With the continual expansion of instantaneous communication methods, the world exponentially shrinks, which leaves a profound question in people’s minds as to their place in an ever shrinking world. You might then be compelled to delve more deeply into the question of your purpose. Many people think there is a God given ordination for one’s purpose. Indeed, the basis of your soul’s sole purpose here is to create emotional and spiritual growth. However, your inner being, calls for deepening and enriching this purpose to its greatest depth and breadth.
The majority of people search for the answers to their purpose in life, outside of themselves.
The only path to deepening and enriching your purpose is to go within. The answer to one’s questions lie inside you. All you need do is look, listen and trust. Going within requires one to contemplate or meditate on creating a deeper and more enriched life.
Through meditation or contemplation, however, you can observe and learn the truth about your existence, for you break down the illusions that you created in your external life and you open up to your inner world and the truth. By meditating or contemplating, you will avoid the rationalizations and diversions that might influence your search for meaning, and instead come to the core of your being and your connection to the universe, which is where the truth that you seek resides.
Although, less popular in Western cultures, Buddhist and Hindu based meditation practices are the most practiced in both Eastern and Western cultures. Researchers posit that primitive hunter-gatherers may have discovered meditation and its altered states of consciousness as they stared at the flames of their fires during this nightly ritual. Meditation evolved in a structured practice over thousands of years. Indian scriptures called ‘tantras’ included meditation techniques over 5000 years ago. It is Buddha, one of history’s strongest proponents of meditation, who first introduced a formal technique of meditation around 500 B.C.
Contemplation is from the Latin root templus, an entering into an open or consecrated place. In the religious sense it is in the form of a prayer or meditation. In Christianity it is related to mysticism, as portrayed by the works of Teresa of Avila, Margery Kempe, Augustine Baker and Thomas Merton. From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have used contemplation as an essential part of prayer along with offering intercessions, supplications, and praise.
Both Meditation and Contemplation require a quiet environment and a willingness to use specific techniques, whether derived from the masters or one’s adaptations to go within to connect to one’s higher self and the answers that lie within.
While you are in the relaxed state of meditation or contemplation imagine connecting to the consciousness of the universe. Carl Jung described the universal consciousness as the collective unconscious. As you sense your openness you can ask what you need to know about the meaning of your life. The answer might not spring forth immediately, however, as you continue to connect to this collective unconscious you will notice that you have a greater sense of awareness of the direction you seek. You might notice a sense of ‘Aha,’ or a moment of profound truth that resonates as pure knowledge.