Because we all want things, it’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly working, worrying, and struggling to get what we want. Yet the wizards say that if you let go, the mechanics of desire take care of themselves. This seems mysterious, but consider this: Do you really know how lost memories return to you? Your conscious mind can’t force you to remember things, yet the mind is quite capable of retrieving anything and everything it has ever known.
In much the same way, your conscious mind can’t fathom how the universe makes desires come true. And just like the person struggling to recall a name but getting nowhere, people thrash wildly to fulfill their desires, never realizing that effort is the problem, not the solution.
At this very moment you are a wizard. You are perfected in spirit; you have never separated from God or nature. All that has happened is that, in your struggle not to feel pain, you’ve started to block the present moment.
Memory and desire veil the spirit. They do so because long ago you began to fear for your security here on this Earth. Insecurity is the motive for attacking the Earth, for if we trusted that we are nourished and upheld, none of us would be quite so hysterical about surviving.
“Trust in trust, have faith in faith,” Merlin said. “That is the only solution when you have lost trust and faith.”
Adapted from Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).