Did the title of this posting at least get your attention? Don’t all metaphysicians seek answers to this most primal question? Do we seek fame, fortune, adulation, attention for their own sake? Or more likely, as vain attempts to assuage our fear of dissolution and nonexistence? Do we ponder how or if we will ‘make our mark’ in this world. Do we desire to leave behind some tangible evidence that we existed? Is ‘fifteen minutes’ of fame what we need to achieve?
Well perhaps we are striving for the wrong end. Perhaps we need to step back from our own lives, our desires, our goals, our need to move forward, to succeed in the public arena, to become something more than what we are.
Perhaps we can reconsider what is important in life, what our purpose for being truly is. Consider some of the spiritual traditions–Buddhism, Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, Hinduism, Islam. They actively maintain that trying of achieve fame, ego -gratification, are forms of idol worship. They insist that humility is a virtue. Now isn’t that a rare commodity in our society?
Perhaps our goals need to be more modest–yet more profound. Is naming a building after yourself the path to immortality? What about anonymous charity? What about acts of kindness performed one-on-one without fanfare and audience?
I am reminded of some paragraphs from Michael Newton’s books. I do not recall whether this was from Destiny of Souls or Journey of Souls. It involves the assessment of the stage of development of the souls of the individuals he hypnotized. Many had believed that they were ‘old’ souls. That they were rather advanced and on their path towards liberation. Most of them were incorrect, Newton discovered, after placing them in deep hypnosis.
In fact he claimed that one of the most advanced souls was actually, in this lifetime, a simple waitress who worked at a remote truck stop in the Southwest desert. Apparently, she served a deep love and compassion for her customers along with their apple pie and coffee.
The Baal Shem Tov, the Kabbalistic founder of the Hasidic movement reportedly spoke of the powerful nature of divine joy. If anyone was touched by that awareness and was able to transmit that light to one other being in their lifetime, and if that individiual was enlightened by that encounter, that ONE act would justify that individual’s entire life or incarnation in that physical form.
So just perhaps we should re-evaluate what we consider to be necessary, important or crucial in our lives. Perhaps the purpose of life is far more simple, but more profound than we could ever imagine. Perhaps just being there for others, which is a healing path of being, is our ultimate purpose here. The rest may be interesting, even entertaining, but rather inconsequential in the big picture of existence.