“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” ~ David Viscott
In the world that we live in today, it seems pretty hard (if not impossible) to find our true selves, to be who we really are – no censorship, no pretending, no darkness – only truth. By not being who we really are, not only do we lie to those around us, we lie to ourselves – consciously or unconsciously. Every time I think about this, I am saddened a little, for I know it is a challenge to listen to your heart, to do the things that your heart tells you to do.
Most of us are guided by our thoughts – thoughts that are only an illusion of who we really are, thoughts that only keep us farther away from our true identity, from our true selves. When it comes to listening to our heart, we think that it’s quite risky to listen to a voice we don’t recognize, a voice whose true identity is unknown to us, a voice we don’t even know will take us somewhere. And what is this voice anyway? Does anybody listen to it? What if we choose to listen? And what if we choose to do the things it tells us to do? And eventually, realize that it took us nowhere? What then?
We can’t rely on something that does not seem real to us, we can’t rely on something that we can’t hear, feel, see, or taste. This is what most of us think. We are afraid of what might happen if we take the road less traveled, we are afraid of the unknown. We would rather keep it safe. Better safe than sorry…
That might be true for a short period of time – but eventually, we discover that short-term pain might mean long term gain, while short-term gain can bring us long term pain.
If we could only detach ourselves from this life, from this body we live in. If we could only become the observer of our lives, the observer of everything, life would look a whole lot different to us. The so-called problems would become nothing more than small stuff. If we could see the world as it really is, no good and no bad, no darkness and no light, no rich and no poor, no beauty and no ugliness, no labels attached to it, then we could really start living.
We would finally realize that we have nothing to fear, for fears are just illusions – just like all the other things we have created in order to keep the insanity alive. We would finally realize that all is perfect just the way it is.
You see, I really believe that everything in this world happens for a reason and that we all come to this world with our work in our hearts. Deep down in our hearts, we know it all. We know what we are supposed to be doing, we know what our gifts and talents are, and we know that, in order to really be happy, we have to share our gifts with the world. After all, what pleasure can you get from owning something that is not shared with others?
Think about nature for a second, and how it takes its course so beautifully – no effort on its part, no stress, no nothing. Have you noticed how beautiful and perfect nature really is? It’s all in divine order. That is how it’s supposed to be. Imagine what would happen if an apple tree started thinking. That would be something, right? ”Oh no! I have to make apples again this year. I’m so sick of doing the same thing over and over again. Why me? Why does it have to be like this? Life is not supposed to be like this. I am so unhappy, so predictable. No wonder I feel so alone, so lost and so depressed… ”
Yes, I know. That would be quite something, wouldn’t it? But, that’s exactly how we humans sound, that’s exactly how we are. Our thinking is interfering with who we really are. Having all these thoughts, we have chosen to create an illusory world for ourselves – a world designed to keep our insanity alive, a world that we have gotten so attached to that, even though it is causing us so much pain, it’s hard for us to let it go. It’s what we believe in, it’s what we see as “true.” This is our reality, the real world, the only world there we know.
But, if nature takes it course and blossoms effortlessly, why wouldn’t it be the same for us humans? We are so scared of being alone with ourselves, so afraid of the unknown, afraid of what we might discover.
We like to stay in our comfort zone because it is safe. We need to feel safe and secure. We dare not dream, aspire, go on a journey of self-discovery. I really don’t know how long we can keep going like this. I really believe that a great many people, tired of their own pain and misery, tired of doing the same things over and over again and getting the same old results, have chosen to step out of their minds, their illusions, and live more consciously.
I see people who want to make a difference, people who look back on their lives and the lives of those around them and see how we are repeating the same patterns and passing our poor judgments, our poverty thinking and our limiting beliefs down from generation to generation.
People are starting to question their beliefs, starting to question themselves: “What is my meaning in this world? Why am I here? How can I make a difference in my life and in the lives of those around me? How can I make a difference in the world?”
We are beginning to think more about the ways we can give and less about the ways we can get. It is more about the “other” – about giving – and less about receiving. I think we are coming to the realization that the more we give, the more we get, and by giving, we are not only making others happy, we are also contributing to our own well being, our own peace of mind, our own happiness.
“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.” ~ Michael Strassfeld
We are all connected with each other. In order to maintain the balance, we have to become aware of this fact. We have to treat everyone with love, respect, and compassion. We have to treat everyone the way we would like to be treated. The moment one finds his purpose, the moment he feels he’s on the right track, doing the things he’s supposed to be doing, he will be filled with love and will attract more love in his life.
The more suffering in a person’s heart, the stronger the need to hurt and humiliate others, the stronger the need to judge and criticize, the stronger the desire to blame and complain about everything and everyone. So you see, it is better for everyone to live a life on purpose – for themselves and for those around them. The happier one makes others through their work, the happier they will be.
Fall in love with what you do, find your passion, work with it, and then sell that love. There is so little competition.