Ultimate Fulfillment 80

by Christopher Lovejoy on October 17, 2015

How does one create a world worthy of God? How does one even begin to tap the Great Spirit, the Mighty Tao, the One Infinite Creator, the Sum and Source of All, to create an experience of reality worthy of one and all, an experience of reality that is and feels wholly satisfying and ultimately fulfilling?

The simple answer is this: you begin where you are. The more complex answer is also simple to express: by being an artist of the world that you create. Somewhere between “where you are” and “the world that you create” lies the wholeness and the fullness of the answer that you ultimately seek to realize.

But here’s the thing. If I begin with where I am, confessing here and now that I remain wholly content with where I am, wherein do I find the motive power to follow my bliss into creating a whole new world for myself and those with whom I create? If, on the other hand, I begin with an inspired vision of the world I seek to create as a catalyst for following my highest excitement, wherein do I find the contentment to be at peace with what I have? Is this a dilemma that knows no resolution?

More to the point, could such an apparent conflict lie at the heart of God, and therefore at the heart of soul for each and every one of us? Who to be? What to do? How to approach? When and where to rest in peace and realize? When and where to flow in bliss and express? And why?

Imagine being the king or queen of your own castle, or the sovereign god of your own world, with no pushback from anyone or anything in response to the words you speak, the choices you make, the actions you take, and the outcomes you realize. No pushback means no pain, no fear; no pain, no fear mean nothing can ever really matter to you if there is no cost to getting or having what you need or desire.

Let that sink into the heart of your soul for a moment.

For the sake of discussion, I could just stop here … (and delude myself into thinking that I can rest content knowing that whatever arises in my experience can be met with a gracious attitude of gratitude). And yet, I feel compelled to continue: I could make it my modest intention to meet at least some of what arises in my experience with gracious gratitude, while knowing deep down that someone or something somewhere will trigger me into reacting, causing me pain and fear, regardless of whether I find myself in the midst of contentment or in the midst of excitement.

I could pull the old narcissistic trick and pretend that all is well, all of the time, regardless of who is in pain and fear, but would this not cut me off from a significant portion of human experience that involves and includes all of the blessings and burdens of being and feeling vulnerable?

I could pull the old sacrificial trick and pretend that everyone everywhere is in pain and fear, all of the time, regardless of whether they admit this to themselves, but would this not cut me off from a significant portion of human experience whereby I get to enjoy feeling invulnerable?

Here, the same dilemma is showing the same Janus face. It seems that the One Infinite Creator is bipolar, or, if not bipolar, then at least the One Creation of the One Infinite Creator was conceived and designed to be presented and expressed as bipolar in its nature and meaning.

If we are to know that we can be effective co-creators of a world of experience with the One Infinite Creator that feels wholly satisfying and ultimately fulfilling, what might we do to embody this knowing while remaining fluid and flexible in our approach? How might we proceed?

Perhaps the answer is not so difficult: we begin where we are, with what we have; we set the intention to imagine a world of experience that is wholly unique to ourselves and yet accessible to others; and we meet and greet pain and fear with sacred intent as they arise in experience.

Could this last recommendation be the key to the Emerald City in the magical land of Oz?

stepping-through-fearCould it be that the pain and fear that I experience on my way to meeting the wizard, on my way to being the wizard, are opportunities to be affirmed and processed rather than realities to be denied and projected? What if pain and fear, at root, are the keys to identity and mastery? I invite you to pause for a moment and contemplate these admittedly strange questions … Indeed, there are those who would counsel as follows: “bring it on! I love pain! pain sets me free!”

A hidden argument lurks within the bravado of these exclamatory words: pain is inevitable; pain inevitably causes fear; we can avoid or deny the fear that arises in pain or we can confront and accept the fear along with the pain; in moving constructively through our pain and fear, we invariably get to tap our infinite potential, learning and growing into larger, better versions of ourselves. The conclusion seems inevitable … “Bring it on! I love pain! Pain sets me free!”

Truth be told, I set myself free when I surrender my heart and soul to the pain, welcome it with tears of gratitude, allowing it to be just as it is, releasing it back to whence it came, relieving myself of the burden of needless suffering. This latter stance is the option of being and feeling vulnerable to the pain for the sake of restoring clarity and serenity on the way to finding and having a newfound (embodied) wisdom.

On the other hand, I set myself free as and when I feel the fear and keep moving forward anyway, pushing through any inertia that fear might generate, not unlike trudging through a thick and odoriferous sludge towards a clean, fragrant plateau in view of a clear blue sky. This latter action is the option of being and feeling relatively invulnerable to fear on the way to finding and having a newfound (embodied) freedom.

The same dilemma is showing its Janus face, and so …

The first, in the art of surrender, requires sacred intent
The second, in the art of flow, requires a divine motive

Even as we apply sacred intent to make peace with the pain, we summon a divine motive to move through the fear, meeting the bipolar nature of creation with a Janus face of our own.

To remain truly fluid and flexible, on the paths that we follow, on the trails that we blaze, we would do well, with respect for pain and fear, to make ourselves available to both sacred intent and divine motive; we would also do well to know deeply and fully when and where to apply or summon one or the other.

In my next post, I tap infinity for the sake of unity, to explore unity on a field of infinite possibilities in light of what I’ve shared here on the centrality of coming to terms with pain and fear.

Note: my evolving outline on the ultimate in personal fulfillment can now be found here, accessible from the nav menu under “Be Here Now”. I’ll be sure to inform readers of any updates.

Next: Ultimate Fulfillment 81

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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