I know I am showing my age by bringing up this song, but when I was 19, there was a big hit by Peggy Lee, called “Is That All There is?” The song reflected the disillusionment, from living from the ego and being stuck in the material world, as well as, lack of meaning and depth in their life. I know a lot of you may feel this way now, due to the economy, spending most of your life working for one corporation, expecting much more, and finding as Joseph Campbell would say, “Your ladder is leaning against the wrong wall”. What matters then? What is our purpose? What makes us want to get up in the morning and put our best foot forward?
About 8 months ago, I had acquired an art coach. She had helped me produce art regularly, make goals, join a gallery, become published and have a lucrative show. At that time I was also reading Eckhart Tolle’s “New Earth”. Reading ET’s book was life changing, but it also burst my balloon. I was moving, moving, moving and then reading the book it basically said that anything that I did with form or even saying that I was an artist didn’t matter. Anything with form was an illusion. Whatever I accomplished did not make me or break me. The bad part as a result of this awakening was there was some good news and there was some bad news. The good news was that I was perfect just the way I was, the bad news was how living in the spirit can be a quandary, trying to have goals and objectives with the drive I once had, is no longer available to me or desirable. Living in the spiritual realm can be bliss and difficult, although, I am not ready to shuck it all in. I am not going to be alive forever. So now is the challenge to play with form, enjoy life and create meaning.
As of now my purpose has changed. I am realizing that I am here to heal myself and by doing that it heals the world. I am also realizing that I must keep my vibration up everyday and how I do that is helping others and creating, whether it is art, poetry or writing. The most important thing is to not let life pass me by to not have “my ladder be stuck on the wrong wall”. I know now that form is just to be played with. Having this new philosophy, can give you the freedom that you never had before. It allows you to wear as many hats as you want, experiment and explore, with detachment.
I would love your take on it. What keeps you moving? What makes you want to wake up with a spring in your step and say, “Thank God I am Alive”.