Is it my purpose, or did I make it up?

“Without Knowledge, you will identify with your mind. You will think that your mind is who you are. You will think that your thoughts represent you, define you, govern you and determine your experience.” – Greater Community Spirituality

 

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When you’re in the middle of learning, it’s not easy to see your progress. Quite often, people give themselves a label mid-progress. You’ve done it. You look around, your human brain puts some pieces together, combined with some past experiences, and you whip up a decision based on all of that. Clearly you were destined for this job, this relationship, it’s all coming together!

You’ve just justified your current position. Good job.

Did you know that this shuts you off from the journey you’re on? I’m happy for you that you are aware of your greatness and all, but there is so much more than our plans.

You’ve heard the saying “Want to make God laugh, tell [him/her/God] your plans.” Well, whether you get nauseous with the word “God” or you consider yourself part of one of the world’s religions- Guess what?! You’re here, and you didn’t send yourself here with a blueprint of your creating.

“The answer is, who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.” – Eckhart Tolle

 

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Part of it is that we are uncomfortable with not knowing. We love reasons.

“You may feel quite insecure when you enter these states of unknowing, but in reality this is coming into the clear within yourself. This is being without resolutions but with an open and inquiring mind. This is not a passive approach. It is highly active because here you must be very attentive, very focused and ready to act.” -Greater Community Spirituality.

 

So your purpose is greater than you think.

Another thing to remember is that your purpose must relate to this world in a way. Why would you be placed here for a brief time in a body, if your purpose was do to intergalactic battle, or play with angels, or engage in mental fantasy or exist in seclusion? Simply said, it is sometimes thought that you have something other to do than be here now. It is a constant struggle to stay separate from reality. Who’s winning? Does it sound disappointing to you that you came here to be here? Were you hoping your purpose was a bit more magical?

“Everyone was sent into the world to be in the world at this time, to face these great and emerging circumstances. So to claim it is too much for you is simply to admit your weakness and to not recognize your responsibility to prepare.” – The New Message

It’s quite possible that Oprah gets it. Below, she mentions adds the word “calling” to the mix. Perhaps calling can be defined by what your purpose asks of you. It is something that requires an answer, based on the skills you’ve accrued by participating with your purpose in life.

“There is no greater gift you can I’ve or receive by honoring your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” – Oprah

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Here, the Dalai Lama discusses compassion among other things as skills to be with your purpose.

And one man’s testimony in Germany regarding his way of finding his purpose- I like this one because of his eloquence in speaking, combined with a truth that just cuts to the point- hard to argue with.

To stop labeling yourself, which is to stand up from the side of the road and continue following the signs, is to truly follow a path to freedom. It is a restoring, revitalizing way of being. This is a great life you live, far greater than you can feel with your hands or see with your eyes.

Come as you are, without definition.

The Seven Secrets to Hearing God’s Voice

God speaking to the world through individuals is what has kept the light aflame within earthly religions. Have you considered how people come closer to God – how they participate and truly hear? With some research, I have compiled the seven most successful secrets to hearing God’s voice.

Secret One: Release attachment from ideas. I have noticed that though I may carry ideas and past associations, hearing God’s voice is in part just listening below the ideas themselves. God won’t speak to your ideas- so allowing them to pass over like clouds, and suspending the intellect for a time, is key.

“You must become still and listen with your heart here. Your ideas will be struggling. They will be struggling to keep up. They will be trying to calculate and comprehend this, but they cannot, you see. For this is not a message for the intellect.” – How God Speaks to the World

Here is a video related to listening below these ideas:

Secret Two: You are not a passive observer. A challenging secret to hearing God’s voice is to be an active participant in the relationship. Can you prepare? Do you think God would want to give you a great request if you were not prepared?

“We can’t be passive, sit back and just expect that we will hear God without preparing ourselves in any way” – Soul Shepherding

Secret Three: Practice. Another secret well known to a consistent man or woman of God would be practice. How has the voice I trusted served me in the past? Looking at the outcome, was this God speaking to me, or my desires?

“It is by practicing, by reason of use, that we are able to discern whether what we hear is of God” – Seven Keys to Hearing God’s Voice

Seven secrets to hearing God's voiceSecret Four: Allow the mind to rest. Described below in a teaching of the New Message from God, we need reprieve to receive!

“Therefore, the student seeks to give the mind reprieve and rest so that it can restore itself and renew itself. This rest is needed if the mind is to be employed for greater things, if it is to be focused and directed, if it is to be effective as a tool for perception and a tool for communication.” – Parting the Veil of the Mind

Secret Five: An honest approach. I have been told that I must not be with a person while wanting from them. Well, I must not be with God in a state of wanting, begging. I do not know what to teach myself, and I do not understand my situation clearly, always. An honest approach leaves space for God to come in. It leaves room for the mystery.

