What are we, why are we here? — Big Questions about the Meaning of Life

What are we, why are we here? — Big Questions about the Meaning of Life

Who, what, where, when, and why.  Add the prefix “we are” to all of them, and you have all the important questions about life.  They represent the truth seeker’s perspective.

The Meaning of Life

Who, what, where, when and why.  These are the big questions. Through the right Meditation, we discover who we are.  What are we?   This is the legacy of our life experience and memory. Where and when depend on the vantage point of our awareness and consciousness.   The question, why are we here, propels our journey of exploration. ― Guru Tua

No doubt about it.  A big part of life is about lessons.  To be sure, it seems like it one crazy experiment.  We each get a different set of abilities and challenges.  It definitely isn’t an equal situation.  This leads one to conclude that the meaning of life has something to do with our mission.

Who Are We?

Who am I? This is one of the first big questions we ask ourselves. This usually comes with the existential fear of death.   These questions should start us on our spiritual journey. This is a mystery at the heart of our inner quest.

Many great philosophers agonized on these questions. For that very reason, this question remains unanswerable.  It seems we won’t know the answer, at least in this lifetime.  But instead of frustration accept as just another one mystery of life. The question of who we are remains one of life’s greatest mysteries.

The real seeker of truth never seeks truth. On the contrary, he tries to clean himself of all that is untrue, inauthentic, insincere — and when his heart is ready, purified, the guest comes. — Osho

Proper Meditation seems to be one of the best ways to come to terms with this question.  It’s not an answer to an unanswerable question.  However, it’s a process to find comfort in the silence of not knowing the answer.

What Are We?

Technically, what makes up 99% of the mass of the human body is just six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Only about 0.85% is composed of another five elements: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium.

But these elements don’t tell us about the consciousness behind the scenes.  There’s much more to us than several elements. There is much about us that cannot be easily quantified.  So, what are we?  We have awareness and consciousness.   We possess an Ego that has definable characteristics of personality and instinct.  But these tools fall short of describing what is looking out through our eyes.

We are also products of our DNA.  Our line of ancestors is part of what we are.  Our personal history made up of memories.  So, what exactly are we doing here?  The judgments of our culture distort our value and individual mission.  The culture compares and categorizes us according to an arbitrary and unfair sliding scale.  When we awaken to these realizations, we can accept ourselves as we are.  It’s accepting and making peace with all of our flaws.  It’s learning to love ourselves because of them.

Where and When Are We?

When and where we are is a matter of perspective.  Time and our place in a three-dimensional space can be measured.  But, these measures depend on arbitrary man-made intervals.  There’s nothing less absolute than time and nothing more pliable than space.  We are back to the awareness that devised the measurements and the consciousness that makes awareness possible.  The questions of where and when having a curious circular relationship.

If you have a belief and you come against an experience which the belief says is not possible, or, the experience is such that you have to drop the belief, what are you going to choose — the belief or the experience? The tendency of the mind is to choose the belief, to forget about the experience. That’s how you have been missing opportunities when God has knocked at your door. — Osho

Why Are We Here?

Yes, it comes back to the basic questions. Why am I here?  And this leads us back to the question of who.

But unfortunately, we invent religion as an easy way to answer these questions. Religion doesn’t answer the big questions about the meaning of life.  It gives us stories and theological answers based on mythological superstition.  This sidesteps the underlying philosophical questions. So, instead of accepting religion, the easy way, we should use these questions to spark our spiritual quest.

Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.  ― Osho

Why are we here? To remember, and re-create, Who You Are. You use life to create your Self as Who You Are, and Who You’ve Always Wanted to Be. ― Neale Donald Walsch.
Our culture tells us our value is in what we do.  So, we become human doing, instead of human beings.   And that our value is only in the amount of taxes we pay.  Some people get stuck in the quest for commercialism always chasing the dollar.

In Conclusion — The Big Questions

What are we?  Why are we here? These are questions about the meaning of life.  Shaman around the world smile.  They have helped people find the answers to these important questions.  They give us the tools to reach other realities.  And, show us how to walk other realms to seek our own answers.

The Shaman teaches us to see through our hearts.  This is just one of the ancient spiritual technologies.  We highly recommend learning as of these tools as possible.  Use them to form your spiritual practice.

One question that awakened me, if I wasn’t here, where or what would I be? Would I be anything at all?  Maybe you can relate to this type of revelation?

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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

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