Does everything that happens have a meaning?
When something apparently unfortunate happens in our life, does it have a meaning?
Yes. We can give it a meaning. We can use it to learn, grown, mature, be of service and so on.
No. Nothing has an inherent meaning in a conventional sense. Any meaning comes from an overlay of thoughts. (And a felt sense of meaning comes when these thoughts are associated with certain sensations in the body.)
Yes. If everything is the play of the divine, then that’s the underlying meaning of everything. The play itself is the meaning. The divine expressing, exploring, and experiencing itself in always new ways.
So we can give what happens a meaning for us. We can notice that it’s inherently free from meaning since any meaning comes from an overlay of thought, sometimes connected with certain body sensations that make it a felt sense of meaning. And, in some ways, the meaning of anything is that it’s the play of the divine.
The first helps us orient. The second helps us hold any ideas of meaning lightly. The third is something we may find for ourselves through our own exploration and it can give us a sense of the underlying OKness of what’s happening.
Note: The third one can be talked about in two different ways. One is that everything happens within and as what we are. It’s the play of awakeness as form. The other is what I wrote above, that this can be seen as the play of the divine.
- everything that happens has a meaning?
- we can give it a meaning, use it to learn, grow, mature etc.
- inherently not, any meaning comes from overlay of thoughts
- bc all is the play of the divine, that is the meaning of everything