Excellence Reporter: Frank, what is the meaning of life?
Frank DeMarco: When we ask the meaning of life, we are also asking about our own nature, and the nature of the world we live in. If the world were what it seems to be, and if we ourselves were merely what we usually appear to be, our lives would be lived at the mercy of chance and coincidence, or possibly fate, and would amount to a long stretch of solitary confinement, isolated by invisible barriers from even those we loved best. Any meaning to be found in such a life would be an act of faith indeed. But the world is not what it appears to be, and neither are we ourselves, and that’s a very good thing.
What is it exactly? Opinions differ because no two people see the world in exactly the same way. Everybody’s viewpoint depends upon his or her physical, mental, and emotional experiences. For more than 25 years, I have been conversing about just such matters with minds that live not in our 3D world alone, but also in the greater non-3D world around us. Naturally this has altered my view of things.
The first point these minds (who for convenience I call The Guys Upstairs, or TGU) made, long ago, is that the 3D world is a subset of a larger reality which we may call the All-D. The 3D world was created out of the All-D, in order to enable certain changes by creating certain conditions. We in 3D live by different rules. Our slowed-down version of the larger world induces us to experience separation by time and by space, and delayed consequences, and, mostly, the existence of an eternally moving present-moment, which carries us along and concentrates our minds at the cost of distorting our perspective on our overall lives. (The present moment is always of overwhelming importance, a distortion bearing consequences that will be all too familiar to anyone reading this.) Creating this subset of the larger world enabled the creation of souls out of previously separate elements. It enabled these souls to continuously choose among present-moment alternatives, and in so doing choose who and what they want to become.
After physical death, the mind that was formed in the 3D crucible continues to exist. In effect, a new mind has been created in the 3D world, which adds to the total of minds functioning in the All-D. Thus the living-out of choices molds a mind that long outlives the 3D body.
While we are still in the 3D, another part of ourselves remains outside 3D limitations; hence our ability to communicate non-physically, and our ability to learn to perceive 3D limitations as only a subset of a larger reality. There comes a time when we realize that we are all one, not just rhetorically or metaphorically, but in actual fact, because separation is a perception, not a reality. There comes a time when we at the same time live within 3D limits and yet see beyond them. There’s a lot of freedom to be found that way.
The mind – the soul – that was created in this fashion continues not as a statue, nor a book in a library, but as a living, growing, continuing thing. Limited as we are in experience and thus in our ability to form an image of things we have never experienced, its further life is hard to imagine. Some of that further experience may be to return to the 3D as a strand in a new individual; some may involve other things. In fact, it would pretty much have to.
If we assume that this sketch is in fact a rough summary of the real nature of the world, and of our lives, the meaning of life is clear: We are here to choose, and choose, and choose again, and thereby decide which character traits we will encourage and which ones we will inhibit. In effect, we cast our votes on how we want reality to be, by deciding and living what we want ourselves to be.
If we can’t quite envision that future life is, still we know it exists, and we don’t need to know everything to know something. Perhaps it is enough to know that those persistent feelings that insisted that we outlive this 3D life were not in error, and that we have a task – creating ourselves as we want to be – and that the task has meaning.
~Frank DeMarco was co-founder, and for 16 years Chief Editor, of Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc. He is the author of several non-fiction books based in his personal experience, examining aspects of non-physical reality. These include The Sphere and the Hologram, Rita’s World (two volumes), and Awakening from the 3D World: How We Enter the Next Life. Other titles include The Cosmic Internet and Imagine Yourself Well. He writes a blog. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or find him on Facebook.
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