What on earth are you doing on Planet Earth? You might cause to wonder sometimes what it’s all about. Well I don’t claim to have all the answers but below are some pertinent questions followed by commentary on each question.
am I from & what am I?
2. Did I ask to come here & do I have free will?
3. What am I here to do & how should I show up?
4. Do I have to suffer & what’s the point of it all?
1. Where am I from, and what am I?
You are from your ancestors, from Planet Earth, from the Big Bang, from Eternity, from “All That Is” - you come from everything that preceded you. You are in everything
& everything is in you. You are created perfect, whole, complete and good enough as intended. You are one with All That Is.
You are a Human Being – a survival oriented, conditioned Human and a creative, non-conditioned Being. Your
Human form is temporary. There’s a distinct possibility that your formless Being is eternal.
As a Human Being you have your 5 body senses and mind processes of thought & feeling. You are not these fleeting senses and mental processes
but the awareness (or witness) of these phenomena.
Your body and mind processes are largely automatic and through evolution you are equipped with a conscious mind to consider options and make choices about where and how you will direct your
awareness and attention. Your neo-cortex enables you to override impulses from your more primitive limbic brain, to analyze situations & make decisions. You are life, you are the flow, and you are awareness.
2. Did I ask to come here & do I have free will?
Some people believe that they chose their parents & somehow had a say in their appearance on Planet Earth. Well it seems this couldn’t be the small self so
would have to be the higher self. And, (I’m assuming), this isn’t an individuated higher self but part of the Oneness.
I prefer to think that we just manifested like other life forms, we come and go just as in nature, in the forests &
jungles, yet we are all linked to the past & (any) beginning of time.
Does a tree or flower or lion have free will? It seems we show up according to our signature coding (e.g. genes, DNA), and our environment. That’s it,
two variables. Perhaps, the main thing that might convince me that we have free will is the (rather unintelligent) mess that humans have sometimes made on planet Earth, albeit this may be transitional, we may learn and improve, and much good has been done
too. We do feel as if we have free will as we make our day to day decisions so perhaps that’s enough & bearing in mind that our neo-cortex is considerably more developed than in any other life forms.
What am I here to do & how should I show up?
Since you and everyone else didn’t ask to be born, be compassionate, forgiving & accepting both with yourself and others. Would you criticize a tree or an animal or just assume
that’s how nature made it? With reference to the pictorial, you are here to be a Life Experiencer as your true authentic self, not necessarily what others would want of you. Live in the present and be a creator. Make your own rules.
Face fears upfront, they cannot stand your scrutiny. Be happy now, not happy when ….
Be aware of your thoughts, feelings & behaviors but do not find yourself or get caught up in them. Indeed avoid getting caught up in any sort of drama or
self-authored scary stories. Be free, move, experiment, learn.
Know your strengths, values and preferences and do what you love. Learn to cultivate high vibes aided by good habits, rituals, gratitude & your limitless imagination. When you feel good
you are unstoppable. Good body habits include quality exercise, diet and sleep. Good mind habits include managing the quality and intensity of your attention, (starting with your breath & inner body energy field), expressing your unique self in a calm
yet truly alive manner, allowing life energy of the Universe/ God to flow through you without resistance.
Being present happily in the here and now, relaxing and meditating are essential for a good life, but never forget that you are
a creator. Mankind’s creativity has moved us from caves to cities with modern facilities and communications. Create good things that bring meaning and joy to you and others and do-no-harm. And learn to live in the “vertical dimension”, which
is to say in a positive State of Being, free of negativity, resistance, attachments or the need for others approval, while living your visions or purpose.
And, as advised by Miguel Ruiz in ‘The 4 Agreements’ book: “Be impeccable
with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions & always do your best.”
4. Do I have to suffer and what’s the point of it all?
Yes, some suffering
is necessary, and great, unacceptable suffering is particularly transformative because it may leave us with no option but to make a significant change in our lives for the better. Observe and do not identify with lower grade suffering and it will tend towards
dissolution. Sense it as an energy field that is only temporary. ‘This too will pass’. Try reframing the condition & taking practical steps to alleviate pain or distress. You will cope better through challenges and thrive in better times if
you learn to live habitually in an attitude of gratitude, awareness & acceptance and are growing or creating or contributing something.
Do not fear human death, which is really the continuation of all life. Get over this one and life will be more
of a breeze! Rather, rejoice that you are alive in an impossible universe. [The universe is impossible to humans because energy cannot be created and there is no cause for All That Is, (or God), – yes the existence of the Universe defies
the most fundamental laws of science]. Do not merely “pass go” as in the old monopoly game. Cherish the wondrous mysteries and beauty of life – how so amazing that you are here! What good luck! Make the most of your brief sojourn!
nobody will hardly remember you 5 to 50 years after you’ve gone, unless you’re especially famous, (or infamous), which gives you the license both to have fun and not take things that seriously. There is nothing you have to do, nothing
so important, although engage fully if it’s to your liking. But if you’re in a situation you don’t like, learn to accept it or make a change. Be present & say yes to life.
Know that the quality of your life is
the quality of your attention, awareness & choices. Don’t do yourself in metaphorically or literally! Focus your spotlight of attention wisely and learn to override any negative conditioning. So the point is to experience & enjoy this one and
temporary human life form as a creator for good. Lighten up and don’t take things too seriously, especially your automatic thoughts! Life’s too short for anything else. Live, love, laugh, enjoy, know what you really want that’s good
for you, and go get it with faith & without compulsion!!
Author: Alan Sullivan, 2015