When I talk to other seekers, the topic often comes up about saving the world vs. saving ourselves.

Most of us know the rule of thumb: if you are in an airplane, put your own oxygen mask on first, if needed. OK, so I finally have that one memorized.

In situations that are not life and death, however, I felt I was missing something. My question was: how do I eliminate the worry of hurting other people as I make decisions based on helping myself?

The dreaded selfish word can pop into our heads as we make me-based decisions. I wondered how it all comes together.

Last week, I was rereading one of my favorite metaphysical books, The Power of the Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy. I have read it too many times to count. This time, a sentence jumped out at me that pertained to my ongoing internal conflict on this issue.

Dr. Murphy states, Nature refers to natural law, the law of the subconscious mind, or self-preservation. The instinct of self-preservation is the first law of nature. Your strongest instinct is the most potent of all autosuggestions.

So in order to create better lives for ourselves, we must make sure the first law of nature applies to us as individuals.

Navigating The Law of Self-Preservation

Holistic-minded people sometimes worry about needing a killer instinct when doing business. I want to clarify the fact that we can put the Law of Self-Preservation into effect without having a killer instinct or going for the jugular in business. We only need to hold the intention that it is possible.

Here is an example of my business intention: I choose to sustain a collaborative, ethical, thriving business while maintaining the Law of Self-Preservation. This allows me to cooperate with nature and the natural order of things instead of creating conflict with the principle of how things work. When working on metaphysical shifts, cooperation is good and conflict is bad.

The bottom line, for me, is that if I allow things to work as they are intended without conflict, manifestation comes easier and faster.

I do not have to think about events, people or places that I do not have control over. Nor do I have to use those global worries as part of my decision-making criteria.

We can hold a place for world peace in our hearts without giving every extra dollar to support a charity for world peace. We can support causes we are passionate about by thought, word or deed. We do not have to give anything and everything away for it to be enough.

Some of us know that anything we resist and react to is taking us away from our purest power. If you feel like you are not a good person unless you give away a certain percentage of your salary, you have two choices. You can either give until it hurts or let go of reacting to that definition of a good person.

If you let go of reacting, you can still give the same amount. The only difference is how you feel about yourself as you take action.

Additionally, labels that define us can sometimes create ego-driven actions. For instance, we have to do this or that in order to think of ourselves as matching up to our labels.

We all have labels and they are not automatically good or bad, it’s just more food for thought on our journeys.

When you find yourself doing things you resent to feel good about yourself, you need to delve deeper into that self-imposed conflict.

I gently suggest that you consider using the Law of Self-Preservation as part of your business and personal affirmations. It prioritizes our decisions in the order that they are naturally supposed to be.