DOUBTS ABOUT WHAT YOU
So, what do you think? Are you unique in the universe? No?
There are cynics and atheists who will denigrate even dismiss
what is truly only human. They will attribute spiritual
abilities to animals. Hyenas laugh. Dogs smile. Ants, termites
and beavers design structures. Birds dance. Monkeys perch atop
trees gazing at sunsets. It would be nice if other creatures
could feel what we feel, do what we do. Watching a chimpanzee
design a garden or write a novel would be fascinating. But alas,
all animals are determined by instinct and well-defined behavior
patterns. They always do what they must do unless of course we
assiduously condition them to do otherwise.
You must appreciate the difference between yourself and animals.
They are part of this world, lovely and fascinating. You can
learn much about them … from them. You can know them intimately
… minutely … from their cells and DNA to their survival
mechanisms. But they can never know you, much less be like you.
For they are within themselves … always. They are part of the
natural world and act in accordance with it. YOU on the other
hand can rise above this world literally and figuratively. You
can CONTEMPLATE all you encounter. You can CHOOSE limitless ways
of dealing with everything. You DECIDE. You can certainly react
like an animal, but you and you alone in the cosmos have the
abilities to wonder, imagine and decide. These abilities along
with your sense of moral order and a limitless capacity for
loving set you apart from the natural world.
Are you existing now in both a physical ‘sphere’ and a
supernatural one? Do your extraordinary abilities help you
realize potentials that are beyond anything the world can
fulfill? Is your ultimate purpose to love … eternally?
Your abilities are NOT NECESSARY for you to function in the
natural world. Creating beautiful images, caring for all you
encounter, being in ‘awe’ of it …. these are truly ethereal
pursuits. You ‘love’ the mountains, waterfalls, the snow leopard
because a very real, motivating vitality in you construes more
than the ‘object’ itself. You ‘sense’ order and beauty and
POWER. You are ‘enveloped’ in an experiencing that is
inexplicable but very REAL. Filling with ‘awe’ and joy when your
heart is open to the majesty of creation, you are truly
participating in another ‘Reality’ … unseen but inviting …
rewarding you with peace.
Think about it. An essential part of you is beyond natural
‘determinations’ and functioning. You are not just an ‘advanced’
life form which has evolved with a superior brain. You are
DIFFERENT from all other creatures. You are a spirit, which by
its very nature exists outside matter in a dimension some call
eternal … existing forever. For what exists ‘beyond’ matter by
its very nature does not dissemble.
The purpose of creation thus becomes clear: You were created
unique in the universe in order to develop freely your potential
A Big Clue:
Ask yourself: Who are the happiest people in the world? Are they
not the ones who love the most? Those who care for something
outside themselves? Consider a cat fancier, a devoted teacher,
an environmentalist. Does not their commitment give them an
unspeakable joy? And loving parents, care-givers: Their
patience, caring and kindness bubble into a radiance that
transcends the world. They are growing spiritual beings. They
watch a movie, a romance … you become
‘involved’ with two strangers … you WANT them to come together
and fall in love … yes? and if they do and then they are
tragically parted, well, you are not happy about this … empathy?
Sure, but you truly wanted these people to love … and to keep on
loving … forever … you know it is more than just a physical
clinging, an instinctual dynamic that you wanted to happen … you
deeply wished for what is way beyond this … what is transcendent
… you wanted the realization of beauty and love that is
permanent … you felt deeply for the burgeoning spirit in others
you can feel it in yourself
think about it.
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