The Life Purpose
There is no more profound
question to be asked than “What is the purpose of life” or
“Why did the universe come into being?” Typically, we are
so absorbed in our own lives that this question seldom occurs. It sometimes
arises during a life crisis such as the death of a friend or relative,
a health or career crisis, or difficulties with relationships.
Or, when we near the
end of our lives we more intensely investigate if there is life after
death. It can also be precipitated by the classic “hitting bottom”
experiences of chronic drug and alcohol addiction.
Sometimes, we ask this
question during positive circumstances as well, such as after we achieve
our goals in life and wonder “Is that all there is?”
This need to know is present in all of us. And while we disregard this
need throughout much of our lives, many say life begins when this question
can no longer be avoided.
Those who most pursue this question tell us that to find the answer we
must silence the mind and go to the stillness within. After all, our thoughts
are just the mind silently talking. The stillness between our
thoughts is the mind silently listening.
To regularly achieve a quiet mind and this state of listening, we must
move into the present moment, or the now. We have to be absolutely
present with ourselves, and not living in thoughts that anticipate the
future or those that dwell on the past.
is no better way to become present than to observe the breath. Athletes
have historically practiced breathwork to remain calm and focused during
competition. In fact, ancient yogis made a science of this called pranayama,
meaning control of the life force.
As a result,
several breathing techniques have emerged to bring us into the present;
the simplest is to just observe the breath as it enters and leaves the
nostrils, or as it raises and lowers the abdomen.
other breathing techniques are effective and many of them appear in the
"Breath" section at the end of the Sound
Sleep article on this website.
who become proficient at stilling the mind enjoy a calm that permeates
their everyday life. They can access this calm while sitting at a traffic
light or standing in line at the market. Physical and mental health benefits
accrue to these individuals as well.
The Still Space and the Life Purpose
More importantly, this still space is where we gain guidance about our
life purpose. Regardless of our own goals, we must be in accordance with
the will of the universe to succeed. The universe whispers to us in the
present moment through thoughts, images, emotions, and bodily sensations,
often giving us clear direction. Regardless of religious affiliation or
spiritual background, this information is available to all who are willing
to temporarily relinquish the everyday mind and listen.
As one attunes to this
space, the demands of our outer life are brought into perspective. We
start to develop our inner life and access our greater purpose. We become
more interested in discovering the permanent self that lies beyond the
mind rather than the temporary self that interacts with the world as the
ego, or personality. This is the heart of meditation.
The Healing Light Series DVD videos offered on this website take you into
that still space utilizing the breathing methods previously described.
While the techniques in this series particularly address chronic disease,
they can be used by anyone. The longer that awareness of the present moment
can be maintained, the more that anxious thoughts and emotions disappear,
and the calm of the "listening mind" can hear the one
life purpose that guides us all.