"I have now realized that you are not what you do, because if you are, then when you don't you aren't."
This insight into the true nature of purpose is a conclusion of a healing from the aftereffects of a stroke. The writer is Doug Dombek, and I invite you to read his article A new view, a new life.
Purpose is about being, it is about the meaning of your life, and it is defined by the things that endure, that have continuity - "things not seen," the things of Spirit (see Heb. 11:1) in Bible talk. So the real purpose of life is not what we do or how we are defined by time and culture - purpose is about the spiritual essence of life.
It has everything to do with who we are as Life, God, has made us. This purpose is the same for each of us, but at the same time it is unique to each individual. Our purpose is to be the child of God—to express God's intention that each of us express His divine nature.
It is a spiritual law that each idea, each being has a clearly defined identity and individuality. And only God, Life, knows what this is. So how to find out all about it? Listening, heartfelt prayer, meditation, quietness. Over the years I have been greatly inspired by this little prayer, which comes along so humble and simple --- and unfolds its big impact in your heart. Purpose, the purpose of your life is good, so good, tender and big at the same time. Like the purpose of everything that has a place in our experience - everyone we met and will meet, the planet that we call our home, mountains and the sea, pets and wildlife. God has a plan.
God has a plan.
And as our purpose grows
To serve Him best,
We find Him leading on
Where wisdom flows
And work is rest.
(H. E. Williams)
Is it difficult to feel that God and Her/His creation are one? This sense of oneness is balance, peace, spiritual understanding, wisdom. This sense of oneness means that the many billions of lives - of people, animals, plants, all of Life's infinite ways to express itself - are all one in the spiritual dimension of Life which is the essence of it all. It means that all is thought - because matter is a concept including separation, not worthy of pursuit. Oneness doesn't know separation or competition or division.
Taking seriously that God and man are one also means that in our experience we could depend less on other mortals for happiness, safety, and joy, because we have already all. We can safely lower our expectations in others to grant us their attention, appreciation, back up - because if God and man are truly one, we have already all. And are grateful, relaxed, and joyful.
Being aware that God and man are one also means that struggles for supply and prosperity can be less fierce, because we approach solution seeking from the authority of completeness. Companies in search of customers (other mortals) to fill their order books, and in need of a consistent cash flow will become more confident. Ideas could replace objects, and motives and actions could be tested in regard to their integrity. From the perspective of oneness. It would leave no one depending on circumstance and would empower everyone to do something bold, something honest - without the fear of being thought different, because truly authentic. (If you speak the truth, you need a fast horse, they say!).
It also means that relationships are more meaningful, because we don’t require anything from anybody, but rather rejoice in expressing the goodness that is already there. Relationships then being about giving, not taking. And about simply being. God being infinitely good, what do you need from someone else? And would you ever take from someone else? And what can you give? If "I AM" is good enough for the supreme Power, could this be enough to fill our lives, too? Because this oneness is living within a source, a sense of unity with our divine source - or if you rather like this image, living in the middle of an inexhaustible fountain. It would mean to stop yearning for a slice of the cake, because you have access to the bakery, including their infinite stock of tested recipes.
It also means a renewed sense of respect and awe for nature - for our planet with its animal and plant life, for the billions of different ways Nature is teaching us about the goodness of Life. Oneness eliminates any sense of competition, exploitation, dependency, and leads to meaningful and constructive ideas in our daily life. It could inspire new ways of shopping, driving, interacting with animals and learning from the wealth of creation with the aim of, well, learning. Is not learning enough for a life, an honorable life purpose within the oneness of Mind?
Now enough of "would" and "could". The shift from complaint to learning is not as big, as you might think. It is thought that seems to resist, a thought that is a grain of sand as opposed to the machinery of our solar system. It just continues unimpressed within the oneness, whatever might try to stand in its way. Oneness. The oneness IS the one (!) thing, the wisest people in the past and present were teaching. Like Mary Baker Eddy who learnt from Jesus how to live a life of unity with God - that is why her voice is so authentic and her spiritual teaching so powerful. It is not her invention, she is finding words for timeless truths that resonate with anybody who has an open heart and a listening ear:
"True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of all, it shows us what God is. Advancing in this light, we reflect it; and this light reveals the pure Mind-pictures, in silent prayer, even as photography grasps the solar light to portray the face of pleasant thought.“ (Mary Baker Eddy, No and Yes, p. 39)
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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