I recently got a subscription to the New York Times. Who knows why—I just wanted to keep more up-to-date with the news.
Anyway, recently I was reading an article there where someone was discussing the purpose of life.
At first I was pretty excited because he said there is no set purpose or destiny.
But as I read through the article, it became clearer and clearer that he was a materialist, and believed that the Universe was purely random.
This is a question that’s plagued me for years, and sometimes I even agreed with that writer.
It’s an important question, especially as the creators we are.
So today I want to cover this question: what exactly is the purpose of life?
Why Does It Matter?
Why answer this question at all, besides the fact that that article really irritated me? Why does it matter what the purpose of life is? Plenty of people go their entire lives without ever asking this question.
Well, firstly I am guessing that if you’re reading this blog, you’ve asked this question now and again in your own life.
I certainly have asked it over and over again throughout the years.
In fact, I recently met with a coach who helped me to realize that purposefulness was one of my core essences. So, it’s a very big question for me, and central to my entire existence in this life.
Because of that, I’ll naturally attract those readers who will have that same priority, and ask that same question for themselves.
But, does knowing the purpose of life have any impact on us as manifesters?
I believe that it does.
Many times when I have been pursuing my larger goals in life, I would wonder, “Does the Universe really want me to have this? What if it is not in alignment with my purpose? What if it’s not for my highest good?” I know many others who have had the same fear.
If your purpose in life is set, then your desires may or may not be in alignment with that purpose.
But if your purpose is malleable, then you get to decide what that purpose is, and what desires you can have or not.
Of course, the real fear is, what if there is no purpose?
Purpose Is the Glue of the Universe
Back in my more non-dual days, I was more or less a nihilist, believing that there really was no ultimate purpose, because purpose requires ego. It was pretty depressing, though, I’ll admit.
But if there is really no purpose, then what is it that drives you forward? What is it that motivates you to live? What is it that motivates you to do something nice for another?
In my view, at least, purpose is the glue that holds the Universe together. Without purpose, the Universe simply has no cohesion.
Purpose Is Already Driving You Forward
Think about how purpose really insinuates itself into your everyday life.
Why do you get up in the morning?
Perhaps it’s so you can go to work. But why do you go to work?
Perhaps it’s so you can get a paycheck. But why do you want a paycheck?
Perhaps it’s because you want to live comfortably, or even support a hobby.
Or, maybe you’re fortunate and your work is your passion, and that is your purpose.
But in only a few levels of questioning, we arrived at a purpose for why you get up in the morning in the first place.
Perhaps you don’t think about it in just that way, but imagine this:
Imagine that the motivation was removed. It could happen in any of the following ways:
- You stopped receiving a paycheck from work.
- You found another income source which exceeded your income from work.
- Work became something that you no longer enjoy.
Perhaps point #1 isn’t quite reasonable, but imagine you work for the paycheck, and that paycheck is removed from the equation. Are you still going to go to work?
You’ll still get up in the morning, of course, but it’ll be for another purpose, like something that actually paid, or something that you really enjoyed. 🙂
Or point #2: another income source started paying more than your work paycheck, so that it became superfluous. You might decide to drop it, then, if it weren’t enjoyable.
And finally, point #3: if it stopped being enjoyable, then you’d have no more reason to go.
So purpose is driving you forward all the time. You just don’t always know what that purpose necessarily is.
Purpose vs. Desire
You might ask, “Is that really purpose, or just my own desire?”
But I would ask in return, why does your desire have to be different than the purpose of life?
When we discuss purpose, we tend to have a very theo-centric view of things, even when we call it by labels like “Universe” or “Source”.
That is, we imagine that there’s one, unified purpose for the whole Universe, and you are just one minuscule, insignificant player in the totality of the play of creation.
In this view, God really calls all the shots. If you decide that you’d like to have this job, or start this business, or date that person, but the whole tapestry of creation requires otherwise of you, then you’re helpless against the flow of life and where it takes you.
We hope that we’ll like the outcome, but inevitably, we tend to get lost in the bigger picture.
What If the Purpose of Life Weren’t Theo-Centric?
What if this view of purpose weren’t quite right in its scope?
