Life takes care of itself

The more consciously we live, the less we strive to satisfy desires from an egoic self that feels inadequate and insecure.

The feelings of inadequacy and insecurity that people experience come from their conditioning, primarily how they have been taught to think and feel, and are intensified by various desires. Inadequacy, in turn, generates further "wanting" (such as wanting to succeed, be recognized, etc.) and "not wanting" (such as not wanting something bad to happen, or fearing loss, etc.). "I don't want" means "I want not to...", thus we are once again talking about desires.

When there is no motivation to compensate for inadequacy and insecurity, there is no reason for effort because there are no desires. The body-mind system functions spontaneously, liberated from the tyranny of an egoic self that feels inadequate and insecure. This state is primarily found in infants and young children before the illusion of the egoic self begins to form.

Life can take care of itself. It does not need to defend itself or try to be something other than what it is to feel adequate and secure. This is what is referred to as "trust in life." Trusting life means realizing that what I am is not separate from life itself. Therefore there is no reason to desire anything other than what already is.

Living life effortlessly does not mean sitting around doing nothing. It means allowing the body and mind to function naturally without being guided by a supposedly inadequate and insecure egoic self. The desire for recognition, security, defense, or validation has no reason to exist in someone who feels content with who they are, just as they are.

Often, when we talk about conscious and wise individuals, it can create an impression of idealization, as if we are referring to people with supernatural or special abilities. This is not the case. Different levels of awareness grant the body a corresponding degree of freedom from unconscious mental activity. Great spiritual teachers live free from egoic desires because the level of awareness expressed through their bodies does not allow for the existence of an insecure egoic self. In others, awareness has a greater scope for disidentification, meaning that the sense of egoic self is still present.

Without egoic desires, there is no sense of inadequacy and insecurity. Life transforms into an impersonal existential experience devoid of personifications or the notion that what happens is about or originates from, an egoic self. Without an egoic self, life is liberated from the burden of striving to serve egoic interests. As Eckhart Tolle has said, "Life is always more likely to fulfill non-selfish needs than selfish desires."

Nikos Batras