The universe doesn’t owe you anything
Getting wrapped up in getting
This may come as a shock, but the universe doesn’t owe you anything. This means your partner, kids, parents, friends, the government, social groups, teachers, mentors, clients, employees, employers, waiters, the school system, doctors, lawyers, other drivers on the road, people walking down the street, the person that scans your groceries, etc., don’t owe you a thing. How often do we go around thinking and behaving otherwise. We frequently have a mental disposition (that we aren’t even aware that we have) that systems and people owe us stuff. That we are entitled for people to either give us certain things or act in particular ways towards us, and when they don’t we feel violated, cheated, or not seen. Some of us express this overtly and others covertly.
Ask yourself how you would be today if you really expected absolutely nothing from anything or anyone. Not even expecting things like your blowdryer to work, your iPhone to turn on or your car to start. What if you really got that nothing is obligated to work and no one is required to act or do in any certain way. That nothing owes you anything. First can you imagine how much gratitude you would have for everything, and I mean everything. Second can you imagine the freedom that everyone in the world would instantly feel as they no longer feel any obligation to be something other then their pure selves. Lastly can you imagine how much stuff you would have to release and the amount of surrender to the universe (rather than get from the universe) would be required of you.
Many people have an underlying and often hidden, sneaky thought structure that is always looking for what it will get out of the universe. It can be something as simple as what you think you will get by taking a class or going to an event or program. Or what you will get through a project you are creating. More complex situations like what you will get by being in a particular relationship with someone or having a family, or what you might get from a new job, business or career. It all seems innocent enough and yet it sets up an expectation, which is always about what some aspect of the universe is giving you. What would it be like to simply do things without any expectation of any return in any way whatsoever? What if our entire planet operated this way?
Giving to the universe
From get to give
If we put no thought into what we might get from the universe we often fear that our basic and social needs won’t be met. Yet most of us haven’t really experimented to see if that’s true or not. We’ve been conditioned to believe that the only way we can have all of our needs met is if we get stuff from things or other people. What if however there is a different way? What if through changing our disposition to one of giving to the universe we are inherently supported? What if this is actually how the universe works and is our ticket out of our survival, lack-based, holding onto stuff, trapped in our lives, mentality?
We’ve all at one time or another experienced that feeling of pure giving. How amazing it feels. Like we are just emanating ourselves and there isn’t a single thought or concern about anything else except what we are giving ourselves too. Its like we step into a magical world and everything else disappears. Its pure beauty and pure love. I believe that this is the world that we are all made for and that we came here to co-create together. We’ve simply lost sight of it and replaced it with all the things we are currently experiencing instead of it. That magical world didn’t go anywhere, its always still here, but you must act in alignment with it in order for it to reveal itself to you. Meaning you must put yourself in the mental configuration of giving without expectation for any specific return of any kind at all. This is how you embody the fact that the universe owes you nothing.
I’d put my vote on that the universe does indeed work this way, supporting us as we truly give to it. I’m not talking about obligated giving (meaning “I have to do this to support myself)”, but a true giving of whatever is needed and showing up for that in whatever ways that we can. I’d also bet that if we made this shift in mental configuration our lives would be a 100% fulfilling and purpose led life rather than a life full of getting things done. Don’t take my word for it though, experiment. I’ve always found that the best proof is through self-experimentation. Replacing expectations with thoughts of “what can I give to this, how can I contribute, what do I have to share” would radically change your reality, pretty much guaranteed.
That is what I believe it is to be in true service. To give and simultaneously be rested in knowing that you are supported by this magical world that you are creating. When you are here no doubts to this knowingness arise. Support is freely given as you give.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado