Really Living, Life Purpose, Survival, and Selfless Service

Really Living, Life Purpose, Survival, and Selfless Service

This weekend I attended a 3-day Diamond Approach retreat with Hameed Ali, the founder of the Diamond Approach and of the Ridhwan School (he writes under the name A.H. Almaas; If you’ve read any of his 13 books, please leave me a comment and introduce yourself); I’ve been a student of the Diamond Approach for 20 years now.
The retreat was an inquiry into life, death, living our realization in our daily lives, the survival drive, the enlightenment drive, and what limits our sense of aliveness, life force, and our love of life.

We did an exercise at the end of the third day inquiring into our fear of death and our love of life. It was fascinating to witness myself inquiring into this and discovering that BOTH my fear of death (which for me has to do with fearing not using my life well) and my love of life have motivated me to discover, pursue and fulfill my life purpose! It makes perfect sense; I simply hadn’t articulated it in that way before.

Discovering my life purpose and fulfilling it has always been critically important to me. Since I was fairly young, I’ve known that being of service to others was a key part of this for me. According to Hameed, this is universal. Love of life is inherently selfless, service-oriented, and sharing. Selflessness is needed for an individual life to mature and ripen.
I certainly had no idea, all those years ago, that my life purpose would involve helping others to discover their life purpose and get out of their own way to be able to fulfill their purpose.

If you’ve read my other posts on the topic of life purpose, you may recall that life, and the soul, have this amazing mechanism whereby we are continuously preparing, unbeknownst to us, for our purpose even before we discover what our purpose is. Isn’t life just grand?!


7 responses to “Really Living, Life Purpose, Survival, and Selfless Service

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  3. ….more from the author of that comment:
    Our capacity for reflective consciousness brings with it the capacity for projection and distortion of what is really happening. The past gets projected onto the present situation and, the drive which can’t tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined, kicks into gear with its fight or flight response.

    The current economic situation is rasing a lot safety and security concerns in people. Recessions, property, money and wealth are really not the types of dangers our instindual drives evolved to engage. We’re hardwired to respond to actual immediate physical threat, not imagined the imagined consequences of Bernie Madoff ripping us off or the consequences of job loss or a dwindling 401K.

    We have become so identified with our possessions, that we connect them very strongly to our survival. Survival now has a strong connection to money – and it’s partly true, but mostly not. A downgrade in lifestyle or having to eat beans instead of beef is not about survival. It’s about comfort, preference and self-image. The self-image is what becomes threatened – and – since the hard wiring can’t tell the difference between the body and the self-iamge, fear, anxiety, worry and even terror result.

    The direct connection to money is something we all need to explore – what it is, what does it stand for, what it means personally, how to work with it and relate to it. This holds true for all of our possessions. This type of exploration will help to reveal the distortions that are interferring with the free functioning of the drives and thus the potential of the consciousness aligning them with the drive for enlightenment.

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  5. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    • Hi Raiul,

      Welcome to Thrivelocity. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have an RSS feed deliver fresh posts to you twice a week. Also, check out the 75 posts already on the blog.


  6. Hi ! 😉
    My name is Piter Kokoniz. Just want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: will you continue to post in this blog in future?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Thank you!
    Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

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