I am OK because I have:
- A family
- A home
- A job
- Money in the bank
- A retirement plan
- Respect of my peer group
- My health
Very tempting but nonetheless—false security.
Without the appropriate internal disposition, take any one or a combination of these things away, and the individual's sense of security quickly goes with it.
Don't we want to walk before we run?
Can we develop security in the absence of all the typical measures of security?
Can we develop security from our essential nothingness, i.e., our self void of label and external reference points?
Yes, we can and we'd be wise to, at the very least, to prevent injury in times of chaos and transition.
Security from nothingness is being OK because I know that I am and will be. Nothing further is required, apart from what looks like trust on the surface.
Security from nothingness is being free from the idea that I have to do something. It is total innocence and simplicity, like a flower.
It is acting without compulsion. It is being. Really, it is being grateful (for what is).
Effort leads to stress and stress leads to disease. But what leads to effort? Not knowing that you are already secure.
The practice then becomes purposefully stripping away unnecessary "things"—relationships, psychological patterns, false identities, material possessions, etc. Any and anything that you rely on to feel secure.
Stripped of all the false, the needle in the haystack magically appears. See, you didn't have to go looking for the needle—that's crazy making. You removed the hay. That's much easier.
Though easier, it is not an easy path to take, except at the beginning. If you are sincere in pursuit, you will continually be asked and challenged — at times, forced — to let go of everything until there is no "you" (as you currently reckon) left.
Then and only then will you know the real experience of security.
So much support is offered to those who undertake this journey.