Since I can remember, I have always been an individual that “asks why.”
I may have driven my parents to the edge of insanity at times with my incessant demands of “why?,” and “how come?” They did their best to answer my many questions, but at some point I decided to put the onus on my own shoulders to seek out the answers to my own big questions.
It was around the age of thirty that I began having a deeper desire to learn more about life, God, the universe, and how it all began. This all occurred after I had established some sort of success in life. I come from a very humble background with little to my name and I, like many, had to earn my way and work hard to achieve the levels through which I have grown and attained. I am proud of my accomplishments, but once I had much of what I had set out to achieve in my young adult life, I began to seek out more meaning and more purpose. I no longer wanted to simply amass items or get more material gains.
It began with a summer conversation with a friend on the back deck of my then eastern Pennsylvania home. That conversation turned very deep and developed into an early morning under the starry sky full fledge debate about life, the universe, our insignificance with the vastness of space, God (or no God as he was more an atheist), and many other points of discussion. I told him there had to be a God – that there was no way possible that we lived within such a beautifully magnificent and awe-inspiring universe randomly.
The next day my neighbor and friend suggested that we each read a book he had come across. The title was, “Is Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?” The famous singer of the band “Bad Religion” was a co-author with his friend Preston Jones. They published the book on mostly emails they had exchanged back and forth over the topic. The conversations within the book revolved largely around science, religion, naturalism, and Christianity.
Over the coming days, each of us raced through the book debating the subject matter and trying to formulate our own points of perspective about the topics. At the time, I wasn’t much of a reader, but I flew through the book in about four days. I was hooked from that point on about 10 years ago in 2010 and one source of information led me off one road, onto twists and turns down others.
It all seems somewhat interconnected at this point. I’ve read what feels like hundreds of articles and books on philosophy, near death experiences, out of body experiences, metaphysics, religion & science, past life experiences, and conspiracy theories – just to name a few.
Through this reading I’ve developed my own source of “truth.” It is through my own personal experiences that I have been validating for myself what truths I am experiencing. I have come to understand that if we truly want the answers to some of life’s greatest questions, we must put in the effort, send out the intention into the universe, meditate or pray on it regularly – and then “life responds.” All we have to do is “pay attention” to what is placed before us.
I intend to share many of these life experiences here in the blog and will be encouraging any and all followers of the blog to engage in the conversation and give the examples I share your own personal tests of validation. My discoveries are working for me as I have applied them into my life and it is my hope that I can share and empower others to open their minds and perspectives and seek out their own personal learnings and truth as well.
I would love to hear from others what, if any, big turning points they have had in their lives that have altered or changed their life trajectories or have led them towards big personal awakenings. I have many more stories and books to share, but for now, here is the link of the book mentioned above.
Remember – Know your Why, and the rest will follow…