Bringing Meaning to Life
By John T. Goltz
For eons, people have asked themselves the question "what is the meaning of life?" For me, the simplest answer is "unconditional love." But what does that really mean and how does that help in day-to-day existence? How can we apply that understanding to our present state of living on this planet?
First of all, I found that by bringing my awareness to the recognition of unconditional love for "self" as the beginning point, I can actively observe and comprehend how love is a natural part of my life. The declaration that "I love myself unconditionally" is life-changing and transformative in its own right. However, getting to that understanding, let alone applying it in the midst of chaos, stress, and fear, can seem like a monumental task. Just for fun, and as way to explore love, let's set aside the common sentiments that loving yourself is a "task" for some future accomplishment or "hard" or even "impossible" and allow the possibility to enter your being.
Second, let's take a moment to consider what unconditional love means. Of course it will be interpreted and understood on an individual basis; personally, I like Harold Becker's contemporary definition that "unconditional love is an unlimited way of being." To me that means that love exists as an energy and ever-present experience in all levels of physical, emotional, mental and etheric life. By embracing that stream of energy and removing our self-imposed restrictions, belief systems, etc, we become more unlimited and more capable of handling life in its myriad of expressions. When we are willing to forgive, release, change, grow, and explore who we really are, we become more than we thought we were and have more love to offer the world.
By taking unconditional love down from its lofty perch and perceived state of unachievable perfection, we can make it a foundation from which to build our life. Once we do this, we can expand and work with this influential energy in practical and applicable ways and our lives will transform. For example, forgiveness, an aspect of unconditional love, is a powerful and dramatic healer, especially when applied to yourself. We can restore our relationships, our health and our lives through the forgiveness and release of things that no longer serve us like guilt, shame and resentment. When we, as individuals, find balance in our personal sense of love, wisdom and power, we literally change the world simply by being a presence and channel of unconditional love.
And finally, where "unconditional love" may provide a basis of meaning in this earthly realm, it brings up another question for me, "what is important in life?" I've determined that being happy is the thing that matters most in our moment-by-moment existence. By definition, happiness is "a state of well-being and contentment" or "a pleasurable or satisfying experience." I'm not talking about ego gratification and superficial whims of the personality; I'm referring to a deeper state of quiet joy that comes from being at peace with ourselves and the process of life.
So, all that said, I encourage you to love yourself unconditionally and follow your heart to experience happiness and joy in the present moment as you continue to grow, expand and learn on the journey of life. You are a masterful, sovereign, creative being and can enjoy all the riches and freedoms that life has to offer. You are a shining light in this world and the more you forgive, let go, open up, give and allow, the more you will have. I love you unconditionally.