Observations on the Subject of Purpose: Part 1

RogerB

Crusader
This is a long self explanatory article I presented to the Sir John Templeton Foundation as noted.

It may interest many: others can ignore it:) Among those interested, it will likely spark some discourse. The other side of the coin is that, in some respects, it lines up as a basis from which I presented as I did at the FZ Conference in Pasadena a couple of weeks ago.
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OBSERVATIONS ON THE SUBJECT OF
PURPOSE





SUBMITTED TO
THE POWER OF PURPOSE INVESTIGATION
THE SIR JOHN TEMPLETON FOUNDATION
May, 2004


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Roger E. Boswarva

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OBSERVATIONS ON THE SUBJECT OF
PURPOSE​


PURPOSE: The driving force of life and of all our action.

PURPOSE: The determiner of outcomes.

Purpose is a spiritual force that can affect and mobilize the physical.

Purpose is the reason for our actions, but too often our action is without correct reasoning or good purpose.

Without known and positive purpose the God given life within us is wasted or, otherwise, dissipated in destructive and negative action.

Hence the enormity of value in knowing one’s prime purpose. Equally important is an understanding of the subject of what purpose is.

It is an omitted subject, the subject of purpose and purposes, for most in our society. It is given lip-service, glossed over, relegated to the “everyone knows what that’s about” category; and only addressed by an occasional, rare, “deep thinker”.

Yet purpose is the key to all that is achieved by mankind as a species; the very essence of our divine Life-Force when directed in the positive action of life; and it may well be the expression in each of us of the Almighty Himself.

Dictionaries fail to do the subject justice, merely noting and describing two aspects: a) the aim or object of one’s actions and, b) the deliberateness with which one engages that action.

Purpose spans a broad spectrum of (at least) five types and application: the known, the positive, the warring, the negative, and the unknown. And it is this spectrum that exemplifies not only the glories of mankind’s accomplishments, but its conflicts, its succumbing disasters and hopelessness where such exist, and its stupidities and chaos.

KNOWN PURPOSE enables co-ordination and co-creation in the pursuit of worthy and honorable objectives and outcomes that are of benefit to all.

POSITIVE PURPOSE is the stuff of bright ideas and visionary individuals, and the accomplishment of honorable achievement. When, or if, these positive, bright-idea-purposes are known, appreciated and honored by others, they can be contributed to for the benefit of all. This is the realm of industrious production that benefits others. Too often, unfortunately, bright ideas are too far out of the realm of understanding for the contemporaries of the originator; and lack of appreciation and support, and even conflict, results.

WARRING PURPOSE is the realm of deceitful untruth, conflict, hatred, and war. It is of the level of human affairs and relationships based on stupid mistrust; willful ignorance; the dishonoring of one’s fellows and their rights, beliefs and practices; and the sin of coveting another’s domain. It is also a consequence of one’s spiritual decline from known purpose and the failure or refusal to understand positive purpose; and is the indulgence of an incorrect and destructive solution to one’s perceived problems.

NEGATIVE PURPOSE is of the level of victim-hood, fears, hopelessness and failure. This is the level of “can’t” and “won’t”; of the belief that nothing works, nothing is worthwhile or right, and that there is no hope. It is the level of all consumption and no production; all problems and no solutions; laziness and waste. All purpose at this level leads to succumb, failure and death; for the purveyors of negative purpose, having failed to handle their environment and problems by warring, are sure they are overwhelmed and too weak or incompetent to survive by or at the honorable levels of positive and known purpose.

UNKNOWN PURPOSE is of the level of chaos and denial of responsibility; and of denial, avoidance and the masking of truth and knowledge. It is of the level of refusal to know another’s purpose and the denial of knowledge of one’s own. It is also a mechanism used by those who wish to war and by those who wish to be supported while they indulge their negative purposes. They can claim they “don’t know,” but in reality they are willfully unknowing for they choose to indulge falsehood rather than to seek truth.

The religious wars of the ages have been exercises of warring, negative and unknown purposes: for what would have happened instead if those that waged wars had honestly informed themselves of the actual purposes, beliefs and practices of those they chose to war upon and, properly appreciating those actual purposes, beliefs and practices, honored them. There could have been cooperation in the co-creation of betterment for all.

