“We attract the form and function necessary to handle the dynamic contrast of the present presence of perfect princely prescience.”
How do we go about getting what we want? Since the Fall, it seems no self-aware being in Creation has been immune to the struggle with their blessed self-will. In other words, once a consciousness experiences “I want” over the course of it’s lifespan, a slippery slope seems to ski-jump into the upper atmosphere before stalling into a flat spin.
“I want…” starts us off wrong from the downbeat by expressing our self-centeredness as the subject and our selfishness as the intent of our actions.
From this rocky start, we stumble through a litany of character defects, crossing them off our bucket list of Life’s necessary vicissitudes in order to learn the prerequisite amount of suffering required for the respective Gifts of lessons in virtue.
Never mind the high probability that we might not need what we want, the assurance that we already have whatever we think we don’t have, and the certainty we’ll never lose what can’t be lost, how do we counter the urge?
When practiced in deliberate word and action as a regular part of a daily ritual, gratitude is the tool of ego-maintenance. Discontent finds less vulnerabilities for harmful selfish expression, and finds itself more an asset for altruistic motivation.
A mind frustrated by self-pity loses interest in its solitary self and turns to find (it’s self in) others. “You” and “They” then become the welcome subjects of our thoughts, our words, and our endeavors, eventually leading us to a promised land of “We” and “Us.”
Rather than gossip or complain, a true communal spirit encourages the happy inclination to ask questions of our neighbors as to their welfare. The occult art of “active listening” can now be practiced, however erratically, to find ourselves a purpose that is not for ourselves. Then, after the toil of the day has solved Their problem, we may miraculously find it solved Ours just as well.