What do you need in order to find your life and live it? What do you need to find what you need to find your life and live it? We all have an original nature, unique to us, embedded in our DNA, packed with all of the virtues that are ours to serve and to share in the work of finding our life and living it. We were born into circumstances that were supposed to receive us well and prepare us for the work of finding and being who we are. But. Something happened. And we were born into an environment ill-equipped to connect us with ourselves and the work that is ours to do, the life that is ours to live. Not only that, but it also works to separate us from ourselves, telling us that we are evil, sinful and lost from the start. We hear that we must not trust ourselves, but be careful to walk the straight and narrow and do what we are told, or hell will punish us eternally for sure. This is not at all what it is supposed to be! And we have to find our way to ourselves on our own all the way. But. We are not entirely alone. Our Psyche/Soul is loaded with our original nature and all the virtues we need to make our way to the Way, if they will just get out of our way and allow us to empty ourselves of all the noise and trust ourselves to the stillness and the silence, waiting for the mud to settle and the water to clear so that we might know what we know but have forgotten. We live to learn what we know is so in seeking and finding the life that fits us like our shoe size and our hat size and what we enjoy for breakfast. Our dreams and symptoms are guides letting us know when we are on the beam and when we are off of it-- and we get a sense of on-and-off in our body. The uh-oh feeling, the gut feeling, the feeling in our bones when something is wrong for us, and the ahh feeling when something is right for us. We have ways of knowing what is us and what is not us. Reducing the noise and complexity in our life, and emptying ourselves of our fear and anxiety so that we might listen in the stillness and silence for what we know and for what is calling us back to the life that was to be ours from before we were born-- and move toward what fits us over what remains of the life to be lived. It is never too late to be right about who we are and what is ours yet to do.
Do not look for meaning, purpose, and the reason for it all beyond the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it. We make it all up. Everything we see and do came right out of someone's imagination. Invention and technology is all imagination at work. It is all imagination at work. Philosophy, Art, Dance, Music, Manufacturing... Imagination at work. We have produced and destroied everything using nothing more than our imagination. We are the authors of our own life experience. There is no one here but us. That being the case, we might re-think war and retribution, and converting people to our way of thinking and see what cooperation and compassion can produce in the service of the best we are capable of imagining. Forget profit and gain! Profit and gain do not produce meaning and purpose-- they are just ways of diverting our attention from the emptiness of our lives. We cannot buy joy and satisfaction. The more money we have, the more insecure and defensive we become. Look around. See if this isn't so. Putin could be the richest man alive and he is threatened by the freedom of the Ukrainians next door. He cannot buy freedom from the fear of losing everything. And at the end of the line, death is waiting. If we are going to make something up-- and we have no choice in the matter-- why not make up something worthy of us? Something good and glorious? Something replete with joy and satisfaction? Celebrating, serving and sharing our original nature and the virtues that come with us from the womb is my idea of the best idea in the world. But, I will gladly stand aside, sit down, and listen to what everyone else has to say.
On one hand, I hate it has taken being where I have been, to be where I am. On another hand, having been where I have been and having dealt with what I have dealt with, I have no reason to think that I cannot deal with whatever comes along. I wish it were an easier, softer, trip to confidence and self-assurance. I know and like who I am, and trust my foundational nature. My past has been exactly what I needed to be here, now. So, let the future come! I'll find a way of accommodating myself to it, and being just fine-- anyway, nevertheless, even so! May it be that way with you, as well!