Such is the realm of known and positive purpose: an uplifting and benefiting of all.

But how does one form purpose? Some believe one’s “true purpose” is God given. This may be so, but observation reveals each of us is capable of creating purpose, and there is a sequence to it.

Firstly, one needs to be spiritually present and to have assumed a position from which one’s awareness is directed and applied; second, one perceives the area or object of one’s interest and attention and evaluates what is perceived; third, having concluded that the area perceived is in need or want of change or betterment one conceives of a wanted change or enhancement; four, one determines to pursue the attainment of that envisioned change or enhancement. Often, this sequence of creating purpose is so fast as to appear instantaneous.

It is this determined pursuit toward the attainment of a wanted outcome that directs one’s Life-Force, and is the power inherent in all purpose. This power emanates from the spirit of man and woman, it is not something observed in the inanimate or after the spirit has departed at death.

Ideally, purpose should be toward the optimizing of conditions of existence for all involved. However, life demonstrates this is far from always the case.

The nature of the purpose pursued — whether known, positive, warring, negative or unknown — is determined by the following factors: the emotional level at the time of the creation or adoption of the purpose, accuracy/inaccuracy of perception, the factuality of the data used to evaluate what is perceived; and any attitudes, prejudices, precepts or false notions that influence the needs and wants analysis in the purpose creation sequence.

It is observably the case that individuals in an emotional level of antagonism, hostility or anger will form belligerent purpose. A person on a more loving level of emotion is seen to form positive purpose, while people in fear, grief or apathy can be observed to incline toward negative purpose.

Indeed, this spectrum of known, positive, warring, negative and unknown purposes can be seen to align with the scale of human emotion and attitudes of interface as delineated in Alan C. Walter’s The Zones of Life .

Conflicted and warring purpose along with negative purpose can all be traced to low mood/emotional level plus inaccuracy of perception, incorrect data, or earlier wrong answers. The work of Alan C. Walter has demonstrated that all these causes of conflict and negativity can be eliminated, and individuals can operate in a more harmonious and optimum manner in life and with their fellows. It only requires honesty and a willingness to do so, with the application of the correct processes; and when these processes, as developed by Walter, are carried out, the nature and level of purpose embraced by the individual upgrades to be beneficial to all, and can even be noble.

But purpose is evident beyond the limits of a single human existence.

Purpose can be observed to exist for groups, in nature among other life forms and the inanimate and, by some, purpose is observed to exist across earlier lifetimes to the present, and even to be divine.

In 1965 I was in Bombay, India. Having concluded my business with the Indian gentlemen I’d come to see, I asked him where it would be a good place to have lunch.

“What sort of food do you like?” He asked.

“I’m a vegetarian,” I replied, though in reality I was engaged in some nutritional research. I had not been raised a vegetarian.

“An Australian who is a vegetarian, what is your religion?”

It was a legitimate question, for in India, the matter of religion determines all in respect to food. All Hindus are vegetarian.

“I am a Christian,” I replied.

“Ah, that quaint religion which does not believe in reincarnation,” he said with a friendly twinkle in his eye.

And he was right. In 1965, in many respects, the Judeo-Christian West was spiritually illiterate. Alone among the cultures on Earth, we in the West did not appreciate and honor our individual spirituality, true immortality, and capacity for reincarnation. Yet the historical written records of Origen and Augustine show that early Christians honored this knowledge. Sadly, this knowledge was not passed down to us in the writings and teachings we inherited.

Today it is common to read of celebrities and others discussing their experience of earlier lives. Books and television documentaries abound on the subjects of “out of body” and near death experiences.

End of Part 1 . . . .
 

RogerB

Crusader
Observations on the Subject of Purpose: Part 2

Part 2.

Yet those stuck in a “scientific” paradigm attempt to invalidate the honest observations of competent people. They do this by rationalizing that what has been experienced must be some other occurrence, as arbitrarily hypothesized without proof by the doubter, even though the only valid scientific course is to honor what is observed or experienced by competent people.

