In the Authentic Freedom process (explored both in my class, Authentic Freedom and my upcoming book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy), we explore the truth of Divine abundance. The truth of Divine abundance is the vehicle through which the fear that there is not enough and its resulting compulsion of gluttony are healed and released. The challenge is that embracing this truth requires a quantum shift in our perception of where abundance lies.
In the Christian tradition, it is Jesus that reminds us of the abundant nature of the Divine:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet our Creator feeds them. Are not you more important than they?
Matthew 6: 25-26
The key line in this reading is : Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Here, Jesus is reminding us that inner fulfillment and contentment do not lie in material things. Life, he reminds us is not about food, clothing, shelter or any other material acquisition. If fulfillment does not lie here, where are we to find authentic inner peace? The answer is in our relationship to and with our understanding of the Divine. When we allow ourselves to follow the model set forth by Jesus and other spiritual masters, we see that true fulfillments resides in our relationship with God, the Divine, our Highest self (or what ever name you give to this experience). It is in remembering the Divine as the beginning, the end, the first and the last of our life experience that we are able to find true contentment. In this state of contentment we are able to be present to the human experience and any situations of material abundance of perceived lack and face these experiences from a place of contement and joy. Jesus confirms this truth in the following reading about where we place our attention and desires:
Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Matthew 6: 19-21)
So the question we must ask ourselves today is where does our treasure lie? Do we place our reliance for happiness on the external things of our life or is our happiness dependent upon the true source of fulfillment – God?