Comments on: The Meaning of Life: “Rise and Shine!” http://brendanmcphillips.com/the-meaning-of-life-rise-and-shine/ Spiritual & Personal Growth Sun, 07 May 2006 10:53:06 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0 by: How to Avoid Death at Brendan McPhillips.com http://brendanmcphillips.com/the-meaning-of-life-rise-and-shine/#comment-38 Tue, 28 Feb 2006 01:43:31 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/the-meaning-of-life-rise-and-shine/#comment-38 [...] So what’s the realization you need to have to avoid death? As I discussed in my articles “The Meaning of Life: Rise and Shine” and “What’s the Meaning of Life, A Response, Part 1”, it’s that you have a part of you that is eternal, divine and immortal. This part of you was created in God’s image; in other words it is the God immanent, as opposed to the God transcendent. We refer to this divinity by many names including the higher self, real self, true self, soul, Christ consciousness, Buddha consciousness and spirit. This self is distinct from your “human” self, which is the combination of your physical, emotional and mental bodies. The aggregate of these bodies is who we think we are. However these bodies are temporary and finite. Because we primarily identify with this lower self we suffer, are confused, undisciplined, depressed, and incompetent and fear death. [...] […] So what’s the realization you need to have to avoid death? As I discussed in my articles “The Meaning of Life: Rise and Shine” and “What’s the Meaning of Life, A Response, Part 1”, it’s that you have a part of you that is eternal, divine and immortal. This part of you was created in God’s image; in other words it is the God immanent, as opposed to the God transcendent. We refer to this divinity by many names including the higher self, real self, true self, soul, Christ consciousness, Buddha consciousness and spirit. This self is distinct from your “human” self, which is the combination of your physical, emotional and mental bodies. The aggregate of these bodies is who we think we are. However these bodies are temporary and finite. Because we primarily identify with this lower self we suffer, are confused, undisciplined, depressed, and incompetent and fear death. […]

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by: Spirituality and the Meaning of Life in Summary at Brendan McPhillips.com http://brendanmcphillips.com/the-meaning-of-life-rise-and-shine/#comment-28 Mon, 20 Feb 2006 22:26:34 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/the-meaning-of-life-rise-and-shine/#comment-28 [...] To help with your spiritual growth and as a follow-up to my articles, “The Meaning of Life: Rise and Shine” and “What’s the Meaning of Life?, A Response, Part 1”, the following are three summaries of spiritual understanding that I’ve come across over my years of study. They were written in 1931, 1944 and 1994, respectively. The first is an excerpt from Edward Bach’s Heal Thyself, the second is part of Aldous Huxley’s introduction to the Bhagavad Gita and the third is a part of Ken Wilbur’s article at Beliefnet.com. As you read these notice the similarities between them and the overall spiritual themes being taught. [...] […] To help with your spiritual growth and as a follow-up to my articles, “The Meaning of Life: Rise and Shine” and “What’s the Meaning of Life?, A Response, Part 1”, the following are three summaries of spiritual understanding that I’ve come across over my years of study. They were written in 1931, 1944 and 1994, respectively. The first is an excerpt from Edward Bach’s Heal Thyself, the second is part of Aldous Huxley’s introduction to the Bhagavad Gita and the third is a part of Ken Wilbur’s article at Beliefnet.com. As you read these notice the similarities between them and the overall spiritual themes being taught. […]

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by: What’s the Meaning of Life? A Response, Part 1 at Brendan McPhillips.com http://brendanmcphillips.com/the-meaning-of-life-rise-and-shine/#comment-27 Mon, 20 Feb 2006 19:15:21 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/the-meaning-of-life-rise-and-shine/#comment-27 [...] The question “what’s the meaning of life” has to be approached from a broad perspective or a higher point of view. The confusion that everybody has with this question stems from trying to “figure it out” from a narrow, limited perspective. A higher perspective is reached by contemplating, in a detached and impersonal way, why we’re here and who we are. I address this in more detail in my article “The Meaning of Life: Rise and Shine” but the following is a brief summary. [...] […] The question “what’s the meaning of life” has to be approached from a broad perspective or a higher point of view. The confusion that everybody has with this question stems from trying to “figure it out” from a narrow, limited perspective. A higher perspective is reached by contemplating, in a detached and impersonal way, why we’re here and who we are. I address this in more detail in my article “The Meaning of Life: Rise and Shine” but the following is a brief summary. […]

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