January 7, 2016 at 4:41 PM #1563
What do you want most in life? Imagine you are on your death bed, moments from death. This brings an extra focus to what I am asking you. If you could have attained just one thing in your entire life that would cause you to say “I have absolutely no regrets because this is.” what would that one thing be? As you can imagine it may be quite important to know what this is. And to know it now before death is only moments away. What is the one thing that is most important to your life, that makes you feel your life is complete?
It could be inner peace. it could be unconditional love. It could be as Miss America contestants often say “peace on earth”. It could be enlightenment. It could be a moment of kindness to one particular person. It could be what you have attained already, how wonderful. What is it for you? Try to reduce it to the one most important thing, but no more than three. It helps to focus. And from your answer, you have a pretty good idea what to do with the rest of your life.
Many of us have fairly superficial goals in our day to day life. We can forget about the really essential core goals or not even think of them. The goals society has conditioned us to strive for (wealth, fame, success, sex, comfort, popularity, etc.) are often met with regret at the end of life by those who have spent their lives successfully attaining them.
This is an opportunity to take the time to think more deeply. Please share your thoughts with us.January 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM #1564
The most important thing I have attained is the realization that it is already complete and always has been. Attainment is not a good word for this. Nothing needs to be attained because this perfection can not be attained. It cannot be added to. And nothing can be taken from it. It is already completely complete. There are no gaps, no holes, no incompleteness anywhere. Before I realized this, it was still always complete, always perfect.
For most of my life, I was conditioned to believe in hard work, attainment, fixing things, imperfection that it was my job to make perfect. There was a lot of effort in that life. And a lot of worldly success. But there was also a hole, a gap, a feeling of not quite completeness. Something was missing. I had no idea what that was, but I could feel it. It was as if I had successfully completed a very complex puzzle, but one of the pieces was still missing. And if I found that piece, suddenly another piece was missing. There was always this subtle hole, this subtle mysterious missing piece.
Somehow that missing piece was found you might say. The puzzle is complete. And it is realized as always having been complete. There never was a missing piece. It was always complete. It was only my programmed conditioned thoughts and beliefs that prevented me from directly, consciously experiencing this.
So death coming at any time, which it will, is no problem. It is as much part of the completeness as everything else is. I don’t really even know what to call this. Maybe awakening, enlightenment, or Fred. That’s a joke. It doesn’t need a name. Completeness is already complete. A name cannot add anything to it.
This realization is both nothing and everything. Or neither nothing nor everything. Both statements are the same statement. This realization is beyond all words, thoughts and stories. It cannot be communicated through words. But something inside us, beyond words and thoughts, understands it perfectly. This completeness is the very nature of all of us, of all existence, of form and what is not form.
And not that I would ever expect to realize this or could even know what this was to try to realize it, but it happened. And it turns out to be very much the most important thing I could have ever attained or even dreamed of attaining. Even though the word “attain” is not the correct word for it.
I guess I could summarize all this by simply saying I am very, very, very happy. 🙂January 9, 2016 at 5:58 PM #1613
That question just keeps getting harder to answer. I think the only thing I want is to continue to open. It just happens by itself so the determination is to not get in the way of the process. What I want in terms of superficial things can be of benefit sometimes. Maybe I’ll put myself in a situation that I would normally avoid so that the stuck part can open up. In that sense you typically wouldn’t have to change anything in your life because you’re using ordinary circumstances to refine the self. What you want in life becomes a little bit irrelevant because you can do anything you want and not have to hide in meditation 6 hours a day to refine the self.January 9, 2016 at 8:38 PM #1614
The question keeps getting harder to answer because the True Awakened Presence, what we really are, is already complete and has never had any needs at all. Yes, what you want in life does become “irrelevant”. There are no needs for one who is already complete. And what we truly are has always been complete. This is waking up from the Waking Dream. Seeing this, examining this, examining what needs we feel we still have, examining deeply our feeling of incompleteness can lead to the end of this illusion of incompleteness. Thank you for posting, Cameron.February 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM #1770
What I want most in life keeps changing.
Some time ago, I might well have said ‘happiness’ or ‘safety’ or ‘peace’. Many years ago, it was ‘children’.
Recently the most important thing I wanted was to wake up.
Then that kind of disappeared, into not wanting anything more than I currently seemed to have in each moment.
Now it feels like a joint wanting; to be helpful, and to explore the possibilities which have opened up here. Like a kid in a candy store 🙂
Huge gratitudeMarch 7, 2016 at 5:30 AM #1806
I am open to the direct, immediate perception of Oneness, while in a body.
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