piensactua asked: Have you ever think about, what is the whole purpose of the human race? Why are we here? Are we here to learn? To live? To love? To experience live? (If so, for what?) To destroy the world? Why are we here?
The idea of purpose only comes after there is a human to conceive of it. Therefore purpose came after humanity, not before. So can we really say humanity has a purpose? Purpose is a mortal thing, it is not timeless. It is linear with a beginning and an ending. Such things are marks of the dream state, illusion.
A forest has no purpose, it just does its thing and remains in harmony with the cycles of life. Perhaps you could say that the forest’s purpose is harmony, but that is simply adding a concept where there need be none.
The question “Why are we here?” makes one major assumption: that we are here in the first place. From where does your awareness come? You are aware of the mind-body, the mind-body is not aware of you. So to equate where the mind-body appears to be with where you appear to be is the basic mistake that gives rise to the illusion of separation. That is called identification with form.
On the flipside, it would be tempting for someone to think about these ideas and then conclude that life is in fact meaningless. But that is not true. Purpose is not the same thing as meaning.
Smelling a midsummer storm in the humid air, studying the lines in your lover’s palm, watching bees crawl over flowers, the things that have the most meaning often have the least purpose.
To me, the only temporary purpose we all share is to awaken from our illusion and confusion. After that, purpose dies into the eternity of meaning.
And So It Is…Really?
This is one of the most important effects of meditation, that you begin to find guidance in your life: that you are guided to meet the appropriate people, to go to the appropriate places, to do the appropriate things, and you begin to see that you are not managing your life just by yourself. The God process is happening in you. It is a very specific grace of meditation when you get this sense of guidance in your life, a visible sign; it is akin to what Jung called synchronicity.
-Fr. Bede Griffiths-
One of the wonderful things about planning a journey without too many plans is the ability to be open to guidance in the moment. It’s an awareness of the continuing question “I wonder what wants to happen next?” and the willingness to be open to it. I’ve now been on sabbatical a week and have allowed myself to be in this space of openness everyday. Consequently I’ve experienced significant guidance each day that could not have been planned. Appropriate people, places, situations, and things have appeared for me that have enlivened and enhanced my life. I’m amazed.
Another practice has led to recognizing a different awareness taking place when I consciously shift from evaluative mind to witnessing mind. In evaluative mind I find myself with judgement, criticism, reactivity, and selfishness in thought, word, and deed. When I become aware of it, I’m able to hold my tongue, moderate my actions, and drop the thoughts. When I’m able to make the shift from the critical evaluation to the open accepting witness, everything seems to smooth out in my mind which allows me to patiently and selflessly be with whatever’s happening. It’s been an amazing discovery to realize I can clear my evaluations simply by becoming aware of them, letting them go, and accepting what is.
Yesterday I had a plan to leave Colorado and travel to Wisconsin during the late afternoon or early evening. The flow of the day changed my agenda of shoulds, musts, oughts, and have toos. I was able to shift my plan, open to what was showing up, and move the departure to tomorrow. Instead of being upset, I was relieved. There was no right or wrong, just an awareness of what could be for the greater good. This letting go is allowing me to relax more, stress less, and be in a kinder gentler space. I’m now wondering why you and I push so hard to make things happen when we can allow the soft pull of Life to guide and direct us. I’m wondering if this is simply a state I’ve entered that will dissipate or a stage I’m moving into and„, here I am again making evaluations.
So, my dear friends, as you walk through your day to day interactions, you might try humming a new tune that will allow you to relax a bit more, flow with what shows up, and discover the infinite possibilities and potentialities that are always here. You might want to become more aware of your evaluative mind and observe the resistance and selfishness that it creates. You might also want to simply drop into a witnessing awareness and accept What Is to see what wants to happen next. Meanwhile, I’m on my way to the North Country awakening and opening to what might be in synchronicity.”
There is at present nothing in matter as understood through natural sciences—no, not even in the wildest reaches of quantum mechanics—that would lead one to expect matter to assume forms so that it might be able to formulate universal laws that encompass its own existence.”