Each of us, without exception, goes through a multitude of experiences in life. Our experiences include hope and happiness, pain and despair — they are all part and parcel of our educative and coming-of-age process. They are just as strong as our feelings and emotions, as also our overt and covert aspirations. The more we are attuned to a purpose in life, the more prepared and positive we will be to surmount adversities. The more we continue to live in the past, not the present, the more morose we will be.
Any which way you look at it, our life is dictated by certain elements; it is also moulded and shaped by what we think and what we envision. For the most part, whatever our situation, we ‘factor’ our resources on auto-pilot. In other words, we live almost instinctively, sometimes without thinking. The more we look for stability, or balance, especially outside of ourselves, the more troubled our existence.
When you think of the opposite effect — with more than a tad of positive affirmation, you transform your outlook and feel secure within yourself. In other words, you will begin to live knowingly, abounding with the full understanding of your thoughts, emotions and intentions. You will also, in so doing, be able to select every moment — with the choice of how you want to be and/or how you want to operate with poise, confidence and decorum.
One grand mode of shaping our journey through time is our intent — of thinking of oneself as rising from the shadows with the lustre of one’s conscious awareness. This is the fulcrum that establishes our aptitude to seeing things in clear perspective, even in the dark, or the wide, expansive void. This will impel us to understand that such subtle entities which make up our consciousness and also matter, be it space or time, is the divine element — from which we all emerged.
It is our purpose that gives us intelligence — the essential precondition for achievement and contentment. It is a simple percept — out of intelligence emerges wisdom and out of wisdom percolates our ability to do the right thing. It provides us with the sublime keynote that when things are achieved through fair means, they last long, and when things are accumulated by way of unfair or erroneous means, they are transitory, or short-lived. When one achieves, as we all know, every good thing in life through honourable means, they become not only destined for prominence, they will also be venerated in the community.
This is simply because intelligent wisdom, or humility, is dependent upon not just awareness, but understanding. This is not merely the fabric one wears on the exterior — but, the divine attire deep within that envelops our soul with the full belief that none of us — even the genii among us — can stuff oneself with absolute information, or knowledge. The reason is simple and also profound — knowledge is never unlimited. It is always incomplete.
The whole idea compares just as favourably with happiness — there is nothing called perfect, or complete, happiness outside of us. The best happiness resides within us, if only we ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ it from our heart and our mind’s eye. This simile celebrates the whole connect that exists between true intelligence and everything that emanates in their pure form in life, more so when we are balanced, dispassionate, and considerate. This is the source of our brainpower, mindful existence, divine essence, or god. This essence is the dappled fusion of our intelligence. It is also the quintessence of what makes us who we are — in word and deed.