The Gift of Aliveness
The goal of life is not happiness, peace or fulfillment. It is aliveness.Emile Pascal
Aliveness is experiencing the fullness of life.
But just what does it mean?
Two articles introduce us to the subject of aliveness.
The Aliveness Model
Our life embraces three worlds:
1: The Visible World
Our visible world is the physical sphere all around us. We experience this world through our 5 senses and a form of consciousness called sentiency. We share our experience of the visible world with other people around us.
2: The Invisible World
Our invisible world is both outside and inside of us. All of us have the ability to experience this world, but rarely do we experience it together in the same way or at the same time. The invisible world is not well understood in our society. We describe this world in the website My Invisible World.
3: The Personal Realm
Our third world is unlike the other two in that it only exists in our mind. It contains our mind, our thoughts, our beliefs and our emotions. The personal realm shapes our perceptions and forms our projections onto the outer world. We describe this personal realm in the website Personal Realm.
At the core of our personal realm is our belief that we are a separate and autonomous self that directs our destiny. This self has to develop skills and strategies for interacting with others in the visible world. We describe these strategies in the website MindSet Mastery.
As we progress through life and develop the skills to work well with others, we may come to believe that our life is a journey with its own purpose and destination. As we focus on this journey, we may come to a fork in the road. Now we see that there are two journeys: one is horizontal, the other vertical. This is described in 2journeys.org.
Which brings us back to aliveness.
Throughout all of this, there is a sense of keeping an eye on our three worlds. We need to sort out what is what, and what is our relationship to all we are experiencing. Are we learning what Life has to teach us? This is the essence of Aliveness.