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
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
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
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
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
In higher states of consciousness, no gap
appears between desire and fulfillment.
Few of us experience this spontaneous state,
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.
ல் Adapted from Why is God Laughing?
by Deepak Chopra