Nicolae Tanase: Dr. Moss, what is the meaning of life?
Richard Moss: More than 40 years ago I had a life changing experience. I was standing on my porch and looking out across the Oakland California hills. Suddenly I saw a cone of darkness coming down from the sky shadowing the whole landscape and all the houses for as far as I could see. Immediately I somehow understood this vision was a manifestation of fear. Without thinking I prostrated myself on the deck and said, “Fear, you are a great god. I know I will never defeat you… But you are not my god.”
Right then the meaning of my life changed. I understood that all I had done to excel in school, in sports, to become a doctor, was all to somehow escape a deep sense of being unsafe. And though I didn’t understand it then, love became my god. And the first thing it asked me to do and still asks me is to make a home for fear. A place in my heart for fear. To be vulnerable. To love others more than what I have to teach them or show them or give them. To not close my heart when fear is present such as at times of illness. To not become self-involved.
And that is the only thing we really ever have, the meaning we give to our own lives though what we dedicate ourselves to, to the values and principles we choose to live by,to what I call “consecration”: The small ways in which how I live brings a little bit of the sacred into the world.
Today, it seems to me too many of us are unconsciously bowing to fear and letting that be our god. The necessities of daily life place continuous demands on us and it is easy to succumb and let the meaning of our lives become little more than getting things done, or surviving.
For so many of us meaning is about success in a material sense. This is what we believe will make us safe. But how can we be safe with what we are collectively doing to this planet for our own almost always fear-based motives? How can we feel safe when we unwittingly derive our sense of identity not from our primary connection to life and our own timeless being, but from externals like our nation, religion, diplomas, looks, wealth or lack of it, and from what we imagine or want other people to think of us. Too many of us live our lives to be seen, not to see.
A vision woke me up to the ubiquitous power of fear. But I could not have done anything with that if not for life’s greatest blessing which is consciousness. To be truly conscious is to be always more — in our essence — than anything that we can be conscious of. To always be more than fear. To always be more than self-importance. To be always more than an ego-dynamic like being critical of ourselves and others. Through conscious seeing, without judgment or agenda, we can set aside fear’s agenda. We can rest back in this moment, at one with ourselves, at one with life. Back to wonderment at birds singing, and squirrels bounding on fences. Back to unknowing. Back to everything in its place. We ourselves at last in our place.
To free ourselves from fear so that love overflows. I cannot imagine any other reason to be here on this amazing planet ever so full with life.
~Richard Moss is an internationally respected leader in the field of inner transformation, subtle body-mind dynamics, and living a path of conscious relationships. In 1977 Richard was a practicing medical doctor when he experienced a spontaneous spiritual illumination that awakened him to the multi-dimensional nature of human consciousness. This realization profoundly transformed his understanding of the roots of emotional suffering, and inspired him to explore the almost limitless human potential for growth and healing.
Impelled by this opening, he released the practice of medicine to devote his life to mentoring individuals and couples whose lives have brought them to the point where they hunger to explore the mystery of their being. Whether called to his work by their soul’s yearning to awaken and grow, or impelled by a health, career, or relationship crisis, his comprehensive and evolutionary approach to healing and forging loving relationships has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people. He has published 7 seminal books on his visionary approach to human evolution which have been translated into 6 languages.
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