WHAT YOU ARE, PART 2
It all started one morning
when you woke and thought: “I am a ME; I exist.” “What the hell
am I doing here?” “Please someone, tell me.” “Maybe if I pray.”
For prayer was part of your life.
“Please God help me pass my exams.” “Please Saint Christopher
protect me from all the crazy drivers.” “Oh Lord, give me
strength.” Sound familiar? Have you uttered something similar
lately? Most people do. Why? A sense of helplessness? Fear? A
longing to have access to Power, to a Greater Reality? Or maybe
just ‘ingrained’ conditioning … a remnant of age old
What are you doing when you pray? Trying to evoke a response
from a supernatural entity? One that can assist you or give
greater meaning to your life? Why not try? It might work:
Supplication to a Greater Power … submission to the will of One
greater than you, greater than all.
Humility is certainly a noble virtue … realizing your meager
place in the universe, your dependence on forces you cannot
control. You did not ask to be born. You will suffer at times.
You will eventually die. Acknowledging your lowly, vulnerable
state and asking for assistance … this seems reasonable. And who
knows, maybe ‘help’ is available to you. With good intentions,
ingratiating thoughts and words, perhaps you will be ‘rewarded’.
Your sense that you are not alone … that Someone is ‘listening’
… this makes you feel a little more secure. And a Power that you
can dial up gives YOU power. This certainly is a great incentive
to pray. You can accomplish things that without this Power would
But. Do you really think you were created without
the means to cope? Without sufficient resources to overcome
mundane challenges? Did your Creator abandon you eons ago? Does
your God demand your supplications, your groveling? Does
Perfection and Wholeness need your acknowledgement, your
Are these reasons for your existence: To worship or placate a
God or gods? Or were you created with abilities to develop and
thus realize your potential? Might this growth be why you exist?
Do you still wonder what you are? You know. A splendid
representative of Homo sapiens, a human being. Which is?? A
reading, reacting bit of protoplasm? A blob of grey matter? A
brain? Between your ears. Ever seen it? Someone else’s? In
pictures? Funny looking thing. Sort of oblong like an American
football with furrows. Look closely. You see many squiggly
lines. Blood vessels. Transmission cables. Connected to the rest
of your body. Tells it what to do. Works like a computer.
Better. That’s what you’ve been told. Is this YOU?? This complex
organism inside a bony, bloody cavity? Perched on top of an
amazing anatomical wonder. Think this is you? Or just one of the
vital parts of you?
Cut off your arm! Ouch!! Are you still you?? Try a leg. Double
ouch!! You are listing. Better find a crutch. Now honestly …
that didn’t hurt. Did it? ‘Cause you really weren’t cutting. If
you were … well … you might want to have yourself ‘committed. So
here we are with your partially dismembered body. Are YOU still
YOU? YES? Now cut your heart out! Is this pulsating, pink pulp
you? No? Mmm. Maybe the central control in your head IS you.
Thinking away. Making decisions. Alive. YOU.
And when your brain is destroyed so are you.
You are not your brain or your body but something beyond the
physical … an entity that uses the brain and the body as tools,
a being that has a purpose beyond just breathing for a while.
Maybe YOU is something more than a daily director of lively
flesh, more than a determined, survival is paramount animal.
Maybe YOU are the beginning of something that lasts FOREVER. Not
a bad prospect. … one that most people in the world believe.
What do you think? Wouldn’t you like to KNOW? What you are? For
certain? Will you exist after you ‘die’? After the brain and
body cease to function?
You hope, you may even believe that you are not just a blip in
the universe, a life form with a brief awareness. Why? A group
of bright people told you so? To your face? In books? Did your
parents convince you? You are a soul. Created by a god. THE God.
A reassuring concept. One that makes sense. Or does it?
Maybe you have doubts. Past credos have been abandoned. You
acknowledge the possibility of a creative force … energy. But
you cannot ‘prove’ the existence of the Supernatural. So you
sustain a positive attitude by living for the ‘here and now’.
You enjoy accomplishing … acquiring. And you try to ‘maintain
the peace’ by respecting others. Very nice. But your skepticism
leaves you without reassuring hope in the meaningfulness of your
existence. Your reason for ‘being’ does not go beyond the
temporal … the temporary. Rather a grim prospect: You die …
Pause. Take a breath. Exhale. Relax. Again. Feet up. Comfy?
PROCEED - WHAT YOU
ARE, PART 3
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