Jesus explicitly told his followers not to earn a living, save money, plan ahead, or worry about the future. If he was offering one of his most radical injunctions, it became the least followed.
This teaching isnít viable in ordinary consciousness, yet if you apply it on the spiritual path, asking for change beyond the ordinary, something new begins to emerge. A random, mindless universe is transformed into a safe haven, a home for every person, filled with lifeís necessities.
Jesus called this safe haven Providence because its purpose is to provide. Learning to trust Providence is a process. The old ways to which you are used to clinging gradually change.
Even though Jesus tells his disciples to divest themselves of their money and possessions, I think we must assume a special relationship there. They had an enlightened teacher to guide them into far more radical change than any of us would be prepared for. Yet we need to be true to the underlying meaning of this teaching: God can be trusted. Your ego does not need to take over the function of Providence; there are other ways to attain lifeís abundance.
If we take Jesus literally, the most direct way not to worry about tomorrow is to live in the present. Only the present is real. It contains the fullness of the world and the fullness of spirit at the same time. But the present is elusive. We all lead our lives by remembering the past and anticipating the future.
Therefore, the real and unreal are inexorably blended. They are so entangled, in fact, that the present must be retrieved piecemeal; you cannot leap into it all at once.
Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).