I’ve mentioned the purpose of a lifetime on Earth in various articles (especially these two: life’s purpose… and parallel universes… ), but it’s probably important to consolidate that idea into a single, concise article, so voila!….
While there are countless lifetime missions and career choices and relationship choices that we billion+ humans can choose from during our short lifetimes on Planet Earth, I think that we all share one basic purpose for being here:
- Fostering a conscious connection with the source.
Long, long ago at the soul level we chose to be celestial navigators, to venture far from the source and to spread light to the far reaches of the omniverse. As a result of that choice, we’ve incarnated here in this material world for a very short lifetime to help carve order in the chaos. And the only way to do that is to foster a connection between our carnal mind (the program that runs the brain and five physical senses) and the source.
Fortunately that’s pretty easy to do because we each have a spark of the source within us, at the center of our being, near the heart. So we don’t have to reach out to search for some far-off light bulb called “God”; we can simply go within, and by gosh and by golly, there God is.
The source (God, Allah, Brahman… ) and our personal spark (soul, rūḥ, atman… ) are the all-powerful, eternal truth, while our conscious mind and body and this entire world with all its dramas are weak and fleeting illusions. Those illusions around us that we perceive through the five senses look and feel real and powerful to us, but they are not.
Not in the big picture.
What the hey? you ask. “Making a personal connection with the source” isn’t going to help me win the lottery this week. It’s not going to lift me out of my misery all of a sudden. It’s not going to bring me the love of my life anytime soon. So what’s the big deal?
Well, the big deal is this: once we establish that connection with our soul, then the all-powerful light and wisdom and love from the source begin to stream through our carnal bodies, shaping our thoughts, words, and actions in the noblest of ways. Then, our noble attitude begins to boil over into our relationships and interactions from day to day, and the world becomes a better place.
The illusions of this world—material possessions, physical conditions, reputations…—all fall into perspective of relative insignificance. We begin to see the dramas of this world for what they really are: next to nothing.
At the same time, those eternal, all-powerful forces that begin to flow through us can and will begin to reshape our lives in ways that make us happier. That might include greater abundance, a healthier body, and a more magnetic and appealing disposition. The process might attract more friends and greater wealth eventually, but almost immediately it will certainly attract the attention of finer spiritual beings of vast power who might start working silently behind the scenes to support us… strengthen us… maybe even facilitate a few life-changing miracles in response to our focused will.
All of that is possible, even likely, once we accept our lifetime purpose of connecting our conscious mind to our soul… to the source.
So how exactly do we do that?
Well, here are some practical tips:
- How to meditate from the heart…
- How to clear the clutter…
- How to rise above the drama…
- How and why to pray…
…”a more magnetic and appealing disposition”….now that is a very nice thing to strive for as we go about reducing the chaos bit by bit.
Thank you Mark.
I know, John, and I envy (or maybe admire or appreciate are better words) those people who were born with it (charisma) and have it naturally… some of the actors I see in the most popular movies… 🙂 Inner work can probably add some genuineness and trustworthiness to bolster it up, though, between filming sessions. I’m rambling………..
Quote by Robert Burns, Scottish Poet:
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!” Or, in modern English, “Oh would some Power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”
You are too modest by far Mark! Thank you again for your constant and hopefully continuing enlightenment.
Hi Evelyn, I wrote a reply the next day but exited before posting it, by mistake.
I’ll try to recall what I wrote;
First, very nice quote by Robert Burns, and so true… (for better or worse) 🙂
There were times in my youth when I wanted to be charismatic, rich, and famous, but I learned since then that I didn’t get that karma for this lifetime. And I’m grateful, considering the troubles that often accompany those gifts. I’m MUCH more content just spending the last few years of my life quietly putting together the stuff I’ve learned and writing it all down… with a very small readership so as to avoid all the hormones and emotions that get spread through the bigger blogs and chatrooms.
Again, I’m glad you’ve joined the discussion,
Thank you Mark
I could say the same and as I have got older and realised that life was for living and not constantly striving to reach the next step quickly, I’ve taken a back seat. No more do I hanker after material possessions, I don’t need anything other than food, water, family and friends and of course a roof over my head. I have time now to enjoy what I have, I can read at my leisure, go for walks, take time to enjoy the company of others and It would seem time has started to stand still. There is a stillness now which I never felt while working all those years. Bliss!!!