The Stranger Within
Finding a Meaning and Purpose in Life
How well do you know yourself?
Are you aware of all that makes you unique or is there a part of you that remains hidden, untapped, unknown: a stranger within?
The force of life
These writings have been inspired by what I have learnt over many years from spiritual tutors in The Erasmus Foundation, a spiritual teaching and healing centre based in Laxfield, Suffolk. This has given me a belief that within you there is a force of life that is eternal and holds much value and resource, and that is your spirit.
This is not something wispy, strange or inconsequential but very real, solid and meaningful. Just because you cannot see or feel something doesn't mean it is not there. My belief is that your spirit, your mind, is the essential you and of great value to you while you are on the Earth, and so if it is stifled, suffocated from an early age by the physicality of our world with all its noise and stress, if more importance is given to feeding and stimulating the brain, which is the computer of the body, then the mind – your spirit - will have more difficulty being felt, being listened to.
Death is not the end
Everything of value lives on. Death is not the end of life, only of the physical body that is the vehicle for a particular life. So, your spiritual heritage goes back much further than the heritage of the life you are now living because your spirit will have lived many lives before this one in many cultures and civilisations, experiencing and learning many things that your spirit retains and which is a part of you forever. This is the meaning and purpose of life.
Truth, logic and reason – balance versus chaos
There is a balance throughout the Universe governed by a Natural Law, itself created by a force beyond our comprehension, with truth, logic and reason at its heart. Without balance there is chaos because the void that appears when things are not in balance, when people are not in balance, is filled with destructive elements. Nature and our Universe are not responsible for chaos; Mankind is. Our Earth is sick and dying due to human behaviour that has enabled the right conditions for all that is happening today: disease - growing, mutating and strengthening; climate change events - increasing and picking up pace; people - suffering more and more both mentally and physically; animals and all nature and wildlife – suffering, struggling, diminishing, extinguished; and our food, water, air and soil becoming more and more polluted, all contributing to our unhealthy state.
Evil and a web of darkness
There is also, most importantly in my view, a web of darkness around the globe that has been allowed to grow through Mankind's weakness, and this is polluting the minds of many with what I believe is a 'thought virus'; thought being the strongest force in the Universe. Evil is very real and those who work for this destruction are powerful and very happy if people are ignorant of their existence and purpose. Evil feeds off weakness, so with rampant greed in this very materialistic world, with truth having little or no value, with many showing greater tendency to be selfish, jealous, cruel, lazy, and blind through the ego of self, is it no wonder that the world is in turmoil?
Everyone has a gift
All this does not paint a pretty picture, and it may be felt upon reading this that it is all too severe and over-the-top; but the reality of this destruction is all around you and in most of the world news headlines. If you have purpose and reason for being here, will there not be opportunity to achieve something positive to help turn things round and bring back some light and sanity to our Earth? I believe everyone has a gift to do or be something that helps others. Your spiritual gift is always for the purpose of helping others, never for self-interest.
What can you do?
So, what can you do? I refer again to the spirit, your spirit. You all have one; unique, of different spiritual age, living an individual Tapestry of Life with its unique psychological structure and designed by one that I call 'The Great Mind'. Creativity comes from the mind, so be creative, start asking questions: start with truth, truth about yourself. And sitting quietly in meditation or contemplation will help quieten the brain and allow the mind to surface to help you find answers.
Getting to know yourself and being true to yourself
Getting to know yourself completely, physically and spiritually, to find a certain balance can take time but is very rewarding. It will help you find the confidence to be true to who you are and what you are. You could ask questions of your day, of how you felt you dealt with different people and situations which will help you understand yourself better and inform you of your strengths and weaknesses, which we all have. It will also help you understand others. In short, you are using your mind which is becoming less of a stranger within! All of this will draw on your spiritual strength which gives you courage to face truth, and allows for more graciousness in communications.
Finding peace and a reason for living
The aim, through these writings, and from my own experience of making mistakes and the ups and downs of life that have taught me much, is to help you realise this valuable resource that is your spirit, this essential you, in order to find answers to questions you may have; to find some peace that is always there within you and more wonderful than words can say; and to help you understand that you do indeed have a reason and purpose for living. Working to find that balance within yourself progresses and evolves the spirit and will give you the clarity to know who you are, how you are, and what you are here to do.
At this time of many difficulties and change, the one thing you have to draw upon is your spirit which I believe will help you face the challenges of today and, with understanding and acceptance, work for a more positive tomorrow using what you have been given in this life to help bring back a balance to our Earth.
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