I don’t know if you ever ask yourself this question, quietly to yourself when no one else is around, or perhaps with others with whom you feel comfortable enough to “bare your soul” so to speak.
Truth be told, I’ve been haunted by this question for as long as I can remember. And at various stages of my life (starting with when I was very young) certain “schools of thought” were available to me to potentially answer this question.
But none were able to help me formulate an answer which resonated deeply.
In other words, the religious tradition in which I was raised was not able to help me adequately answer this question.
A personal question (and answer)
I think it’s important to point out that this question is not about why we exist at all, but rather why we find ourselves embedded (and embodied) HERE and NOW. And because it focuses on our own specific set of circumstances it is, at the end of the day, a deeply personal question.
As I think it should be.
After all, the reason why we find ourselves incarnated in THIS body, with THIS set of family members and friends, living through THESE particular life situations form a unique and deeply personal set of conditions which form the very fabric of our lives. So then, why these circumstances and not others? For the simple reason that the dynamics which form the fabric of our lives are the ones best suited for us to discover and learn lessons which are ultimately set up for us to realize our highest good.
Put another way, no religious traditions (or other schools of thought) can ultimately answer a question which is, at its core, a deeply personal one.
And one that is not answered (or answerable) in a day.
Alone, yet supported…
The fact that you are here to live through a unique set of circumstances in order to fulfill some higher good does not mean, however, that you must walk this path without any help.
Though it’s true that everyone is here to fulfill some sort of “mission,” this does not mean that you unsupported as you “go it alone.”
In fact, I happen to believe (as has been my own experience) that certain people come into our life at certain stages or times of our life, and usually just when it matters most. Some of these people may become life-long friends while others may only “walk” with us for a short time. And yet, regardless of how long they share time with us it seems typical that they “show up” at certain critical moments of our life.
Which means that throughout the course of our life we are supported. Even if doesn’t always seem this way.
And though no one can live your life for you, and though at the end of the day each of us must carry our own burdens (i.e. lessons) by ourselves, we do have support. Though life is ultimately lived alone (in the sense that no one else has access to our own, “inner” perceptions and experiences), nonetheless we do meet people along this particular pilgrimage with whom we can share a moment, a meal and some fellowship.
Put another way, though no one can live our life for us, we do enjoy the company of companions (friends, soulmates, etc.) who are here to help us along the path of our own personal fulfillment.
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