I felt so inspired by Robert Terrell’ Guest column for Confessions of a Mystic, that I penned a response that asks if we can ever become “God like” in our daily lives:
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* On reading Robert’s excellent article, I was reminded of a philosophy espoused by a fellow named Sartre, in a play called, “No Exit.” It dealt with live after death and how a man living with two women in one room viewed existence. “Hell. . . ,” the man said. ” . . .is . . . other . . . people . . .”
I knew it had something to do with existentialism. I could not get my mind wrapped completely around it.
My personal philosophy, developed and only refined in the past several weeks, came from the wisdom of some good Catholic thinkers (Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Clause):
“The Purpose of Life is to Know, Love and Serve God.”
No, not the god portrayed in some building or through a statue, or a Greek icon. The God that resides in all of us, and who responds by any other name when someone seeks within him or her self. Knowing this is the first step. You don’t need to be religious. You can get to know God by simply closing your eyes and meditating until the “nothingness” you finally touch enables you to merge with the Oneness of the Universe. For a brief moment, you can become “God-like.”
(In writing this, have I just committed Heresy?)
Love is second prong for the Purpose of Life. and it must start with Your Self, the Divine within you that begs for forgiveness for not meeting our mind’s expectations or those of a church, our society or some other antiquated Belief that does more to shackle than to set you free. .
To Serve God, is to serve humanity. Mankind and all of God’s Creatures. Unconditionally. Freely. Even Joyfully.
How do I know this? I feel it within me after a series of what I can only call “mystical” dreams that connected with later conscious meditations providing what I believe are universal truths.
[As in the words of that great Mystic, Billy Crystal, I simply ask: Can you dig it?] (This line added in updated printing)
* * True Accounts and Simple Philosophy — Guest Column –“ Existentialism: The Philosophy of Participation” by Robert Terrell