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Bulletin #630

 

January 30, 2015

What is Your Purpose?



A Note from Neale...

 

My dear friends...

Often I am asked, "What is the secret of a joyful, fulfilling life?" I have looked at that question for many years, and I have come to the conclusion that one of the secrets, at least, if not the only one, is Purpose. It is difficult for me to conceive of a satisfying life that is without purpose. And the grander the purpose the better.

Having said it, it is astonishing to me that so few people actually have established a purpose for their lives. Most people that I observe live life day-to-day, handling the incoming events as a stream of data over which they assume they have little or no control, and reacting to it as best they can. Their "purpose," if they can be said to have one, is survival. Or, perhaps, happiness. Yet what makes a person happy? I mean, lastingly happy, not momentarily happy...

I believe it is purpose. A reason for living. A "mission," if you please, a glorious assignment, given to the self by the self.

In short, something to do . And a reason for doing it.

Are we here to simply grow up, be schooled, find employment, acquire a spouse, have kids, earn a living, pay the bills, buy a house, raise the children, retire, get sick, and check out?  Is that it? As Peggy Lee said in her extraordinary song of 30+ years ago, "Is that all there is?" Because if that's all there is, "send in the clowns." 

But surely there's more to it than that.

Please, tell me there's more to it than that...and that we are not just in some sort of Celestial Circus. 

There is. I believe there is.

Life is a journey. It is a remarkable journey from birth to death. And the fuel that drives the engine of our experience is purpose. Without that fuel we will not go very far.  We will be doing things, we will be doing stuff, but it will be getting us nowhere. We will be flailing our arms, but we will be treading water.  We will take our journey, but it will be a journey to nowhere. And we will wonder at the end of our lives, "What was the point of all that?"

Yet if we have a Life Purpose, our journey will take us to extraordinary places and experiences. And our life, however short or long, will have meant something.

I invite every person I come in contact with to look deeply at their life's purpose. What is their raison d'être? What are they "up to" here on the earth? Just trying to get by, just trying to make life work? I always say, "Are you just trying to make life work, or are you trying to make life better? And for whom would you seek to make it better? For yourself, or for another? Or, perhaps, for all others? Can you imagine such a thing?"

My own life purpose is simple, It can be stated in seven words. My purpose is to change the world's mind about God.

That's it. Plain and simple. I just want to change the world's mind about God.

Why? Because I know that if the world changed its mind about God, the world itself would change, over night. And in ways that could bring about peace on earth, goodwill to humans everywhere, at last.

Yes, I believe this can happen. I believe this can occur. I believe human begins are capable of creating such a life, of creating such a society. But first we must change our minds about Who is In Charge, and What He Wants, and Why He Wants It, and How the Whole Thing Works.

We must decide again about Life, what it is and how it functions and the reason and purpose behind it all. We must create a new Cultural Story about all of this, out of which will emerge a New Idea About Ourselves and a new thought about ourselves in relationship to each other.

We must alter our perspective, seeing things from a new place and therefore in a new way. Perspective creates perception, perception creates belief, belief creates behavior, behavior creates experience, and experience creates reality. If we want to change our reality, we need to change our perspective. We need to see things in a New Way. 

This New Way is what I call the New Spirituality. It is a way of honoring our natural impulse toward the Divine without making others wrong for the way in which they are doing it.  It is a way of holding the experience and the reality of God without fearing God. 

The day that we stop fearing God will be the day that we stop fearing each other. The day that we understand our true relationship with God will be the day that we understand our true relationship with each other. Then we will treat each other as God treats us -- with compassion, with understanding, with forgiveness, with a love that is unconditional -- rather than treating each other as we imagine that God treats us: with judgment, anger, condemnation, and violence upon our person if we do not do as God Wants.

We treat each other this way with impunity, for we are using an angry, violent, and vindictive God as our moral authority compass and our moral authority. Yet if God is not angry, violent, and vindictive, where, then, do we find our justification for acting as we do?

Our entire legal system is based upon our ideas of "right" and "wrong," and that, in turn, is based upon our Cultural Story of a God, a Divine Being, a Deity, a Creator, who has His ideas of Right and Wrong, and punishes us for ignoring them.  Our concept of "justice" is foundationed in our understanding of Retribution as a function of God.  Yet what if God seeks no retribution for anything at all? Then what of our system of justice?  And what of our very way of life?

Everything, of course, would change. For the better.  That is why I want to change the world's mind about God. For I have this question: For God's sake, can we stop the killing in God's name?

