‘This is What I Need’

A Quote from Joseph Campbell (Book: Reflections on the Art of Living);

“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life,the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment–not discouragement–you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.”

“Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”

The World Evolves Us all. Crises and Obstacles are vehicles for growth. Yet it’s not always logical for our minds to understand why. Sometimes we can find logic in what happens in life and other times even upon reflection we cannot see any point in what occurs.

It’s not for the mind to know. The phrase ‘This is what I need’ or ‘I need this’ is a good pointer that when it arises can help the mind neutralise itself back into peace. Take for example relationship woes or financial fears about a situation, ‘I need this’, it may stop the mind and bring it back to presence.

For those living the liberated life these mental convolutions will no longer arise. The mind won’t question or have issue with what arises, everything appears perfectly ok to pure consciousness.

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