This is my first assignment for my philosophy class. I was suppose to write 2 paragraphs on: What my philosophy of life is and 2 on why that is and how it leads me to lead a good life and how it leads me to the meaning of life.
So here it is, please go easy on me, I haven’t been in school or written anything but blogs in 10 years.
I am not sure what my philosophy of life is. At this moment in life my beliefs have been a bit shaken. I had once believed in the “go with the flow, whatever happens, live and let live” philosophy. Through my marriage and raising my children, one of whom has autism, my viewpoints have changed. My philosophy of life now, and on some level always has been, that all things are connected and we should act upon that.
Everything has energy. All that energy is connected in some shape or form. How we humans treat others affects not only them but ourselves as well. Negative reactions hurt all and positive ones help all. The energy of the sun, stars, moon, and earth has affects on each other as well as on all living creatures. Tides, storms, earthquakes, and weather patterns are some of the more apparent outcomes of their energy. Our energies affect them and they in turn affect us. It may not be as obvious as human connections can be, but the connection is still there. I believe that even places or locations have an energy. It may be due to the earth, such as a pulling that is stronger in one area or events or people that once shared that space, leaving residual energy. Houses, lakes, mountains, monuments, all these things absorb and give off energy. Which is why some places feel different than others, or that in some locations people are angrier or there are more accidents than others and in other areas people are healed constantly. Everything gives off and takes away energy from everything else, some take more than others, some give more than others, but it is all connected.
After some thought I realize that I have no recollection of where my beliefs came from, so I am unsure as to why I believe them. I have always had a sense of just “knowing” even as a child and young adult. I left my mother’s church because it felt wrong, the things they said didn’t make “sense” to me. I tried out different churches over many years till I found one that worked. No one told me what to believe I just one day heard some thing here or there that just made sense, or I said to myself “Yes! That is what I have been wanting to say!”. But for as long as I can remember the underlying understanding has just been there with me. I have and still do get clarification and guidance from my Aunt who is a channel and who is the one who opened my mother, sister, and I up to metaphysics. This is rather difficult for me to put into words, I am likely leaving things out. It is like trying to put something very personal and intangible into words, like how a peach tastes or what the color blue is to me. That is one of the reasons I am taking this class, to gain words to share and explain my beliefs more coherently and accurately.
I have really never questioned the meaning of life. There may have been a few low dark moments when I pondered it, but never deeply, more like throwing a tantrum at the universe. If you had asked what is the meaning of life, I would reply to grow, to learn, to become enlightened in thought and action. So my belief that all things are connected applies to this, in that you have to learn to act in a loving manner so all your actions affect others in a healthy, loving, and respectful way. By being mindful of how your words, thoughts and actions affect everything around you. Which in turn leads you to living a good life. Your relationships will be full-filling for all involved, you will be happy, and those you love will feel loved, respected and honored. Love begets love, happiness begets happiness, respect, honor, etc. Now, I know these things are not absolute, and not everyone will be happy because you are, not everyone will feel loved by the way you love, but in general it is works out pretty nicely. Now please keep in mind I am not enlightened, I have not learned to be mindful of all my thoughts, deeds, and words. I am, however, striving ever so slowly to get there.