It all started with Adam and Eve. I do not claim this creation myth to be true. However, we see a similar pattern repeated time and time again in ancient religions and spiritual traditions the world over. There is a spiritual truth here more relevant today than ever. It’s a story in three acts.
- Act One: We were in paradise, nirvana, Shangri-La, bliss.
- Act Two: We got complacent and lazy. We took paradise for granted. We forgot we were there! This forgetfulness led to temptation.
- Act Three: We were kicked out of paradise.
So, what in the name of heaven does this have to do with clutter?
Paradise or Shangri-La is a metaphor for a pure state of consciousness or clarity of mind. It is not a physical place. Therefore, when we were ‘kicked out’ we didn’t actually go anywhere. The joke is on us—we’re still in paradise, we just forgot. And now, from the moment we were ‘kicked out’ we have been looking ‘out there,’ in stuff, somewhere else, for that peace of mind, that bliss, that joy we lost. We think it will be in the next ‘thing’ we purchase or acquire. This is what puts us on the perpetual treadmill leading to… clutter!
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A version of this was first published in the April 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.
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