Any belief can be helpful for a while and in some ways, and they also come with drawbacks. Eventually, the drawbacks of a belief tend to outweigh the benefits.
I use “belief” here to mean any story we – at any level – hold as true.
One of these stories is that there is a purpose or meaning to anything that’s happening. It’s somehow orchestrated for our purpose, to help us learn, grow, heal, and awaken.
It’s a belief that can have several benefits. It can help us look for gifts in what’s happening. It can help us look for ways to learn from it, grown, heal, and mature. We can even use it as a support in awakening. (Finding ourselves as the presence the experience happens within and as, and also the identifications making this difficult to notice.)
Eventually, this belief may be less needed. We may have created a new habit of learning, healing, growing etc. from what happens in life. We may see that we don’t need that belief as a support since relating to life in this way has its own rewards.
The belief may even be less helpful, depending on how we take it and where we are in our life. It can lead to a more fatalistic attitude, and it can lead to passivity rather than being an engaged and good steward of our life.
I am not addressing whether there is purpose or meaning to what happens in life. That’s a complex question, and it doesn’t really matter that much. What matters is how we see it, and whether how we see it is helpful or less helpful for us.
That said, here are a couple of thoughts on the topic:
Meaning and purpose is created by our mind. It’s not inherent in life.
Also, whenever we have hangups, trauma, or blind spots, our perceptions and actions are colored by it. And that tends to give us experiences that shows us these hangups, traumas, and blind spots. Our colored perception itself reflects these hangups, and our actions creates situations for us reflecting them back to us as well.
It’s a cause and effect dynamic that shows us what’s left, and what needs healing, maturing, and to be perceived in the context of awakening. In that sense, there is a meaning to everything. Life does invite us to heal, mature, and wake up in any situation and always. It’s built into life.
- meaning to everything?
- easy to think…. there is a purpose/meaning to everything, something to learn etc.
- can be helpful, if encourages us to look at what can learn from it, heal from etc.
- use for healing, awakening – allow, welcome, amplify, inquire into, feel, love etc.
- if have hangups, identifications, trauma etc. – then tend to act from it, and get experiences/situations that shows us where we acted from, shows us what’s left
- also less helpful, if makes us complacent, passive, don’t work at changing less than ideal situations
The belief may even be less helpful, depending on how we take it and where we are in our life. It can lead to a more fatalistic attitude, and it can lead to passivity rather than being a good steward of our life and being engaged in creating a good life for ourselves and those around us.