The concept of investment has been oftentimes associated with material gains. I find it erroneous the practice of many to invest most of their time and energy in pursuing the misleading wisdom of this world. Many believe that investing on the methods of worldly success is the most worthy goal one can pursue. We live our life aspiring for the comforts of the senses while altogether forget how temporary are we in this life.
Conventional wisdom has taught us to invest on things like family, education, career and other factors leading to a secured and satisfying life. While it is not my intention to belittle the importance of the above-mentioned facts, I find them lacking: for when they are all satisfied, emptiness sets in. The aspect of the Self has been abandoned in favor of our obligation with nature to which we are subjugated: we need to invest on our families to ensure the furtherance of our kind, we need to invest on our education and career so that we can have a social edge. If we look closely however, those needs are but the manifestation of our instincts which are common to all animals. The problem with confining our investments solely on the physical realm is that it yields nothing to further our understanding of what is beyond our fragile form.
What then is the most worthy investment in life?
An important wisdom I have learned in life is that the moment we were born our death has already been set. Therefore at any time, whether we like it or not, we will leave this life—irrespective of where we are, what we are and what we do. If we focus our whole life investing on the material and instinctive satisfaction of our existence, what will become of the person deep within us? What will we become of us after we emancipate from our physical form? Surely, everything in this world we cannot carry once we depart, everything except one: the awareness of what we are far beyond the perception of our limited senses.
It is then that I realized that we need to invest on self awareness. Sounds philosophical you may think but I believe that the matter of the Self is the only thing that remains long after the body is gone.
Perhaps many will not accept the fact that despite the intellect of man, we are all but low creatures of this world. Sometimes we question the cruelty of this world yet we don’t understand that such cruelty is also the law governing all of creation. There is however one distinction that elevates us from everything else, and such is our capacity for awareness. But it is unfortunate that despite our belief that we practice awareness, we do not most of the time. Our actions are still controlled by our instincts which are inherent of us being animals. When someone slaps you in the face it is your instinct to retaliate; when someone trespasses your space instinct tells you to defend it. These are just some example we automatically do without our consent. Thus, our bodies often act without our knowing.
By investing on self awareness, we would be able to elevate ourselves from our limited mind to explore the deeper aspects of our Self. You may call it personal development or spiritual growth or inner journey, yet the context is the same—awareness of ones’ self. The more we practice awareness in our everyday life, the more we will discover how we are being manipulated by our minds. Once we emancipate from the clasp of our instincts, we would able to see life in a different light, one which transgresses the limitation set forth by our limited minds.
It is through self-awareness that we will be able to learn the true nature of love, the wisdom of forgiving, the secret of success, self mastery, humility, and most of all the realization of the Divine.
As we go on shaping our destiny, let us remember that life is uncertain. While we pursue the important investments that will further our well-being in this world, let us make an effort to look beyond the physical aspect of our existence. A verse in the Bible says that we should first seek the kingdom of God, and by that it means the exploration our true divine selves; and such would be impossible without first mastering self awareness.
While the mind occupies itself understanding the reason for everything, our true self already knows. We just need to find it deep within us. Once our inner self becomes aware, we will see our oneness with everything.
“Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.”
~~ James Allen
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