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So you want to avoid failure? by Sara Chetkin Failure is a four-letter word. We cringe at the thought of it. The fear of it holds us back from pursuing our biggest dreams, but here’s the thing: there’s no such thing as failure. Life is not a game we are playing to win. Life just is, and what we choose to do with it is our business. We must get the obligation out of life. In order to do this, we have to unlearn one thing. This “thing” has plagued us for centuries. It has victimized us, confused us and sent us down countless rabbit holes. So I’m going to put an end to it: there is no purpose to life. You are free. There are no obligations to fulfill. You don’t have to be a good person. You won’t be eternally condemned for being a “bad” person. The notion of purpose begins with a judgmental God that is always watching. Over the years, many of us have rejected this notion. We prefer to put our faith in a loving God. Some of us take it one step further. We have understood that there is no “God.” There is pure consciousness or divine mind. This consciousness is the power-

ful and intelligent energy that we call our “maker,” and it has no agenda. It simply expresses, and this expression takes the form of everything you see around you, including you. It does not know judgment or condemnation. It simply experiences and accepts. So, you are not in the hot seat. There is no ultimate goal, and there is no one to satisfy. Thus: no purpose (and no failure). I think this is very liberating, but many people find it terrifying. Think about it, though. The only time we search for purpose – or meaning - is when we are suffering. When we are happy and having fun, we don’t stop to think, “What is the meaning of this?” Who cares? It’s fun! Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out how not to suffer. It may not be a deep, traumatic suffering, but we feel a longing. We feel incomplete and unsatisfied with our lives because we have not embraced the entirety of our being. We are unaware of our true nature. So, we begin to ask ourselves what is the point of being here?

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Profile for Maryam Morrison

August issue 2014  

Eden magazine is a free online magazine, which focuses on spreading compassion to all sentient beings Living in a healing and peaceful world...

August issue 2014  

Eden magazine is a free online magazine, which focuses on spreading compassion to all sentient beings Living in a healing and peaceful world...