“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk

How are you doing this week? I hope you’re finding ways to stay cool. I’m limiting my time outdoors that’s for sure! I’m grateful for our air conditioning too! Whew!!

Recently I finished reading Arielle Ford’s new book The Love Thief and really enjoyed it. She says it’s her first attempt at writing fiction and I found her storytelling ability enjoyable and relatable. This story reminded me so much of a fellow traveler’s journey of spiritual awakening. There are so many ways it can happen since each one of us is individual and unique. However, we often ask ourselves, “What’s my purpose, Who am I, or Why am I here?” These questions are similar for each one of us. Along the way of re-discovery and remembering we often meet fellow travelers who help us. Through the years of my own growth and working with others I’ve heard many ideas of why we chose to come to Earth at this time.

In addition to Thich Nhat Hanh’s view of awakening from the illusion of separateness there are others who believe that we are here to: honor and know God, survive, find our passion, be happy, help others, recognize and use our gifts, experience life completely, create heaven on earth, be authentic, seek harmony with nature, be successful, achieve goals, or evolve by learning and growing. The list goes on and on and I’m sure each one of you has your own point of view to add. HRH the Dalai Lama has said, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” It seems there is no right or wrong answer is there? Some people believe that enlightenment is why we’re here and yet there are those who believe we are already enlightened. There are so many questions to be explored during your quiet moments of introspection!

For me, many years ago while doing a walking meditation during my Theology program I asked, “Why am I here?” I heard, “To remember and help others remember.” At the time I didn’t understand what it meant. Through the years more clarity has come. I realize that we aren’t separated. This is an illusion. We are both human and divine. We are a part of Source, God/Goddess/All That Is. We entered life forgetting. Then we have the opportunity to explore, experience, awaken, and remember. We are LOVE in our core. Loving and being loved is a part of our true nature. Through our lived experiences this part of our nature is often closed. Remembering is an awakening experience. Along my journey I’ve also realized that being more kind and compassionate is important.

Another perspective comes from the Mind Journal, Zen quotes, “The Universe isn’t interested in your achievements . . . Just your heart. When you choose to act out of kindness, compassion, and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose. No need to look any further.” What has been your experience as you have explored why you’re here? What do you believe? Have you begun a conscious journey of awakening? Are you ready if you haven’t? I’m excited for you regardless of where you are on your path. It’s exciting, fun, and often surprising! Mine continues to evolve with deeper levels of understanding.

I’m holding space for you and I’m sending lots of love to each one of you. Have an amazing, joy filled, and fun week!

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