‘The Secret’.
While I’m not generally a lover of sermons, I found this one to have some profound messages. What Beckwith offered is the (not new) idea that we are to be and offer that which we need. He asked folks in the audience to turn to another person and say what it is that they themselves really want or need to hear.
To move one step further, Beckwith noted that the question we need to ask is not ‘how do I get more of what is it I want or need (love, money, affection, time, success, etc)’. The question is, ‘what is the nature of … (love, money, affection, time, success, etc)’, and then to become the essence of that nature and offer it to the world.
When we do this we recognize and act from the truth that all that we need and desire is within us and seeking outside ourselves for fulfillment and happiness is futile.
I stopped to ask myself what is it I’d like to hear from others and surprisingly it was the statement, ‘you are enough’. That struck me since I do not have any particular issues of self worth (a battle won as a result of maturity and relentless personal growth); however, I do often feel driven to create my work from the motivation of avoiding feeling terrible for not doing it. And that kinda sucks!
If what I want to hear is ‘you are enough’, then the question it seems to me is, ‘what is the nature of being enough?’ And, that got me stuck for a few days and grated, not unpleasantly, in my consciousness until the pearl of personal wisdom became formed.
To me, the nature of being enough is a feeling of fullness and richness, it is being complete in the present moment and satisfaction with the now, it is creating from joyfulness (not need or pressure), and an experience that all is well now and anything that comes next is gravy.
With that perspective shift I find myself looking at work and creation in a whole new light. And, I love perspective shifts that make life richer, easier and more meaningful.
So, what is it that you want or need to hear?
And then, what is the nature of that need or want?
How can you offer what it is that you need? If its love, how can you offer more love in the world? If it’s peace, how can you be that?
Leave a comment – as always I’d love to know what you’re thoughts are.