Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Seeking purpose

Are you seeking purpose? Do you ever ask that question, "What is my purpose?" I was noodling on this yesterday, exploring some definitions and finding some answers.


Purpose is the reason something exists. It indicates something done "on purpose," or with intention, by design. It includes the concept of intended results, meaning there was a goal to accomplish in forming the purpose. It is also the object of the goal itself, the result of the plan, the outcome of the design. It can also be how you do something, as in doing something with determination, with purpose.


So to me, there's a lot of considerations when attempting to answer the question, "Why am I here?" It's a question that assumes an Other, a Someone Else, in charge and making things work. The fact that we're asking the question at all means to me that we're really trying to figure out Who put us here in the first place, and what did that Being intend for us.


It's an interesting feeling—to be the outcome of my Creator's creative force, but not to be totally informed of what the plan was when I was created. And I'd like to pose today that it's the feeling of incomplete understanding that we should actually be questioning.


For our Creator is Mind. And we exist as Mind's image and likeness, so true to the original, so picture perfect, that there is no element of us that can be lacking in understanding. Mind is "…the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression."


Being the full and perfect expression of Mind *is* our purpose. It's Mind's purpose in forming us. We are the result Mind has in mind.


That infinite Mind, with infinite creative perfect gorgeous intelligent ideas, is thinking us right now, and that thinking is creating us now. We are, now, complete and finished even as we are being created. Simultaneous creation and completion of every idea, with no end or beginning. That's Mind.


The feeling I want today then is my own conscious participation in that creative process, a feeling of unfoldment. The feeling the flower bud has as it opens, the feeling the sun has as it rises. A new day dawns, a new life springs forth. I want to feel myself as the springing forth of Mind's conception of its own creation. I want to follow that path and experience all the wonders along the way.


My purpose is to be the purpose of Mind. I can't help it really, it's intentional on Mind's part. All I can do is embrace it.


From Science and Health:

591:16

MIND. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined.


8:28-30

We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are.


326:16

The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way. "Who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth?"


83:25-29

There is mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading. The latter is a revelation of divine purpose through spiritual understanding, by which man gains the divine Principle and explanation of all things.


506:18

Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.


579:10-14

ABRAHAM. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being.

This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good, and showed the life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.



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2 Comments:

At 11/02/2005 11:20:00 PM, Blogger porthos said...

These quotes from the "modern" Mrs. Eddy are great. But thought you might like to read this, too:

"Immortality is the birthright of every human being, and there is an infinite, changeless reality beneath the world of change, and the purpose of life is to realize God while here on earth."

This is from the Bhagavad Gita, written around 3,000 BCE.

Because reality is spiritual, it is ever-present and timeless. It is our task is to discover it.

 
At 11/08/2005 06:39:00 PM, Blogger Kim said...

brilliant -

 

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