We learn from an early age that certain actions and behaviors get us what we want. As little children, we learned how to behave in order to gain parental approval. During our school years, we learned to study hard in order to get good grades. These grades were necessary to get into college. The college degree was necessary to get a decent job. And once we got that job, we worked hard in order to get the promotion or the raise we wanted.
This pattern spills over into our relationships. We do favors for our friends. We return calls and social invitations to maintain those friendships. Even within intimate relationships, we may find ourselves taking action to gain our partner’s approval and love.
We have learned that taking action is necessary to get what we want out of life.
But now we begin a spiritual path, and enter into a conscious relationship with the Divine. A whole different set of rules apply, and they confound us. Coming into relationship with our Divinity requires no action, no doing. It requires nothing but being.
All of our life, we have been doing something to get what we want. The world is conditional. Everyone wants something from us – for us to be a good boy or girl, a good student, a good employee, a good friend, a good spouse or a good parent. Even we want these things from ourselves.Â Some people even think that God wants these things from us! We understand this system of doing in order to receive.Â We are comfortable with it.Â It gives us a sense of control.Â If we want something, we take action.
The Divine, on the other hand, is unconditional. In order to receive our Divinity, we must only be what we already are. This is hard for us. Spiritual practice is simply being. The spiritual path sometimes looks like we’re taking action – we meditate, we do yoga, we journal, we heal ourselves and others. But within these activities, what really matters is our state of being.
We must abandon all ideas of striving for a relationship with the Divine. We already have that relationship. It is unconditional, simply because we are. The spiritual path sometimes seems to create struggle and sacrifice. This is only because it is difficult for us to receive anything we have not “earned” through action. We think we have to work hard for our spiritual growth. This is the conditioning of the physical plane. In reality, we have to overcome our own discomfort with unconditionally receiving. The Divine has no agenda, no strings attached, no score-card tracking our spiritual practice. We do not have to prove ourselves or pass arduous tests in order to be found worthy of enlightenment.
All we have to do is embrace our true nature, and simply be that which we already are.
Can we allow ourselves to receive without doing anything in return? Imagine all the people who love you gathering before you to bring you the most wonderful, exquisite gifts, just because you are. Would you be open to accepting these gifts without feeling indebted to them? Could you just say “thank you” because you know you unconditionally deserve to have your heart’s desires fulfilled?
This is the unconditionality of the Divine.Â It is simply there, if we allow ourselves to just be.Â Nothing is required from us in return.Â How much Divinity can you allow yourself to receive?
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