Find Abundance in Problems

Modern society is oriented toward solving problems. There is no lack of go-getters who dedicate themselves to finding new ways to do things, and no shortage of belief that progress can’t be stopped. Much of this confidence, however, is a distraction. By focusing on the next technology, the next engineering marvel, the next medical breakthrough, we lose sight of deeper problems that offer no solution.

Buddha pointed to the problem of suffering, Jesus to the problem of sin and the lack of love, Gandhi to the absence of peace in a world of violence. What new technology will prevent me from attacking my enemy? What medical breakthrough will enable me to love my neighbor as myself?

You can look around and see how futile external solutions have proven. Crime, famine, war, epidemics, and poverty continue to baffle us, and yet society throws money at these problems over and over, as if a failed approach will succeed if only we persist. On the spiritual path you discover that all problems are rooted in consciousness, therefore the solution is always a shift in consciousness.

If you were to be happy from the soul level, totally in accord with God, what would that be like? In a word, it would be effortless. To be happy from the soul level, three things are required:

1. You act without effort.
2. You feel joy in what you do.
3. Your actions bring results.

All three requirements must work together if you want to experience the happiness God intended. It is already on display in the natural kingdom, where every creature acts spontaneously, and yet every action supports the entire ecological system. Human beings, however, primarily reside in a mental landscape. Our vision of ourselves rules what we do; the physical environment comes second (if at all), and it is expected to adapt to our demands.

In Nature, every challenge is met with a response. As dinosaurs die out, mammals thrive. As ferns give way to flowering plants, insects learn to feed on pollen. Creation and destruction move together, constantly in touch with each other. The same seamless interaction is also possible in a mental ecological system.

In higher states of consciousness, no gap appears between desire and fulfillment. Few of us experience this spontaneous state, however. The conventional condition of separation is all about gaps and discontinuity. Desires seem to lead to failure. The best-laid plans seem to go astray, and our experience of separation seems to grow.

You might think it would take heroic efforts to solve the problems that face us. Spiritually speaking, the reverse is true. The soul’s vision isn’t about struggle and lack of results. It isn’t about failure. You only need to measure your actions against the three simple conditions I mentioned above.

1. Am I acting easily, without struggle?
2. Do I enjoy what I’m doing?
3. Are results coming of their own accord?

Answering “yes” means that spiritually you are going in the right direction; answering “no” means that you aren’t.

Adapted from Why is God Laughing? by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).


Richard T.
Richard T5 years ago


Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Simple solution? It usually is!

Vlasta M.
Vlasta M5 years ago

Our consumer society is based on the violation of First, Fifth and Tenth Commandment, which is 1. worshiping Mammon, 5. not honoring our parents wisdom and 10. Coveting what others have. There is nothing wrong having a free market of ideas and stuff but when one does not combine it with proper education and finding meaning in life, one can get lost in abundance.

Leonardo da Vinci said: The necessity is a mother of invention. Thus, abundance can sometimes "fatten" our brains to laziness and makes us victims of advertising and shop till you drop mentality. However, in a free society such as USA we have a CHOICE to do as we want and do not have to head to advertising and violation of 1,5 and `0th commandments. Those 10 Commandments of Decalogue are a good instruction for living one's life well.

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago

ty :-)

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago


Aaron B.
Aaron Bouchard5 years ago


Miranda Parkinson

simplicity is what's most needed these days!

andrew h.
- -5 years ago


may help from Yogananda:

"The happiness people want in life is not found in egoic self-absorption, but by expanding the sense of self to embrace others. Kindness is the law of the spiritual world. Kindness springs from the inner self, and bestows the readiness to look upon everyone as a friend. "

"Spiritual progress is achieved above all by desiring it intensely. Know that you are growing spiritually when your entire consciousness, no matter what your faults, is turned to God.

All of us are part of God; we belong to Him, and He, to us. Eventually, we must all go back to Him. If you resolve firmly to “try and try again,” God Himself and His angels will come to your aid. Given sufficient time, and renewed courage on your part, you cannot fail to make steady, ongoing spiritual progress."

Nicole Weber
Nicole W5 years ago

insightful, thanks

Michael Maday
Michael Maday5 years ago

Deepak is often brilliant and cogent. This is no exception!