For example, a person who works at a steady job they don't really like is arguably living from a place of survival & security.
They are prioritizing security over creativity in their work.
An artist or a Yoga teacher is likely living out of creativity and creation. Many times prioritizing creativity over security.
There can be many cases where things aren't as they seem on the surface.
For me, a big revelation was that my entrepreneurship and drive to succeed in business was based on scarcity and lack.
Growing up in an immigrant family that experienced mid 20th century Russia, survivial & scarcity mindset were deeply ingrained in me.
So naturally my drive to succeed came from a place of wanting to avoid lack and scarcity.
A fundamental law of the universe, is that what you focus on grows. While seemingly I was focusing on abudnance and wealth, due to my hidden drive and motivation I was actually focusing the entire time on lack and scarcity.
And lack and scarcity can only take you so far.
How far? For me it was untill all of my basic needs were met and I became comfortable. At that point, the motivation ran out.
Economists that study the connection between earning money and happines, have shown that the point of having your basic needs met and reaching a happiness ceiling met comes at making $75,000/year (2010), or $86,000 in today's dollars . After that point, evey dollar you make does not contribute to your level of happiness, and can even detract from it on average.
Learning about this study, made a lot of sense to my personal story.
Being stuck in scarcity and lack, a funny thing started happening.
I would either feel a lack of motivation, because my actions were no longer aligned with a deep desire.
I would create scarcity and lack by making bad business and investment decisions, which would kick my motivation back into high gear.
As you can imagine, osciliating between the two is not a fun time.
Ok so you recognize you might be living out of a lower "need". How do you change something that's so deeply ingrained?
Awareness is the first step. Once you become aware of your motivation whatever it might be, you can then choose if you'd like to continue following that path, or create a shift.
For me, I've been on a continuous shift and journey to operate and create from a state of abundance and joy.
Making a deep perspective and concious shift like this can take some time and effort. We literally need to rewire our brains and life-long habits.
So then what tools can help you in this process? For me, these tools have been very helpful:
In today's society, more often than not we grow up and learn to operate from fear, scarcity, security, and a place of unworthiness (needing to achieve in order to be worthy of love and attention).
Recognizing where this learned behavior shows up in our life, and transcending into operating from your higher self can be a journey of freedom, bliss and abundance that lower "needs" just can't attain.
So ask yourself, where is your motivation coming from?
And know that even if you are operating from the lowest "survival" needs, the shift into abundance and joy is always accessible to you.