Dorothy Walters: The Meaning of Life… The Initiation

Dorothy Age 86 2Excellence Reporter: Dear Dorothy, what is the meaning of life?

Dorothy Walters: I think the “meaning” of life is well beyond our understanding. However, the purpose of life is to find ways to return to our divine origin. Yeats said, “Man can embody truth, but never know it.” I agree with Yeats. However, if we consider the purpose of life, that is a different. Here is my response:

The Initiation

“The purpose of life
is to embody the transcendent.”
                        the Dalai Lama

Somehow we are found.
By some method we are discovered,
observed, finally given signals
that tell us (secretly) to prepare.

Even then 
we are not ready.
How could we be?
We are taken from whatever place
in the world we occupy 
and are suddenly shaped 
into an unrecognizable being,
a stranger to ourselves
and others.
We are thrown 
into rapture or perhaps even pain,
states we may not even 
have names for.

Again and again the rapture permeates
our bodies.
It fills us with joy
day after day,
year after year,
until finally we succumb totally
to that which it is,
its constant infusions
of bliss and compassionate love.

At last
we no longer question
that we and it are one.
Have ever been
and always will be.
It is who we are,
the essential unsuspected
truth of our identity.
Its sensed presence
comes and goes
like that of any lover,
but we know
that seen or unseen,
it is always there.

We give it the names
of a god or goddess,
a spirit or a guide.
Some call it The Beloved.
Some call it God.

We accept in silence.
We bow our heads in awe.

We wait 
for the next unfolding.


~Dorothy Walters, Ph. D., spent many years as a university professor of English and Women’s Studies. During that time she helped to set up one of the first women’s studies programs in the country and was active in the early feminist and gay liberation movements. In 1981 she experienced a dramatic spiritual transformation through spontaneous Kundalini awakening, an event that put her in close contact with the feminine divine. Since then, she has focused on writing prose and poetry about the spiritual journey, much of it inspired by Rumi, and helping others undergoing similar deep inner transformation. She has published several books of both prose and poetry relating to the mystic path and publishes a blog at

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