Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Forced to unearth a deeper level of meaning

Nature, the essay that pioneered the transcendentalist movement two centuries ago, concluded with a beautiful passage about independence and the making of meaning. 

Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the influx of the spirit. 

An eloquent reminder that meaning is always in front of us to be harvested. That it is in our power to determine meaning for ourselves. And that once we learn to feel beneath the surface of our doings and unearth a deeper level of significance beyond all of our superficial concepts about what we need to be happy, we can experience the luminous sense of being vitally alive. 

Vulnerability is a great starting point. Because anytime the carefree ride of our life slams into a stone wall; anytime a jarring experience dissuades us of our delusions and cures us of our arrogance, we enter into the valley of humility. 

We get sad and lonely and bloody and pissed. And yet, it is from that place of rawness and humanity where we are perhaps closest to the meaning of our existence. 

What is that meaning, exactly? It’s not what we think. Not at all. 

It’s far more momentous than the transitory satisfactions of this world. 

It’s that sacred influx of the spirit. 

Do you trust that your existence has meaning even when the world seems to be nothing but blind chance and chaos? 
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Scott Ginsberg
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