Very often I meet people who have no idea what they want to do with their lives. Usually they’re young people who just went on automatic pilot into university just to find out that they don’t feel as if they’re in the right place. Others do enjoy their studies, but are not looking forward to end their student life and start the torment that’s called 9 to 5. What they miss is a sense of purpose; something that touches them deep inside of their hearts.
Contrary to the industrial aged belief that human beings are expendable resources we are all unique yet are looking for the same thing in life: Fulfilment. This word indicates a certain kind of completion as if everything is taken care of and is just exactly as it should be. This state of happiness and bliss is what every human being on the planet is looking to achieve and often in vain. To find momentary joy is not the same and often counterproductive, because it creates craving which leads to misery again.
You could say that pleasure and pain are indicators of your own duality for they are two sides of the same coin. What separates them is your own judgment. So if happiness takes no part in either pleasure nor pain, then what is it that makes us happy? People will go to incredible lengths to find happiness, but it is not a function of achievement. If it was then why are there so many celebrities who are utterly trapped in their own agony? And if happiness had anything to do with material wealth then why are there people with little to no possessions who experience fulfilment?
Happiness has nothing to do with cause and effect, because it is timeless. Since our human consciousness experiences space and time we try to understand everything according to those principles. However, happiness is a state of mind has always been a part of you. It is forever and limitless because it ascends time and space. The question is how we get in touch with that within this specific time/space experience that we call human life. One quote that puts it nicely goes like this: “We’re not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.”
What I’m trying to say is that there is more to our existence than just that what makes us human. When people are looking for their destiny or a sense of purpose they are in fact just looking to get a deeper understanding of themselves in the grand scheme of things. They feel lost because they don’t feel as if they’re in the right place so they follow that voice in their heads hoping to find their destiny. I was one of those people and what really helped me to find purpose was traveling and meeting people. It broadened my perspective of the world and that of myself.
Meditation is also a very effective way to explore yourself and definitely something I feel everyone should do. To say that it is not for you is to limit yourself to an idea that’s probably not even yours to begin with. One thing that is very important when it comes to finding purpose and experiencing happiness and fulfilment is the understanding of the small and the big mind. We live in a society which encourages us to become self-absorbed by keeping our minds busy with petty worryings about ourselves; whether it is about money, reputation or freedom. When we’re preoccupied with ourselves then we’re living in the small mind.
The small mind is a very tiny place to live in and by definition unfulfilling. It is impossible to find happiness in the small mind, because you keep yourself in a small box which doesn’t let you experience anything outside of that. Imagine that you’re living in a closed box at the very top of a huge mountain. Will you get to experience the vastness of your surroundings? Not likely. Another downside of being in the small mind is that nobody is benefitting from your existence. Your added value to the world is small and therefore your value to others is small as well. When you live for yourself you’re not part of anything bigger than your own insignificantly short earthly life.
This is why most people want to be part of something bigger, because they do feel that there is something outside of that tiny box. How else can it be when we are all part of the big mind? The connection is there, but not everyone is as aware of it. Basically the big mind is the collective consciousness and can be limited to for example your family, but can also involve all living beings. This just depends on your experience of belonginess towards everything around you. When we live in the big mind we start to become of value to others by serving the common good.
When you become a valuable asset to the world around you then you’ll see that the universe will start to conspire in your favor. It makes sense because everyone profits from you being in the right place. In the small mind you only live to serve yourself and often this distorts the greater scheme of things. If you were to play in an orchestra without listening to the music your fellow musicians are playing then what are the chances that the chords you strike will be in harmony with the rest of the play? In the end this will even prove to be counterproductive to your own interests, because others will benefit from stopping you. By living in the small mind you’ll encounter a lot more resistance as you try to realize your dreams.
One thing to say about the big mind is that it’s not the same as communism or something like that. What I’m talking about here has nothing to do with any sort of political ideology, but rather a state of mind. When tuning in to the big mind you will find your purpose eventually and you’ll know it’s the right way because happiness and fulfilment will be your companions. Everything will seem to happen almost without effort, because everyone will want you to carry out your destiny.
I definitely do believe that in time our political system will change in the same way that our collective consciousness will. It is quite clear that the global capitalism we’re subjected to is just a mirror image of our collective mindset which is limited to service to self small mind thinking. We created this system ourselves to support this particular way of life and if we want to change that then we’ll have to start with the man in the mirror. Michael Jackson is a good example of big mind thinking. He found his purpose very early in life and even as the media went to incredible lengths to destroy his reputation it simply proved impossible to put a soul to silence who was so beneficial to many. He became part of something infinitely bigger than his own life, may he rest in peace.
In the future I will be publishing an article about Michael Jackson, so more on that later. That just leaves me to say that in order to tune in to the big mind one should make a continuous effort to expand one’s feeling of belonginess to the rest of the world and for that matter the entire universe. The big mind eventually leads to fulfilment and harmony whereas the small mind leads to duality and misery.