Purpose and Ease on the Path

050-2017 There are always important events in a life, milestones, or important transitions. It is best to remember that these are part of a larger process of movement toward perfection. If we look at birth and death—yes, these are important events—but in the context of perfection they are simple steps along the way, steps that are taken and have been taken multiple times by every human being. So, then, what about the events in life that are important? We might say that there is the time when a human being understands their purpose. This is very important. Then there are multiple moments after the purpose is discovered, or realized, that are decisions. Every decision seems very important, weighted down with meaning and a heaviness that ends up feeling very melancholic. But what are the most important realizations? We rank them in this order:

3) This is the place and time when the individual’s purpose is discovered. All other things that flow after this incorporate the purpose. We might say that this realization, this event, is like a catalyst every time it is remembered along with the recollection, the making conscious, of the purpose.

2) Every decision after the discovery of the purpose, now this is what feels very heavy. Every decision weighted down with purpose, or lack of purpose, or wasted time, or time well spent, and so on. All of the things that can be judged by themselves as good, bad, indifferent, meaningless, lacking commitment, and any other form of personal judgment. By what we are saying right now, it should be clear that the largest, biggest pitfall of these events is the tendency to judge and fear the consequences of every decision, or to sit and think that every event and decision deserves intense scrutiny.

1) The most important moment is understood in the context of the purpose and the importance of every decision. How can it be otherwise? For anything to be considered valuable or important, in a spiritual sense, the purpose has to be understood, and the process of integrating that purpose through life decisions has to be part of the process. But the moment, how do we describe the moment? It is the moment when what has felt or became heavy, becomes light; when the burden is understood to be easy; when the individual human being can relax. It is only when this realization occurs do the first two events sink into the being; when they descend into the person in a way that is embodied. There is the reassurance from Jesus that speaks of this when he says that, “My yoke is easy. My burden is light.” He asks those who are listening to take on his burden. This is so often misunderstood. So many people think that he is describing their burden after he lifts their burden for them. But it is actually the other way around: He is describing his own burden. So often we see his path of sacrifice, physical torture and crucifixion as difficult. He is telling us that it is easy. His very own burden is easy because he understands his purpose. He understands how important every decision is, but he also understands that when we align ourselves with our purpose, an alignment with God, trusting that God will work through us, everything becomes easy.