In yesterday’s thought I suggested you might be confused about the question. Are you? Have you thought it through? Are you ready to receive an answer?
For many of you, one night’s reflection on this question will not be enough. It takes years of introspection to illuminate the entire consciousness of your being, to know yourself so well that you are able to understand why you do the things you do, and more pertinent here, why you ask the things you ask. But I hope you can see now, at least, how important it is to do so. God forbid you spend years chasing your own tail, pursuing a paradox, thinking you are ever closer to an answer and always becoming disappointed because you lack the perception to see that you are the one with the answer; that it is not outside of you.
This probably doesn’t help, huh? Well I can offer you something of real value while you continue your search in the meantime.
Step back. Relax.
Your questioning, your searching. It is a luxury. It is a bonus. The meaning of life? What happens when we die? These are not questions we need for living. Here you are now, reading my thoughts and you are alive. You have lived since the time you were born effortlessly and with no trouble.
Now you may say, “but I have been depressed and downtrodden, and fearful and disappointed.” Oh sure. Of course you have. These things are a part of life for all humans. But you have been alive. And that you have always done without even meaning to or desiring to.
Remember you can choose death, but not life. Life is effortless. One day you simply appear into the world, and that situation will go on until you die or you choose to leave before your time. You can experience things in life, good and bad, you can struggle with challenges, but you can never struggle to be alive.
You are here. You are living. Just for a moment, try to give thanks for that.
Now, go on questioning all you like. You may learn all manner of things about yourself or the world which you desire, but don’t let your search allow you to forget that you do not need the search in the first place, you simply choose it.
Ah, now we are getting closer to the meaning of it all. At least one more part to come.