By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia
Recently I said:
“In spiritual terms, given that I’m a spirit in a human body, relating to others of the same kind, and want to understand myself and others – and given that others may want to understand us as well – how do I describe the ways we think, feel, and act; that is, our culture?” (1)
Spiritually-based cultural studies have the advantage of knowing how the story of the human race turns out.
It could never be said in empirically-based studies that our journey is from God to God. But it can be said in spiritually-based or spiritual studies.
Here we can say that the purpose of our lives, overall, is for God to meet God in a moment of our enlightenment. For short, we could say that enlightenment is the purpose of life. (2)
I wasn’t permitted to make such statements in the university of my day. The study of enlightenment was said to go against the university’s charter.
The framework that this model suggests Jesus described:
“I came forth from the Father, and am come out into the world: again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” (3)
Granted that his statement has many levels, one is a description of the overall journey of life, the framework in which our cultural studies fit. (4)
He came forth from the Father, as did we all, out into the world of matter, mater, Mother, where he achieved the purpose of life, left the world, and returned to the Father, as will all of us one day.
We follow a sacred arc from God out into the world, where we learn our true identity, affording the One an experience of itself, and back we go to the One again.
Here’s Paul, in metaphor, describing the last moment of our individuality before even that is surrendered to God:
“And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son [the Self, the Christ, the individuated spark] also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all [i.e., reunited].” (5)
After this mergence, individuality is dissolved in the Ocean of Love. End of story.
It all works out in the final reel.
That is the human journey. That is the backdrop to our studies of how we be, do, and have; how we think, feel, and act; how we use our ideas and other input to make sense of our world and take purposeful action.
(1) “How Do we Describe Human Culture?” Jan. 4, 2021, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/?p=315967.
(2) For the vision experience that this article is based on, see
“The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment – Ch. 13 – Epilogue,” August 13, 2011, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2011/08/13/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment-ch-13-epilogue/.
For the book-length study, see The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment at http://goldenageofgaia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Purpose-of-Life-is-Enlightenment.pdf.
(3) Jesus in John 16:28. Jesus acknowledged his avatarhood in saying: “I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not./But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.” (John 7:28-9.)
(4) When he said he came from the Father, on one level he meant as an avatar or descent of the Divine. In this regard he said on another occasion:
(4) St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:28.