Ultimate Fulfillment 10

by Christopher Lovejoy on June 15, 2014

With my intention to study birth, life, and death, I was very fortunate to come across a remarkable book called The Eternal Journey: How Near-Death Experiences Illuminate Our Earthly Lives.

Having read books by such groundbreakers as Michael Newton, Raymond Moody, Brian Weiss, and Jim Tucker, I feel prepared not only to appreciate the content of this book, but to extend it as well.

Although published in 1997, this book has been called “the most complete map of the near-death experience to date” and “a ground-breaking book” that connects the pre-birth experience with the post-death experience, inspiring this comment from a satisfied reader: “this earth is just one classroom in God’s University of Life.”

But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

I understand that many people in this world carry resistance to accepting or even acknowledging the existence of God for a whole host of reasons that have little or nothing to do with God, but if I’m to come to terms with the realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment, I feel strongly that I must address and convey the reality of God inclusively, with sensitivity, in a way that softens even dissolves this resistance, straddling a fine line between Osho and Neale Donald Walsch.

Let’s start here, with this affirmation of faith: “I believe in God”.

In my religious and spiritual studies, I’ve learned something rather strange, perhaps even paradoxical: depending on your state of mind, belief can either be exceedingly weak or extremely powerful.

On the one hand, mere belief is weak, much weaker than knowing, which is even weaker than being.

Consider which impresses you more:

  1. “I believe in God”
  2. “I know God as love”
  3. “I am God in embryonic form”

Needless to say, your articulation of the ultimate in personal fulfillment will be deeply affected, depending on which of these affirmations you adopt and incorporate into your being while you live in this world.

On the other hand, presumptive belief is quite strong, even powerful, as and when we employ the powers of imagination, anticipation, and expectation artfully, mindfully, and skillfully to act as if this or that were real or true or good or right for us.

Consider this presumptive belief: “I am God”.

The very best intentions that serve this belief have profound respect for the nature of ultimate truth, love, and power; one is premised on what is required and one premised on what is desired:

  1. as a religiously informed soul, I am wholly conscious of thinking and feeling, having and doing, reflecting and responding in ways that respect what is required when presence exposes pretense
  2. as a spiritually inspired soul, I am wholly conscious of bringing pleasure, love, and desire into harmony (and keeping them in harmony) with what is required as presence exposes pretense

A religiously informed and spiritually inspired presumption such as “I am God” is not a matter of fact – it’s a matter of faith that invites ready and willing participants to assume God consciousness for the purpose of learning and growing, exploring and expressing, expanding and ascending into the realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment.

Faith, in my experience, is a mixture of personal confidence in the face of uncertainty and a confidence born of experience with divine providence when personal confidence withers or wavers.

A lack or loss of faith is intimately connected with pretense, which can assume many forms and manifest in many ways. In my view, here are the basic forms:

  • pretending to be someone you’re not to more fully realize who you are (light pretense)
  • violating a legitimate rule, law, or principle without fear of consequence (gray pretense)
  • pretending to be someone you’re not to gain or keep an unfair advantage (gray pretense)
  • seeking to seduce, deceive, manipulate, or exploit another with cunning (dark pretense)

Dark or gray pretense, which I assume to be a typical yet unnatural part of being spiritual in human form, is what happens when faith fails or falters. With presence in the Light, we restore faith in self and God.

For many, God is a loaded term, and many souls circumvent this unwelcome load by using other terms: Consciousness, Self, Source, the Way, the Universe, the Field, the Great Spirit, and so on.

For myself, I’ve come to accept the word God as a term of ultimacy, which I believe (presumptively) can be rescued from the clutches of those who would use it in less than desirable ways.

In my very limited experience on this planet, I have found that assuming God consciousness requires a fluid and flexible approach and is best approached by turns playfully and seriously with the intention of maintaining an exquisite balance between service to others and service to self. Viewing self and others through the eyes and ears of God requires that you assume that everyone you meet (or even see) is there for a good reason. If you see or meet someone, then you’ve affected that someone, either directly or indirectly, favorably or adversely, knowingly or not, in this life or another.

It’s in the Light of the foregoing that I’ve elaborated my growing perspective on birth, life, and death.

