In the introductory article I wrote on One Percent Spirituality I mentioned that the two most important parts of One Percent spirituality: daily gratitude and peacefulness.
In Part 2, we break down 1% Spirituality into 1o disciplines, or ‘perfections’, that you will have to master in order to lead a fully realized life.
Giving brings wealth, period. More important than giving money is giving your time. It’s way easier to send $5 a month to a good cause than to actually see yourself giving some of your precious time to others.
Concrete example: when you clean out your home and reduce your material possessions, as you should be if you are living a frugal life, and you know you could sell something for a few hundred bucks, give it away for free instead. Be that bright point in someone else’s life where they got an incredible deal. This plants good seeds for your future so do it out of self-interest if you must.
Also, when you give a gift, don’t stick around and try to instruct on how the receiver should use it. (Buddhists call this “giving without staying.”)
Spend just one hour helping someone who can’t possibly help you back. If one hour is too much, spend 20 minutes. Even quiet listening helps other people. Take a coworker out to lunch, ask them how it’s been going, and just listen to them talk. One of the best compliments I ever received was “You never seemed too busy to answer my questions” and this person has remained loyal to me to this day. Generosity wins loyalty. Be generous.
What does it mean to live a life of morality? Ask yourself each day: did I strive today for the benefit of others? Did I seek to help them, and not just myself? Have I avoided harming anyone else? Do I avoid taking what is not given? Do I abstain from false speech, from sexual misconduct, and taking poisons into my body? Do I take moral instruction from those I admire? Do I regularly reflect on my actions and their moral weight?
Morality is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. Goodness, which the world requires, is in the head, and in the heart. By what you decide to do every day you will be a good man. Or not.
It feels good to eliminate toxins from your life. Alcohol, pornography, fake food, & every other selfish self-indulgence. Life is made anew when you train yourself to find your greatest joys in the simplest pleasures: a hand-brewed cup of good coffee, or tea at just the right temperature, brewed with total attention and love. The snap of dark chocolate and the acidity as it melts in you mouth. A mountain viewed in silence. The cosmos wheeling overhead as you lie on your back in the woods. The scratch of a wool blanket on bare skin. Clouds sailing across the sky above red hills.
These things cost nothing and cannot become painful addictions. Renounce the intoxicants (note the word, toxic), renounce the practice of losing yourself in drugs, look at the lives the natives lived and you will see how they use these substances: for spiritual and personal growth and not recreation.
At higher levels you will renounce your need to judge others, to be right all the time, to win arguments, to be heard. You will be able to look on in silence, fill yourself with silence from the majesty of the abiding hills, and the men filled with the silence of nature will inherit the earth.
Solomon had it right when he chose wisdom, and riches of all types followed. The wisest man on record had over 100 wives, do you not think he made the wisest choice? Get wisdom and all else will follow. How do you get wisdom? Through study. Study all the wisdom traditions of the world, all the sacred books, and spend time in deep reflection and meditation. Only in the silence of meditation will the still, small voice of wisdom within you speak up and share the secrets of wisdom with you. Wisdom can be developed but everything in this world conspires to drive it out of us. Our attention is fractured, our psyche is shattered, we are assaulted violently on all sides by consumerism, greed, lust, sloth, envy, celebrity gossip. It is a wicked world we live in indeed, as the Buddhist say, “the world is burning” and our only hope is to transcend it through deeper wisdom.
“Effort” is just another word for “hustle” and now you know why this site is called EPIC HUSTLE. You must make an epic effort in order to escape the depravity of this world, the default depravity that will otherwise suck you down into useless mediocrity. You must be willing to work an unlimited amount of hours. Will Smith said, “I will outwork anyone . . . if we are getting on the treadmill together, I am going to die before I get off the treadmill before you.” You must be willing to die. Bruce Lee said: “A man must constantly exceed his level. So what if it kills you; if it kills you, it kills you.” You must be willing to die. 99.999% of your peers are not willing to die, so if you are, you will rise above them all.
To not judge others is a crucial skill. Someone tells you they think you’re a fool, you can smile in their face and thank them for trying to help. Someone blocks your pet project, you can forgive them and move on. To truly be unruffled by anything other people do, because you have fully grasped that nothing anyone else does is because of you. It is just them bumbling around in their own dreamworld. They are all asleep and they don’t mean you any harm, even if they think they do. Even your own parents can appear to you as little children, innocent but harmfully bumbling and ruining your life, but you can find tolerance for them, you can accept their bumbling as part of their path, you can even forgive them and this frees you to do so many great things. You are in prison as long as you have not forgiven those who have wronged you.
You know what it means to tell the truth. Are you deliberate about it? Do you tell little white lies, or fudge numbers just a little bit to make yourself look better? We are all tempted to do this, but that doesn’t make it moral. A moral man in an immoral time will stand up for truth & accuracy even if it hurts his prospects in the short run. There is nothing so rare in the world right now as a truly honest man. “All the world loves an honest man. He will not have to chase after money, money will chase after him.” Keep that in mind next time you are faced with the temptation to fudge a little.
8. STRONG DETERMINATION
Nothing can stop you. There is no Plan B, there is no fallback. You have burned the ships and you are going to move forward no matter what. You have committed — even if it takes the rest of your life, even if it kills you, you are going to get there. This is the strong determination that is required to excel and reach the stratosphere of the One Percent. “And as a mountain, a rock, strong and firmly based, does not tremble in rough winds but remains in precisely its own place.”
9. SELFLESS LOVE
Love has been painted as weak in our society because our society is sick and directly backwards. If everyone says love is weak, then you can be sure it is the greatest strength there is. Face each day with selfless love for everyone you meet. Literally give them a big loving imaginary hug as you meet them. This will change your energy and the results you get in every interaction. Don’t take my word for it, try it. It will change your life. “Selfless” love means you don’t just love people who profess to love you, a spouse and kids or sweetheart, you love everyone, even your worst enemy. Your worst enemies are your greatest teachers. In defenselessness you are perfectly safe and in total selfless love you conquer all enemies.
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If you view the above as just another laundry list to live up to, it’s overwhelming. Don’t focus on it.
Instead, stay focused on what I mentioned in Part 1 of this series: daily gratitude and peacefulness. Whatever you are thankful for, you will see increase in your life. Whatever you give to others, you will receive in turn.
These are the spiritual ‘secrets’ that the Buddhists developed over 2,500 years, and then used to massively enrich themselves in a spiritual sense, if not in a material sense. If you have daily gratitude for the material wealth your life, your material wealth will increase: if you spend each day spreading positivity, encouragement and peacefulness, you will find yourself ‘mysteriously’ assisted by helpful strangers in your hours of direst needs. This is actually how the world works through cause-and-effect and we’ll visit it in much more detail in Part 3.
Stay on your hustle, hustler –