What do you think is humanity’s ultimate purpose?
While maintaining our individuality, for that is what makes us human, to become conscious of our divinity. To see through this egocentric experience as we pass through this dimension, and finally realize that we are all universal. To become aware that we are all made up of the elements from the Mother of all energies; Love, that force which holds and connects everything together, that unity which goes beyond all separation. Realizing that when we ‘feel’ love, in whatever way, we are but following the flow of our deepest nature. It is in pursuing this ultimate goal that we can put an end to all forms of separation. This means the end of our fears, and the end of our perpetual desire to control. This releases all the negative energy humanity uses today in its conflicting dealings with each other and the world.
How should we behave towards our loved ones who give us so much grief and disappointment? Should we stop loving them?
It is impossible to put an end to the love we feel for certain people. We have no control over these feelings. The only thing we have some control over is our behavior, and therefore, the influence we have on these people. We can keep this influence, change it or release it, and that’s all part of our choices. What follows once we change our behavior towards these people, that, no one is in measure to predict.
I look at society around me and I ask myself this question: how is it that man, this spiritual Being, could deteriorate so much as to become nothing more than a consumer?
Man is constantly searching for happiness, but too often, through brief moments of pleasure and entertainment, which are temporary moments of joy, and which do not offer the lasting satisfaction he seeks. Because of that, we are all indeed a bit lost in the ever increasing standards of living. And so today, we depend on stronger stimulation of our senses, some of us more than others, of course… Paradoxically, this excess stimuli renders ours senses less and less sensitive, while our desire for stronger sensations increases. The unfortunate consequence is that today man has become so dependent on his material needs, needs that he created himself, and which for the most part, makes him incapable of enjoying the simple things in life.
What is the most important lesson life has offered you?
Nothing has brought me more clarity than the understanding that I am the only person I can try to change. Speaking of my person, I see the world as I, and uniquely my person, can perceive it. This understanding has had a serious impact on my life, provoking a great transformation of my ego. It gave rise to serious questioning and allowed me to better channel my creativity, as well as my commitment to my inner self rather than towards my outward. Real change is an internal process, and it’s there we should focus all our attention. It sounds simple and obvious, but I know it takes lifetimes to fully accept.
You write that life creates itself, but actions are nonetheless always executed by people. Can we then blame life for all that happens?
Designating a person as responsible for an act or an event is based on judgment, and as much as this opinion may appear true and is shared by others, it is nothing more than the expression of a restricted view. All it takes is to list all the factors related to an act and the series of events preceding it, to realize that there is only one possible and sensible conclusion; the whole that exists, in other words, “Life”, is responsible for everything that happens, everywhere and at every moment!
What is the best way to withdraw from this world?
The want to withdraw from the world is a fantasy of the ego. No matter what a person does, he is always present in this world. His perceptions are an integral part of this world. We cannot, in any way, be conscious of another presence other than what is in this world. This desire of the ego to withdraw is based on powerful illusions; the wish to escape the present moment, the only reality, and life as it presents itself. As with any illusion, it feeds itself with arguments, convictions, beliefs, and sometimes, even rituals, as this illusion tries to take on a real shape. To break through this false reality, it is imperative to focus our attention on the truth of the present moment and to understand that in this very moment, is our unique presence; the presence of the whole universe through our unicity.
How can we stop hearing strange voices or experiencing other unexplainable phenomena?
Strange phenomena of unpleasant nature, come about from our fears, and will repeat themselves for as long as these fears persist. When we become aware that it is our fears that are at the root of these strange phenomena, a change occurs in our level of consciousness and these symptoms disappear naturally. In parallel to this question, we can ask another question: are these phenomena really occurring? Discussing this is of little importance since we know that every person perceives the world in his own unique way, according to his own reality. What matters is to evolve towards a higher reality. How? By recognizing that we are at every moment of our lives, simultaneously creators, observers and actors of our world. This understanding eliminates all forms of separation and shows that nothing or anyone other than ourselves, is responsible for the experiences we are going through.