My goal for this series has been to encourage you to identify your most important goal so you can pursue it with your whole heart.
I was not writing for just you. I was writing to myself as well. Ivan Ilych's question: "What if my whole life has been wrong?" has been haunting me lately. Writing these thoughts has been a way to get clear on where I need to put my attention at this time in my life.
Like everyone else, the need to attract resources to take care of my immediate and extended families is on my mind. Like everyone else, I wish that success crowns my hardwork and dedication. I wish to be rewarded for what I do. Yet, nothing compares to my desire to find out the why and what-for I am on this earth in the first place.
I have put here for you what life seems to be about -- a Damon and Pythias like friendship with a mysterious part of ourselves that we often ignore.
Words of sages such as these: "The Kingdom of God is within you," "Nirvana" "Whosoever comprehends the truth will see the Blessed One" point to this inner reality. When we become friends with this apparent Inner Guide, when we enter this Inner World, we will have access to everything we need in all the other areas of our lives.
I have not been committed to this goal with as much determination as I would have liked. I have not made this commitment to this ultimate good the priority of my life. What I am hoping is that writing this will assist me to strengthen my resolve for friendship with this Infinite Wisdom within me. I hope that it will assist you to do the samel.
I have not suggested any method or ways of doing this. This is because there are many powerful and equally valid ways. When you choose any spiritual path, just stay with it. There is so much in Christian Spirituality when you persist. You will arrive at the same truth that Sufi, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu, Native and other world traditions have discovered. Whichever path you are on now, keep your focus on itt. You will experience the truth of the mystery within: yoga practices as well as Taoism, Hawaian spirituality or other Shamanic practices of the world. Just find what you resonate with and stick with it.
My goal is to encourage us to continue on whichever path we have chosen. The success stories of Jack Schwarz, John Chang and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross are just a little drop in the ocean of millions of people whose lives show that there is indeed something extraordinary about the human species of which you and I are a part. We must devote some time to explore this for ourselves. This self-exploration is ultimately what life is all about.
Every day we hear about natural disasters on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, CBC and on other networks: accidents, earthquakes, floods, shipwrecks, fires burning, evacuations and war. As I write this a Philippine passenger ferry, the MV Princess of Stars, capsized during a typhoon with more than 700 people on board. The day before drag racer Scott Kalitta died after his Funny Car crashed and exploded in flames.
The line between the living and the dead thins as we grow old. Everything seems to be spinning out of control: "Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism," ALAN FRAM and EILEEN PUTMAN, two Associated Press Writers tell us.
This is the time to echo Joseph Campbell's question: "When disaster strikes, when you meet with a grave calamity, what is it that supports you and carries you through? Do you have anything that supports and carries you through? Or does that which you thought was your support now fail you?"
Go within to find support from the Infinite Power that is always there. This is one of many ways to deal with the seeming falling apart of everything around. I hope I got your attention. Be prepared. Above all keep calm and carry on.
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Everything seemingly is spinning out of control
Keep calm and carry on poster