• Catherine Wyatt

Purpose, Destiny, Crisis, & the Invisible Thread

We all have our own priorities in life. Some things matter more to us than others, some not, and some, we just put off. However, no matter what the importance, we priortize our life according to one thing (whether we realize it or not): our purpose in life. So, how can we find out what our true purpose in life is? Why were we created? Where did we come from? Where are we going? What is the driving force behind everything we do, accomplish, dream, and hope for?

We look around and the world is in the midst of chaos...crisis after crisis...how can we, one individual among 7+ billion have any sort of purpose at all? Does "destiny" even exist? Or is our entire existence merely to be born, live for a while, and then die? What is our true essence?

These questions burn in us throughout our lives, rearing their head when we least expect, or even more so, during times of uncertainty or when it seems that we have lost all control of our lives.

Many of us feel the current crises unfolding across the globe on a very personal level. However, the intensification of these crises is not nearly as alarming to us today as they were as recent as 30 years ago. We have grown accustomed to the "doom and gloom" which is now the norm. We are trapped in a paradigm of insignificance. What we say does not matter. What we do has no effect. Or does it?

Ignoring these situations because we feel like we cannot make a difference, or because the problem is too big, will only bring us greater suffering. No longer can we continue to look the other way and hope that someone else, someone greater than ourselves, will take on the issues facing humanity.

In fact, we are now in a very unique position. The world is no longer 'individualized', but rather, 'globalized'. What does that mean? It means that everything I do has a domino effect. For every act, there is an equal and opposite reaction! This is evident with the current ecomomic crisis engulfing every nation, every family, every individual. We are all connected. We are interdependent on each other.

As Albert Einstein has been quoted as stating, "A human being is part of the whole

called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living

creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive."

If you strip away from a human being the externalities, the trappings -- if you take away his car, and his money -- what is left? Every man is terrified that in the end, he will have amounted to nothing, regardless of his accomplishments. He can be the wealthiest, most powerful and successful person, the most talented and the most admired. Deep down, inside he is afraid that it is all going to go away and he is going to remain a nothing, a non-entity, a zero. But...

We are all connected; joined together by an invisible thread, infinite in its potential, and fragile in its design.

Yet, while connected, we are also individuals, empty vessels to be filled with infinite possibilities; an assortment of thoughts...beliefs...a collection of disjointed memories & experiences. Can I be 'me' without these? Can you be 'you'? And if this invisible thread that holds us together were to severe, to cease...what then? What would become of billions of lone, disconnected souls?

Therein lies the great quest of our lives...to connect...to hold on. For when our hearts are pure, and our thoughts in line, we are all truly 'ONE'; capable of repairing our fragile world and creating a universe of infinite possibilities.



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