The desire to have more is interwoven in our behavior. There is no reason to think of this as being something bad. We, as a species, would probably not be where we are now without striving for more. This possibly started as a struggle just to survive in hostile surroundings as we evolved from prehistoric human to modern human.
Humankind experienced this need to survive on a daily basis during our early years as a species. Striving for more would have been considered a manner of do or die as we fought to obtain a given level in the evolutionary tree structure of life-forms. This striving to overcome all odds has given our species an advantage over other known life forms.
It may very well have resulted in nurturing our intellect and consciousness. We have always felt challenged by nature and other human beings. This had been done for untold millenniums because the striving demand has been there to conquer when needed and survive. We now have an opportunity to experience something that could alter all that we have been conditioned to think and how we behave.
My reference is to conscious evolution or more precisely, our awareness to conscious living. The striving urge to do more and get more is still very prevalent in our personal and collective way of thinking. But must it remand so predominate in our daily activities and decisions? The yearning to reach a higher level of material desires is a strong denominator in our daily experiences. This attitude and the wish to achieve a higher state of self development could be considered motivating factors in our immediate experiences.
Striving to Reach Higher Consciousness
Our present state of mental development and active awareness could allow a shift in our state of being to occur. This would mean an exceptional increase in our field of object consciousness. A portal to universal life consciousness would result that offers unity instead of separation. It would therefore be possible to experience this conscious dimension readily in daily experiences within the moment itself.
Our perspective on striving for more would perhaps change considerably once we establish our existence within the field of heightened consciousness and not mind content. Max Planck wrote that “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This was more recently quoted by Wayne Dyer as “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
This would allow us to still strive for more but remain in a state of conscious awareness during the experience; whether it is influenced by thought, emotion or ego.
P.S. This link is Wayne Dyer’s translation of the Tao Te Ching. It offers insight into living in a state of consciousness: