Sri Anandamayi Ma in a state of meditative bliss.
Raising a family, making a billion dollars, starting your own business, owning your own island, having a fancy car, running a major philanthropic organization, becoming CEO.
What happens when highly touted and shared dreams as these lose their appeal?
Not because they seem out of reach but because they seem small, insignificant even, compared to another dream that might be starting to arise from years of sadhana, meditative practice, and inquiry into the nature of reality.
"But seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." — Matthew 6:33
You might be starting to realize and be drawn toward another kind of goal—the goal of Absolute Freedom, a state many of India's yogis and saints achieved, where the personal sense of self, the personal story line, the personal thought stream, personal emotions are, quite literally, destroyed. A kind of merging occurs with a more expansive, sacred flow, resulting in the no worry state of unbroken happiness, peace, and kindness.
This is the Kingdom of Heaven spoken of in the Bible, not that we're trying to make Christians out of you. It's the concept that matters. The concept of the Law of the Vital Few: how when you focus energy, concentration, and effort in small, important places, tremendous cascading results follow.
It's the difference between chopping at the branches vs. the roots. You want to get to the roots and see maximum result, right?
Achieving material dreams will certainly evolve your consciousness and could do the world a whole lot of good. This will not, however, rid you of your ego and can even strengthen it.
It can be hard when Absolute Freedom becomes your goal, especially if you live in a cultural context that does not understand or support it. You might start comparing yourself to others with families, with successful businesses, large bank accounts, wondering why you can't be more like them. Funny thing is: talk to some of those folks about how you spend time alone, meditate, and work on yourself, and you will find they might be envious of you!
Understand it's a smart goal to have, as the pay off is huge. Tend to your material necessities, as needed. Do not let an unsupportive cultural context depress your efforts. There is great value in teaching yourself and doing this work on your own.