With Love,



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Letters to Neale:


Dear Neale,

I understand abuse and cruelty as it pertains to humans—as much as it could possibly be understood—but
CwG, Book 1 did not mention animals. I read the paper or listen to news and hear day after day how people torture and kill, maim and abuse animals. On a grander scale, we have slaughter houses, chicken farms, etc. The animals are innocent victims. I cannot bear to think of the pain they must endure. And for what? Please, please ask God to explain this for me — and what I can do to help, ok?

Thank you so much,
Lori, MT



Neale Responds

 

My dear Lori,

Nothing is right or wrong in the Universe. A thing is simply what it is. The labels right and wrong are labels which we place on things in order to define Who We Are. This is what we are doing every time we call a thing by any name at all. Problems develop, however, if, when a great many members of a particular society call a particular thing “wrong”, that society comes to think of that thing as wrong intrinsically. The society forgets that it decided that. In other words, it made it up. Out of thin air. You see, most people cannot stand that level of responsibility, so they pretend that someone else made it up. Usually God. God decided. God said so. Now they are no longer responsible. They are just following God’s orders. Yet God did not order any of the things that humans have chosen to require of themselves. That is a myth.

I begin my answer with this small lesson, lest we get into judgment about this business of what is done with, and to, animals. There is no place for judgment in the mind of a master. There is only observation. The master observes, but never judges. The master simply watches. First he watches the action, then he watches the result. The master is content to let the student experience the results of his own actions, rather than correcting the student. If the student experiences negative results long enough, he will come to the master and say, “master, I keep hurting myself doing this. How can I stop hurting myself in this way?” The master will rarely respond with an answer, but almost always simply repeat the question. “That is a good question,” the master will say. “How can you stop hurting yourself this way?” The student will then discover the answer on his own, calling it forth from within, thereby coming to wisdom. Had the master given an answer, the student would have come to knowledge. Yet it was the master’s intent that the student should come to wisdom. The two are not the same.

If I were a master, I would answer you now with your own question. “That is a good question,” I would say. “How can you help stop the abuse of animals?” You would then come to your own answer; the answer that is suited to you, that is true for you. You will come to this if you ask yourself the question often enough; if you dwell in the question, and if you live whatever answers come to you. Soon—sooner or later—you will come to the answer that is true for you. This is the only answer which matters, Lori. In truth, it is the only answer there is.

This is how it is, not only with regard to your questions and concerns regarding animal abuse, Lori, but with regard to every question ever asked by anyone. Unfortunately, we have become very impatient to know the answers to all the mysteries of life. We don’t want to wait. We don’t want to have to figure them out for ourselves. And we certainly don’t want to have to stand responsible for the result. So we have taken to looking to Others for the answer. I’ve capitalized “others” there because we think of these “others” as The Ones With The Answer—and so their name deserves capitalization, no?

Nowhere in life do we do this more consistently, and more rapidly, than on the subject of religion, and in the quest for the highest truth. Unwilling to seek out and find our own highest truth, using the tools of our experience, we allow others to tell us what the truth is. We not only allow them to, we demand that they do. We drape them in robes and burn incense and speak to them in hushed tones, and then we beg of them to tell us what is so. Then we do a most extraordinary thing: if we agree with what the robed ones have had to say, we make them saints, and follow their teachings to the letter (whether they work for us or not). If we disagree with their teachings, we call them blasphemers, and we bitterly denounce them. (We may even try to kill them.) Thus we do what we want to do anyway, simply avoiding the step of holding ourselves responsible.

Yes, people do some terrible things to animals. (They also do some terrible things to humans, but as you point out, that is another matter.) Asking God to explain why is like asking God to explain the origin and construction of the Universe. Both questions are equally complex. Besides, as God would be the first to point out, the explanation is irrelevant. The only relevant discussion is, what can you do to help? My answer is: do what you want to do.

There are countless options here; dozens of ways you can make yourself heard, impact the situation, cause or seek to cause certain behaviors of others to change or be discontinued. But remember this. Your success or failure in this endeavor should not and must not ever be measured in terms of how much of the behavior you cause to stop. You may, in fact, when all is said and done, have stopped none of it. Stopping the behavior cannot be the point. Making a clear statement of Who You Are must be. That is where the satisfaction is. That is where the victory lies. That is the whole reason for living; for being what you are being; for doing what you are doing for having what you are having. That is the only reason for doing anything at all. Remember that.

with love,

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