We should each honor what we honestly perceive. The only question then becomes: where does any observation fit within the realm of higher levels of truth; for if we are to be honest, we must acknowledge that at any point in time we are quite unlikely to have perceived all of the truth and/or the ultimate truth — even science acknowledges it has not yet found these levels of truth.

Therefore, what levels of truth on the subject of purpose are there to be observed, or have been observed, by those willing to honestly look and honor what they see?

INDIVIDUAL, PERSONAL, PRIME PURPOSE

For myself, and for many of my colleagues, a personal Prime Purpose has been found. These are purposes of high ideals that were conceived and embraced eons ago and continued over numerous lifetimes as the guiding, driving force of our individual existence and pursuits in each lifetime.

By observation, in every instance of several hundred cases where the Prime Purpose was found by an individual for himself at the Advanced Coaching & Leadership Center, St. Jo, Texas, using the processes developed by Alan C. Walter, a phenomenal resurgence of dynamism, joy and high interest in life was rekindled. The person becomes suddenly alive again where before he or she was aimless, with no spark, and torpid.

Observation shows that the individual lifetime purpose or purposes of a person are aligned to and supportive of the multi-lifetime Prime Purpose.

As an example, the multi-lifetime, Prime Purpose of my existence is to discover knowledge and convey it to others. The purpose I am pursuing in this lifetime that supports my Prime Purpose is to educate others through my management consulting practice.

DIVINE PURPOSE

The history of religion abounds with the records of Divine Purpose wherein humans were inspired to pursue and attain phenomenal accomplishments by being given direct communication and purpose by God, His Angels or Prophets.

Mohammed is an example. He recorded that God (Allah means The God in Arabic; al, the; and Lah, God) spoke to him through the Angel Gabriel and revealed Mohammed is the last of a long line of holy prophets, preceded by Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, and that the teachings and followers of the earlier prophets were to be honored as Mohammed’s followers would honor themselves and the teachings being revealed through Mohammed.

Pursuing this purpose, Mohammed accomplished phenomenal things, even in his own lifetime, and created a new nation. Tragically, as in the case of other religions, the original precepts laid down have been altered and practiced differently than as first revealed; and a warring purpose has been pursued based on these alterations.

Joan of Arc, later Canonized as Saint Joan of Arc, is another example with ample eye-witness and documentary proof . Joan began receiving visions and communications as to her purpose when twelve. In May, 1428, at age sixteen, she finally took up the Divine Purpose given her by her saints to lead an army to defeat the English and Burgundians.

On March 4, 1429, when Joan eventually came before the man whose throne she would save, she convinced him of her preternatural abilities by relating to him, in detail, the private prayer he had made the previous November 1.

As recorded at the coronation of Charles VII, on July 17, 1429, Joan spoke her purpose: “Noble King, now is accomplished the pleasure of God, who wished me to lift the siege of Orleans, and to bring you to this city of Reims to receive your holy anointing . . .“

PURPOSE IN NATURE

There is observable purpose in nature for those who wish to honor what is there to be seen.

In 1991, Rupert Sheldrake, the renowned biologist and researcher at Cambridge University, wrote the following in the introduction of his book, The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God :

“From the time of our remotest ancestors until the seventeenth century, it was taken for granted that the world of nature was alive. But in the last three centuries, growing numbers of educated people have come to think of nature as lifeless. This has been the central doctrine of orthodox science—the mechanistic theory of nature.
“. . . this book is a response to the idea that nature, which we have treated as dead and mechanical, is in fact alive; it is coming to life again before our very eyes.”

The error of the “mechanistic theory of nature” was exemplified in an interview of Dr. Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA structure, in The New York Times, “Science Times” section dated April 13, 2004.

Dr. Crick says he has been studying “consciousness” and the “soul” for the last two decades — but in actuality, he has not. Operating from within the paradigm of the mechanistic theory of nature, that life is some sort of happy accident of atoms only, we find Dr. Crick is indeed only studying atoms and molecules and the effects produced on them by the life-force of the spirit—the actual source of life—the you that has volition; the you who has the power of decision to act and affect the physical. Dr. Crick’s error is in mistaking the effect manifested as being the producer of the effect. Instead of studying the actual source that produces the effect, he has studied only effects.