“God does not reveal Himself to every casual onlooker who would take sacred things and play with them like toys. I have known some adults who treated the gifts of God as if they were just little baubles to play with. To please God and to receive counsel from Him, people must be both determined and serious.” – Pat’s Perspective

“True honesty brings about the ability to wait, the ability to evaluate oneself constructively, the ability to discern, the ability to not speak when that is appropriate, the ability to speak when that is appropriate, the ability to follow a Greater Power within you, the ability to abide with what is known, and the ability to avoid or step away from what is harmful or untrue”- Wisdom from the Greater Community, Vol. 2: Honesty

Secret Six: Accept that God may say “no” more than “yes.” God’s voice will not sound like you want it to all the time. Many people report feeling a sense of restraint that proves to be life saving.

“[God] will hold you back from many things. You are not used to holding yourself back, and that is why your life has been a series of dilemmas and even catastrophes. It is going to save you for something greater. But first, you must stop committing the same mistakes, making the same foolish assumptions, the same mindless decisions. You must slow down. You must stop. You must take time to practice listening—listening for Knowledge, listening to develop the listening ability, the intention and the capacity within yourself.” – Listening for Knowledge

Secret Seven: Time. Even if you follow all of the secrets, you have a lifetime of unlearning to do! Patience with yourself here is important. You will not be able to unlock the mystery of God’s voice, and you will not be able to hear it overnight, or even be certain every single time. 

“This will take time because you are undoing years and years of habit, years and years of preoccupation, years and years of self-obsession or the obsession over other things or people. You are counteracting your social conditioning, which is powerful and overwhelming until you break free of it. So this will take time and daily application.” – Listening for Knowledge

Blessings on your journey, and may you hear what must be done in your life.

To “Die Before You Die”

What does it mean to “Die before you die?” When you hear this, does your mind conjure images of near-death experiences where a light is seen- perhaps the light that illuminates your life and brings clarity, therefore creating a “born again” experience? Is this a Christian concept? Muslim? New Age? Is it a good thing? What has God said about this before, and what does God say now?

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The Islamic mystic Abd al-Kader wrote of this. He said,

“There are two types of death: one which is inevitable and common to all, and one which is voluntary and experienced by a few. It is the second death which Muhammad prescribed saying, ‘Die before you die.’ Those who die this voluntary death are resurrected.”

Eckhardt Tolle directly tells us that this is “a secret” and all that matters, here:

“Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.”

From these quotes we find this preliminary death as one that is 1) a choice and 2) An unburdening. It is a series of actions that we need to take to release ourselves from.. ourselves, apparently!

The voice of God now, through the New Message from God, says the following on this unburdening:

“God’s first purpose is to unburden you. This is the process of unburdening. Liberation from the past will occur as you engage with Knowledge because Knowledge is not oriented toward your past. It only seeks to lead you forward. As you can be led forward and find your way, then the past will become ever more distant and remote to you. The memories, the difficulties, the tragedies and the happiness will all fade. This will enable you to be more and more present in the moment, more whole within yourself and more open to others”truther-memes-remove-the-ego

This release of the ego can feel like a great loss, a great emptiness at first. A death of your ideas & former identity before it is replaced by a new one can be confounding. Who is ready to “die” like this? It must take great courage to stand on a bridge between old and new.

Is this so different than our fears of actual death? Do people not commit suicide because their ideas of self are not being fulfilled? There is a lot to consider here.

“As your identity becomes founded in Knowledge and not merely on ideas, speculation or beliefs, you will begin to experience the permanence and security that only Knowledge can bestow. As you realize that your true life is changeless, then you will feel free to allow it to express itself in changing circumstances. Here you will escape all fear of death and destruction.” – from Steps to Knowledge

I wondered what would occur if we did not seek this first definition of death- the stripping away. The picture of that life is painted here:

“It is when you stop meeting challenges that your life begins to wane and that the process of death begins for you. Whenever you stop meeting challenges, you begin to die. As long as you meet challenges, you will exert life, you will stimulate life and you will have life.” – from Relationships & Higher Purpose

You have seen this before, no? Someone who has stopped trying, whose mind has become rigid because they stopped stirring the cement?

Let this not be us, who seek to be free. The voice of God has spoken on the Great Unburdening over time, and speaks to us now as we prepare to face far greater challenges than simply our egos.

Further reading on death

What is Knowledge vs ideas, as mentioned above?

God of the Greater Community

“You must think of God now in the Greater Community – not a human God, not a God of your written history, not a God of your trials and tribulations, but a God for all time, for all races, for all dimensions, for those who are primitive and for those who are advanced, for those who think like you and for those who think so differently, for those who believe and for those for whom belief is inexplicable. This is God in the Greater Community. And this is where you must begin.”

From Greater Community Spirituality