When we allow our limited selves to die, we can birth a new life that is filled with meaning and purpose. All of us are familiar with the fact a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. Before this can happen the caterpillar must die to its old way of being. Then it can be born into a new form that was its real purpose. As Richard Bach wrote, “What the caterpillar calls the end of life, the master calls a butterfly.” Our life is an opportunity to use our creative power to build our dreams.
The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh in his book, Living Buddha, Living Christ, wrote that the seed of the kingdom of heaven is within us. We don’t have to literally die to enter the kingdom of heaven in fact we need to be truly alive. We need to touch life so deeply that the kingdom becomes a reality. We need to embrace all of life. If we don’t we build a prison for ourselves. We need to constantly review our beliefs and release what no longer serves. Ernest Holmes wrote, “Watch well this garden of your mind. It is God’s garden of your soul. It is your garden of Eden wherein may grow your fondest desires and hopes, blossoming into fulfillment. Or if you permit, the weeds of destruction, fear, and doubt will choke out the beauty of hope until despair alone remains. Watch carefully then this garden of your soul. Plant there only seeds of happiness, of joy, of peace and of good will.”
Abraham Maslow believed that people who were self-actualized were more truly themselves, closer to their inner core. I think he meant that they were more conscious of their true nature and when they acted from a place of their highest nature they were more Godlike. We are not here by accident. We are here by invitation from a divine creator; each of us has a mission or purpose. We live it when we do the spiritual work necessary to develop a consiousness that is deep and unafraid of the unknown. Eckart Tolle reminds us, “The next step in human evolution is not inevitable, but for the first time in the history of our planet it can be a conscious choice. Who is making that choice? You are. And who are you? Consciousness that has become conscious of itself.”