Dr. Crick states : “You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.”

This does not accord with the competent observations of the many millions of people who, as spiritual Beings, are aware of their earlier lifetimes and the pursuit of purpose therein. And it conflicts with the observations and studies of nature by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and others. Dr. Crick’s belief is understandable when one observes he has, in fact, addressed only the physical elements of the body; the atoms, molecules and cellular structures; and not the spirit, or “soul”.

The basic proposition that Sheldrake so ably demonstrates with many examples and case histories, is expressed on p45 in his The Rebirth of Nature:

“The orthodox philosophy of nature, taught in the cathedral schools and medieval universities, was animistic: all living creatures had souls. The soul was not in the body; rather, the body was in the soul, which permeated all parts of the body. Through its formative powers, it caused the embryo to grow and develop, so that the organism assumed the form of its species.”

Sheldrake then goes on to delineate the various levels of soul and their functions among other life-forms, animal and vegetative; and how these evolved to include the intellect we humans enjoy. He points out our English word “animal” comes from anima, Latin for “soul”. He continues:

“In human beings, in addition to the animal instincts, there is the rational aspect of the soul: the mind or intellect. This added the qualities of thinking and free choice to those aspects of the soul that were shared with animals and plants. The human intellect was not separate from the animal and vegetative souls . . . In other words, the human soul included both a person’s conscious mind, or spiritual essence, and the life of the body, senses, bodily activities, and animal instincts.
“This understanding of the human soul clearly connected human life with the life of animate nature, as well as defining the differences between plants, animals, and human beings. At the same time, man was a microcosm of the entire cosmic organism, the macrocosm. Human society likewise reflected the hierarchical order of the universe, and the movement and conjunctions of the planets were connected with human lives and the destinies of nations.”

Rudolph Steiner, the developer of the Biodynamic farming principles and founder of Anthroposophy, the first “Spiritual Science,” put these truths to beneficial use for his fellows. Steiner first lectured on the spiritual element of plants, nature, and man in 1910; and showed how they could relate in optimum harmony for the benefit of all.

Historically, the observed purpose being pursued by nature can be seen to be that of evolvement, by adaptation if need be, to accomplish higher levels of more survival-capable form. Even science has shown that the evolvement of species would be an expression of this purpose to optimize survival potential, and to gain continued existence.

But, is there a higher level of purpose? Yes: and it is one that is expressed and taught in all the religions of man: in the earliest writings of Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the religions of the east and far-east, and in all the religions of our native peoples.

History shows that at their inception all religions contained common ideals as to conduct and relationships between Beings; both human and other life forms. It can also be observed that these precepts express purpose.

Direct research into the nature of spiritual presence, its powers and harmonious interface revealed the Pillars of Spiritual Power as being: Love, Knowledge, Truth, and Relationships. It is these four key aspects of human existence and affairs that all religions deal with; and at their inception taught that if practiced correctly would yield prosperity, peace, and harmony at one with one’s God.

Thus we can see the expressed purpose of all religions is to lead us to do those actions that will restore us to oneness with God.

My personal investigation into the realm of spirit leads me to find that our deepest purpose— all of life’s purpose on Earth—is to recover our full union; our Love, Knowledge, Truth, Relationship, Presence, and Integrity with God.

After 40 years work, Alan C. Walter wrote in his book, Gods in Disguise , the following:

“BE CLOSER TO GOD” (Section)
“God is a Spirit—John 4:24
“So God created man in his own image—Genesis 1:27
“To understand oneself it is important to understand God.
“God is a spiritual being with infinite attributes. (Some are listed)
“To be closer to God, it is necessary to duplicate those qualities that God has.
“Failure to duplicate God’s attributes is the basis of sin. By degrading oneself and one’s potentials, one moves away from God.
“By improving oneself and one’s potentials, one is able to come closer to God. As one duplicates God’s attributes, one finds that the Spiritual Power within oneself flows forth.”

