I once took a three day seminar called The Landmark Forum. In it, there was a Forum Leader and a large group of about 160 people, who would come up to
the microphone for a variety of conversations. They basically gave us a variety of paradigms or frames of reference, while revealing the fundamental
trap we are in as subjective observers. On the third day, all this work, which was designed to generate a type of breakdown in our filtering, value
judgements, and conceptualizations, including the games we play.. came to a head, resulting in a collapse of the ego-self, leaving us with NOTHING,
nada, zilch! The final conclusion, the inescapable conclusion, was that we are nothing but meaning making machines, and that life is absurd and
meaningless, and that it's absurd and meaningless that it's absurd and meaningless. The object of this "game" they were playing, was to bring us to
the space of nothing, and the unconditioned gorund of being. It was a very interesting experience, especially when it's something being shared with
160 other people.
I'm a fairly smart cookie, and I smelled a lie. I "got" the nothingness they were talking about, what I think of as "the end of time" (been there a
few times on my own), but something just wasn't right, and it did not resonate with what I know is true ie: that there's a purpose, and a meaning and
significance to life, or, it simply would not be here to begin with! So I put up my hand, and was invited to the front of "the class", and there I
tried to offer my protest. Unfortunately I started with the word "but", so the forum leader made some hay out of that, almost mocking me by saying
"but but but". I got brave, and said - it's a lie, life is not meaningless and absurd, or we would not be here, that we are here implies a meaning, a
purpose, something significant, and personally I am very grateful to be here. I went on to indicate that we really DO reside on a planet circling a
star, within a vast cosmos, etc. and that these phenomenon are an occurance of life made FOR life, for our enjoyment. And then it hit me, that in this
space of nothing, there is love, as a motivator, and so I looked out at the people and exclaimed "I love people". The forum leader attempted to put me
back in place by suggesting that this was just my meaning making machine assigning meaning where there is none to be had, but I KNEW I was right and
that he was full of it in this regard.
Later, after it ended, people, many many people from the seminar, came up to me and congratulated me for my courage, and agreed with me, and numerous
people also said that they knew that I was a Christian, even though I said nothing of God or Jesus or anything like that. They just knew and they
thanked me for taking a stand there in the space of nothing to say NO - it's meaningful and significant by virtue of it's and our own existence, and
love is the reason, and therefore the cause.
I am certainly not the first person to arrive at this conclusion when faced with the apparent absurd meaninglessness of existence. Sages and mystics
down through the ages, they all have understood the same thing.
My friends, it's a family affair, and love is the reason for existence, and by virtue of our inclusion in life, we are loved by a creator God, whoever
and whatever that may be. We're in it, we're part of it, for a reason, and it is highly significant, not meaningless or absurd at all. Do not buy the
very last lie.
edit on 3-12-2010 by NewAgeMan because: (no reason given)