The Purpose of Life

Many religious and cultural traditions understand the mystery or the myth of the Incarnation as Emmanuel or God with us. The mystics in many traditions realize that the Divine Essence is present in every part of creation. St. Ignatius of Loyola believes that “the more mature in the spiritual life due to constant contemplation and the enlightenment of the understanding, consider, meditate and ponder more that God our Lord is in every creature by His essence, power and presence” (Spiritual Exercises #39). Therefore, Creation and Incarnation happened at one and the same time. Redemption is the realization of this dynamic mystery and is experienced through “constant contemplation and the enlightenment of the understanding.” And contemplation is to open ourselves to the mystery and allow the mystery to fill us and transform us into that mystery. We realize that God and I are not one but God and I are not two. At the moment of our creation God was incarnated in us. God breathe into us God’s own breath and we became a living being (Genesis 2). This is the way of the Buddha and every enlightened person.

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12 Responses to The Purpose of Life

  1. JOE DAHLEM says:

    So glad to see these ideas. I love Paul’s insights. Blessings
    Joe Dahlem

  2. JOSEPHINE says:

    God and I are not one
    God and I are NOT two !!!!!!!!
    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
    I could not agree more.
    This is wonderful Paul and an affirmation of my spiritual journey right now.
    I thank you !!!!!!
    This could not have been more perfectly
    Timed for me.

  3. Gerry & Jackie Guimond says:

    Good to hear this again from you….timing couldn’t be better. TX
    Will be in STL week after Labor Day!

  4. edbarb4344 says:

    Glad we hooked back up we enjoy your blogs and writtings. ED

  5. Donna Horsford says:

    Good to hear your inspiring messages again.

  6. Mary Obermark says:

    Yes, so good to hear from you. I’d love to have you share more often.

  7. Miriam says:

    I just came in from a walk outside and nature was juicy with the mystery of Divine Life. Then I read your blog and was moved even more to be open to the mystery and allow the mystery to fill me and transform me into that mystery. Thank you, Paul.

  8. Terrie says:

    Thanks! I enjoyed!

  9. Patricia M. Fielding says:

    How are you? What are you doing currently? It is good to ‘read’ from you. Blessings.

  10. JoAnn Rulo says:

    Paul, all of your thoughts resonated with me in a very deep way. Our evolution continues as we evolve in higher consciousness. Higher consciousness elevates our awareness that all life is connected. As you said all mystics come to this awareness. To quote Chief Seattle, “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Fr. Thomas Keating called God “Isness”. Raimon Panikkar wrote “Without the Divine we cannot say I; without consciousness we cannot say Thou; and without the World we cannot say It. They are pronouns, or rather pro-noun; they stand for the same (unnameable) noun.” If we allow it to do so life teaches us at every moment what we need to know to grow spiritually because God is in all and teaches us through all of life giving our evolution direction. Meister Eckhart said “Every creature is a word of God”.

  11. Bo Dowsett says:

    I always look forward to reading your blog posts, Paul …. this one really hit home. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights. Hope all is well with you!
    Peace and grace,
    Bo Dowsett

  12. Jack D says:

    Wow!! So insightful and thought provoking. The thought of making space for the little voice and giving complete trust to it will be my take from Paul’s words. Thank you for sharing. Jack

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