On Opportunities

Recently, I have been wondering about how opportunities enter the world and what is really going in with them. First of all, opportunities can in some ways appear as in-causal- they appear out of the blue, it seems, as nothing we can do can make them manifest. We can prepare for opportunities, we can make the most of them, we can even learn how best to recognize them. But one thing we can’t do, any more than we can create a bright, sunny day, is bring them into being.

Try as we might, they are something beyond our control to manifest, at least in terms of our waking consciousness. They are a gift from God’, a blessing.Yet it is in our own hands how we appreciate this blessing.

Now, before I go on to say more, I want to note that this blog is primarily a spiritual one, but it takes the view that the spiritual in every way can affect the material. There is no hard and fast line between the two. Yet whilst for most people the real is best embodied from their experience in the physical, material reality they inhabit, we take the view that the spiritual is in fact primary and expressing itself through the material world, rather than it being merely the subtotal of people’s dreams and imaginations. Nothing good comes from the material world as such, it is incapable of emanating spiritual values of love, truth or beauty. They are from the spiritual that supersedes and precedes it on every level. The invisible made manifest, if you like. My intention is not to argue the case, as this is something that can be demonstrated, but perhaps not proved. A hard-core materialist will not be convinced in any case, and trying to do so is way out of the scope of what we are attempting to elucidate here, though even so we hold that divinity will eventually, through it’s manifestations, make it’s presence known in all lives and all will eventually be ‘convinced’.

Whilst we cannot control the manifestation of opportunity, the appearance of genuine reward, we can invite it into our lives. Our consciousness is not left defenseless. It is perfectly natural that people seek for opportunities, that they train and practice for jobs with the intention that they get employed to use those specific skills. The problem in so many cases is not whether this dream is realistic or not, but whether they are going about it in a way that is likely to produce the affect they desire. In a sense, what is realistic is governed most primarily by what, deep down we feel is realistic. Not that by force of will or good habits we can manifest it… more to the point by such good habits and a pure, crystal-clear mind we can just invite it, sending a signal to the intelligent cosmos that we are ready.

My philosophy is, in a nutshell, ‘as above, so below’. Just as we have training and interviews for earthly jobs, so do the same things happen on a spiritual level. The invisible world is peopled by a host of beings, spirits and angels, who are entrusted to run the cosmos through a process originating and ultimately directed by God the Father, a cosmic father who knows each of us intimately and cares with a complete and loving heart. This may sound sentimental, but why shouldn’t it be true? That being said, if people find it hard to believe in this, it doesn’t disqualify them from his help. The government is in charge, whatever people think about it. Unemployment insurance can’t be denied people just because they have a hostile attitude towards authority, for instance. Their opinion is up to them, it may well be based upon bad experiences, though it is hoped that they will eventually differentiate between unworthy authorities working in their own interests and legitimate ones deserving of their respect. Mature people will also co-operate with important necessities whether or not they respect those ordering them.

People shouldn’t steal from shops, for example, whether or not they respect the shopkeeper or the police in charge of ensuring security. We are living in a universe made and upheld by God, whether or not we acknowledge that God and love him for all that he has done. A free universe, or a free country could operate one another way. You are no more forced to bow before images representing God than those of a decent secular leader. This, indeed, is a sign of both God’s security in his infinite power and his tolerance of human freedom. Although he would love to be worshipped and realises all the good it could do for his creatures, he neither requires nor demands it. there are indeed other ways to reach him and in a sense many indirect ways to be worshipful… what counts most of all in this is how we lead our lives.

So, in this roundabout way, we come to the central thesis here- that opportunities are something we attract by having a clear and open mind and by being ready for them. The universe is neither as chaotic nor as random as it appears. The incredibly complex connection between forces operating in it may at first appear to be randomness, but this can be seen through by seeing the patterns that lie behind this, which a discerning mind can see through the smoke, as it were, or by just having a childlike faith that all is being divinely directed from on high and not being troubled by the convolutions that could easily obscure it. These are in a sense the religious and ‘scientific’ methods- faith or reason and are not mutually exclusive- you can have faith and still have an urge to understand. This is using the word science in the broad sense of rational reasoning, not in the narrow definition of the activities of professional scientists in their spheres of enquiry.

So it has been shown that opportunities do arise, but how to make the most of them? First, we have to go with their flow, see where they take us. If it is to a place we don’t wish to be, we certainly have the right to withdraw or define the boundaries which we are comfortable with. There is no force, no pressure. Just opportunity, waiting to be found, invited, by our very attitude to life welcoming it.

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