The Importance of Oneself

By José López Guido

What’s the point of reaching major objectives, realizing our dreams, if along the way we lose our health, our happiness, and even our soul? There’s a precise time, a precious and valuable time to contribute to the overall well-being of our existence. Nevertheless, we sometimes cling to an ideal while neglecting vital aspects of our existence.

What good does it do to have a beautiful house if you lose your family? What do you gain if you find fame but lose your peace? Or earn a good salary but lose your health? What good is it for us to get away with our whims if we sow resentment?

The energy that’s available to us throughout our life is to be used in every area of our existence. All these areas are important and each requires our attention and dedication. If we fail to give them the necessary attention, we will acquire a debt that sooner or later will have to be paid. Those who accumulate debts are left without energy; they lack the essential drive for the most basic things and even the ability to focus and create. For example, in a family every member is under an obligation (the word obligation may seem harsh, but it’s indeed an obligation) to do their best to contribute to a harmonious and functional family. When one of the members doesn’t cooperate, they hinder the improvement of the entire family. The family is an organism that to evolve requires the participation of all its members. Therefore, every member of the family is obliged to express solidarity to the others. If one of them doesn’t participate, if they isolate themselves, then they’re doomed to annihilation. Only those who contribute to the well-being of the organism will survive.

In the animal kingdom, bees keep unproductive bumble bees away from the hive and some of them die from starvation or cold. The same holds true for societies: some members are expelled and end up in jail or rehab centers, and others are even executed.

Some readers may find these statements somewhat harsh and overbearing and, in fact, I would agree with them. They are, however, axiomatic truths; that is, they are self-evident. But let us carry on. All social and moral codes condemn the individual that is a threat to others. This is a reflection of the natural laws. In nature, everything is harmony. To every action there is a reaction; for every electron that moves to another atom, a new proton is added to the nucleus. Everything tends to equilibrium. “He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.”

We have the obligation to be well. We will achieve this state, however, if and only if our environment is all right. Everything is the result of electromagnetic resonance because there is no effect without a cause.

All of us tend to get what we need. It’s inherent in our survival instinct. As we struggle to satisfy our needs, we hurt others and in doing so, we acquire a debt. Debts must be paid. Always. Nature always collects. If along the way we harm somebody, then we’ll also be harmed. What you put out there comes back at you.

We have a very specific, precious, and valuable time to benefit others through our attitudes. We don’t need to travel far to do great deeds. We can start small, at home. When we improve our family, we improve society. If we only do things for our own benefit, we’re asking nature to expel us because what we give comes back to us multiplied.

What good does it do to us to get what we want if in reaching the objective we steer away from the path set by our higher self. The purpose of the higher self is to benefit the whole because we’re all one.