Excellence Reporter: Dr. Farmer, what is the meaning of life?
Dr. Steven Farmer: 35 years ago I was witness to my oldest daughter Nicole being birthed. I was in shock, not quite finding a place for this miracle in the familiar trappings of my mind. Up to then I had not been a particularly religious man, nor had I explored any other spiritual practices. I had some vague notion of a larger force at work, but had not delved into philosophizing about it nor was I particularly motivated to do so. Yet here before me was a being, a tiny human being, a miracle of new life – and she was created from mine and her mother’s union!
After cutting the umbilical cord, I sat down on the chair near the bed. All I could do was keep whispering the words, “There is a God,” over and over. For several moments I sat there, overwhelmed by both the simplicity and the complexity of life as it was being shown to me. Love, fear, awe, hope, helplessness, and euphoria, rolled through me in an emotional free-for-all.
Though I didn’t realize it at the time, this was the initiation of my spiritual journey, one that would lead me to appreciating not only such major phenomenon as childbirth but the vast number of “little miracles” that occur each day. These are found in the moments we pause and redirect our attention from the busy-ness and craziness of our contemporary world to those experiences we sadly deem as insignificant.
Though there are many perspectives on the meaning of life, some of which I also share, the most profound meaning is found not in words but in one’s full Presence to experience that which Life is presenting at any given moment. Not judging it as good or bad, but viewing each experience with loving detachment and gratitude for one’s existence and capacity to perceive this strange and beautiful world.
So I take another breath and in doing so am reminded that each moment, each breath is a miracle. That is the true meaning.
~Dr. Steven Farmer is world-renowned author, teacher, Shamanic Practitioner, and Soul Healer. He is the author of several best-selling books and other products, including Earth Magic®, Earth Magic® Oracle Cards, Children’s Spirit Animal Cards, Children’s Spirit Animal Stories CD Volumes I & II, Pocket Guide to Spirit Animals and the recently released Healing Ancestral Karma: Free Yourself from Unhealthy Family Patterns. In addition to workshops on Earth Magic®, shamanism, and earth-centered spirituality, Dr. Farmer offers private consultations for Shamanic Soul Healing and intuitive Earth Magic® and Power Animal readings, remotely by phone and in person. He makes his home in Dana Point, California with his wife, Jesseca and her two children, Serena and Ariannna.
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