Note: for those into numerology, note that 10 is binary, which is consistent with the notion that the universe is a hologram generated by code; also, “1” represents the individual soul bonded spiritually to “0”, the whole, which harmonizes with the content of this post




a message for our times: “be true, be wise, be free; love is the key”




(Setting the context)


The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic,
is that the world is made of words, and if you know the words that the world is made of,
you can make of it whatever you wish ~ Terence McKenna

consider this truth: “there is no truth”: true or false? if true, then false; if false, then true

words are powerful, as and when they are spoken in the light of truth, love, and wisdom




(A cosmic perspective)

Previous study: the cosmic life review (learn more)

Current study: a cosmic perspective on birth, life, and death

View this page to explore the basic issues




The ethical imperative: guard guide your eyes, guard guide your thoughts, guard guide your steps

What the cosmic life review indicates we do in the earthly realm: (1) sanctify; (2) purify; (3) justify

Does “what does it take to be fulfilled?” = “what does it take to be sanctified, purified, justified?”?




Proposal: our prime directive as a species is finding the balance

  • finding the balance between soul (being) and spirit (becoming)
  • finding the balance between being perfectly full and becoming perfectly filled
  • finding the balance between living soulfully (truly, deeply) and living spiritually (wisely, freely)




(A context for living life to the fullest)

proposal to universalize human need:

need 1: “a safe place to eat and sleep”
need 2: “a way to satisfy all my needs”
need 3: “someone to love and cherish”
need 4: “a healthy, vital outlook on life”

a vital distinction to observe in daily life:
satisfaction of need v. fulfillment of desire

the body is but a vessel for soul,
serving to contain all that the soul needs;
the body is but a vehicle for spirit,
serving to convey all that the spirit desires;

how might body serve to contain and convey
both soul and spirit as vessel and vehicle?




(A practice for living life to the fullest)


exploring …

the ways and means by which I can be centred in love
the ways and means by which I can follow (or manifest!) a path with heart
the ways and means by which I can be love truly and wisely

if the first pointer serves to expose the truth of who and what I am,
and if the second serves to reveal the meaning, purpose, and direction of my life,
then the third serves to realize a dynamic balance between my soul and spirit

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours ~ Wayne Dyer




(a global perspective: why is humanity failing to fulfill its true potential?)

weaving a terrestrial narrative that aligns with a cosmic perspective, including historical, interdimensional, extraterrestrial, conspiratorial, and eschatological elements, is an exhaustive process

such a terrestrial narrative would have us explore and expose the causes and consequences of two widespread (and related) social phenomena: cynical detachment and egocentric entitlement

the story of Howard Storm: how a visit to The Other Side cured his soul and spirit of cynical detachment and egocentric entitlement, transmuting his contempt for humanity into compassion and compersion

If darkness is your problem, talking about darkness won’t help.
If darkness is your problem, nothing can be done about darkness directly.
You cannot throw it out, you cannot push it out, you cannot switch it off.
Darkness is an absence. Nothing can be done about it directly.
If you have to do anything, you have to do something with the light, not with darkness.

~ Osho (Fear: Understanding and Accepting the Insecurities of Life, p. 136)




1. “I just can’t stand it anymore … why go on?”

2. “Wrong body, wrong family, wrong planet … why?”

3. “Why am I making such a mess of my life?”

4. “What does it really take to be (become) fulfilled in this life?”

5. Soul: “a sound approach to being perfect: possible?”

6. Spirit: “a sane approach to becoming perfect: desirable?”

7. The ultimate in truth, love, and power: dare we ask?


Study Notes


  • incorporate the use of symbols with these elements: sphere (soul), spiral (spirit), pyramid
  • presence and pretense: best to view them as complementary, rather than as mutually exclusive?
  • follow these elements of perspective: form, structure, substance, orientation, appearance
  • the devil challenge (problem, difficulty, obstacle, inadequacy, struggle, conflict) is in the details
  • the privileged among us: a little too preoccupied with celebrity, technology, personality, positivity?
  • extroverts and introverts: “living on the surface” and “living from the depths with presence”
  • the cosmic life review: a representation of the ultimate in personal fulfillment for a life lived?


* TUiPF = The Ultimate in Personal Fulfillment

Next: Ultimate Fulfillment 11

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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