life is a search

If life is a search for purpose and completion (often called “meaning”), what type of life is best? One type is about the desire of making lots of money and is tempting but crowded with sharks of many descriptions where large sums of money can be made and lost by participating.

There are other ways to live where there is one satisfactory completion after another and where there’s love, joy, peace, and gratitude.

Both rich and poor and almost all in-between are in existence’s constant here and now-ness and are constantly thinking, breathing, getting thirsty, working, being hungry, interacting with people, and getting older, yet we don’t know we are missing most of reality, and for humanity, it has been this way for a long-long time.

So, I ask myself, do I have to be rich or famous to live a meaningful life, and I’m thinking…of course not, living a meaningful life is what freedom is about. How do we opt out of the race for fame and/or riches for an normal, everyday life, given the chance?

Maybe by asking “Is there more to life than the race to have fame and more than enough money to survive and retire on”? Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too? Is it up to us?

Here’s the key question. Why wait to become rich or famous in order to relax and savor life? If we wait, relaxing and savoring life may never happen for us. Why do we keep straining?

Knowing we’re already home and set (not having to have the expensive toys of wealth) gives us different options. Plus, taking time to slow down can allow us to see better the speed and direction to go. Relaxation and savoring life has a way of bringing interesting thoughts and trails into our lives.

As we slow down, we are able to notice and appreciate more of what life is full of.

One can be relaxed while building a fortune if one knows a sure way to build a fortune and is willing and able to apply the knowledge without worry or stress by knowing it’s just a matter of time.

What is the need to worry or hurry when we are already content? It’s strange but true…not having to have something makes it easier to obtain.

Can unapplied knowledge come back to haunt us? Yes, it’s called guilt. It’s a psychological instrument we know how to use…by pushing it on others or having to pull it.

Notice guilt for what it is…a reminder. It bothers us or it doesn’t, depending on what it’s about. How strong can guilt be when it’s rightly ignored? Guilt is part of the “would-a” “could-a” “should-a” tradition and has a use or it wouldn’t exist.

codgers

Is it that having a good amount of physical activity very day and having a strong desire or enthusiasm for some interest greater than one’s self give a person a longer life with more meaning?

Can assisting others to clean up our mother earth add to our sense of meaning? Should we codgers love the earth more to make up for the lost opportunities to express love to our actual mothers?

sweet spots

Is it more than likely great numbers
of stars have planets orbiting
in their sweet
spots?

way
more
than likely
as many have said

“The universe must be teeming with life.”

Is there no such thing as our universe
having meaning because
it’s the case
and
we
with
pain and joy
have to erect our own.

the genius has appeared

In Alan Watts’ 1966 book The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, he details the world-wide disruptive force of organized religions on humans and religion’s use of our fear of the unknown to trap gullible children and adults with with the promise of a joyous eternal life after death and by using the same beliefs be able to escape a life of eternal torture. And then almost all religions say, you must choose our beliefs to make it happen. In this way religion divides humanity.

After covering the above, he states:

“It might seem, then, that our need is for some genius to invent a new religion, a philosophy of life, and a view of the world that is plausible and generally acceptable for the late twentieth century, and through which every individual can feel that the world as a whole and his life in particular have meaning.”

“our need is for some genius” The genius has appeared!

His name is Sam Harris. He’s already known world-wide via his many books, essays and articles in which he uses reason to assist others and uses it too to work against folks who divide up humanity by spouting magical stories and promising “happiness ever after.”

Now comes his tour de force:

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

If interested, the above link will take you to the book on amazon.com so you can get a taste for yourself.

In a century or two the book could have billions and billions sold and may have the title The Message because that’s what it is.

the game of life

Is it necessary that most of the questions be answered? If a question is answered, doesn’t the answer usually give birth to more questions? This is good for technological progress, but in spiritual matters, is it that rather than using words to answer questions, one must work physically to uncover the biggest or answers? Is it that rather than forming words, I should act?

For example, rather than theorize or wonder about what may happen when one meditates, is it that one can meditate and find out first hand? Does each individual have the responsibility of uncovering his or her deepest self?

Is the deepest awareness, the source of deepest meaning, the mystery, the cosmos itself? As part of the game of life, does the being give itself up voluntarily and is arrested and locked up by each of our identities?

doubt and belief

What is the typical religious experience?

Here’s a try … You have to believe in unprovable things including holy scriptures which are believed to be 100% true and the only revelation to humans from the only true God, and if you do believe and repent, you will live forever in bliss.

The problem is each religion has its own holy scriptures and a different version of what’s 100% true.

This situation can cause doubt and it can be forgiven because as humans we make mistakes and are prone to doubt, plus churches don’t want to loose members, and so members are counseled that doubt is common and is one of the best tools of the evil one.

You have to believe in the supremacy of your beliefs above all others and in their unchangeableness. A promise is a promise! And it’s from the almighty and all-knowing being, the creator of the universe. Amen.

What about science? Scientists believe in what seems to be factual evidence until there’s enough evidence to produce doubt, and this doubt causes scientists to investigate further which can bring new ideas and can cause folks to understand things like…It’s the earth that’s spinning, not the stars.

To scientists and some religious seekers, doubt is not the enemy. Science looks at religion and asks what about all of the beliefs which claim to be perfect and fixed while disagreeing with thousands of others claiming to be perfect and fixed?

