Our lives are finite. The universe is infinite. This premise is an inescapable facet of human life. We have emerged from stardust and earthly matter, and we will return from whence we came. It is inevitable. How do we cope?
This question has no correct answer. Searching for the answer until we draw our last breath seems to be the best method. Is it the only method? I suppose if you never ponder the meaning, then it makes no difference what you do in your lifetime. Ignorance truly is bliss. Clearly, your higher faculties have led you to this page in search for an answer, so I can only give you my best guidance.
As you may have already noticed, the search for meaning is an endless journey. The routes stretch out before you in a vast array of possible avenues. Each thought, word, and action will lead you down a slightly altered path. Whether or not you are truly choosing, or being led subconsciously with a mere illusion of choice (free will vs. destiny) is certainly up for debate. For fun, let’s just agree that you are choosing your life’s path.
Now comes the interesting part. In the classic sense, you are constantly making good or bad/right or wrong decisions. You are essentially becoming the hero or the villain in your mind’s eye. The truly interesting part is that they are both one and the same. All things lie on the same eternal and infinite spectrum. They vary only by degree, and the end at which they lie is only based on our own perception and perspective. Essentially, you are making it up as you go.
That being said, you’re probably saying, “Well, if that’s the case, then how do I know if I’m headed in the right direction?” Well, you won’t. And you never will. The only advice I can give you, is to listen to your heart (subconscious signals), the universal signs and symbols that appear in your life (awareness), and learn from your mistakes and those around you (be a lifelong learner). If you do these three things, your collective consciousness will at least feel as if you are making headway. I suppose that the sensation of living the “life you’re meant to live” is the ultimate goal.
So what does this feel like? It is as if the entire universe has synchronized itself in order to provide you with exactly what you were looking for. It has provided you with the exact sensations you need to experience, at the exact time that you need to do experience them. Some of you may have experienced this sensation briefly, and some of you may have never had the pleasure of experiencing it at all.
Here’s the kicker. The universe has been doing this for each and every one of us, throughout our entire lives, and it will continue to do so. We are the input, and our subjective experience is the output. We are constantly creating our universe. We are the cause and our reality is the effect. As our thoughts are in constant flux, so is the universe around us. We are the “all” within the “All.”
Your life always has been, and always will be, exactly how you think it is supposed to be. You have always experienced, and will forever experience the places, people, situations, and sensations that will continue your life’s trajectory for your greatest possible benefit. This includes the people, places, situations, and sensations that you have deemed “negative”, “bad”, or “wrong.” The universe doesn’t make mistakes. The sooner you understand this, the better. “Well, then what do we have to do in order to create the life we want?”
Be accountable. You are the creator. You hold the keys. It can be broken down into the well-known philosophy of “what you think, you become.” If we are the conductors of our lives, there is no truer statement that can be made. Take control of your mind and your thoughts. Perform the actions they require of you with vigor and energy and watch as your life becomes exactly what you think it should be. There are no boundaries and no limits to the life you choose to create for yourself. With the proper thoughts and the proper actions, you can transmute your life into whatever you choose.
The issue becomes time. How long will it take you to achieve and experience the life you dream of? That is mostly subjective, but those who learn more quickly, and apply these concepts more rapidly and consistently, have the best chance of experiencing their desired experience within their lifetime. If not, will they have the chance to try again? OR Is this our only chance? Those are questions for another post. For now, create the life you wish to live in your mind’s eye, take consistent action, adjust as needed, and watch as you transform the world around you into the life you’ve always wanted to live.