I sometimes ask myself, in my meditative moments, “what is your dragon to slay?” It’s a question that can be asked over and over. It doesn’t need just one answer. And the answer itself will change from time to time. For me personally, the answer could be lethargy, or overindulging, or just about anything you could think that human beings need to overcome. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful question because it asks me to focus on what my blockages are, what’s standing in my way, or what have I made a monster out of – a monster that might easily be defeated in the light of consciousness.
Looking around these days, I see a lot of people surrounded by their dragons. They feel totally overwhelmed. Especially by the dragon of money, or a sense that there is not enough money. Poverty is quite a dragon. Napoleon Hill in “Think and Grow Rich”, said that, “poverty is one of the great fears of mankind.” Well, we are certainly immersed in that fear lately, and it only grows in strength the more we allow it to take hold of our lives.
Somewhere along the way, we collectively gave the power to feel safe, over to money. We let money become the “thing” that would save us. We gave money the power to protect us, to make us feel worthy, to give our lives meaning, to define our successes, and to secure a life for us, that is free from harm. With money, all things would be perfect. If we just had enough money, then our lives would be free from fear.
And so, in giving money the power to save us, we also gave it the opposite power, the power to destroy us. It’s like a wife who gives her husband the power to make her feel beautiful. When she dresses up for him, and he says, “you look lovely”, she beams and feels like a million bucks. But if he were to say, “actually I don’t really like that on you”, or God forbid, “you don’t really look that good dressed in that,” – then she’s devastated. Giving him the power to make her feel beautiful also gives him the power to make her feel ugly. It’s a two-edged sword placing power outside of yourself.
Reclaiming your power and finding your safety and security in yourself is not easy. You have to be very confident to know that you are okay in this world. You have to develop faith in something greater than yourself, because nobody does it alone. And mostly, you have to know that the dragon to slay is the one that’s inside of you. There is no external form of salvation. All that we look for from money, or good looks, or charm, or fame, is really found in love and kindness, charity and patience. That is where our security lies – it’s been there since the first of us – it has never left us – it is still with us – inside – it has been there all along.