Men are not free when they are doing just what they like. Men are only free when they are doing what the deepest self likes. And there is getting down to the deepest self! It takes some diving. ~D.H. Lawrence
The desire for spiritual growth or transcending limitations is not enough to affect deep change. It takes deep intention and the conviction that it will lead us to our highest self that can affect deep change in us. As I age and evolve my sense of purpose, and as I encounter people at the end of their human journey, I recognize the importance of living from deep purpose, that is, to live one's life as much as possible without regret.
To live from deep purpose means to live out of a deeper sense of self. This means raising the bar of our awareness because our human default is toward gaining immediate relief; getting what we want. I know personally how habitual I can be in responding to life on its surface, seeking a way out of discomfort or satisfying some acute need. And can we admit we all live in a trance much of the time, so robotic with intentions that are narrow or petty or superficial?
Jesus referenced this tendency on several occasions. Once with the Samaritan woman at the well, he told her if you drink of this water you will thirst again, but if you drink of the water I give you, you will never thirst. (John 4:13) Questioning her surface desire, she was invited to draw from a deeper well within her. On another occasion when the disciples urged Jesus to eat something, believing him to be hungry, he told them I have food to eat that you know nothing about. (John 4:32)
Wisdom always invites us to look deeper within ourselves where our deepest intentions live in the marrow of our essential nature. When we draw from this chamber of our heart we release the "angels of our better nature," leading us beyond fleeting gratification into a well of inherent wholeness, abundance, and wellbeing.
This capacity to live from our deepest intention is not merely for the great masters of life. It is a God-given ability seeded in every one of us. You and I have it within us to draw from the well of love, even in harsh conditions, to bypass the superficial responses, and liberate our deepest values. On the days we accomplish this we live without regret and we are free.
This Sunday we will explore the promise and the challenge of living our deepest truth. It could feel like a homecoming to many of us who are seeking to get back to living the life we came here to live.
Peace and blessings,