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 Post subject: The Purpose of Life
PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:57 pm 
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"What’s the purpose of life? Well, the purpose of existence is to grow up, to become love… get ride of your fear and ego. That’s the purpose. That’s why we’re here and this is our schoolhouse. How do you go about doing that? You do it with your intent. You make choices. You have 1,000 choices to make every day, and particularly I’m talking about the choices you have with interactions with other people. You can make those choices in a way that helps you evolve, moves you toward love, lowers your entropy… increases the value of your information; or you can make choices that can go in the other way… de-evolve, they go the way of fear, go the way of self centeredness, ego. Those things de-evolve you and increase your entropy. So, we get these choices and we get feedback immediately. If we have a fear based life, we generally get kind of unhappy, we’re not too pleased, life is difficult and unpleasant. So that’s the feedback trying to tell you wake up and go the other direction."

-Tom Campbell



Tom on Bigfish Blogtalk radio September 29, 2010 with Kerrace Alexander
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bigfishrad ... r-workings
Above quote is from around 35 minutes into the interview (give or take a few minutes).

I realize that this is pretty obvious around here, but I think it is easily forgotten amidst the details of the model... AUM, PMR, IUOC, FWAU, NPMR, OU812, etc.

Strange that it can be such a simple and straight forward purpose, and yet be so difficult to fully embrace (apparently that is why we are still hanging around here).

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You rock for putting this here Justin, thank you.
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I dig!

Thanks for the link Justin


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 Post subject: Re: The Purpose of Life
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Justin: "I" think this and other recent postings by yourself are very very significant...I guess egoically, because I perceive us to be in deep agreement. ; - )

For myself, I think about bridges.

There are conceiver/architects of bridges
Builders of bridges
Bridge maintenance
Critics and writers and readers and Forum posters on bridges
Fineart Painters and songwriters on bridges

all of the above are necessary or entertaining, but what of the builder of a bridge that does not also cross it?

is there not a danger in these other things...a risk of believing that there is engagement, when in reality, one is reading about a bridge rather than crossing a bridge

the idea of "spiritual porn" pops in my head

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Came across this quote from Tom and had an urge to put it with the purpose of life quote above.

From page two of this thread:
twcrj wrote:
ic: " ...yet does this mean we are generally burdened with having to definitely live an X number of additional lives? How best to optimize maximum experience? Awareness in the present?"

Tom: Yes, there is too much to learn (at the being level), too much growth required to accomplish it all in a single PMR lifetime. X may be larger or smaller based on how quickly and effectively you are able to learn. Maximizing your growth rate - the evolution of your consciousness -- requires three mutually interdependent things to work together -- much like the mutual interdependence of wisdom, experience, and knowledge as discussed above. The first is awareness. Awareness of yourself, of your intent, of your consciousness, of your fear, ego, and beliefs, of your potential choices, of what is important and what is not, of how you interact with your environment. Awareness of your environment including other people, being present in the moment, being aware of what others are thinking and feeling, as well as of their needs and how you might affect them, being aware of a larger reality and your place and function in it, of where you are going and how you are going to get there. Awareness of the dynamics of relationship from the perspective of the big picture. That is a lot of awareness to develop. The second is to let go of fear and ego (wants needs, desires, beliefs, and expectations) -- from this, competency, focus, trust, and effectiveness develops to allow the being to optimize the productivity of its interactions and understand the purpose of its existence. The third is to embrace change and uncertainty -- make a constant and consistent effort to change, to grow up, to internalize, absorb, integrate, and organize the results of one and two above into a new way of being, a new perspective. a new reality in which a new you exists. Your reality evolves and expands as you evolve and expand. This last one requires a long term view, a desire to improve yourself more than your situation, gumption, stick-to-itiveness, drive, energy, and focus over a lifetime.

That's all. A short list. Get all that done and you will maximize the value of your daily experience and be off to a good start.


Two of life's biggest questions answered by Tom. What is the purpose of life? ...and... How do I achieve that purpose?

Combine these two quotes into a one page statement and you have the essential Earth PMR user manual.

That gives me an idea ;)

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yeah, the Trilogy is heavy on macro theory and perhaps light on how to apply the micro theory at the personal level.

