Saturday, August 23, 2008

Seeking clarity: who am I, and what is my purpose?

I can hardly think of 2 questions more frequently posed by fellow humans than these two:

  • Who am I?

  • What is my task, or purpose in this world?
We struggle and strain for answers, often deliberating for years. We get embroiled in conflict between what we think we "should" be (or "should" want to do), and what we actually are.

Like many, I've struggled with how best to contribute to this world. Why take up space and resources unless I serve a useful purpose that also feels meaningful to me? Only through the latter will I have "juice" for sticking with the former. What, if anything, do I want to leave behind after I'm no longer here in the flesh?

Such inner questions have been agonizing at times.

But in 29 words, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len puts things in place for me. He writes:

"memories displace identity and therefore freedom pam. cleaning restores identity and therefore freedom. our only purpose for existence is to clean to be memory free, no more, no less."

Unclarity results when I'm tied up in memory-knots, so much that I forget who I really am. The various parts of me get so disconnected from each other that only what is not me (the collective data, or "garbage") seems to assert itself.

In Self-Identity through Ho'oponopono, the term "cleaning" doesn't mean we ourselves are "dirty". It refers to the idea that our essential nature -- unity with the Divine, however one might understand that -- is obscured or clouded with stuff that may be billions of generations old, yet is not us. "Cleaning", or using the processes taught by Dr. Hew Len, Mabel Katz, Kamailelaui'i, and the Foundation of I, releases these memories or data that cloud us -- even our sense of ourselves.

In this way we go from cloudy to clear, and Inspiration can enter. Our natural inner Peace can arise once more.

The other delicious part is the sense of freedom possible when we feel basically okay and at peace no matter what is happening.

Only 29 words, and Dr. Hew Len set me straight. Mahalo from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Hew Len.

Peace Begins with Me,
Pam

1 comment:

T said...

Hi Pam

Great article. I only recently discovered that myself. We are perfect until we start coming from memory. Great post.

T
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