Through the Eyes of the Soul: When You’ve Finally Got Everything
“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” - Matthew 19:24
I had a dream several years ago where I was working at the kitchen sink. I then proceeded to look up “sink” as a dream symbol from the hyperdictionary.com Dream Dictionary. The meaning given is ‘… Consider also the common phrase "everything but the kitchen sink" which refers to a situation where you have almost everything that you can possible want or need.’
Since I considered dreams, like songs, as a form of communication from God or from my soul, teaching a lesson about a current life experience or giving a promise for the future, I pondered on the meaning. I could not exactly connect it with my life situation at that time, as I thought there was definitely a lot to be desired. I just stayed with the open-ended question of what it does really mean, but ventured a guess:
Maybe I did have almost everything I really needed. It was just that I haven’t discovered contentment.
For those of you who have read previous Quirinus hubs, you may have noticed that a lot had been written about :
2. Letting go
3. Experiencing life from the soul’s perspective
· Enlightenment as a One-Step Procedure – regarding the ego-based ‘it’ identification with possessions and achievements
· Reviving the Sacred: A Poem – discovering the sacred in the ordinary things of daily life
As with most authors, written works reflect the evolution of the author’s life perspective.
The difference in my life situation between several years ago when I had the dream and the time after I have written these articles is not really in terms of the acquisition of material possessions, as the ego-based self would define “having almost everything”. From the external perspective, nothing unusual happened in terms of an improved life situation. The only difference is the development of a rich inner life leading to the discovery of joy, faith, peace and love that prospered, notwithstanding external events.
Joy and Fulfillment from a Rich Inner Life
In retrospect over the years, it was simply a matter of developing a different perspective towards life, that lead to my discovery of a rich inner life, a journey which was mostly shared through the Quirinus hubs published on this site. It was all about what Stephen Covey calls doing a “paradigm shift”.
I can’t really claim to a scientific procedure as to how to discover that rich inner life. All I can do is to promise that once found, it is like finding the pearl of great price. We all have our own unique character, personal constitution and distinct maps of the world. Only you will be the best person to determine which path would be the most suitable for you.
The Perfect Person at the Right Time and the Right Place
In your pursuit of designing the best map for you, in experiencing a rich inner life, understand that every moment, is the perfect moment, is the perfect place, and is the perfect you.
That idea is in contrast to our usual struggle of forcing change or improvements upon ourselves. This is not to say that we should not improve our lot. Ideally, we visualize where we want to go and what we want to improve on and gently pursue the path to get there, leaving God and the universe to do the rest for us. Turning the details of the ‘How?’ over to powers that are infinitely loving and mightier than our limited human self.
Understanding that every moment, you are in the right place, at the right time and the perfect you, makes it easier to accept the present moment as it unfolds. Questions as to why of the event, that arise can be surrendered to God, understanding that His unconditionally loving will is always done on earth as in heaven. Once able to accept the present moment, we enable the Now to manifest delicious mysteries and gifts to us.
Surrender and Turning the Details Over
Referring back to previous hubs, we made mention of how powerful the attitude of gratitude is. The more we pay attention to the great and small graces that are sent our way, the more often they occur. The more we count our blessings, the more blessings we receive. Then we can feel how really loved we are. Then we come to the understanding of the power of surrendering the details of our lives to a most loving God or beneficent universe. Then we can truly surrender.
Once we surrender, when we don’t use force or struggle to make things happen, that is, “when you don’t own anything at all”, instead you allow everything to own you or happen of itself, that is when you finally own everything. You begin to see that everything you really need comes your way effortlessly.
In the end, you’ve finally got everything.
Not just because we have discovered “we’ve got everything”, we can expect a smooth-sailing life.
Uncertainty is a recurrent theme in most life situations; I know it is in mine. No one can really tell what the future holds. So they say the only thing that is certain is change. Even the multi-billion billionaires, who may consider their wealth as inexhaustible, may not really know who their real friends are.
After understanding that it is when we surrender to life, that life and the universe seeks to serve us, we will still be met with situations challenging our conviction. In such events, I pray we find the courage to recall shortly to accept, let go and turn the situation over to God, again recalling the Lord’s Prayer verse about God’s unconditionally loving will always prevailing.
In order to develop this process into a habit, even during times of relative calm, during minor upsets, we need to recall to accept, let go and turn the situation over to God. (An alternate Eastern practice called ‘4Rs’ has been presented in previous hubs) Having regularly practiced the process of accepting, letting go and turning the situation over to God in less emotionally demanding experiences, we should be able to extend the practice to more demanding or highly crucial situations.
The End in the Beginning
Going back to the time that it seems your life was such a struggle, from the perspective of the past, it seemed all wrong. Or that you had made a mistake causing great misfortune to happen in your life. Taken from your present perspective though you discover that what you considered a “mistake” in the past was actually an important event that needed to happen for you to enjoy the blessings of your current life.
You had to be the past you in order to evolve into the present you. Our past selves, despite the harsh judgment we pass upon it, is the most perfect version of ourselves it could have been at that past time and place.
Thus it has been said that there is no such thing as a mistake. Everything is in their right time and place in the intricate and great order of things.
I also had a dream several years ago, about the same time as the kitchen sink dream, about opening the refrigerator door. Here’s what was given for the dream symbol’s meaning for ‘refrigerator’:
“…Alternatively, it means that you have found and accomplished what you have been unconsciously seeking.”
And since according to Thomas Moore “Jung equates the unconscious with the soul, …” perhaps we have all previously found and accomplished what we all are really looking for---the pearl of great price, at the unconscious or soul level. It’s now all just up to us individually to determine the path we want to take to discover it on the conscious level.