One question that is asked over and over and over is “Why are we here?” We can’t help wondering what all this is about and what we all should be doing. We deserve an answer. Unfortunately, we weren’t given an instruction booklet at birth. We live in a time of great progress, but what are we heading toward? Why are we headed in that direction?
This is just a guess, but I believe at one time people understood what life was about. Over time we lost sight of what that was. To find the answer we have to consider our Source. What is that source like? Discovering this will give us our greatest clue. I could be wrong but I think that everyone, regardless of their religious background, has heard the phrase “God is love”. They might not say it in exactly the same way, but every tradition I have ever studied believes that the original self, true self, universe, God, Creator, Allah, whatever, is love.
The Source is also creative. I mean, we call this universe “creation”. How obvious is that? So, God is love, or loving, and creative. I’m going to stop there because everything else I can come up with sort of falls under one of those. Can we apply these to ourselves and get our answer?
Lately there has been hype about something called the “Law of Attraction”. The radicals who are pushing this idea believe that this universe is actually created by thought. That what we think and believe and intend, we bring about. Turns out, this idea isn’t so radical at all. In fact, as I look back, I realize that nearly every job I ever got was because I had intended to do that specific thing. The other jobs happened because I simply had no intention.
We create with our thoughts, we create with our physical bodies. We are creating, even if we don’t realize it. When we realize we are creators, we can create with intention. This world is nothing more than a canvas, awaiting our masterpiece. We can do with it whatever we like. However, if we don’t understand that we have this ability, the picture will be painted for us, and we might not like the result.
Back to the love thing. Certainly we can devise nearly anything we desire. But no matter how expert our abilities, how grand our creations, if we live without love, our work is futile. To bring everything about for ourselves alone is empty. To walk through our daily lives thinking only of what we can have will bring only frustration.
Because we are, or at least seem to be, in physical bodies, and in linear time, we have the unique opportunity to be a vessel for the Source. The “All-Encompassing” is spirit. On Its own, in its omnipresent omniscience, it is nothingness. The reason for our bodies is simple. Without the physical (in our experience anyway) creation is impossible. Without multiple bodies (people, obviously…I hope), love is impossible. We are the opportunity for creation to happen. We are the possibility for love to be actualized.
We’re free to do what we want. We don’t have to create. We don’t have to love. Many don’t. However, this is why we’re here. To do the master’s bidding. To allow the Source to create through us. Our selfishness wants to make a world that we rule, in our own way. Or it wants to do nothing at all. Worse still, we don’t even know that we can make a world. We have tried to do things our way for ages. Look at the result.
The right way to live is to create in love. To love completely. When we commit to that, we know exactly what to create and exactly how to do it. Then the creation is perfect. Then our lives are perfect, and we understand, with the deepest knowledge possible, why we are here.
In the beginning…mankind experienced only love. We only created what was beautiful. We lived in complete and total joy. Everything was provided. We lived in abundance. We were one with our Source. We were free to think and create as we liked.
Then an idea arose. “What if I’m not really part of the Creator? I cannot see the Creator. What if I am really separate?” With this, many similar ideas arose. “What if I’m not really taken care of? Do I really have everything I need?” With these mistaken ideas came the illusion of a separate self; a self that seems to be divided from its Source. The self that most of us believe we are to this day. A self that must try to make its salvation from the scraps of life it can gather from the outside world.
This apparent separation spawned the thought of fear. The fear of a child left alone in the dark and cold. Every aspect of life was filtered through fear. Trust withered.
With fear came the idea of death. “If I am not part of Life, I will surely die.” Pain ensued. Illness became an apparent reality.
This is the state of the world of humanity today. Every bit of it a lie. This condition was the result of one small idea that occurred to mankind: what if I’m separate from the Source? This idea spawned a world of fear and death that was never intended; a world that, in fact, is not real.
“Whatever is not love is illusion.” “The light shines in the darkness and darkness cannot overcome it.” We do not understand these words because they are the opposite of our world. We perceive a world of darkness, but we needn’t. We can return to the Source anytime we choose, but we must make the choice. We can turn our backs on the pain we believed must occur, but we can never look back. We can’t have a little of this and a little of that.
As fearful as this proposition is, to leave what we are familiar with (but are we really comfortable?) we find that it is not painful at all. The world has not transformed into something completely different. Instead, what we perceived before begins to look like the heaven we always hoped it would be. What has changed is how we feel. The pain is gone. What was fear seems to be childlike silliness. There is no worry because all needs have been met. The idea of need has passed away.
That small thought that wreaked so much havoc, the thought that we might be separate, is still possible, but we no longer believe it. We have conquered it. We understand its folly. We will never return to the condition it brought about.
The storm has passed. There is only sunshine and laughter. We are home.
Realizing that we create our world is exciting and it’s easy to get so worked up that we try to change everything in our lives. I want a new house. I want a new car. I want a new…. Then there’s the other side of the coin: I know I have the ability to create, but what am I supposed to create?
