What we’ve done so far is to suggest that life has a purpose. That’s one “why” of spirituality. Why study and practice spirituality? Because you’ll thereby fulfill the purpose of life.
And, if and as you do fulfill that purpose, along the way you experience love, bliss and all the truly good things in life. Having them is another “why” of spirituality. Even for an archangel.
Here’s Archangel Michael acknowledging that even the archangels profoundly enjoy the bliss: “The bliss and the oneness, even for what you would think of as a millisecond, can keep us going for millennia.”(1)
Now if you accept what I’ve said so far, then you may find yourself accepting … well, everything spiritual.
Because if you accept that this world – and all other worlds – was created by a God for a purpose, then all we need to do is to unroll that purpose, the plan that goes with it, the main actors, the supporting cast, and what it is we need to do to realize that purpose.
But, if I were to do that, this would remain an unfinished book because only a spiritual teacher can tell you “what it is we need to do to realize that purpose.” That is where I hand off the baton to others because I’m not an enlightened being, not even in the slightest, and only enlightened beings can and should answer that question.
But there’s still much ground to cover. We now have our purpose and, seeing that life has a purpose, we immediately pass beyond the reach of empirical-materialist philosophy (the philosophy that holds that only what we can see and touch is real) and into the pondering and the knowing of the unseen, the inter-dimensional, the mystical … oh, the cat is definitely out of the bag now. No going back, I’m afraid.
Instant transformation from the purely materially-minded to the spiritually-minded.
Now our karma begins to straighten out. We’re not so erratic in life. We come upon concepts like “spiritual laws” and our curiosity becomes piqued. We hear about ascended masters and even read some messages from them.
We become aware of a whole different stream of life that’s been passing by us, invisibly, since forever. Finally we hit upon a few names for it – the Perennial Philosophy, the Ancient and Ageless Wisdom, the Dharma. Life. Truth. Love. God.
We start to have mini-satoris, Aha! moments, realizations. What previously in general sat with us as just an idea now starts to come alive for us. We start to ache and itch for more.
We feel other strange new feelings. Gosh, I feel good. I feel so elevated. I really soared when I saw that last point. What about you?
Finally we have a name for that too. We call it “bliss.”
By now we’re restless, but never think of it that way. The stirrings of love for what we’re doing are traceable to a device that God implanted in us, the best device we’ll ever get, bar none.
Some call it the longing for liberation; others the urge to awaken. It’s a homing device that God implanted in us to call us, lead us, and bring us home. (2) Speak of pre-destined and pre-determined.
Tomorrow let’s introduce the three main characters in the drama of life.
(1) “Archangel Michael: Back to the One with the Speed of Love,” July 16, 2013, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/07/16/archangel-michael-back-to-the-one-with-the-speed-of-love/.
(2) “The Longing for Liberation at http://goldengaiadb.com/L#Longing_for_Liberation and http://goldengaiadb.com/The_Nature_of_Life_1#The_Longing_for_Liberation