What if instead of being theo-centric, the purpose of life is you-centric? Or me-centric?
That is, what if we stop talking about the purpose of life, and start talking about your purpose of life?
What if you get the ultimate choice: to decide exactly how you will lead your life, and what that will look like?
That means that if you want that job, you go and get that job. If you want to start that business, you go and start that business. And if you want to be in that relationship, then you pursue that relationship.
That means that there’s no force out there that will tell you, “No, you can’t do that.”
The only one who can deny you your desire is yourself.
In a sense, that’s wonderfully liberating. It means that you never again have to worry about whether you’re doing “the right thing”. If it’s what you want to be doing right now, then it’s right for you, and that’s really all that matters.
But Isn’t This the Same as Saying Life Has No Purpose?
But if I’m saying that you choose the purpose of your life, isn’t that basically the same thing as saying that life has no ultimate purpose? That, indeed, the Universe is just random?
Life sort of looks that way if you really look at what’s going on in the world. Just because someone wants something is no guarantee that they’ll actually get it, even if they are a really happy person.
In fact, the author of the article I mentioned in the intro to this post mentioned this exact fact. He talked about entropy: the nature of things to become more random and less organized over time. In time, all order to the Universe will be completely lost to entropy. In time, our Sun will explode, taking our planet with it.
His conclusion basically was, we all seek for purpose intrinsically, but there is no such thing as intrinsic purpose.
But, this is okay, because…
Purpose Doesn’t Come from the Material
Look, there’s a problem with that line of reasoning.
When I listen to a piece of music, to me it’s just swimming in purpose.
When I have a meaningful interaction with another, that just seems to exude purpose as well.
There are all sorts of things in life that seem intrinsically to have purpose.
Of course the materialist argument is, “Just because it seems to have purpose, doesn’t mean that it does.”
But the materialist can only look at, well, the material.
To me, there are two basic dimensions in this universe: the material, and the spiritual.
The materialist doesn’t see purpose because, there is no purpose in matter.
Purpose comes from the spiritual. Matter is simply here as a manifestation of the desires of those in the spiritual dimension.
And by the way, that includes us, because we are certainly spiritual beings.
Matter Is in Service to Spirit
Matter is a manifestation of Spirit.
In other words, the visible world around us is a manifestation of consciousness—of will—of desire.
The world functions as it does because we need it to function in this way to accomplish our purposes.
Once we’re done with it, then entropy will take over and matter will return to its natural state, which is chaos.
The will of humanity has always brought order to the material. We learned how to build things, how to domesticate animals, how to grow food, how to create entire civilizations.
That means that the very structure of the Universe is in support of your right to create whatever it is you want to create.
And that means, it is in your hands. You do have the power to say that you want to have that desire.
It is your intrinsic right to create what you want to create, and the Universe will support you.Click to tweet
Will You Exercise Your Power to Choose Your Purpose?
Unfortunately, all too many people don’t actually use that power.
As I said above, it is your will that brings order to your life. Your life is a manifestation of your will, and your will alone, if you are exercising it.
If you don’t exercise it, then entropy takes over. Your life becomes chaotic. You have order here and there as your smaller, easier-to-manifest desires assert themselves: your desire to be nourished by food, to have your thirst quenched, to have a place to live, to have friends, etc.
But there’s no higher-order purpose that’s bringing the whole thing together. Things continue as they are, because there’s nothing to tell them to do otherwise.
But once you start exercising your power to create, everything changes.
Of course, life fights back, as it often will.
But as you learn how to use your power, it gets easier and easier to assert your will on the material world around you.
This is not an egoic act, because ego is really part of the material world in a sense. It doesn’t know these spiritual laws, and so it tries to force its will.
But because the material was made to be malleable, when applying the proper principles, force doesn’t work. Moving from the spiritual is what is required. That is what activates these principles and allows you to create your purpose. It’s simply living from your Core Essence.
So, the purpose of life is to create. It is to realize who you are. It is to use that knowledge to live exactly the kind of life you’d like to live, as master of the material, not a slave to it.
Would you like to learn how to master your power to create?
How About You?
Now it’s your turn. Have you been using your power to create your own purpose in life? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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