Meaning and purpose are popular, and over-used, buzz-words, and the ego loves this. In every different area of life social systems tell us we must have purpose and there must be a meaning for everything. Not so, actually. It’s only the ego demanding more mental food for its identity. The truth is, assigning meaning or purpose to anything limits it, and limits our ability to experience the full potential of it.
“But what would be the purpose of life if it had no meaning?” Ah, you see how the ego grasps at a mere thought as if losing that thought form would mean destruction? Who created the idea of purpose? And who assigned meaning to things? The ego aspect of the human mind. They are mental concepts, nothing more, thoughts attached to thoughts about things. The ego uses thoughts to create an identity, then attaches other thoughts to them through association and assigns meaning and purpose to the whole bundle. Yet, they are only thoughts, without substance, less than wisps of smoke.
Every thought about something limits our experience of it. When we assign a purpose to something we limit it even further. Let’s say the purpose of this blog is to share insights on the path of awakening. That is in fact the purpose I gave it when I started it back in 2007. Is that the only thing it’s good for? Can it do nothing else? While I held that purpose in my mind, which is the only place it really exists, I felt restricted in what or how I could share. I didn’t see the hands of friendship that were reaching out to me. Opportunities for connections, learning, expansion, and even profit eluded me. My own assigned purpose limited my vision, creative expression, and opportunities.
Looking for the meaning in everything has a similar affect. Something happens in life or someone says something and our mind starts digging for the meaning behind it. In the process, it takes us right out of the present moment and out of the experience. Life happens in the moment. If we are not present with our awareness in the moment then all we experience is mind stuff, our thoughts about it, not what’s actually here for us in life.
If nothing has meaning or purpose, would we value, appreciate, or work toward anything? Yes, but with a different quality. Without the limitation of purpose and meaning we get to experience not only the truth of how something is in the moment but also the fullness of its potential. We are able to enjoy life so much more because we are present with it. Inspiration flows through us easily and our actions stem from that instead of limited mental structures. Opportunities appear everywhere when we stop allowing the mind to put everything in a box.
If you’re ready to let go of some of your limitations, release the attachment to meaning and purpose. Look at the things in your life and ask, “What else is possible here?”