Goal setting is extremely popular. Especially in the personal development field
It’s no surprise why. Goals are tools we use to envision a better future for ourselves. We use them to imagine how we may creatively expand our contribution. We use them in an effort to add some content to our lives, like a new car or a beautiful new home.
There’s nothing wrong with setting goals. In fact, it’s wonderful to have goals to strive for. For many people, this brings meaning to their lives and focuses their efforts in what they do.
It’s how we set goals that is problematic. And it’s how we set goals that drastically reduces the power available to us.
I’d like to suggest you try a different approach. And that is seeing yourself as a microcosm of the universe, and inextricably linked to its purposes.
So ask yourself, “What is the purpose of the Universe? As part of the universe, would it not be intelligent to align my goals with its goals?”
Reflect on this for a minute.
The purpose of the Universe is to awaken to its true nature as formless consciousness. And therefore it is your purpose to awaken to your nature as formless consciousness. If you have found this post, there’s a great chance that the awakening process has already begun and is perhaps well underway in you.
What does it mean to awaken to your nature as this consciousness? It means to no longer believe that you are the content of your mind. It means that you recognize nothing in the past reduced who you are in your essence, and similarly nothing in the future can make you more fully yourself. It is the realization that you already are complete and whole, just as you are. It is the recognition of presence as the underlying constant factor that has been with you throughout your entire life.
A true and worthwhile goal expands upon this concept and is aligned with the impulse of the universe.
The universe doesn’t care about a Ferrari, a million dollars, or a mansion. Beautiful things are not inherently evil, but let’s face it: They’re just not that important!
The universe cares about its ultimate purpose to awaken in and through humanity. Money and things may come to you as you make your journey about life as they are needed for your purpose. Or perhaps you are living fully in alignment with the Universe and these things are no longer a hindrance for you. No longer a distraction, and so you may have them.
Make your primary goal the awakening of others through you. This goal makes the entire and infinite power of life available to you because your goals is aligned with the universe’s goal. Use this power!
There’s a reason why you’ve had trouble manifesting more money and nicer things and a hotter partner. It’s because these things don’t matter. You already have exactly what you need to begin to contribute to the overall purpose of the Universe.
Recently I was intending to contribute in some form to humanity. I didn’t have a specific idea of how this should take shape. I just wanted to give in some way. Literally 10 minutes later I got a call from a local charity asking if I had any old clothes that I could donate to those in need. I was ecstatically grateful for this experience. This may sound small or insignificant to some, but it affirmed to me how much easier it is to manifest when we seek to do so for the greater good.
When we operate out of the heartset that the greater good is the most important thing, we then have the power of the greater good available to us. We don’t create enemies or opposing forces with these intentions, because the majority wants us to succeed. That’s not to say that some people may think this talk is silly, but we’re not directly opposing them, and so there can be no conflict. Even people who don’t have a greater good mentality, which is the majority of humans, will easily step aside because actions aimed for the greater good don’t catch their attention. There is no ego in such actions, and so it becomes like an invisible force. But a force of untold power nonetheless!
The way in which this focus manifests is secondary. By keeping your intention on the greater good, which is always awakening and staying awake, divine intelligence will pervade and inspire your thoughts so that you will know definitely what to do. The best part is, you won’t be missing anything in your current life situation to begin to contribute now. You could be homeless with absolutely nothing on the material level, and if this was your mindset, your life would transform so unbelievably fast that it would look supernatural to those around you.
You may emit an overwhelming sense of peace as you work at a grocery store. You may begin to write for others. Or you may come clean about past wrongs you have committed, and thus detach yourself from unconscious patterns present in your life.
You may stay in the same job, although it is highly likely life will move you to a new place or situation in which you may make a greater contribution aligned with your new focus. It is worth repeating again : Don’t worry what your outer purpose will be or how you will accomplish any goal. For no goal is too great when it is backed by universal intelligence. And the reason it will be backed by great intelligence is because your goals will be aligned with the purpose of the universe.
This is a process of joining forces with the power that created the cosmos, the infinite complexity of the human body, and the beauty of the ocean at sunset. You will no longer be a separate entity with separate ideas about what’s good for you and what you “need.”
The truth is, you already have what you need. As the Tao Te Ching says “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” What does it mean for the whole world to belong to you? It means that you are one with all life. And so you live harmoniously and peacefully with the whole.
Begin to set goals that are aimed with everyone in mind. Everyone benefits from you working to awaken others, because when any of us awaken to our true nature, the balance is changed in favor of greater consciousness on this planet. Not everyone benefits from you striving and stressing to get rich in the erroneous attempt to make yourself free in the future.
Living this way is the path to great peace, joy, and happiness. It is the redemption of our planet. I recommend taking some time today to write out some new goals for yourself. If you don’t know what specific outer action you want to take yet, that is completely fine. Simply write out the intention, “I want my life to be used in service of the greater good. I understand that the Universe wants to awaken to its formless nature, so I intend that I may experience awakening and help facilitate the awakening in others along my journey.”
The concept of awakening and knowing yourself as consciousness itself is impossible to understand, because it is not something that can be understood on the level of thought. It can only be felt and known on the level of non conceptual awareness. This does not mean, however, that you can not begin to contribute to the awakening process in yourself and others.
When you show kindness to a stranger, you both feel good. Why is that? It’s because for a moment you remove the barrier of otherness between you and them and you recognize a deeper connection with them. You may not know it, but it’s the shared recognition of oneness that makes you feel good.
You can stop trying to be better than others. And you can also stop believing you are inferior to anyone. No one is better than you because they have a nicer body or a bigger bank account. They simply have a life situation perceived to be better but is just the differentiation of form that is needed for our planet to awaken. We need each and every one of us to do exactly what we’re doing now so that we may come to the realization of who we really are.
Also, do not be tempted to think that you are somehow better than an alcoholic, a drug addict, or even a murderer. These people do things highly destructive to themselves and to others, but that’s only because they’re highly confused. And if you were born into their life situation, you too would be carrying out the acts that you now condemn as horrific.
We are all equal. It is the function of those who have crossed the line to greater awareness to share their experience with those who have not yet awakened. Just as it is true duty of the rich to give to the poor. This does not mean that having more money or greater awareness makes one inherently better, for it is only by the grace of God that any of us find ourselves in a situation where we even can share the wealth we have.
Let your heart be filled with gratitude, and let that feeling spill over into your life so that you may align your intentions, goals, and actions with the good of all.