With the first reaction, creating a bunch of things for the sake of having something different, usually comes frustration. Frustration because the things we want don’t come about, or because we create something and we find it’s not really what we wanted at all. The second reaction is frustrating because we understand that we are creators, but we don’t really know what to ask for.
The ability we have is very powerful. But we must know the proper way to use it. The ego simply wants more and more and more, without really caring what it is. When we bring things about in this way, we get a lot of stuff, but we are never really content with it. How do we know what to create, then?
The first thing we do is look at our intention. Our Source is love. If our intention is anything other than love, we will create erroneously because we will not understand what the Source is guiding us to create. We can make a bunch of stuff this way, but this is not creation.
Our Source is peace. We must do everything possible to continuously be one with Peace so that we can understand when we receive guidance. Then we must have faith in our Source that the guidance we receive is true and then proceed.
The reality is that we are co-creators. This means we, as humans, create with the Source. We can make stuff on our own, but it will have no lasting value. To be a co-creator means that we make every effort to be like the Source, who is love and peace. To be a co-creator means that we understand when we are receiving guidance and we act. This might mean something seemingly insignificant, such as turning left at the next intersection instead of going straight. Or it might be something as grand as knowing the exact career path to take. Either way, it is commitment to listening and proceeding rather than wanting and making.
This is the same as the Hebrew and Christian teachings of the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.” It doesn’t matter if there is a religious connotation or not. The effect is the same. The effort is what counts.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t do what you want. It is possible that the desire you have had to be a teacher or race car driver or world traveler has been valid all along. As co-creators, we can realize our dreams in a way that we will enjoy them to the fullest and benefit others at the same time. Co-creating doesn’t mean thwarting what we want to do and be, it means doing it in the best way possible.
Total commitment is required. The commitment to allow Love to create through us. Only then can we hear the voice that leads us to know what to do and what to create. Peace is a prerequisite. As long as we are tossed about by the waves of the world around us, it will be difficult to discern the voice within. When peace and love are our intention, our reality, we will know what to create. We will be confident that what is created will be perfect and that it will come about with perfect timing.
Many believe that life is about getting what we want. The truth is, it is! However, nearly everyone has failed to remember what it is we truly desire. I can remember desiring very deeply to play drums. I played drums all the time. I lived drumming. After a while, I played drums in variety of bands in many different places. It was all I had ever desired. Except for one thing.
After I had been playing for a while I became more interested in people thinking I was cool. It was about impressing people and getting what I could get out of it. And it was not fulfilling, as it had been before. Being a musician had become just another ego outlet. I was attempting to become “King Larry” via music. It wasn’t long after that that I gave up playing drums completely.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with being a musician. For the most part our outlets are neutral. The problem is that I had expected fulfillment from my profession. When it didn’t happen, the ego looked for more and more selfish ways to bring it about. Over time I had come to expect my outlet, music, to provide me with happiness. Why didn’t my dream life bring me joy? If this didn’t make me happy what would?
Love. What I was really looking for was love. Not a love relationship with another person, though. A love relationship with everyone! I was not serving others with my abilities, I was serving myself. What I had forgotten, what most of us have forgotten, is that our greatest desire is love. We continue to look outside ourselves for something that will complete us, not realizing we are already complete.
We live from the inside out. Our Source is love. That source, God, if you wish, is pure love, and we as humans are vessels for that love to flow through. We are able to live in relationship in order to be a physical manifestation of our Source. That is the reason we are here. That is the reason the universe was created. What is outside us can never be fulfilling because it is an effect. It is only when the cause is love that joy will follow.
Playing drums could have been very fulfilling if I had served others with an attitude of love. Sometimes I regret frittering away my dream career. I can’t go back because the desire is gone. I believe my desire to play drums came “from above”. It came from within. It was decades later that I would realize being a musician wasn’t the greatest desire. It was merely a vehicle for love. It was a way for me to give to others. Love is our greatest desire. Being loving people, being Love, is what all of us really want. But we’ve let the drumming go to our heads. We’ve believed that it is the source of our joy. Deep inside us all, something is trying to remind us what we really want. I hope we’re listening.
Some who realize we have power to create believe that it’s selfish to do what we want to do. I know so many people who resist doing what they really want to do, and are able to do well because they believe it is selfish. They have obvious talent and abilities in certain areas, but they think there is too much competition or they don’t want doing what they enjoy to end up feeling like work. Some want to live in a certain place or travel but don’t think they are able or they believe they are stuck where they are. Know This: it is possible to do what we want to do in a way that is loving and giving and does not feel like drudgery or work.
The reality is, not doing what we desire to do is far more selfish. Where do our desires come from? As human form, we are neutral. We didn’t create our proclivities! They come from our Source. Why would our Creator give us the desire to do and be certain things if doing them would be selfish? Doing what we want to do is the most self-LESS thing we can do.
