“I believe a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, both physically and mentally.” ~Albert Einstein
I’ve held a theory for a long time that everything on earth has a divine purpose and a manifest purpose. I use the word manifest to describe a purpose created by “man” in this instance, not as the verb, meaning to materialize a thought. The divine purpose of a deck of cards would be to help people make choices and give guidance through divination. The manifest purpose of cards would be for gambling. The divine purpose of hemp would be for health purposes, environmental uses, and replacing plastics. The manifest purpose would be drug abuse. I’m not saying using cannabis is necessarily abuse, but it can be abused. Don’t eat the whole pan of brownies by yourself!
When you see the beauty in a painting and purchase it, you are doing it to remain in presence. Whenever we recognize beauty we are immediately brought into presence. At that moment there is nothing but the beauty. It is usually only momentary, but it is a perfect moment. We buy the painting, in this instance, as a symbol of presence. Usually we can tell if something is being used in the manifest purpose because ego is involved. For instance when we purchase art as an investment and status symbol it is a manifest action. We identify with the idea, the thought, that we are superior because we own this expensive painting.
Growing a garden can have a divine purpose or a manifest purpose. Growing a garden for food and beauty is divine. Sharing beauty (and the harvest) is divine. Growing a garden for show and awards is manifest. We know what bragging and boasting are. Are we using something to validate or promote our status or are we using it to enhance the world?
A home has a divine purpose as a safe haven to abide in love and peace; it is a place that welcomes and embraces friends and strangers. If it is used as an ornament or fortress, it is being used as a manifest tool to separate the owner from others, whether by social status or as a symbol of power and control.
We can ask ourselves how things make us feel or why we want them. We can really dive into the value we place on objects and why we value them. Do we want to use things for their highest purpose or as a status symbol?
Some times we buy things just for fun. Fun is a wonderful thing and is definitely divine! Sometimes we buy things to show off, a bit egoic, n’est pas. When we act from ego we are separating ourselves from others. We are trying to be better than them. This is not an action of love. So whenever we are acting from ego we are cutting ourselves off from the Collective Consciousness. Whenever we cut ourselves off from the Collective Consciousness we are slowing down our growth and we are slowing down the manifestation of our dreams.
We can always sort out our motivation by asking a few questions. If you are thinking of a purchase the questions “Is it useful” or “Is it beautiful” come to mind. If something is of no use to you or you don’t find it exquisite then you should probably get rid of it. Even then you can get carried away with “collecting.” I have a love of 1930’s era American pottery. It got out of hand. I had to choose one color that I loved. I chose white. Now I only buy beautiful old white 1930’s American pottery, and I do that rarely. I must really love the design. It makes me happy. Some people don’t get it. That’s okay.
I have recently been sorting through my house and getting rid of stuff. I made four trips to the dump. Most of the stuff went into the Swap Shop at our local dump where one’s man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It feels good to get rid of stuff. It’s liberating.
But, it felt so good that now I’m thinking of getting rid of everything. Seriously. I have too much stuff. I’m thinking of getting rid of my too big house and joining a commune where one only uses about 10% of the resources that the average American uses. Doesn’t that sound kind of divine? 10%! That sounds like 10% of the worries, head aches, cleaning, shopping, driving, maintaining, and working. I could live like that.
I wouldn’t even have to invent the wheel. There are places like this all around the world. I’m especially taken with the Dancing Rabbit EcoVillage. This appears to be a place of community and sharing and less judgment. No one cares if you drive a brand new car because the 75 people there share 4 vehicles. No one cares if you look like you’re 25 because they don’t buy into the false body image ideals of the corporate/consumer driven media. No one cares if you make tons of money because no one accepts the superficially contrived establishment-based lifestyle of most Americans. Has anyone noticed how far off topic I’ve gone? Nobody at Dancing Rabbit cares if I go off topic! Ha!
The thing is we don’t need so much. We can use things as they are intended to be used, for purpose and beauty and hopefully both at times. We don’t need to consume and throw away. The world is meant to be revered, used in a symbiotic manner, and protected. Not consumed and spit out. We must cherish our planet and know that we are a part of it, not the ruler of it. Nature is us and we are killing ourselves. Off topic again! I cannot focus today. That’s okay. What needs to be said is coming through.
All I am ever really saying is Think. Think about why you are working so much. Is it to pay your bills? Not quite worth it in my humble opinion. There has to be a better reason for working 40+ hours a week. If you thrive where you work that’s a different story. You might be happy working 80 hours a week.
Is there a simpler way to live? Yes. It is to live with more self-sufficiency and more sustainability. It is to live with less. Less is less. Less anxiety. Less cleaning. Less scheduling. Less crappy processed convenience foods. Less work. Less driving. Less TV. Less fatigue. Less stress. Less is also more. More time. More relaxation. More smiling. More swimming. More walking in the woods. More playing. More dancing. More gardening. More cooking. More friends. More family. More happy.
- I do not need the approval of anyone.
- I am enough.
- I am perfect just as I am.
- I love my life.
- All my needs are simply met.
- I live simply and happily with less.
- I live in joy!
Imagine living within a like-minded community of souls who value time and play over stress and work. Imagine putting more value on fun than minivans. Imagine spending your time supporting your life and not an invisible entity. Imagine freedom from conformity. Imagine dancing to your own music.