Many people I've met are chasing a dream. The dream is that, one day, at some unspecified time in the future, they will have made it.

Their life will finally contain everything they've ever wanted - unlimited wealth, incredible health, glorious relationships or whatever everything represents to you.

If you are chasing that dream, and let's say that everything you've ever wanted has manifested, then my question for you is this...

What happens next after you finally have it all?

Is that something you've ever thought about before?

asked 26 Feb '10, 10:37

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According to Abraham, that should never happen. It's human nature to always be striving for something, and when one goal or set or goals is accomplished, another will naturally appear. We may not see far enough ahead to know what the future goals will be, just that indeed some will show up!


answered 26 Feb '10, 10:56

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edited 26 Feb '10, 14:40

I think that having it all refers not so much to material forms but to an inner glow of love and happiness. Often times we think we want something or someone, but what we really want is love and happiness. Having love and happiness is having it all. So, in essence we already have it all, we just need to realize that we do. Once we do that we will have a smile on our faces for the rest of our days on Earth. We will be in the vortex on the leading edge of the stream, and life will keep providing us with physical and non-physical manifestations that keeps the smile on our faces.

There is a story about Alexander the Great and a Yogi. Basically, Alexander sends a messenger to the forest to find and bring back the wise yogi who lives there. So the messenger finds the yogi and says to him, " Alexander the Great wants to see you. If you come with me Alex will give you all the riches in the world, but if you don't he will chop off your head." So the yogi said the messenger, "I'm staying right here because you can't give me what I already have, and I'm not afraid to die."


answered 26 Feb '10, 11:47

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I got this story from the book, The Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda. There is also a rendition of the story here.

(26 Feb '10, 12:03) Brian

I tend to agree with Brian on this - we already have it all or to put it in the famous words of T.S.Elliot - "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

Hmm! But now Stingray you've given me some food for thought. I've always agreed with Abraham's teachings that we came here to grow and expand so when our current dream is realized there will always be another,however this kind of contradicts what I stated above - there is nowhere to go and nothing to get. Maybe I should pose this as a seperate question.


answered 26 Feb '10, 14:53

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My answer is in line with what Lee Ann has said. We will never reach a point in life where we will have everything we have ever desired. The whole point of life is the launching of new desires and then aligning with those desires.

We see this phenomenon all the time in life. Even if it is something substantial that has manifested in our lives, such as the abundance of money, there will be new and maybe even more substantial desires that we will launch, for example, what do I now do with this money.

I think that people who have the mentality that they would have made it if they have achieved a number of things in life, would probably join the non-physical (die) if they really had no other desires as it is our desires makes life exciting and keeps us alive and wanting more.


answered 26 Feb '10, 13:32

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edited 26 Feb '10, 14:45

You pursue a new dream.

When you have everything you want for yourself and your family, I believe the greatest reward comes from providing service to others. Conversely, being of service to others is the vehicle by which most people get everything they want in life.

It is wonderful to learn about the world, how things work, and the nature of people. But it is even better when you can take that knowledge and apply it to make the world better, whether that means helping someone through an emotional problem, or providing monetary resources.

Bill Gates spent a couple of decades building a software empire. In so doing, he created wealth that can now be used to make the world a better place. That wealth is so substantial that he must now distribute it through a foundation, and carefully plans his stock purchases and sales so that the stock market is not negatively affected (!).

Warren Buffett plans to give away all of his wealth before he retires. He can't take any of it with him, after all. His children will get a small portion of it, but he understands that it is more important for them to find their own journey.

So why do these people continue to create wealth, when they already have more than they'll ever need? Because that's what they do. That's what they're good at. I can't speak for Bill Gates, but I would imagine that he didn't envision himself in the home that he lives in now when he started his computer company, essentially out of his garage. Nor could he have predicted the impact he would have on so many peoples lives. But he did have a vision. Over time, that vision grew into something larger.

I believe most people who find true happiness do it, not by pursuing a dream of riches, but by following their life's purpose. If you follow riches for their own sake, they will slip from your fingers, but if you follow your purpose, the riches will come automatically as a by-product.

See also here, and here.


answered 26 Feb '10, 17:25

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edited 26 Feb '10, 17:38

I don't think that would ever happen, because the more you get the more you want. Right now I have everything I used to think I wanted and now I want more. The definition of everything for people continues to change as you learn more and open your mind to new options and opportunities.


answered 26 Feb '10, 18:37

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I think we are always searching, and once we achieve security through enough assets to last us until we die, after this is achieved (usually later in life) most people turn towards meaningful work. We look towards our own spiritual fulfillment and that may manifest itself in helping others or working towards our own expansion of knowledge and enlightenment.

For those who said they just want more, I think that is one path. However, as you get older if you prioritize what is really important to you to have and once you have achieved those things, be content, then you are moving towards true happiness.

Once you have obtained material wealth, it is time to turn your attention to meaningful aspects of life such as spending time with family and friends. And, most importantly, helping others.


answered 01 Jun '11, 11:40

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I am pretty sure that having it all is relative to us all. What "it all" to you is different for me.

But our point of being here on this planet in the first place is to just..

LEARN. (and feel good doing it)

That's it. You can learn to get everything you ever wanted either it be spiritual or physical and then what? Well, you keep learning.

So here is the oxymoron, since our reason here is to learn, does that not point towards 'total knowledge' as being having it all, or having everything you want? Because learning about this place and ourselves is really what we are doing, but we are all going about this process in slightly and sometimes very different ways.

We tend to think we have a mission within a mission but yet it is all the same mission.


That being said, I do not think we can have it all in this realm...gotta keep learning. And it cant hurt to pick up a few goodies on the way, just try not to get attached to them :))




answered 01 Jun '11, 16:36

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having it all is an interesting concept,
maybe if qualified by no more physical desires you'd probably be what we call dead,
if on the spiritual level, although you may have attained the Christ-type, there is more awaiting you in the infinite cosmos


answered 02 Jun '11, 00:52

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Given the fact that a man’s desire is never fulfilled; he will continue his quest more!


answered 02 Jun '11, 05:17

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But quest for what? :)

(02 Jun '11, 05:40) you

@Michael:Whatever appeals to him: more of anything that aspires to his taste, and likeness? He might want to increase his family, now that he is financially able to do so!

(02 Jun '11, 05:57) Inactive User ♦♦

I think to answer this question, you need to see the perspective from which the question was formulated. Chances are you did not ask this question from a position of "having it all". So your current view of "all" is limited to where you are now. Today. Once you achieve your current vision of "all", you will already see new things that were not visible to you from your previous vantage point... and so on.

So the journey is in constant evolution and expansion and because the world is in constant expansion (new thoughts, creations, inventions, people etc..) there will never be a shortage of "what's next?" You will never have everything you want. OK, let me clarify. You may feel contentment with where you are but chances are you would die of boredom doing nothing and just "existing" so you will most likely seek new avenues to explore on a continual basis. I would anyway :-)

Just my 0.02


answered 11 Mar '18, 01:26

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