Are you driven by a desire to succeed?
Do you wish you were?
Have you had dreams and visions of what you could be doing, but you're not sure how that's going to manifest?
Let's look below the surface.
We live in a time of quickening, speeding up, and great awakening. Never before have so many people had the opportunity to make big impacts in the world, and never before have we actually been so close to literally destroying the world and making it completely ecologically and economically un-livable for the majority of human beings.
So what is success?
What is YOUR success?
We are moving into a time when you can create that for yourself. You can create an impact just by tapping into your authentic truth and revealing your story to add a special kind of value to society and the world, to speak the truth of your life and in sharing that, and listening to others doing the same, begin to re-evaluate the world as it really IS!
This is huge.
We get to watch more and more people on social media and around us in life bringing forward their bits of life experience, and we have the chance to look at life from many different angles at once. Now maybe you don't do this...maybe you are only looking through one filter, one lens at life. But out there are a dizzying variety of stories and ideas, all for you to be able to learn from, to sort through and find the truth in each one.
So what is success? Who is defining success?
Who is determined enough to succeed at what they desire? Where do those desires come from, what are their destinations and final outcomes? What do you notice as the fruits, the results of the lives you see lived around you? How about your own life?
Everyone wants something from life, even if we deny it. We came here into this life with a purpose and goals. We set forth things we wished to accomplish in this physical life. What you think you want determines the actions you take. So where does that desire come from? Usually it's something you feel you don't have. Something you feel you'd be happier if you DID have. How determined are you to make that change happen to attain your desire, to "succeed"? And if you do succeed, is your success what your deeper self really wanted?
Through meditation, If you follow your desires to their source, you will discover they are empty (and this takes a lot of meditation). You will also see a common thread: all desires are for love, for increasing love. The starting point of this expansion of love is the Self. Through meditation, worldly goals slowly become redefined by their service to a greater mission of bringing love, which leads to profound peace. This kind of peace spreads to others and is automatically shared, through an invisible field of consciousness, impacting the world and making it a better place to live for everyone.
Working towards peace through meditation is a long, slow, and important road to self-realization.
There are much faster ways that don't require you to be living away from society and immersed in your inner world for hours and hours per day in meditation. Meditation is still important, but the path of Initiation in the ancient Mysteries gives a more worldly and integrated approach perhaps more suited to the modern mindset and desires.
Some might consider Initiation a "life hack" for success, but it is so much more.
Using tools of power and metaphysical energy, the path of Initiation opens a set of doors inside the initiate to work with their inner forces in a much more conscious way, quickening their unfolding and bringing their life lessons to fruition much much faster and more smoothly than could've occurred before. Through the spiritual processes of initiation, the awareness of the initiate moves definitely and steadily towards an expansion until, by the end stages of the path of initiation, he/she is anchored and established in the infinite and eternal nature of their own being. This kind of power is cultivated alongside the great responsibility to do service with that awareness. The greatest service, of course, is to be able to share that same awareness with others, leading once again to profound peace.
The determination required is enormous; many fail along the path of initiation because their desires are not clear to them, or they are not clear about how to bring those desires into the world. Having success means expanding love through service, and service means reminding others of their eternal nature. This service itself is actually relatively easy using the tools of initiation. But the determination comes in when we try to bring this to the human part of ourselves.
Bringing awareness to the ego causes a reaction! We must be determined to master this reaction and reshape our lives so that we grow. There is an entire path within the Modern Mystery School tradition called the Ritual Master path, the path of the Spiritual Warrior. It is the path of mastering the reactions of the negative ego, and getting out of your own way so you can REALLY succeed in life.
What is the reward of this? As with meditation, the reward is love, in a higher form which creates peace.
Depends what you do with it. I believe love is the most powerful force we can wield. Tell me you don't seek love, and that's ok, but somewhere inside, we all do.
Something inside each human being, somewhere along the way in this world, has experienced a lack of love. This hurts.
Living from love, determined to succeed in expanding it, in my self, my relationships, and in the world, I know where my real power is. I can make decisions which will improve the world, and the lives of everyone I meet and touch. This is my definition of success.
Jordan Bain is a Senior Guide, Healer and Teacher with the Modern Mystery School. He works tirelessly to assist others in their self-knowledge, healing, and life purpose. "If everything were to suddenly stop in your life tomorrow, where would you be? Would you be living in your joy? Would you be able to create a brand new life for yourself from scratch? Do you know yourself and your purpose enough to guide yourself on the right path for you?" These are essentials Jordan helps people move into and answer for themselves. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two french bulldogs.