If you have an obvious talent for art, BE AN ARTIST! If you want to live in Hawaii, see yourself being there and make your plans to go. There is something there for you that makes it the best place for you to be! You don’t need to know why. This world is full of people who will tell you you can’t. Don’t listen! WE are creators. We bring about our situations. We can create in love and unity with Source, or we can back down and believe the naysayers or our own mistaken doubts.
God is creating through us. What could our talents and desires possibly be but him wanting to do specific things through us? To believe anything different is ignorant and/or cowardly. To do anything different is to slap the hand of God as though we know better. Faith is believing that God is taking care of everything. It is also believing that we should do whatever it is we deeply feel we should do…AND DOING IT!
In the image of the Creator, we ourselves are here to create. The fact that most are not aware of this means that we are not very deliberate in what we create. But, whether we know it or not, we are still creating. We don’t understand that the reality we appear to be a slave to is, in fact, the reality that we have made. What most create is fear and lack. Included in these are poverty and sickness.
At one point in the history of this world, people understood that there was unity with the Creator and beautiful, loving creations abounded. Over time, the thought of fear crept in. The beauty of free will is being able to create whatever you like. The downfall is being able to believe something that is not true. In this case, that we have somehow become separate from God and others. Free will made it possible to believe that what is created is somehow more than an illusion, and ideas of evil, poverty, sickness and death crept in. We began to believe that we are less than what we were created to be.
This belief in the possibility of separation became certainty within most of humanity and with it the belief that we could be harmed. In the present day, separation is the accepted belief system. The whole world behaves as if everything happens by chance and that we should be afraid of what might happen to us. All of this came about because of the small idea that we might be separate from God. A stream of erroneous “what ifs” followed and we are where we are today: in a world of suffering that is completely unnecessary.
God did not create pain. God did not create death. God did not create sickness. We did. We have the freedom and power to create whatever we want. Not understanding this, we have made a world of sadness and hurry. We have believed in separation and decided we would continue to create separation.
Separation does not exist. Evil does not exist. We made them. We can’t blame God for them. Humanity believed fear might be possible and in doing so, brought it about. We did a brilliant job of creating fear and pain because we are creators. Once these ideas gained momentum, they proliferated until the idea of fear abounded worldwide.
We can just as easily create love and abundance. We simply don’t realize we have this ability. This might sound simplistic, but it’s not too different than coming up with our own little worlds in our imagination when we are children. But we get to do it on a much larger scale. What we believe, what we think about, what we intend, becomes our world. We have the choice to believe whatever we like, but as long as we believe in pain and hatred, we will have pain and hatred. As long as we think we have too little of anything or everything, we will feel lacking and incomplete. When we decide for love and peace, we will have them instead. And we will realize this world is not so heavy, but is simply a place where we have been given the opportunity to create whatever we want to create, and to enjoy what we, with the abilities given us by the creative force of the universe, have brought about.
As creators, as the creation, as people who live their lives for love, it often feels as though we are swimming upstream. It is difficult to find others who are on the path to wholeness who we can share and interact with.
The main reason is because this world of illusion is so convincing that it is very difficult to understand that we should be living from the inside out. We begin with love and the fullness of our Source and with that source, we create reality. But because what has been created is so powerful, and seems to be so real, we believe that we must change it. So that is what the vast majority does.
For thousands and thousands of years humanity has looked for fulfillment from what is without. Some, though, have realized that what is without is what has been created by previous generations. These have understood that true change happens from within. To try to change what is already in existence is like replaying a recording of a football game and expecting a different outcome.
Sometimes those who have realized this can feel like they are the only ones. Especially those who are just beginning to change to an “inside-out” way of living. This is simply an encouragement. As we continue to create with love and positivity, we will draw to ourselves others who create in the same way. For a while, though, it may seem as if we are alone. Although we are not tested by the Creator, we can consider this a time of testing. In this time we will discover our true level of commitment. As we press on, we will be joined by others.
It may be many generations before we are in the majority, but for now, we will continue to create an oasis in the desert. As we gain momentum with our own creative ability, we grow confident of who we are and what we can do. Even if it seems that we are alone, we understand that darkness can never overcome the light. We have power unknown to the world of illusion. We can create beauty where it seems impossible.
Life does not have to be difficult. We choose to make it that way. Deep inside we know that everything will be okay and that we don’t need to worry, but we have been taught to worry, so that is what we do.
We have very little control over what happens. When we believe we are a self separate from our Creator, we decide that we have become the creator and that we need to manufacture success. That leads to the possibility of failure. That leads to fear, which leads to worry. Many play this game of “succeed or fail” their whole lives. It is where many derive excitement and meaning in life. But we know that the successes are never as fulfilling as we believed they would be.
We cannot be separate from our Creator, but we can believe we are. This belief always leads to the cycle of frustration that is inevitable when we believe we must do the creating. Failure is only possible when we believe that we have replaced the Creator.
We know that everything will work out. We have seen it throughout our lives. In reality, success has no opposite. The idea of failure is something we have made. It is not real. When we realize unity and allow everything to be as it is, there is only success. There can be nothing else.