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?!