“Teaching but reinforces what you believe about yourself. Its fundamental purpose is to diminish self doubt… The self you think is real is what you teach.” …A Course in Miracles
I’m going to state right up front that my posts are not meant to sway, convince, persuade or teach anyone except myself. Therefore, they are – and will be – mostly about subjects that are not of this world. They’re about the uncommon. Those things which are hoped for, wished for, and then usually scoffed at and shrugged off as unattainable. My true purpose in writing these posts is to find my way back to my “true Self.” The “Self” that God created, and by doing so, let go of the one I made.
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life.” …Aristotle
Who amoung us has not, at one time or another, wondered what life is? Is there a human being that hasn’t, at some time during their sojourn on this earth, asked themselves what the purpose of life is? I used to ask myself those types of questions all the time. But the thing is, we don’t know the answers, and as long as we keep asking the self which we made, the one we think is us, our questions will remain unanswered.
If we’re ever to get an answer to these types of questions, then we need to stop asking the one entity in the entire universe who doesn’t know. That one entity we keep asking, and never get an answer from, is that which most of us believe to be our self – i.e., the ego. The ego is what we see with our physical eyes, whose seeing ends at the body.
Aristotle, whom I quoted above, lived nearly twenty-four hundred years ago. But he was far more enlightened than most of us who have come along twenty-four hundred years later. He knew the answer to the question; what is the purpose of life? Life has no other meaning or purpose than joy, or happiness – that’s it!
“The power of decision is all that is yours.”
A Course in Miracles tells us that the one and only power we humans have left is the power of decision. But be not dismayed or distressed about this, because the Power contained within this one is beyond our ability to even comprehend. It has the Power to return us to Light and joy – our true Self – or to send us deeper into darkness and misery – the self we made. We are free to choose which direction we want to go – the decision is ours. No one can make it for us; no one is coming to save us – it’s all up to us. The power of decision will always be ours. Nothing or no one will ever be able to take it from us. We will always be free to choose.
“There are but two directions you can take while time remains and choice is meaningful. For never will another road be made except the way to Heaven. You but choose whether to go toward Heaven or away to nowhere. There is nothing else to choose.” …ACIM
Everything we do, every action we take in this physical world is a decision we have to make – everything is based on choice. If you make a cup of coffee, it’s a choice you make. I had to choose to write this post. It’s your choice as to whether you read it, or not. Everything is a choice, and I mean everything – there are no exceptions. And according to A Course in Miracles, every choice we make either leads us toward Heaven or away to nowhere.
The Light Flashes
As I said above, I used to – and I still do – ask a lot of questions about life. One of those questions was; what is the purpose of life; does it have any meaning?
I asked myself this question over and over for years to no avail. There simply was no answer that made sense. When we ask these types of questions we’re usually looking for a deep spiritual answer – something almost too deep and profound to be understood.
But then one day I was listening to Abraham – that group of non-physical entities who speak through Esther Hicks. It was Esther’s voice that I was listening to, but the information – I believe – was coming from Abraham. You’re free to decide for yourself as to whom you believe was providing the information. Anyway, I heard Esther say something that caused the Light of understanding to flash its bright Light across my imagination. She said, the only purpose to life is to find joy for yourself. I haven’t placed this in quotation marks because I have paraphrased it from memory, therefore, it may not be an exact quote – but it is close enough. My reaction to this was, of Course! What else could it be? That makes perfect sense!
“You are as God created you.” …ACIM
And now I revert back to something I’ve been stressing quite often throughout my posts. Which is, are we creations of a Divine Creator, or are we accidents of nature? Each and every one of us has to make this choice. There is not one human being on this planet that won’t eventually make it. Every decision you make leads you toward Heaven, or away from it – again, there are no exceptions.
“Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.” Let’s say that you consciously make the choice, and decide that you’re a Creation of a Divine Creator. Now I must ask, how could any of God’s Creations be anything other than He created them to be? The answer is, they couldn’t! When God created you He created you from Love, by Love and for Love – that’s what you are. God is Love; Love is God and this Love has filled you with Light, Joy and Peace – again, that’s what you are.
But that being said, in this world it seems as if we’re something completely opposite of that. We see ourselves as these physical bodies, which most of the time are living in fear and misery believing that our end is the grave. But that is NOT who we are.
God did not create anything but eternal Beings who will forever live in Light, Joy and Peace. The little physical selves we’re aware of were made by us, and The Course tells us this: “The body is a tiny fence around a little part of a glorious and complete idea. It draws a circle, infinitely small, around a very little segment of Heaven splintered from the whole, proclaiming that within it is your kingdom, where God can enter not. Within this kingdom the ego rules, and cruelly. And to defend this little speck of dust, it bids you fight against the universe.”
And it’s this glorious and complete idea – Heaven – that I’m determined to rejoin. Like the prodigal son I’m tired of this so-called life of birth, growing up, old age, sickness and death. This is what I’ve allowed my ego to make for me. But now I’ve decided to choose a different direction, and by this choice return Home. I’ve learned that once this decision is made the entire universe conspires to help.
As pointed out above, everything in this life is a choice. Everything means just that – everything. Therefore it also includes happiness. I’m going to close this post with another quote from Esther Hicks (Abraham). She said; “The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness”
Thanks for visiting, and God Bless You.