For 30 years I’ve been exploring, trying to discover who we are and what we’re doing here. I was looking for the truth. It turns out that if you step back far enough the answer is clean and clear, pure and simple.
We are LIFE.
Now I know that sounds exceedingly obvious, in a way that’s kind of embarrassing. But stick with me, because the truth is that it’s profound and can help you change your perspective in such a way that you automatically feel happy, free and purposeful all at once.
You’re not just alive, you are Life itself. Conscious, creative, curious life.
For billions of years life has been evolving, changing and adapting. And today it stands here in the form of you. You are conscious, aware, intelligent life with the capacity for brilliant and wonderful thoughts, feelings, ideas, creations and actions.
You have free will, self awareness and reason. You can use your imagination to create worlds, concepts and visions that you can share with others in multitudes of ways.
There is a single thread of life that began around 3.6 billion years ago and has managed to survive and thrive, non-stop, to become you. That is extraordinary. Generation by generation, eon after eon, life continued and developed. And you are the result along this particular thread.
In talking about our genetics, an article titled 'The Common Genetic Code', in the PBS library online, explains it like this...
This thread of genetic similarity connects us and the roughly 10 million other species in the modern world to the entire history of life, back to a single common ancestor more than 3.5 billion years ago.
We are all connected, and we are all unique. We’re each a part of a magnificent and inspiring history, narrative, truth.
You are as vital and important to life and the world as everyone else. Your lineage is 3.6 billion years old, (13 billion if you start from the very beginning) just like everything and everyone else. You are valuable beyond measure because you are the aspect of life that is conscious of itself.
So, how can this information help you? How can it change your world and perspective?
This knowledge frees you from the confines of believing that your identity is all that you are. You’re not just your personality, looks and job. You are so much more than that. Realising that you are life opens you up to shedding old thoughts and habits that kept you limited and constrained.
What you are is life exploring, experiencing, expressing and evolving – with the capacity to enjoy it all along the way.
With the awareness that you are the evolution of life becoming ever more conscious of itself you get more clarity, space, deeper meaning and a broader perspective of yourself and life.
You are life growing in awareness with every action that you take and every thought that you think. As you life is independent, curious and able to look back at its own origins.
Humanity is, as far as we know, life’s first chance to truly be free to explore its potential. Our species can ponder the beginning of time, imagining that moment 13 billion years ago, right up until today and into the future.
We can create music, movies, machines and moments of breathtaking beauty and design. Our imaginations and impetus to explore have taken us around the planet and the solar system and, through fiction, far beyond.
As conscious, evolving life you realise that you're a part of all of life and that it’s a part of you. You honour it and you honour yourself because you recognise the extraordinary diversity and uniqueness within you both.
You know what it means to be considerate, loving, forgiving and kind. You can use your knowledge, imagination and awareness to create a wonderful reality for yourself and others. You can choose to grow and learn – to explore and express your potential for yourself and on behalf of the billions of lives that came before you.
The only limit on what we and life are capable of, especially when we work together, is our imagination and belief in ourselves and what’s possible. That is – you get to choose what happens to life through the life you choose to lead.
Thanks to life you exist. Because of evolution you are conscious and intelligent. Through you, life is free to explore.
Hi, I’m Donna Nelson and I’m an author, trainer and coach.
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