Pablo Picasso understood the meaning of life. He knew that life was for more than temporary pleasures or stimulation.
Picasso knew through his own efforts that the meaning of life was to discover our true gifts and then to give them to the world. How do we realize our gifts? How do we find this meaning?
The New Message advocates stillness as the most direct path to discovering and remembering our purpose:
“Give yourself completely into stillness and silence. Give of your heart and give of your mind. Give all that you realize you can give, for this is a gift to the world. Though you cannot as yet see the result, have confidence that this giving will extend beyond your own mind and will touch all minds in the universe, for all minds are truly joined in reality.” – Read more quotes on Stillness
“To begin with let us speak about what Knowledge is and why it is so important for you. Knowledge represents the deeper Spiritual Mind within you. The Mind that Knows…What was Created by God is Knowledge within you, this deeper mind that we are describing. So for now be content, realize Knowledge is your connection to God, it is how you can experience God, most directly, and it is the part of you that has really come into the World for a Mission. In other words, Knowledge contains the memory of your Creator, the memory of your purpose for being here and the blue print for your mission in life.” – Greater Community Spirituality
We can’t just assume that we are in the right place, doing the right things with the right people because we have Knowledge. This Knowledge must be felt, and especially, it must be heard.
In my experience, Knowledge is the very soft voice deep within me that tells me where I need to go and what I must do to fulfill my mission. It is under my conscious awareness most of the time. If I have to “think about” Knowledge, I can’t hear it.
My mind that knows the blue print for my life’s mission is quiet and very different from my monkey mind that wants exciting activities and fantastic ideas. It is the still mind, that must be developed through a practice of inner listening, that knows where my life is taking me.
Knowledge is like a gentle, steady breeze that is constantly pushing me in a certain direction in order to reach my destiny.
In stillness I can read the blue print for my life’s mission. In stillness, all things can be known…
When I was a young man looking to start a career, I was bedazzled with many alluring choices in life.
I could become a teacher, a doctor, a business man, an artist, and the list went on and on. Many fortunate people in the World face this same struggle and continually ask themselves, “What I should I do? I have so many choices in life!”
The mere fact that you believe you have choices [in life] is an indication that your certainty is beyond your awareness. – Secrets of Heaven, Step 36
They’re saying that when we consider Option A over Option B, we really don’t know what we’re doing. We don’t have the certainty of purpose that gives our life meaning.
Knowledge Eliminates Choices in Life
In other words, if we’re having a hard time making a decision, we need to get in touch with what our life is really for and we need to discover Knowledge. The book continues to explain about Knowledge and choices in life…
For when you know, there is no choice. What is known is of God. In time, your knowing will become so strong that the burden of decision making will fall away from you. Without choices, the mind is free and can rest and enjoy, unafraid of what it must choose between. Without choice is perfect faith in the knowledge that everything that is known leads to greater peace. - Secrets of Heaven, Step 36
So, choices are really burdens in disguise. My culture always promoted choice as “freedom”. But seen from the Angels’ perspective, choice just slows us down as we strive to find meaning in our life and to live it.
Source: New York Times
Meditation Leads to Meaningful Life
It’s worth noting that these meditation methods are not just useful, but inexpensive. You don’t need a drug or an injection. You don’t have to become a Buddhist, or adopt any particular religious faith. Everybody has the potential to lead a peaceful, meaningful life. We must explore as far as we can how that can be brought about.
The calamity of 9/11 demonstrated that modern technology and human intelligence guided by hatred can lead to immense destruction. Such terrible acts are a violent symptom of an afflicted mental state. To respond wisely and effectively, we need to be guided by more healthy states of mind, not just to avoid feeding the flames of hatred, but to respond skillfully. We would do well to remember that the war against hatred and terror can be waged on this, the internal front, too.
I try to put these methods into effect in my own life. When I hear bad news, especially the tragic stories I often hear from my fellow Tibetans, naturally my own response is sadness. However, by placing it in context, I find I can cope reasonably well. And feelings of helpless anger, which simply poison the mind and embitter the heart, seldom arise, even following the worst news.
If humanity is to survive, happiness and inner balance are crucial. Otherwise the lives of our children and their children are more likely to be unhappy, desperate and short. Material development certainly contributes to happiness – to some extent – and a comfortable way of life. But this is not sufficient. To achieve a deeper level of happiness we cannot neglect our inner development.
