The Great Human Project (The Sacred Yes)
“Earth is crammed with heaven
and every bush alive with God.
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes . . .”
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING
Many of us reach crucial moments in our lives where we ask the big question. What is this really all about? Why am I alive in this body, at this time, under these circumstances? What have I signed up for here?
I have heard many great sages say that we all have a very individual and specific life purpose. Some have even said that before we are born we reach an agreement as it were. We agree on our life circumstances. We agree on our families, our relationships, our DNA structures and even possibly some of the life events that will unfurl before us. These sages have gone on to say that not one of us will leave this earthy plane a moment too soon or a moment too late. Once we have accomplished our ‘life purpose’ our time here is up.
Trying to figure out our specific life purpose can be quite complicated for us and possibly even totally unnecessary. There is a different path towards this. A more direct path. The direct path is to understand and to align with what we might call Our Collective Human Purpose.
By collective purpose, I mean, we are all in this together. We all have the same purpose. This is The Great Human Project.
And here it is:-
- Your purpose is to have the richest experience of life
- And to live out your fullest expression in life
In other words, our purpose is to live. To live fully and to live well.
As we live full lives, remarkable movements and shifts take place within us. They are seemingly unnoticeable at first. But once we have reached our final years, we realize that these movements and shifts have been quite significant. We truly have become astonishingly rich and full expressions of humanity. We have grown in capacity which means that our characters have enlarged enormously.
We have learnt to hold so much of the unresolved. The unresolved both within ourselves and beyond. We have learnt to hold with grace, compassion, kindness and love. We have done this in the context of living fully and enjoying the wonder of life completely no matter what is going on around or within. We have learnt what it means to stand firm above the unresolved (that is, everything beyond our control that we cannot fix).
As we stand above celebrating life and the beauty of the other anyway; as we ‘hold the space open’ and as we show grace; we become fuller, larger, more spacious. This spaciousness is the great outcome of a life fully lived. We have evolved and made so much more room for The Infinite. This is The Great Human Project.
Alongside this movement, another exceptionally valuable development has been unfurling. These two movements go together. They are inseparable. As we expand with the outward movement, we purify with the inward movement.
This purifying is completely underrated but is one of the most glorious outcomes of The Great Human Project. By the sheer power of standing with love in our hearts, we burn off impurities within, bit by bit. As we purify, we find that life becomes effortlessly rich and glorious. We discover that we don’t have to work hard to relish each moment. ‘Our Connect’ with the wonder of living and celebrating life becomes immediate. No work is required. We find immense joy in even the simplest experiences; a cup of tea or a daily chore.
This is because impurities, distractions, deviances and blockages have systematically and surely been removed as we have lived our agreed collective purpose. We find that we are able ‘to see’ from the heart as things really are. We find that we have aligned with the eternal truth –
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”Matthew 5:8 (NIV)
This is our joy. This is the great benefit and power of Being Fully Human. This is the wonder of the Sacred Yes!
The starting point for most of us is to settle deeply with the realization that all is well . . .