Needlessness! What does it mean to be needless?
As a child I was once told by my mother that once all your needs are met you can then go after what it is you want. If you still feel that you must have it. At the time I had no idea what that meant all I knew was that I wanted something that she wasn’t going to let me have and to me it appeared unfair. Fast forward a few decades and that statement finally sinks in. We don’t actually want or need anything and the less we need the more it frees us up to BE more. Firstly what is the difference between a want and a need? Are they different or do we justify everything we want as a need? And how do we distinguish the difference between them? I know in various situations I’ve been able to justify wanting some shiny new product because I couldn’t or didn’t want to distinguish the difference between them only to wind up poorer for the experience.
Needs! What do we actually need to thrive here on planet Earth? The common three that are rolled out are food, water and shelter. You can also add clothes onto that list as apparently its frowned upon these days to walk the streets naked. Well in my town anyway. So beyond those 3 or 4 items we pretty much don’t need anything else to thrive and those items are fairly easy to create or obtain. It doesn’t matter what level your income is at you can source food, water and shelter for free if you know where to look and can be a little resourceful. Even if its not free we need very little to sustain ourselves in these departments.
Which brings me to wants, everybody wants something and generally its not a requirement to sustain human life it normally is wanted to distract us or to delude us into thinking we are something we’re not. There is nothing wrong with wanting something, i’m not here to say give up your way of life and live under a tree with just a loin cloth on and nothing else and you’ll be happy. Some wants are better than others that for sure, however its being able to distinguish between a healthy desire to want something that will create an improvement in your life and wanting something because its the latest fad or gadget and your attempting to keep up with your peers. That is an unhealthy desire masked as a want and its an unhealthy space to be in. However we have all been there. The key here is to be able to identify what it is you want and if it ties in with your needs or improves your ability to obtain your needs then go for it. Again distinguishing the difference can make all the difference.
The society that has been created around us is built upon consumerism and consumption. Which creates more wants than needs as the market for the three or four basic needs is pretty slim and there’s not a lot of capital to be made there. So this space has been created where we are manipulated into looking outside ourselves for gratification and approval. We are led to believe that if we get this thing (whatever it may be as it doesn’t need to be a physical object to generate the same process) we want it will make our life better. We feel great for a brief moment because of hormonal changes that are a result of obtaining a desire, however it is short lived. Everything we need to have a better life is within us not outside of us in the wants of modern society. These wants are designed by marketers to generate cashflow for the suit and tie brigade and it wraps us up in a never ending quest of doing instead of being. One thing that has become apparent to me is that I’m a human being not a human doing and if I want more things i will have sacrifice some part of my life in order to be able to get said wants, which takes me away from my beingness and my creation potential. However if I need less I can actually be more as I’m not running around attempting to fulfil all of these desires. I actually have more time to be me and to be fulfilled by my-self created internal bliss. Blissfullness is an internal job.
In order to obtain a want what do we need to sacrifice? Let’s look at a simple scenario. Bob wants a new widget. There’s nothing wrong with his old one its just not as fast as his mate Barry’s, nor is it as shiny. Now in order to get the new widget he has to come up with cash. For the purposes of this explanation we will assume that credit doesn’t exist! Bob earns $25 an hour and his widget will cost $2500. Bob needs to work an extra 100 hours, on top of his normal work hours to be able to afford the new faster shiny widget. Now that’s a lot of Bob’s time spent doing instead of being. All because Bob believes that this new widget is needed by all of his justifications. It’s no longer a want its needed and desired, see the distinction there! What Bob is actually doing is sacrificing his time to be like Barry and have a new shiny gadget. What Bob probably doesn’t realise is how much time Barry has had to sacrifice in order to get what he wanted, Bob doesn’t care he just wants it no matter what as he’s not seeing a sacrifice he is distracted by his desire for the latest widget and the idea that it may improve his lot in life. And at the end of his long working week when he is exhausted from the extra hours he will more than likely be too tired to even use his new widget and will have found some other want to attempt to hold off the feeling of dissatisfaction with how tired and exhausted he is with his life. Sound familiar! It does to me as I have lived that experience on many levels. That’s one small example of a want taking away our time to be. And then snowballing into a never ending cycle of wanton desire that is commonly known as consumerism. Because it is actually desire that creates this unbalanced cycle. When we cease desiring and become content with being that is when we exit the external world of desire and enter an internal flow that is tranquil, calm and needless.
The journey of liberation begins with needlessness as a state of total sentient sovereignty is realised. Juliet Carter
It is because of our ever expanding comfort zones that we have satiated through a series of hollow definitions of abundance and need that we have been sold by marketers, media and society in general that causes us to feel this desire of needing more. If we release our desire of any-thing and we become needless we actually create a space to BE. We actually need no-thing, no-body and no-time to be the best we can be. That is needlessness. Realising that all we need is within us and we can manifest all our needs and more from being needless for any-thing, any-body and any-time. If its a requirement for your life it will turn up. Now I’m not saying that you will sit there in lotus position and when you open your eyes all that you have ever needed will be right before your eyes. What I’m saying is that before we race off and buy the latest gadget that’s been advertised to improve our life we should actually sit and meditate on it and ask ourself, is this really needed? Will this improve my being or detract from my being? What am I doing or sacrificing to obtain this? Do I already have something in my life that does a similar thing to this and if so can it be upgraded or adapted to the task? Will I still be using this in 5 years time, or will this be relevant in 5 years time? What will it really mean to me to have this? These are simple things we can ask ourselves when we give ourselves space to be and not chasing an illusion that ends in unfulfilling instant gratification. This process will liberate and allow us to move easily beyond the addictive illusions of this consumeristic reality and walk away from the never ending loop of consumption.
If you allow yourself to see the perfection in every moment and everything you witness, from a space of total needlessness, even where you have convinced yourself that perfection doesn’t exist you will begin to integrate and synthesise within yourself the light and the shadow. From this serene and blissful space your Reality is In-formation. Much gratitude and Love.