Many motion pictures use myths as the basis of their story line, and Terminator 2 is a good example. And since poverty is a spiritual principle, it’s an easy bet that it will show up, as it does in this movie.
Since Sarah is The Mother, she represents the Divine Feminine – conserving, protecting, ruthless. Her level of horror at the impending nuclear holocaust personifies raw survival instinct that will stop at nothing to preserve life. No thing gets in her way.
The Divine Feminine is the sharp end of the stick in the preservation of life department. She is “red in tooth and claw” – she will not hesitate to cull the herd if it means preserving the species.
The intellect of man is just the opposite: his rapacious need for more and more stuff willingly risks the entire ecosystem, destroying whole species nearly on a daily basis. The mind of man ignores the heart of nature and is willing to die so that he might achieve the last thrust of his gluttony. With man, it’s all external – and temporary. But nature takes a longer view.
Nature is less attached to form than she is to systems. Life is always changing its forms – always evolving – shedding its “skins” in order to adapt. Nature is relentless in her attachment to life, but she is the epitome of non-attachment when it comes to form.
Poverty is stripped down – it is the consciousness of the essential. Poverty says, “Take everything you need, but no more.” Her abundance is geared not only to the what but also to the when. A thing taken at the wrong time is taken not out of need but out of fear. And fear kills life – it shuts it down. Fear of lack stops the flow. One who has adapted to the consciousness of the essential never lacks for anything. Poverty leads to abundance. It is the seed bed of generosity.
The vow of poverty leads one into the consciousness of the essential. A clear signal is a strong signal. Simplicity, clarity, focus – these are the footprints of poverty. When you find them, watch out! Because you’re on the trail of a very powerful animal.