It is very clear to me that none of the happenstances that I have experienced and that have changed my life happened by accident. They did not just happen. Instead the universe put me and the other person or object in the same place and it then depended on me, it was my responsibility, to see the light, to be aware of the guidance, and pursue what the universe presented to me.
Now, I have always believed (well, at least since I was an adolescent) that there is no God or some force to pray to for action, to make things happen – not God, not Buddha, not the universe. Also, for the first 50 years of my life, I was not in contact with the presence of God, my divinity, my Buddha nature.
And so Question #1: How is it that I was provided with so much good fortune during that portion of my life when I neither prayed for it nor was in contact with my Buddha nature?
That seems at odds with what I have come to believe, as I have been taught, that one does not experience anything one wants or desires, even a Right desire, unless we are spiritually in a place where we feel that we are deserving of what we desire, that we have changed our subconscious from one of inferiority and lack to one of competence and deserving of abundance.
My only answer is that your Buddha nature and the universe are always looking out for you, they know you, and provide even if you are not in a position to experience abundance – and so I experienced a good job, and love – but I nevertheless did not feel good about myself, I felt no abundance, and indeed, because of the force of my negative mind-energy, I did things that ended up destroying that which I was provided and loved. So I did not truly experience, during this time of my life, what I desired.
We can achieve all sorts of things through the power of the mind, as well as those that are provided by happenstance, but we cannot achieve abundance, the feeling of abundance, unless we are spiritually in the Right place, unless we are guided by the Buddha dharma, among other things.
Question #2: Now that I am in a higher spiritual place, what is the role of my Buddha nature, my divinity, and the universe in bringing me prosperity?
And I literally just became aware of the answer as I was writing. The answer is that the answer really doesn't matter. This is an example of my mind doing a number on me, trying to make "sense" of all this and in the process destroy the faith that has slowly been building in me recently that I can place myself in the hands of my Buddha nature – that I don't have to think about this, apply my mind to this – and all will not just be well, I will prosper in the broadest sense.
I don't know when or how or where this will happen, but there is no question in my heart that it will happen. Only a feeling of lack (which I explained in my recent post, "Feeling Lack - An Insidious Perception") would rob me of this gift.