Ready to try a program of meditation to create meaning in your life? Take the Steps To Knowledge.
Truly your life is a mystery and, yes, truly it requires that you explore it if you wish to comprehend its purpose, its meaning and its true direction. This is essential for your happiness and fulfillment in the world, for if you have been looking carefully at your life, you will realize you have not been satisfied by little things. For you who seek Knowledge, something greater must be given. You must penetrate the mere surface of things, which seems to adequately stimulate most people. You must accept your deeper yearning or you will cause yourself unnecessary grief and conflict. It is not important what other people value. It is important what you value. If you are seeking for greater meaning, which is true meaning, you must penetrate the surface of your mind.
You must realize that without Knowledge life is hopeless, for you are without purpose, meaning and direction. Then only your errors can teach you, and only they can support your unforgiveness.
Realizing the failure of your own ideas to be a substitute for Knowledge, you can then turn to Knowledge and become the happy recipient of its true gifts. Here all things that you have truly sought will be meaningfully satisfied. Here you will have a true foundation in life. Here Heaven and Earth will come together within you and all separation will end. Here you can accept the limitations of your physical existence and the greatness of your spiritual life. Turning to Knowledge, therefore, is of the greatest benefit for you.
“You have come into the world at a time of tremendous change and challenge. It is not an easy time to be in the world, but if contribution is your purpose and intention, it is the right time to be in the world. You have come at a great turning point. … You have not come here to live a normal life under quiescent circumstances. You have not come here to retire, to go into repose or to live a life of quiet meditation. You have come to serve a world whose needs are immense and pressing and whose time has come for a greater encounter with life beyond its borders.”
Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 11, p. 127
“You have come to help save the world, to give humanity a future and to give your race a greater opportunity—an opportunity to unite, to develop and to become stronger, wiser and more capable, an opportunity to outgrow its tribal divisiveness, its religious fanaticism, its violence, its selfishness and its self-indulgence.”
Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 11, p. 135
“You came here to assist in some specific way the world’s emergence into the Greater Community because this is the biggest thing that is happening here. This is the most consequential event in human history.”
Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 15, p. 196
“Ultimately, everyone’s purpose serves the reclamation and the preservation of Knowledge in the world. However, what you may end up doing may seem very different from this, if only in appearance. It is the spirit with which you give, the quality of your gift and the quality of your awareness and your relationships that will keep Knowledge alive in the world. Everything else that is accomplished is to help people, to serve people, to heal people, to enable people, to strengthen people and to take care of people.”
“People… think, ‘Well, my purpose? Let’s see, what do I want?’ as if they were choosing from a great wish list… Purpose has to do with what the world needs from you and what you are able to give to the world, which may or may not conform to you personal goals, plans and ambitions.”
- Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 18, pp. 224, 227-28
“You have come at a great time. You have come to give important things. Congratulations!”
Greater Community Spirituality, chap. 11, p. 128
“You have come for a great purpose. Therefore, you need a great preparation. You need great companions. And you need a great heart. This is your gift and your destiny. It is this that you have come to be a part of. And it is a blessing that it is so.”
Greater Community Spirituality, chap. 11, p. 137
“Do not compare your purpose with the purpose of your ancestors. Do not think that your purpose is the same as someone’s a thousand years ago or five hundred years ago or even one hundred years ago. Your purpose is related to the needs of the world and the circumstances of the world.”
Greater Community Spirituality, chap. 18, p. 224
Do not dabble in different religions because you will only be a dabbler. You can only know a religion if you immerse yourself within it. And if you immerse yourself in it, how can you be studying everything else? There are many people who take a very eclectic approach, who try to gather a little of this and a little of that. They have postcards from all over the spiritual universe, but they have never been anywhere. They think they understand what Christianity or Buddhism or Islam or any other religion means, but they have never immersed themselves in any of them. They have never lived them fully. They have lots of big ideas and no Wisdom. Avoid this. Avoid trying to tie in what you are doing with what someone else has done in the past or in the present. Do not make your way spiritual by saying that it is in keeping with Christianity or Buddhism or any other religion, for you don’t really know. You have not yet gone far enough. Avoid collecting spiritual ideas. They are more things to clutter up your mind. Yes, they look fascinating, interesting and inspiring, but are they necessary? The word “necessary” is important because your life is necessary, and you do not want to fill it up with things that are not necessary. Keep what is either practically necessary or greatly inspirational to you.
- Greater Community Spirituality