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Question #3 Why are we here? What is the purpose of existence? What is our purpose in life? Reply This question can be answered one of several ways.... At its most basic and fundamental level, there is no "purpose" to existence beyond the simple, sufficient and magnificent manifestation of Reality, as it is. In this sense, the "purpose" of our existence is simply to release our resistance to our experience as it manifests within the present moment. It is this process of letting go that allows us to fully appreciate and accept Reality, as it is here and now, with a full recognition that: Beyond This there is nothing to do or achieve. As Alan Watts has said: "This -- the immediate, everyday, and present experience -- is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of the universe. "The work of the philosopher as artist is to reveal and celebrate the eternal and purposeless background of human life. Out of simple exuberance or wonder he wants to tell others of the point of view from which the world is unimaginably good as it is, with people just as they are." Alan Watts This Is It, p. 11, 33 In reality, the universe is more "playful" than "purposeful." "Human purposes are pursued within an immense circling universe which does not seem to me to have purpose, in our sense, at all. Nature is much more playful than purposeful, and the probability that it has no special goals for the future need not strike one as a defect. On the contrary, the processes of nature as we see them both in the surrounding world and in the involuntary aspects of our own organisms are much more like art than like business, politics or religion. They are especially like the arts of music and dancing which unfold themselves without aiming at future destinations. No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them." Alan Watts This Is It, pp. 32-33
In my experience, "purpose" and "meaning" do not exist as a means to some other external end. They are inherent within the nature of Reality, itself -- exactly as it is. Reality needs no reason or purpose to justify its existence. It is innately satisfying, self-sufficient, and self-fulfilled.
It is only within the relative, thinking mind that we believe things must have some reason or purpose to exist, above and beyond their own innate Presence. With the experience of Awakening, this need to justify the existence of Reality falls away. It is experienced as completely and innately self-sufficient.
Awakening to the essential Wholeness and Completeness of Reality involves recognizing that nothing requires another point of reference to justify its existence. In many ways, this Realization is profoundly liberating.
This realization also allows us to recognize that the only meaningful sense in which we can talk about "the purpose of existence" is within the context of Reality infinitely unfolding before us within the present moment.
In fact, some have described the nature and purpose of existence as consciousness discovering itself. Within this context, it may be helpful to understand the "purpose" of our existence, both yours and mine, as an expression and celebration of this Infinite unfolding and discovery. In this sense, the entire purpose of manifest existence is simply to facilitate the realization of who and what you really are. There is nothing more or other.
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