You can choose to live your life either as a person doing or as a human being. A person doing acts in the world from the thoughts and emotions that arise from their conditioned mind. They live a conditioned existence. A human being follows the guidance from their inner guide. They live the life they incarnated to live, learn their soul lessons, fulfill their soul purpose, and return home to Love.
The Life of a Human Being
You can make the shift from a person doing to a human being by connecting to your inner guide and following its guidance. The focus of your life then becomes taking care of the body, learning your soul lessons, fulfilling your soul purpose, and becoming Love. Thus, there are six components to the life of a human being.
A. Connect to your inner guide
B. Follow the guidance from your inner guide
C. Take care of the body
D. Learn your soul lessons
E. Fulfill your soul purpose
F. Become Love
Your inner guide is your soul. It is the eternal part of your being that exists beyond the mind and body. You connect to it by allowing the conditioned mind to fall silent and listening for it. ‘Connecting to your inner guide’ is a misnomer because you are always connected to it. However, a person doing has forgotten about this connection because they have become identified with the thoughts and emotions that arise from the conditioned mind. Once connected to it, you can follow its guidance and live the life you incarnated to live.
Soul lessons are things that your soul has chosen to learn so that you can remain as a being of Love regardless of external events in this world of form. Examples of soul lessons include: compassion; humility; patience; forgiveness; acceptance; intimacy; relating from Love rather than from desire; honoring one’s inner guidance regardless of the perceived consequences; overcoming greed; and, parenting.
Your soul purpose is something that you incarnated to fulfill. It may be to write a book, be a parent, contribute to the ending of mankind’s inhumanity to mankind, complete a specific task, be a beacon of light (by existing as Love) for others, support others in healing themselves, or any one of a number of other possibilities. You can fulfill your soul purpose while you are also learning your soul lessons. However, until you have fulfilled it, you will not be free of this realm. Even if you have completed all of your soul lessons, you will continue incarnating in this realm until your soul purpose has been fulfilled
You have become Love when you are following the guidance from your inner guide (Love’s inspiration) rather than acting from the thoughts and emotions that arise from the conditioned mind. In the context of this website, Love is a state of being. Sri Chinmoy describes the Love that you become in the following way:
Love is not a thing to understand.
Love is not a thing to feel.
Love is not a thing to give and receive.
Love is only a thing to become
and eternally be.
A human being is becoming Love. They are cultivating an inner state of peace, harmony, Love, and joy. They are also creating the inner environment that invites in the Divine; a silent mind, a quiet heart, and a relaxed body.
The Inner Journey page of this website provides more information on taking care of the body, learning your soul lessons, fulfilling your soul purpose, and becoming Love.
The invitation of The Way Home is to live the life you incarnated to live (as a human being) rather than live a conditioned life (as a person doing). It may seem obvious that you would choose to live the life you incarnated to live, however, it is not so easy.
Living your life as a human being will be a challenging journey. The process of learning your soul lessons will invite you to face yourself and remove the barriers inside you to functioning in the world from Love rather than from the conditioned mind. That process will destroy all of the illusions that you hold about yourself and this world. It will also likely have moments when it is both emotionally and physically painful. It is not for the faint of heart.
That said, the rewards from living your life as a human being are immeasurable: freedom from stress, fear, neediness, loneliness, jealousy, greed, pride, and judgment; learning your soul lessons, fulfilling your soul purpose; becoming Love; abiding in an inner state of peace, Love, harmony, and joy; and, cultivating the inner environment that invites in the Divine.
Bruce has published a booklet called ‘The Invitation: To shift from a Person Doing to a Human Being‘. It highlights the differences between living your life as a person doing versus living it as a human being. It also describes the six components of a life lived as a human being.
Which way are you going to choose to live your life?
If you would like more information before making that decision then please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org), attend a workshop or retreat, and/or purchase the book ‘The Invitation: To shift from a Person Doing to a Human Being‘.