If you have everything, you need nothing. Right?
What if the opposite was true? What if you first had to achieve a state in which you need nothing, to then be able to attract everything?
It may seem counterintuitive, but the more you think about it, the more it makes sense.
It’s actually a pretty powerful concept, and once understood, it can be applied to money, relationship, and happiness.
Let’s dive in.
Need nothing, attract everything: meaning
Needing nothing attracts everything because once you no longer need your old identity and your old life, you have the power to create everything you want. People who need nothing are complete, are whole, and their energy attracts everything.
I will explain the five reasons why this is in a minute, but first, let me share my thoughts about this whole concept.
Can you get to the state where you need nothing? How many of our needs are actually an illusion? Do needs make us unhappy?
Can you really “need nothing”?
There are a few stories of mystics who claimed they were able to survive without eating or drinking for years.
Assuming you don’t belong to this category of people, and assuming you don’t have any superpowers — then no, technically you can’t “need nothing”.
But you can get pretty close to that.
You could, for instance, forget about a lot of needs that were created by your own mind, or by the environment you grew up in.
Or the needs created by the advertising industry, social media, and consumerism.
Or… you could realize that a lot of the things you need are actually things that you simply want. And wanting doesn’t equal needing.
Most people are in a state of neediness
This is the tragedy we witness every day: a ridiculously big percentage of people are in a state of neediness.
Meaning: no matter how great their life is, no matter how much money they earn, no matter who they spend their time with — they constantly crave more. And more.
And make no mistake, they aren’t “aspiring for excellence”. It’s not about personal growth.
They are simply stuck in the mindset where there is never enough, where they are never enough. This obviously translates to unhappiness.
So many have abundance yet they don’t see it, because they have a scarcity mindset rather than an abundance mindset.
Why needing nothing attracts everything
1. Making room for the new
To attract a new life, you first need to let go. You want to say goodbye to all the things that are not meant for you.
But it’s easier said than done.
Why? Because deep inside, we feel we need the situation we are in. The people around us, our job, our habits, our material possessions. We find it hard to let them go.
By contrast, imagine the mindset of someone who has learned to need nothing.
That’s the kind of person who finds it much easier to start a new life, to leave everything behind, or to simply embrace the new, or a new identity or version of themselves.
And when you do that, you attract everything — at least everything you are capable of achieving and experiencing.
2. Being chased rather than chasing
This is a well-known concept when it comes to dating and relationships.
It applies to relationships in particular, but it can also apply to other areas of your life; it’s kind of a universal rule.
Want a sure way to scare people off, or annoy them? Do you want to basically guarantee they’ll reject you? Chase them.
No one likes being chased. It creates the impression that the other person is needy and insecure — even when they are not!
So stop chasing people. And stop chasing things. When you stop chasing, when there is no longer all this tension, things will come to you.
When you need nothing — when you don’t need the attention of others to feel good about yourself — that’s when you attract everything.
3. Less needs = more power
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
It’s a quote by Henry David Thoreau. Some people believe the quote refers to wealth. I believe it refers to… things, in general.
Think of a minimalist state — a condition in which not only do you own few possessions, but you also live a life that’s simplified as much as possible.
Now think of the opposite: a maximalist state — a condition in which you own way too many things, in which you need all these things even though they end up owning you.
Which do you think creates (or allows) more energy, more power, more vitality?
It would be the minimalist state, obviously. Now, I’m not telling you to live like a monk. But the less you need, the higher your energy.
4. Language of the mind
Your inner voice is very important.
That’s a conversation with your higher self. Or your subconscious mind. Or the universe. Or God. I’ll let you choose the right word.
Now, when you are saying you need something or someone, your subconscious mind interprets it literally; it believes you have a need, therefore you don’t have what you want.
By saying that you need X (out loud, or in your own mind) you are also stating that X does not belong to you; that you are not capable of achieving it.
Whereas when you’re in the state in which you don’t need anything in particular, it’s like you already have everything. And that allows you to attract everything.
Which leads us to the final point…
5. Being complete, being enough
When you need nothing, you are complete. You are more than enough. You are perfect.
We live in a materialistic world. We have been conditioned to believe that someone who needs nothing will also have nothing. Which is completely false.
Everything that takes place in the material world first happens in the spiritual, invisible, intangible world (this is the idea behind the concept of manifestation).
If you need nothing, and you are the kind of person who is complete, guess what — your completeness, your wholeness can only attract positive things.
If you need everything, you attract nothing.
If you are everything, you attract everything.
Needing nothing attracts everything: quotes
Whole people see and create wholeness wherever they go; split people see and create splits in everything and everybody.Richard Rohr
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.Henry David Thoreau
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.Ernst F. Schumacher
As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that.Nic Sheff
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.Steve Jobs
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.Bertrand Russell
We are unhappy because we think that love is something we require from someone else.Arthur Japin
Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.Roy T. Bennett
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.Hosea Ballou
Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.Edwin Way Teale
We are already complete. All we need is the clarity to recognize the wholeness that is us.Rod Stryker
It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.Chuck Palahniuk
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.Epicurus