There’s a theory that quantifies energy, not for technical purposes (electricity or heat) but for spiritual and existential ones (states and emotions). Frederick Dodson happen to be both deep and practical in this matter. I like what Dr. David Hawkins also said in this matter that the scale by which we assess levels of energy is arbitrary. We can agree on whatever we want for the purpose of addressing and communicating whatever we think of.
What Is High Energy And What Is Low Energy?
Now here’s a philosophical question: on what basis are we going to differentiate between one level and another? What is a high energy level and what is a low one? In a sense, everything seems to be relative and there seems to be no ultimately true judgement. While one may see a “successful” person (supposedly at a high energy level), another can see him as a failure (supposedly at a low energy level)! While something seems to be right and moral (supposedly a high energy level), to someone else it seems awfully immoral (supposedly a low energy level). A life condition might seem blissful for one (a high energy level), and the same life can be a misery for another (a low energy level). Dogmas, religions, lifestyles and cultures play a big role in perceiving things. The world is complicated, and to comply with its sophistication we need to have a multi-dimensional approach, in order to make truer judgements, as Ken Wilber suggests.
eWhen I am proposed with the question of my purpose in life, I used to have certain answers, and these answers used to represent my perspective, values, and depth of self-reflection. Now, I am more convinced of the perspective that we are here to experience. What is experience? Who are we? What do we experience? This is what I’m going to reflect on in this post.
The Meaning of Experience
There are two sides of experience; the objective (outer) and the subjective (inner). The objective-outer experience might be a life situation, and the subjective-inner experience is a product of the consciousness of the experiencer, so to speak. I’d like to use the term ‘consciousness’ here to mean all that happens in the mind (and maybe outside of it); all knowledge, thinking, values, memories, emotions, and most importantly self-awareness. That consciousness is what gives the outer experience its effect and meaning.
Two Lifestyle Schools
There are two main lifestyle schools, one is the rational (the scientific) and the other is the irrational (the non-scientific). Science is any information validated through rationality, reason and empiricism. The problem of science vs non-science is relatively recent in our human history. Actually, the scientific paradigm as a way of interpreting and evaluating everything is very recent in our consciousness. Before science evolved, we used to interpret things in the light of mythology, tradition, and religion.
A conflict has arisen between people holding the scientific paradigm that views things only through science and people holding the non-scientific paradigm that views things through religion, art, and literature.
Our assets do not equal our possessions. When we think of assets we habitually think of the material things we own, especially money. When we ask ourselves clearly and honestly: What are our truest assets? We will realize they’re not money or material possessions. Let me try to explain this more specifically.
On Exhibition Road in Central London, I was walking alone heading to Hyde Park. Suddenly an elegant guy in his twenties approached me and softly said: Excuse me, do you have time? ‘Yes’ I answered. He asked: What do you think the purpose of life is?
I laughed, but I was happy thinking it’s a university assignment or a research study. I told him ‘Hmm, I think the purpose of life is, joy? Enjoying life itself?’ It was a quick spontaneous answer, against my psychological nature. He told me that he agrees that happiness is the ultimate purpose, and then he invited me to a church behind me. I figured that he’s a Christian missionary, but I accepted to go anyways.
The entrance of the church had a luxurious reception. There I met two girls who are missionaries too, and we had a great and open conversation. They introduced me to Mormonism, which is a kind of a renewal of the Christian faith. During the exchange of questions and answers, there have been great insights that I want to share with you here.