Almost from birth, there is a shadow sense, an essential impression, that we are separated from a former wholeness, which was complete and One.
Our very existence feels itself to be, as it were, cut off from that fullness of light and love. From this impression of ‘estrangement’, the primal impulse emerges to seek that completion which seems lost. And so it seems to happen, that the so-called individual, experiencing separation, sets out upon the journey of life in search of the fullness of love and happiness. The differing patterns in our natures determine how we travel and where we are most inclined to search but we all seek to acquire ‘completion’ through spiritual, emotional, intellectual or physical means. This is the root of our acquisitive natures. Along the journey we will inevitably experience gain and loss, pleasure and pain in all the dimensions of our existence.
The irony of life is that we conceive our goals and, having laboured in the attempt to realise them, face the inevitable truth later in life that everything which appears to have been gained must, sooner or later, be surrendered.
Many of us become aware of this conundrum at some stage in our lives and this prompts a deeper enquiry to resolve the apparent mystery of our existence. What we call a ‘spiritual’ search may begin and this can assume a variety of approaches but commonly includes one or some of the wisdom traditions or religions and an engagement in prayer, contemplation or meditative practice. These have the potential to reveal glimpses of reality which speak to us of our original ‘home’ as ever present and never lost.
As we journey through the various stages of life and meet its many challenges, we are tasked with the responsibility of charting our course: our lives are shaped by the quality of the decisions we appear to make. Such discernment is entirely dependent upon the degree of understanding or wisdom which is available to us at a given point in time. Consequently, the human being needs the finest quality of wisdom to enable him to navigate his course through life in a manner which will ensure his own true well-being and that of others. If he has not found the inspiration of wisdom and the capacity to draw upon the deeper resources available to him from within his being, he may be left rudderless.
In order for a measure of unity and harmony to prevail in individuals and societies, we need to draw upon deeper realms of understanding which reveal the simple and profound truths of how to live well.