The common search of the human experience is the search for meaning and purpose. Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? We are driven through restlessness and discontent to seek the answers to these questions until we find them. Once we find the answer to these questions, we have no choice but to share it. So….here goes!
A Thorn in Your Side
For as long as I can consciously remember, I have been searching. Troubled by the suffering of the human condition, and confused by the ways in which humans keep waging war, injustice, poverty, etc. I was compelled to ask the difficult questions and urged to want to do something about it. This search has caused me to be a thorn in the side of parents, educators, religious authorities, employers, friends and even myself. “Why can’t you just put up and shut up,” seemed to be the collective response to all my seeking. Alas, no matter how I tried to just be content with what is, I found I could not. So, I kept seeking. Along the way, I thought I had found my purpose – first to just make money in corporate America, then to lead people to God, then to reform the Catholic Church, then to write a best-selling spiritual self-help book. Ha….none of these “purposes” proved to be quite right. But I kept searching. Then last week, I was hit between the eyes with a vision that showed me in the simplest words why I was put on this ball of mud in the first place. And it could not be any simpler.
So, the words that were spoken to me in vision and in the silence of my heart:
“Lauri, you are here to help people remember the love that they are.”
Wow….it could not be any simpler than that! These words encompass my greatest desire, my highest hopes for humanity and enfold and embrace all the work I have done in the past 46+ years on this planet. This is all I have ever wanted….for each and every human being to know they are love and to act accordingly. PERIOD!
So, on this day that we set aside for giving Thanks…..here is my prayer for you. My hope, my dream, my desire, my prayer for you is that you REMEMBER that you are love. That you KNOW that you are love. And that you know this love so profoundly that you have no choice but to live that out in the world….and in doing so, that you are reminding others of the love that they are.
The Truth We Used to Know
And here’s the funny thing about this wish. Each and every one of us were born into the world KNOWING this truth. We knew that we were love and could do nothing but reflect that love out into the world. But then something happened. Somehow that love got taught out of us – starting with the trauma of birth, then through unwitting parents who had forgotten their own love, then through teachers, other human beings, religious authorities, the world in general, we forgot this love. But, no matter how bad our childhoods might have been, we never totally forgot this love….it shined like a sparkling star somewhere deep in our heart calling out to us, “Remember…Remember”. This sparkling star is what sends us on this search in the first place – through restlessness and discontent, through questioning and seeking, we are compelled to find, reclaim and remember this love. So, I am here to remind you….YOU ARE LOVE……you never stopped being love and nobody can take that love away from you….NO EVEN GOD! So, if you don’t yet remember this love….KEEP SEEKING…..Ask the difficult questions, grieve the losses and disappointments, allow your broken heart to be healed, be loving toward yourself, treat yourself as you are love and sooner or later, you will start to remember….and when you do MIRACLES will start to happen! I promise!
Authentic Freedom Ministries