The Heroic Quest

The Heroic Quest

Principle Number Four: Purpose and Meaning are everything. 
They are Life Itself.

Grayscale Photo of Firefighter

Alright, so we’ve determined that purpose in Innate Ability Development™ (IAD), that we’re all so passionate about, has two distinct levels: spiritual and physical.

We’ve explored the spiritual level and concluded that spiritual purpose for all of us is simply: fuller expansion, experience and expression.

Man is but a reflection of the Universe.
The mind of man and the Mind of God are one and the same.

In the realm of daily living, we can translate these three evolutionary principles of spiritual purpose into development, advancement, and growth.

We’ve furthermore discussed that the pursuit of this ubiquitous spiritual purpose is most often difficult if not just downright frightening.

Universal Intelligence tends to evolve and unfold in the most efficient manner possible. And it does so with no respect whatsoever to the upheaval it might cause short-term on the physical plane. Please read that again.

If you think God wants you to have a cushy, comfortable life… think again.
God wants you to awaken and grow.
True power is faith in the midst of a storm.

Properly understood, awareness of the above is often in direct contradiction to the traditional religious systems that espouse God will “protect you” or “keep you from harm.”

But then again… it’s not a contradiction in the Absolute sense. Life continues to be a paradox.

For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
And sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
~ Matthew 5:45 (emphasis mine)

If you’ve fooled yourself into thinking that you’ll be “protected and/or blessed” because you’re a good person. Think again.

We all must face and confront the challenges that development, advancement and growth of our consciousness bring; and as we discussed last week… growth is hard. (reference IAD14). The human spirit grows and evolves stronger through conflict not comfort.

Want to know how Leaders fight and overcome the battle of comfort? Read it here.

So here’s the paradox referenced above. While in the traditional sense in which we define protected and blessed… we won’t be (and can’t be), protected and blessed… from a higher perspective of the Absolute we absolutely are protected and blessed. What does this mean?

In our small personal will (which is the Relative plane versus the Absolute plane) we tend to believe that we’ll be blessed with riches and health and all kinds of physical rewards for being a “good person.”

Maybe… but not necessarily.

By the way… if this is your motivation for being “good” I submit you’re not really good at all.

Goodness, however you define it, should be genuinely pursued and practiced because it’s good. Period. No other reason. You do what you deem the right thing because it is the right thing.

Supposed goodness for any other sake… whether it’s eternal life, an elaborate heaven and after life, immortality, to escape eternal damnation, to “attract” all types of rewards, or coffers full of gold and business blessings is not true good at all.

Please ponder this deeply for this “conditional goodness” is often insidious and subtle.

I know… because I had it!

I remember sitting in a 12X10 cell and feeling sorry for myself and being angry at God—really angry.

I just couldn’t believe that this was my reward for a life of giving my best energy and effort to serve and provide value to the world. Yes, I had been arrogant. Yes, things were overlooked and could have been done better. Yet, even the jury knew it was unintentional! I wanted to help people not hurt them! This was messed up!

Then it struck me… “Why did you do all those supposed “good” things James?” To be protected and blessed? To be rewarded and special?

I had to humble my own self-importance, and sheepishly admit that at some level this was the case. But, but, but…

Wrong reason.

Even a cursory recapitulation of history will quickly show that if you really desire to be “special”… histories truly special have more often than not appeared the least special in relative terms; and they’ve had the most difficult times of all in physical life.

The greatest souls suffer the greatest scars.

girl crying in the dark

Study any great mythology and the hero always faces great challenges, is often ostracized, has to go to hell, and in many cases is killed.

Mythology is a history book of the soul

Don’t like mythology? Check political/social history and you’ll find the same often to be true. Kennedy, King, Ghandi, and Reagan come to mind just to name a few.

Be careful what you wish for.

I recalled my training in Zen in which I learned that if you do anything for any “special reason” you’re not doing it for the right reason.

In the purest form of creative expression we are doing because it’s in our nature to do. Socrates stated “To be is to do.” Once realized, we also realize that any and all reward is gained the moment that we do. For it’s in the doing itself that we find our true joy and fulfillment. Are you with me?

Deep? Maybe.

Hard? Definitely.

But please think about it.

If you’re following these blogs I already assume you’re a deep thinker.

“There is no true joy without action.”

Therefore, count the cost before you make the commitment my friend… for there’s always a price for the prize.

In the Absolute sense you are protected and blessed. For from this perspective it really doesn’t matter what happens in the physical short-term sense. In other words, the “how” is not important in the overall Universal Plan. It’s much bigger than that. Way bigger.

It’s all part of the plan of Universal Purpose; and you cannot not develop, advance and grow. You can either do it quickly or over many lifetimes. But you are going to do it… because the very energy that’s pulsating through your veins has no other way.

The life force itself is pumping through your veins; and it must always be for more life. As we’ve discussed many times, nothing can work contrary to its nature. (reference Alchemy series).

When things seem to go sideways in the physical plane… and you tend to doubt, fear, and do pity party… Don’t worry, you will. You’re human. Me too.

Please remember in these challenging and defining moments to remind yourself that you’re also a hero. And the only thing which has true value is that which is eternal. Something to ponder.

Okay, so now you think you’re willing to commit to The Heroic Quest? To Think Like God Thinks? To surrender yourself fully and completely to further expansion, experience and expression? Whatever that means or whatever it takes?

If yes, then I tip my hat for you’re truly a brave soul.

You’re a giant among mankind and masses which incessantly seek for instant gratification, a cushy secured existence, and external pleasures.

“Give the masses a little bread and a little circus; and they will be content.” 

~ Adolph Hitler

You’re not the masses, You’re more than that!

You are a hero. You’re living like a master versus the masses.

And you define and live your own life, on purpose and on point; and on your own terms.

So okay hero… with spiritual purpose on point, the next step in IAD is to explore the second facet of purpose… what we’ve deemed your physical purpose.

But then again, that’s for a future time.

And the journey continues…

Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic,

james arthur ray