Imagine a world where opportunities are scarce, where people have to fight in order to build a future for themselves and their children, where other people are often perceived as a menace and need to be manipulated and used. This is a world most of humanity is living in today.
But what if I told you that all this torment and competition only existed inside of our heads? What if I told you that in the real world everyone had a place and everyone had a purpose?
Have you ever looked back at your life and felt grateful that what you ended up with was, in fact, not what you originally wanted? Did you consider that it was a good thing that you did not marry your high school sweetheart, end up being the most popular person at every party, or have all of your enemies fall apart?
Perhaps there were times when you have misdiagnosed exactly what it would take to make you happy in the longer run. Those were the times when you suppressed your inner voice and listened to your ego, to that powerless construct of yourself that is entirely defined by what other people think and what other people value.
Your ego wanted you to do things that would make other people think that you were great. Your ego did not want to be bruised by challenge or confronted by mistakes. However your spiritual self knew better. And so it got in your ego’s way, closing every door it believed was not meant for you whether you liked it or not. It was never trying to get you to fight harder or more ruthlessly, it was simply guiding you away from unnecessary lessons.
Try to understand that your inner world and your outer world are one. That the traumas and truths that you suppressed in your subconscious mind will find a way to come to the surface and stare you in the face as soon as you are strong enough to face them.
Every obstacle in your life was placed there by you. It was either placed there as a lesson from which you need to learn, or as an impasse meant to guide you towards your real destiny.
As Yogananda once famously said, You are divine. But this does not mean that you are God. It means that you are a wave in an ocean that is God. So I think it would not be wise to fight the current. Better to embrace that you are in exactly the place in your life where you were meant to be, where your greater self chose for you to be. Go with the flow.
Perhaps you will not get to have the traditional definition of success. Perhaps all you will ever be is a sister who teaches her sibling compassion. The answers to these mysteries will stay hidden until the lessons have been learned and taught. It is only then that we will understand. It is only then that we will see the picture as it is, and our true role in it.
In the meantime embrace the beautiful things that you have in your life. Love all that you are. And this love will become the next thing that will manifest from your subconscious mind and follow you everywhere you go.