James O’Dea on the Meaning of Life

croppedjamesbuddhaYou contain within you a very great story: the meaning of life is for you to remember that story; to remember that you are a powerful expression of Creation’s limitless and dazzlingly creative narrative.

To be you is phenomenal and rest assured Life made no mistake when it invited you to the dance of incarnation. You may tell yourself all kinds of things that define your inadequacy, your incapacitation or the exaggerated and fantastical possible versions of you but that is to wander in a trance of wounds and in a hallucination of distraction.

To be the story of you is to show up for nothing less than humanity’s epic evolutionary journey. Inflated ego and false humility are snares along the way that trap the true self. But you are truly ready now at this time when the Earth’s piercing cries are calling upon you to awaken. You are ready to stand in the original beauty and truth of who it is you are. For you are consciousness rising to saturate your soul, your psyche and your action with wisdom, compassion and boundless creativity to serve all life.

Even in the midst of the boisterous frequencies of greed and corruption, even when faced with fierce hatred and mindless brutality and with self-serving denial of the grave jeopardy we have placed all life on Earth you have come to this world to embody a new way of being. None of this is possible if you cannot free the quintessential essence of who it is you are. But you were born for such a time as this. And it is because I have such confidence in you that I know we shall prevail; truth shall prevail, justice shall prevail and more than them all beauty shall prevail — for you are with us.


~James O’Dea is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. James is a member of the Board of Directors of The Temple of the Universe in Florida and an Advisory Board Member of The Peace Alliance as well as an Advisor to KOSMOS Journal. He was recognized as Champion of Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance.

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