Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What I Learned From "Dying," Part 2: My Three Purposes




Earlier, I briefly described my three "Near Death Experiences" and what I learned from each of those distinctly different passages about the apparent structure of our lives here, on this Earth, and now, in the Eternal Moment, stretching beyond this physical being...but they left it to me to realize the Why?

We're passengers (passer-bys) in these bodies. We're each a fully accounted-for part of an unimaginably more spectacular (if you can imagine that!), largely unperceived spiritual system. Each of us has a "mission" to be fulfilled, a set of lessons to learn, karmatic tasks to achieve for our process of spiritual evolution. It's really the stuff that myths are made of, and for.

"Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told."
Joseph Campbell

Before I tell you what I came to about the Why?, about our three great purposes, I feel I need to mention a serious underlying conundrum that's accompanied me since my experiences crys-tallized in my life: That nothing any one of us thinks, believes, does, or says is particularly important at all on a planet that's funneled many billions of souls...but then it's also everything that is most important of all. I only need to take Life's lessons seriously, not myself.

So first of all, it's about Expression – about discovering the best qualities of being human. Not the most selfishly gratifying, but the most fulfilling. Naturally this includes passion, sex, sentiment, thrill and chills, accomplishment, and sacrifice – but not for any self-centered ends, and to the detriment of no sentient being, but in fact contributing to their welfare, if possible.

Self –Expression, as in discovering your authentic self – who you really are, and what your positive, life-fulfilling role is – whether it's protecting and caring for others, building bridges, fixing finances, creating revelatory art, putting your soul on paper, etc. – all the things we do for one another. All the "markets" we find. It's not always fabulous at all, or about being rich and famous, or what others think of you. It's a more meaningful definition of success. It's about being who you're meant to be in this life. Being alive in your expression, and respecting the pure expression of all Life.

Next, it's about Evolution. About that which motivates us to our greatest good, to our highest spiritual state. What sends us into tomorrow morning, or into "The Sweet Hereafter" growing and continuing to learn and expand into our shared Source of Being in the best and most fulfilling way possible. Naturally this includes an ongoing effort to develop real character, compassion, tolerance, and willingness. To become truly open-hearted, and expansive within your emotional life, and outward through your philosophy and approach to living. All negativity is resisting this personal spiritual evolution.

This amounts to not only the spiritual evolution of the self that we carry into our life to come, but also to the evolution of all Life, as the whole is a confluence of all it's smallest parts (like me...). We are all of one growing mind, alive in an ocean of consciousness, expressing that growth in each of our own little ways. The difficulties of human ego and desire are only aspects of this little being we overcome, minor obstacles that slightly impede, but will inevitably surrender to our expansion into spirit. We do this by finding our true medium...

Then it's about discovering that Love is the true medium of Life. The substance it springs from. The air it breathes, the water it drinks, the lubricant upon which it glides along, within us or without us. It's easy for us to believe that power, force, decay, or the flesh and elements of this life are it's medium, but they are only it's constituents, or symptoms of being human – our realities of living in human bodies. They aren't what creates it, lies beneath it all, flows through it, enfolds it's beginning and "end," and provides this life it's ultimate gratifications, fulfillments, and achievements (those that completely overwhelm the intellectual or merely sensoral).

Love creates all those motivations and sensations that humankind struggles to describe as it's greatest testament to Being. Our collective mission is to return to that medium of Life, to Love. Every question is answered, every problem is solved, every chal-lenge is met best by Love. It's the smallest, the largest, and the actual medium of Life itself...and so, it is our home. It's where we are destined to return to. It is Why?

This second part concludes my simplest summation of every thing I learned by dying, for the first three times. Now I just have to try to live it.

"In the end, love is the only medicine that can heal the wounds of the world. In this universe, it is love that binds everything together. As this awareness dawns within us, all disharmony will cease."
Amma


The book: How to Survive Life (and Death), A Guide To Happiness In This World and Beyond is now available everywhere, but ask for it it at your local bookstore!

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