Walter directly investigated human spiritual presence and its experiential record. It was not a theoretical study of others’ work or writings. I have had the privilege of knowing Walter during this research, and had the opportunity to verify his findings.

In brief, what Walter reveals in Chapter Five, THE MISSION, is the history of our Godly spirituality his research uncovered. He likens it to the Hindu and Buddhist view, a Supreme Spiritual composite oneness of trillions of Godly-spirits in union as one; each aware of their own Godliness and practicing their abilities to perfection but, for reasons revealed in the book, the unity split up. Following the shattering, each was given a mission, as Walter states on p28:

“Each would regain Godship over his own universe and re-create the steps necessary for all to regain the love, abilities, skills, awareness, knowledge, purity and truth of self; and to re-unite with all the other God-like beings so that one day the Supreme Being would be whole again.”

Thus it could be said that the ultimate purpose of all of life, and of each of us, is to evolve to and discover The God within us that is us; and to honor and appreciate the Love, Knowledge, Truth and correct Relationships that that would necessitate.

And as the Hindus say, all paths to that are to be honored.

These are my observations on the subject of PURPOSE.
 

Roland ami

Patron with Honors
Via Negativa

Very interesting and erudite; and a pleasure to read.

Yet in the interest of debate, a parallel early means of enlightenment was the so-called "via negativa", based on the idea that if God is outside of, or source of, the universe, then statements made about him within the context of the universe were of necessity false. One cannot describe God using positive terms - like He *is* something - since He cannot *be* anything that we know of as existing. We can only describe him by the negative - as in at least he isn't *that*.

Similarly, Carl Popper famously defined scientific truth as something that can never be proved - only disproved. Any number of positive results don't rule out the possibility of a negative one, but one negative one shows that the initial statement can't be always true.

So in considering one's purposes and one's relationship with God, I think one has to be very careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that something positive one has discovered is necessarily true for others, or for all time. On the other hand, something shown to be false *has* been shown to be false for others and for all time, at least potentially.

Hubbard went down this path - particularly later in his career he made tests, and if he got enough positive results he regarded the item tested as proven. He should have regarded the item tested as useful, but not necessarily true, and not necessarily true in all cases. Perhaps we could have avoided some of the scieno-naziism we have all known and loved so much! I hope ACW doesn't follow him down.

Roland Aldridge
 

Free Being Me

Crusader
Hi Roger! Your writings regarding PURPOSE has given me a lot to think about. I just woke up so after I have enough coffee I'll reread both your posts.
 

RogerB

Crusader
Nice Discourse, Roland.

Very interesting and erudite; and a pleasure to read.

Yet in the interest of debate, a parallel early means of enlightenment was the so-called "via negativa", based on the idea that if God is outside of, or source of, the universe, then statements made about him within the context of the universe were of necessity false. One cannot describe God using positive terms - like He *is* something - since He cannot *be* anything that we know of as existing. We can only describe him by the negative - as in at least he isn't *that*.

Similarly, Carl Popper famously defined scientific truth as something that can never be proved - only disproved. Any number of positive results don't rule out the possibility of a negative one, but one negative one shows that the initial statement can't be always true.

So in considering one's purposes and one's relationship with God, I think one has to be very careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that something positive one has discovered is necessarily true for others, or for all time. On the other hand, something shown to be false *has* been shown to be false for others and for all time, at least potentially.

Hubbard went down this path - particularly later in his career he made tests, and if he got enough positive results he regarded the item tested as proven. He should have regarded the item tested as useful, but not necessarily true, and not necessarily true in all cases. Perhaps we could have avoided some of the scieno-naziism we have all known and loved so much! I hope ACW doesn't follow him down.

Roland Aldridge

Nice discourse Roland!

Yes.

Note the title of my little ditty is: "Observations on the Subject of . . . "

Even I shrunk from positing it as something like "Assertions, Principles or Truths on the Subject of . . ." Then I surely would have egg on my face! :yes:

RogerB
 

Roland ami

Patron with Honors
Ah - a very good point!

However, observations, assertions or pronunciamentos, I eagerly await your next installment!

Roland
 
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