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Like attracts like – thoughts become things – one power, one law.  It’s a creative process.

You don’t change the other person, you change yourself.  Where you have not forgiven – forgive.  Release the bad energy.  Forgive and release – let go of negativity.  Feelings attract.  Be aware of the power of positive thinking.

Most of us have been talked out of our purpose.  Decide on a purpose by being aware of what you love.  Mistakes and failure are only learning experiences.  We are responsible for our future.

Love who you are – love where you are – love the people who surround you.

What we learn as truth in the morning of life – in the afternoon we learn is a lie.

A valid purpose of life is to enjoy.  Often there is too much striving to have time to relax and figure that out.

Ego can make you believe you are separate – from others, from things that will make you happy, from G-d.

The shift to meaning is a chance for you to find a new awareness of you own divinity.

All his life he has looked away – to the horizon, to the sky, to the future.  Never his mind on where he was, on what he was doing.         Yoda

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.         Camus

The problem is not the problem.  The problem is the incredible amount of over-thinking you’re doing with the problem.  Let it go and be free.           Buddha’s teaching

 

Perhaps the answer is as simple as “Love” – the gift of not demanding, but of Giving Love.

Common definitions of meaning in life involve up to four components – purpose, self-awareness, individual responsibility and satisfaction.

  1. You need to choose a worthy purpose or a significant life goal.
  2. You need to have sufficient self-awareness and understanding of who you are – your values, strengths, weaknesses.
  3. You and you alone have the individual responsibility for deciding what kind of life you want to live, and what constitutes a significant and worthwhile life goal.
  4. You will have a deep sense of satisfaction and enjoyment when you have exercised your responsibility for self-determination and active pursuit of a worthy life-goal.

Most psychology researchers consider meaning in life as a subjective feeling or judgement.  Most philosophers propose that there are also objective, concrete criteria for what constitutes meaning in life.

So what do you think?  Subjective only, or also with a bit of objectivity?

Life in itself doesn’t appear to have any meaning, in the same way that a building or a machine doesn’t normally have any meaning – although it may well have a purpose.

Perhaps the question and focus should be on what is the purpose of life.

It’s a noble pursuit to search for the meaning of life, and everyone should want to find an answer, yet few people expect that one can be found.  Jonathon Haidt refers to the question “What is the meaning of life” as the Holy Question, as in the Holy Grail.

It is impossible to analyze ‘the meaning of life’ in the abstract, or in general, or for some mythical and perfectly rational being.  Only by knowing the kinds of beings that we actually are, with the complex mental and emotional architecture that we happen to possess, can anyone even begin to ask about what would count as a meaningful life.

It’s like coming into a movie a half hour late, being involved for a while, and then leaving half an hour before the movie is over.  How can we expect to conclude anything about the meaning of life for us or anyone else?

Yet if we can’t find the ‘meaning of life’ perhaps we can still find purpose within life.

Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle …  Meaning is something you build into your life.

The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.                             Pablo Picasso

The meaning of life is to give life meaning.      Viktor Frankl

Nothing in this world can bring anything but temporary happiness.      Buddha

When you realize life has no meaning, you become capable of putting meaning into life.        Camus

The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to their neighbors to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for.                                          Joseph Campbell

It may be up to you – so continue, or get started, on your search …

Gnosis:  self knowledge is knowledge of God.

In the Gospel of Thomas there is a saying attributed to Jesus – “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”   Ignorance, not sin, is what involves a person in suffering.  The human psyche bears within itself the potential for liberation or destruction.

“The Kingdom is inside of you” it says in Matthew.  “When you come to know yourself, then you will be known, and you will realize that you are the sons of the living Father.”

Such insight comes gradually, through effort.