Meaning of Life|
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Dictionaries give the meanings of words through references to other words. But, remembering the times we have feelings of being hurt, angry, put down, encouraged, or complimented by what someone said or wrote .. is it not possible that meanings have more to do with our lives than merely with other words in a dictionary?
The Search for the meaning of life represents our search for patterns that would provide us with some sort of continuity between events and our experiences, in different times and different places. Meaning has to do with our individual attempts to make sense of what we experience going on in our inner and outer worlds.
Meaning is a label for our attempts to build bridges between what we know (or think we know) and what we know we don’t know - bridges between the data that come to us through our senses and whatever else we suspect is going on in and around us. Our unceasing and pervasive search for
a meaning of life provides us with undeniable clues - messages from our-selves to our-selves - that we do not know it all. This is the principle of "The Mirror that is Life".
Nothing in or of itself has meaning.
No thing, event, experience, situation, or word is its own meaning. Meanings cannot be divorced from interpretations and interpreters. The meaning or meanings of anything is not to be found in the
thing, but in your perception.
Meaning is unique according to our personal conditioning.
Each one of us creates our own meanings - or has what we think is meaning created for us. And since each of us has our own unique ways of seeing, experiencing, and thinking about things and situations, no two of us will give the same meanings to situations we find ourselves in or to words we have heard or read. In view of all this, it would seem more reasonable for us to ask, What does this mean to me? than to ask, What does this mean?
Meaning is a Transient, an experience only of a moment.
In a world of infinite numbers of relationships, where everything is dynamically interrelated with other things, a world where not all of these relationships are known or can be known, human meanings (despite our tendencies to hang onto the familiar and traditional) cannot be final or complete.
Meaning is purely personal.
Because meaning has to do with our deep need to find continuity and consistency in ourselves and in our worlds, the meanings we give are interrelated, integrated, and coordinated.
Meaning plays an enormous role in our lives.
To repeat, meaning is not just a matter of words. Our values, prejudices, beliefs, sciences, philosophies, religions, and artistic activities are based on meanings. We live our lives in terms of
the personal meanings things have for us. The kinds of societies we create and support develop from the interpretations and meanings we give to our experiences, especially to what we hear and read.
Meaning to a great extent, consciously or unconsciously, directs our lives.
"Exploring the Meaning of Life" was written, published and © by Transpersonal LifeStreams®, Tasmania, Australia. The URL's of this page are http://www.anunda.com/lifestreams/meaning.htm and http://www.lifestreams.com.au/lifestreams/meaning.htm
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