If almost all religions are claiming to be the only true religion, does it mean that at least one of them has to be true?

Is doubt the main road to truth and meaning?

 

interesting and useful

Do I want a better me? How could it happen? Could it be that finding out who I am and what gave birth to me and why I exist help the process?

Even if I find out these things, what then?

Will the human animal still have to learn how to deal with me, the chief, the one who decides? If so, how can it be done? Must I lead myself to a state of no language and be patient? Does the being need coaxing for it to reveal its full awareness?

Would understanding the truth about truth and the meaning of meaning help? It might. Here goes.

Is truth everywhere and exists only in the present moment? If so, this means that truth is the exact way everything is in our ever changing nowness. The dictionary defines truth as being in harmony with reality.

Meaning builds itself from actions: from what I do and don’t do and what I think or don’t think.

Is it that I don’t find meaning—it finds me when I’m doing something useful and interesting for a while just like happiness finds me when I persist in doing interesting and useful things?

So, is it that I’m a complex dream of the gifted steed I ride? Did my brain give birth to me and I’m here to help steer my being’s way through truth (our world and its challenges) and to make choices which help to create meaning?

So, the primary adventures are finding useful and interesting things to do and then getting good at doing them and finding out we are all useful and interesting dreams of the beings we ride?

 

growing older

I ran across this wisdom on the web and
could not find out who said or wrote it.

“Don’t regret growing older.
It’s a privilege denied to many.”

Might I add
The quote fits everyone but the young
Such a lovely truth beckons the thought of death
Do the ongoing reminders of existing no more
Have ways of creating meaningful and
Satisfying lives

 

truth and meaning

Is it that a search for truth and meaning should be a free search and a responsible search?

And does a free search mean that the search will be an individual search, a search that is not under the control of another like a teacher or a boss or a pope, etc.

And is it that a responsible search will be one that takes care to do a good job of searching?

The dictionary defines truth as being in agreement with reality. In other words, is truth in agreement with whatever is the case, whether we know what the case is or not? If so, does this mean that truth contains both good and bad? Does truth consist of everything – as it’s changing?

Is truth the ever changing expression of time?

Does truth exist whether we know it or not? Not only normal truths like the fact that 2+2=4, but can we work out answers to bigger and deeper questions about existence like Who are we? and Why are we here? Maybe we can.

Here’s what I found in my search for the truth about the Who are we? question.

For us to function in society, are the basic tools an identity and language skills? But our greatest tool is what? The human animal? Isn’t the human animal the living thing supporting language and me, the identity? So, where did I come from?

What are the odds that a newly-born baby already has an identity and the ability to think already inside of it, and if so, could that identity be thinking I’ll be glad when this baby grows up?

Or is it a lot more reasonable to think that as toddlers our identities were created by our being, the human animal, with the help and prodding of our our parents and society. Does this mean we are something extra which was added along the way, a handy tool created sometime after our birth? It would appear that we are not original equipment.

Is it that we use our animal’s brain to get smart or not and to get along in society or not? And when our creator dies or its brain is no longer functioning, is it reasonable to think that we will vanish from a lack of support?

Did humans use magical thinking to dream up a god who will whisk away just some of the earth’s people to a heavenly setting and punish the rest forever? What are the odds of this happening?

Note: When facing something that cannot be known for sure, (like Is there an afterlife?) I use the question What are the odds…? It’s a good way for me to get an idea of what the truth might be.

Is everything true because it’s happening? And why is it what’s happening is happening?  Or, why are things the way they are? Is everything like it is because of all the things that have happened since the earth was formed.? Did all of those things, including thoughts, create this very moment?

In other words, is this moment what it is because it’s the result of the past and cannot be any other way? Does the present moment have to agree with reality? If so, is the present, lies and all, the truth?

And now to the question Why are we here. This is where meaning meets the road.

Is it that we are not here for any special reason? Or, are we created by the human animal to help it fit into whatever culture it’s born into? Are we the special dream which automatically comes about during the process of our body creating its “I”? If the identity is here for a reason, what could it be? Could it be communing with family, friends, and associates as well as communing with our own human animal? Is this possible?

How do we commune with our being? Do we have to find a way to relax and stop our constant thinking for a while (meditation) and make doing this into a habit? This would give our ride, our steed, our human animal a break from language for a while almost every day. This has nothing to do with religion. Science has verified over and over that meditation is good for us.

Is it that the universe supplies meaning for us? Does just being alive by itself give us at least some meaning?

When we look at life in general, do the other animals and insects and plants and bacteria need or want more meaning than they get by responding to their environment by growing and reproducing?

What do we do if we want more meaning than what just being alive and surviving give us? At this point it would appear we have to supply our own meaning. If so, how can this be done?

Does creating meaning in our lives come about by finding out what our talents are and then finding ways to exercise them and by sincerely working to some extent to lessen our shortcomings?

Can our actions give us that extra amount of meaning that we are looking for, and can a lack of activity bring about a lack of meaning?

truth & meaning

Could it be that we can find out who we are and why we are here?
But…if we find out these things, what then? 

Would finding truth & meaning help out along the way? Is it that truth is everywhere and exists only in the present moment? And does meaning build itself from what we do and not do?

Is it that we are truth through and through? Is it that we don’t find meaning—it finds us? Just like happiness does?

So, what are we and what created us? Are we special dreams and is our creator the steed we ride?