Lately, I have received a couple of messages. One that has been most prominently all up in my grill is that abundance is everywhere, no matter what someone else may suggest.
We all have a choice on how we see the world around us. We can choose to see the universe as an abundant space, providing us with all we need in any given moment. Or conversely, we can choose to see this dog-eat-dog world as a place where one gets ahead by hoarding, scrapping, fighting for all that he or she can accumulate.
This is the usual framework when considering the argument of scarcity vs. abundance. How one sees the world (as full of abundance, or full of scarcity) is an important discussion, but here, I'd like to take two minutes and suggest that there's another way to get at a deeper level of personal insight. Change the framework and see that there is a connection between impermanence and abundance, which is often and easily overlooked.
What is the role of impermanence in shaping our perceptions of the world around us? There are a couple of things at play here. First, the very word, impermanence, prompts us to do one of two things: consider life in the Now or move straight to clinging. We're prompted to realize that all that once was, or is, will not always be. So we choose appreciation and love, or we choose clinging, grasping, and fear.
Secondly, our perspectives regarding the abundance all around us, are shaped to a large degree by a belief that we can either manifest what we want in life, or not. It almost seems to make sense that someone who believes he has no ability to co-create or even re-create experiences that serve him, would fear the end of those experiences. What's actually true, however, is that we all have the power to manifest, realizing it or not.
When we embrace impermanence, there's an energy that is created. That energy is like a spotlight, pointing our attention to what is happening on stage right NOW. What's playing out on the stage, of course, is life.
These days, it seems that we love the drama, the epic drama. In this context, we seem to have difficulty coming to grips with the inevitable dissolution of things. Just look at the words we use when we refer to something coming to a so-called end. "It's all gone"; "There is no more..."; "I'm sorry for your loss". Whether talking about raspberry jam or a job that you love, when we catastrophize and take on the energy of scarcity (which is the energy of fear), we stand on the side of non-acceptance and create drama and suffering.
But when do we make that effort to say to ourselves "I know and appreciate from my own experience how much I love raspberry jam"; or "I know and appreciate what I've gained or learned from working there"? When do we do this and allow the story to simply end there?
To do this, we must acknowledge that impermanence and change are inescapable truths of life. To do this requires that we see the experiences of this moment as part of a continual unfolding, and it requires us to make an intentional choice to accept change, knowing that underneath it all, we have an ability to re-create other experiences or situations that may serve us.
To do this means that you, the star of your own production, can stand confident in your ability to co-create a love story. Or do you prefer the drama?