THE LAW of DETACHMENT
In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty,
in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from
our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning.
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And in our willingness to step into the unknown,
the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to
the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the
Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame
tree, intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in
the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour
fruits of the tree of life, while the latter looks on in
— The Mundaka Upanishad
The sixth spiritual law of success is the Law of Detachment. The Law of Detachment says that in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish
your attachment to it. This doesn’t mean you give up the intention to create your
desire. You don’t give up the intention, and you don’t give up the desire. You give up your
attachment to the result.
This a very powerful thing to do. The moment you relinquish your attachment to the result, combining one-pointed intention with detachment at the same time, you will have that which you desire. Anything you want can be acquired through detachment, because detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self.
Attachment, on the other hand, is based on fear and insecurity — and the need for security
is based on not knowing the true Self. The source of wealth, of abundance, or of anything in the physical world is the Self; it is the consciousness that knows how to fulfill every need. Everything else is a symbol: cars, houses, bank notes, clothes, airplanes. Symbols are transitory; they come and go. Chasing symbols is like settling for the map instead of the territory. It creates anxiety; it
ends up making you feel hollow and empty inside, because you exchange your Self for the
symbols of your Self.
Attachment comes from poverty consciousness, because attachment is always to symbols. Detachment is synonymous with wealth consciousness, because with detachment there is free- dom to create. Only from detached involvement can one have joy and laughter. Then the
symbols of wealth are created spontaneously and effortlessly. Without detachment we are pris-
oners of helplessness, hopelessness, mundane needs, trivial concerns, quiet desperation, and seriousness — the distinctive features of everyday mediocre existence and poverty conscious- ness.
True wealth consciousness is the ability to have anything you want, anytime you want, and
with least effort. To be grounded in this experience you have to be grounded in the wisdom of
uncertainty. In this uncertainty you will find the freedom to create anything you want.
People are constantly seeking security, and you will find that seeking security is actually a very ephemeral thing. Even attachment to money is a sign of insecurity. You might say, “When I have X million dollars, then I’ll be secure. Then I’ll be financially independent and I will retire.
Then I will do all the things I really want to do.” But it never happens — never happens.
Those who seek security chase it for a lifetime without ever finding it. it remains elusive and
ephemeral, because security can never come from money alone. Attachment to money will
always create insecurity no matter how much money you have in the bank. In fact, some of the
people who have the most money are the most insecure.
The search for security is an illusion. In ancient wisdom traditions, the solution to this whole dilemma lies in the wisdom of insecurity, or the wisdom of uncertainty. This means that the search for security and certainty is actually an attachment to the known. And what’s the
known? The known is our past. The known is nothing other than the prison of past con-
ditioning. There’s no evolution in that — absolutely none at all. And when there is no evolution, there is stagnation, entropy, disorder, and decay.
Uncertainty, on the other hand, is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom. Uncer- tainty means stepping into the unknown in every moment of our existence. The unknown is the
field of all possibilities, ever fresh, ever new, always open to the creation ot new manifestations.
Without uncertainty and the unknown, life is just the stale repetition of outworn memories. You become the victim of the past, and your tormentor today is your self left over from yesterday.
Relinquish your attachment to the known, step into the unknown, and you will step into the field of all possibilities. In your willingness to step into the unknown, you will have the wisdom
of uncertainty factored in. This means that in every moment of your life, you will have excite-
ment, adventure, mystery. You will experience the fun of life — the magic, the celebration, the exhilaration, and the exultation of your own spirit.
Every day you can look for the excitement of what may occur in the field of all possibilities. When you experience uncertainty, you are on the right path — so don’t give it up. You don’t need to have a complete and rigid idea of what you’ll be doing next week or next year, because
if you have a very clear idea of what’s going to happen and you get rigidly attached to it, then
you shut out a whole range of possibilities.
One characteristic of the field of all possibilities is infinite correlation. The field can orches- trate an infinity of space-time events to bring about the outcome that is intended. But when you are attached, your intention gets locked into a rigid mindset and you lose the fluidity, the crea-
tivity, and the spontaneity inherent in the field. When you get attached, you freeze your desire
from that infinite fluidity and flexibility into a rigid framework which interferes with the whole process of creation.
The Law of Detachment does not interfere with the Law of Intention and Desire — with goal-setting. You still have the intention of going in a certain direction, you still have a goal.
However, between point A and point B there are infinite possibilities. With uncertainty factored
in, you might change direction in any moment if you find a higher ideal, or if you find something more exciting. You are also less likely to force solutions on problems, which enables you to stay alert to opportunities.
The Law of Detachment accelerates the whole process of evolution. When you understand
this law, you don’t feel compelled to force solutions. When you force solutions on problems,
you only create new problems. But when you put your attention on the uncertainty, and you witness the uncertainty while you expectantly wait for the solution to emerge out of the chaos and the confusion, then what emerges is something very fabulous and exciting.
This state of alertness — your preparedness in the present, in the field of uncertainty —
meets with your goal and your intention and allows you to seize the opportunity. What’s the
opportunity? It’s contained within every problem that you have in your life. Every single prob- lem that you have in your life is the seed of an opportunity for some greater benefit. Once you
have that perception, you open up to a whole range of possibilities — and this keeps the
mystery, the wonder, the excitement, the adventure alive.
You can look at every problem you have in your life as an opportunity for some greater
benefit. You can stay alert to opportunities by being grounded in the wisdom of uncertainty. When your preparedness meets opportunity, the solution will spontaneously appear.
What comes out of that is often called “good luck.” Good luck is nothing but preparedness and opportunity coming together. When the two are mixed together with an alert witnessing of
the chaos, a solution emerges that will be of evolutionary benefit to you and to all those that you
come into contact with. This is the perfect recipe for success, and it is based on the Law of Detachment.
APPLYING THE LAW OF DETACHMENT
I will put the Law of Detachment into effect by making a commitment to take the following
(1) Today I will commit myself to detachment. 1 will allow myself and those around me the
freedom to be as they are. I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be. I
will not force solutions on problems, thereby creating new problems. I will participate in everything with detached involvement.
(2) Today I will factor in uncertainty as an essential ingredient of my experience. In my
willingness to accept uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously emerge out of the prob- lem, out of the confusion, disorder, and chaos. The more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure I will feel, because uncertainty is my path to freedom. Through the
wisdom of uncertainty, I will find my security.
(3) I will step into the field of all possibilities and anticipate the excitement that can occur
when I remain open to an infinity of choices. When I step into the field of all possibili- ties, I will experience all the fun, adventure, magic, and mystery of life.