I have been watching Dr. Wayne Dyer on TEDx and YouTube. I like listening to Dr. Dyer because he speaks from his own experience, people he has met, and from books that he has read.
On one of the talks that Dr. Dyer gave he spoke about detachment from material possessions. He told a story about having his manager sell his book collection (over 20,000 books), selling his townhouse and moving to Kaui. Leaving “things” behind he realized how freeing it was not to have all the possessions. Possessions are not who we are or what we are. We are our soul, our bodies are mere vessels for us to be part of this world at this time. I thought about what he said and I think it could be a happier world if we were not all or some of us, caught up with acquiring things and keeping up with the Jones’.
When I went to bed I picked up a book I am reading called “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. The chapter I started reading was “The Law of Detachment”. What a coincidence! Mr. Chopra states, “The Law of Detachment says that in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it.” He mentions that with “detachment there is freedom to create.” Being comfortable with uncertainty opens the door for opportunities and possibilities.
In the Western World most of us seek security. We want to have a regular job that affords us a steady income so that we might be able to have a house, car, TV, the latest technology, etc. We like planning and knowing what is ahead. If we let go of worrying and planning how will we live without the security of planning ahead? How would we function on a daily basis? Do you think you could live with uncertainty?
We do all live with some uncertainty to some degree because we do not know what will happen to us next. We do not know when we are going to die or what unseen forces may change our lives, such as the recession and in my parents’ time the depression hit. Natural disasters strike without warning such as Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.
What do you think of detaching yourself from the symbols that show we have money and living a good life? Could you live in uncertainty? It’s reminds me of what we were always told, “There are no guarantees in life.”