I wanted to come back to a few ideas from last night, most especially about the concept of obsession. Words carry connotations, emotional impacts, as well shades of meaning, so I want to be clear about my intention.
When I speak of obsession, I think of it in the context of this true, deep motivation that drives us to act. This compelling drive will not settle, will not make or accept excuses, will not cast blame on anyone or anything else. When this sort of obsession compels us to action, we just find a way. We do it, get the job done, especially if we have a Heart-motivation.
Of course, that implies a whole host of other actions: planning, learning, team-building, creative imagination and/or a whole host of others. Those with an obsessive motivation engage others to attain their ends.
Such obsession needs to be definite. Once focus is fixed on the goal, once that envisioned goal is the drive to get up in the morning and fashion the work, activities, and associations of the day to that end, and once an individual knows they won’t quit till they get it, they will achieve their desire.
And this is where I wish to make a distinction, an important one. Let me start with the work of Napoleon Hill in his world famous book, Think and Grow Rich. He lays out principles of success, and they have worked for many people, thousands upon thousands. Do you know what principle he begins with? Desire, a “burning desire,” a desire that becomes “the dominating obsession” of life. Hill’s work focuses on the acquisition of riches and money, which for many represent their Happiness. The book also implies and is infused with a sense of frantic urgency, which I get. We all do things at different speeds.
Hill sought out and recorded principles of the law of attraction way before the current popular acceptance of it. It works. And this is the crux of my point about obsession, a compelling drive, an enthusiasm that carries one to attain their ends: the ideas and methods Napoleon Hill lays out so clearly in his book works whether one is motivated by Ego or Heart.
So, in terms of spiritual life, an awakened, Heart-centered life, riches do not equal success. Money doesn’t make one person superior to another. In fact, money does not even guarantee Happiness. It may signify one has achieved part of their Happiness. The difference becomes which dynamic force we operate through — Ego or Heart. People can be wealthy, appear self-assured, super competent, and be just a great person, but inside, oh, inside is the difference.
A continued thirst for more, unhealthy obsessions develop because many people who operate through Ego keep wanting more things, more control, more wealth and power in order to try and discover that which a misdirected obsession never can give them, answers to those two big questions of Who am I, and What is my Purpose (part of Happiness). Without those being settled first, obsession can become a problem; it can even become dangerous to the individual and to others who might get trampled in the thirst of pursuit. Remember, the laws work either way. So the defining question of personal Happiness isn’t an urgent grasping after riches.
The measure, focus, and goal of a quality pursuit of Happiness hinges on knowing core Self and creating a life Purpose consistent with revealing that portion of eternal Spirit we are. Everything else is ephemeral, unfulfilling, and insignificant without those being resolved. Once they are, we may engage with compelling, enthusiastic motivation. Get obsessed, and understand it is an obsession of persistence but not urgency, of continual discovery of new layers of our Happiness. We get to have a bit of it every day when we are living Heart-purpose, when we are seeking our Happiness, that which just gives us joy, makes us feel good because we are living core Self in love and blessing.
Maybe great wealth will come. But far greater is true Happiness, joy, love, connections and relationships with others, and so much more.
Tonight, I want to ensure anyone reading my work knows I value the principles of Hill and the realities of the law of attraction; however, they aren’t the basis or the end of Happiness. Materialism doesn’t provide the re-connection with Heart and personal truth we all come here to experience.
It’s amazing to me when I look back in Hill’s book. I made many margin annotations years ago. It seems like I’ve crystallized all the personal truths in the last year and a half. but seeing my notes reminds me that it has been decades of an evolutionary process with my Heart, a process that led to epiphany and now an ongoing process of fellowship with my Heart: evolution, epiphany, process. There is no urgency in this; however, I am obsessed with my Vision of discovery through writing. I am enthusiastic and motivated by an unwavering faith and love to keep moving forward with a fixed, steady, growing obsession — not urgent, just moving, not stagnant.
And I experience my Happiness in some form or fashion every day, many times unexpectedly, but always filled with love.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!