Many of us live two separate lives, one foot in a dream world, the other in reality. One is mind numbing, socially conditioned, commercialized, energy draining, media-driven and riddled with fear. Values are dictated by tyranny, tyranny is accepted for so-called security. It’s misery, ignorance and regret, and yet for most in the developed world, it is acceptable and even branded as normal.
The other is looking for answers. It is consciousness, infinite wisdom and it is the journey of self-awakening. But, which is which? Which is Wonderland and which is reality? Which is truth? Upon answering such questions, we must consider that we could be and are certainly running out of time. However, we seem to be in denial about our own mortality.
“‘Everybody knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.” – Morrie, Tuesdays With Morrie
What would you do if you knew when you were going to die OR what if you simply decided to live every moment like it could be your last? Would this acknowledgment be a motivator to make the best out of your time here or would you choose to squander your potential? Living in denial may seem the ‘easier’ choice, but is it really?
Perhaps by contemplating death more, we actually learn how to live better. Perhaps we even get a clearer understanding of what we are doing here and what our purpose is. Perhaps we even gain a sense of comfort in accepting that our days are numbered and that the ‘life’ we are choosing to live actually does matter.
“Every man dies, not every man really lives.” – Braveheart
Most of us feel that there is something amiss in the world and something amiss in our lives. We acknowledge this, but are often confused about what to do about it so we do nothing. We suffer unnecessarily.
Some justify this do nothing attitude with, “what’s the point of living if we’re just going to die” or “when we’re dead, we’re dead, so what does it matter anyway” or “I’ll wake up in heaven/hell or reincarnated and whatever this was will all be over and I can start again.” None of us actually know what happens when we die, we don’t actually know that the sequence of events begins or ends. So, perhaps the most important logic is what we are doing right now.
There are also those that feel there is no point to our existence. Perhaps it isn’t our purpose to ponder this on a grand-scale, but instead, individually. If we don’t deny ourselves the opportunity, it is possible to seek out our individual purpose. It may not be what has been dictated to us, what we’ve seen on television or read in books, or even what we ever imagined it would be, but there is no way to find out until we begin the adventure.
Some of us, given a varying degree of circumstances, hope for death, pray for death, or see death as a relief from this life. Life certainly contains suffering, but it does not have to be miserable. We identify ourselves with misery when we believe we have no power, no purpose, no hope and no love.
If we stop feeding into pointless fear and negativity right now, life changes, our vibration increases – the entire idea of life and death shifts toward something meaningful. If more of us broaden our minds, more will be inspired to do so. Perhaps this is how we fit into the bigger picture of our species – the work we do on ourselves either imprisons OR elevates and frees others.
If more are inspired, the external powers that oppress and suppress naturally become weaker and weaker, eventually non-existent. What is truly necessary and unnecessary becomes more and more obvious. We have the power to really live until our dying day. When death arrives, if we live meaningfully, we will welcome that day without regret. We can leave this life with a sense of great wisdom, of love and of who we are. We leave knowing that by just having the courage to make our own journey that we inspired others and left a set of valuable footprints for those to come.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
The path less taken seems ominous and unknown, the journey treacherous, the loss potentially too great, the unknown an abyss of anxiety. So what do we do? Most of us typically give in and allow ourselves to be disarmed with fear, doubt, self-serving behavior and control. We deny ourselves our very own path.
If per say, given all of the odds, we chose to exist knowing that we had an unknown and limited time to do so, wouldn’t we want to figure out why? Even if we didn’t choose this life, wouldn’t we still want to know? The obstacles may exist, but it is our choice to accept them.
You have work to do and you have the potential to accomplish great things during this life. You can choose to awaken and live as you dream. The choice is yours.
Om Asato Ma Sat Gamaya
Om Asato Ma Sat Gamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
Lead Us From the Unreal To Real,
Lead Us From Darkness To Light,
Lead Us From Death To Immortality,
Aum (the universal sound of God)
Let There Be Peace Peace Peace.