Seems that these blanks are increasingly filled in in these media events and presentations.

one way to increase the efficiency of this process is to increase one's social experiential intensity - brings to mind the Carrey film "Yes Man", developing a "yes reflex" to new and unusual experiences that present themselves, and moving away from the unilateral experience of television and reading to excess or the limited and isolating bilateral experience of the internet.

and that within this social intensity paying close attention to the room rather than your ego - welcoming the stranger, comforting the uncomfortable, (discomforting the comfortable), reconciling with those you have tension with, peacemaking between others, ensuring everyone has safe transportation home, nudging the values of the young and so on, increasingly becoming the lubrication of the community rather than the grit in the gears.

this thought brings to mind the film Pleasantville...where people switched from B&W to Colour when they "got it".

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Justin wrote:
That gives me an idea ;)


look forward to reading it!

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kroeran wrote:
yeah, the Trilogy is heavy on macro theory and perhaps light on how to apply the micro theory at the personal level.

Seems that these blanks are increasingly filled in in these media events and presentations.

one way to increase the efficiency of this process is to increase one's social experiential intensity - brings to mind the Carrey film "Yes Man", developing a "yes reflex" to new and unusual experiences that present themselves, and moving away from the unilateral experience of television and reading to excess or the limited and isolating bilateral experience of the internet.

and that within this social intensity paying close attention to the room rather than your ego - welcoming the stranger, comforting the uncomfortable, (discomforting the comfortable), reconciling with those you have tension with, peacemaking between others, ensuring everyone has safe transportation home, nudging the values of the young and so on, increasingly becoming the lubrication of the community rather than the grit in the gears.

this thought brings to mind the film Pleasantville...where people switched from B&W to Colour when they "got it".


Randy, I agree. Whereas in the past I might have chosen reading, drawing, or guitar at home over a social gathering or family party, I tend to just say yes now knowing that these interactions are great opportunities. Making these out "of the ordinary" (for me) choices seems to help me climb out my previous PMR ruts. I don't think that extreme is necessary, but making subtle changes with each new bit of understanding seems to go hand in hand.

I had almost forgot about Pleasantville. I need to watch it again post MBT.

Also, good point about the blanks being filled in with media events and presentations. I tend to lean toward the idea that this is the way it needs to be.

Anyway, who knows :)

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for sure, not a criticism, just an observation...though I am just finishing my second pass through the trilogy, and I am seeing lots of applied micro content at the end of book 3, so I may have to eat my words!

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I think the major reason for 'lack of micro info' has to do with the phrase 'we create our own reality'.

Stated differently, it has to do with how the mechanisms in the Larger Consciousness System work.


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Can you guys explain what you mean by micro content/info in this case. Are you referring to the technical details so to speak of the model? Just trying to get a clearer image of what you are saying.

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In my opionion life serves many purposes. Men are meaning seeking creatures. It is our duty to find meaning in our life so we can create connections in everything we do. Robert Maslow created a "hierarchy of needs" diagram that shows the different steps man must achieve in order to find individual happiness and inner peace with the life they live. below is a link to the diagram. http://www.adam-mcfarland.net/wp-conten ... edssvg.png

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Your signature makes me say, dogs are creatures seeking men, with respect. Maslow was good, do you know of Erik Erikson's eight stages of life theory? I recently graduated with a masters of science in academic psychology, rather than clinical, so find this stuff interesting, too. During my AS degree coursework I was in a psych honors class with the assignment to go through our lives using Erikson's model, and since I was in my late 30's at that time I just went ahead and wrote about all 8 stages. Hm, I wonder where that paper is? Anyway, enough about me, let's talk about you. What do you think of me? ;)
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Justin wrote:
Can you guys explain what you mean by micro content/info in this case. Are you referring to the technical details so to speak of the model? Just trying to get a clearer image of what you are saying.


sorry, slipping into the economist lingo

macro is the study of large systems, like trade, or the Banking industry, or GDP, writ large

micro is the study of specific individuals or firms, their particular individual incentives and behaviors (not as a macro aggregate), like, under what conditions would they expand production or go bankrupt.

Tom, as a physicist would be a macro guy by training I suspect? - an engineer might be a micro guy by training (i.e. Bruce Moen)

not a criticism...just observing, possibly unskillfully

there is a reference somewhere in the Trilogy to Tom not wishing to be overly specific about the "doing" part of all this...darn'd if I can find it...and I tried pretty hard.

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All4Wellbeing wrote:
In my opionion life serves many purposes. Men are meaning seeking creatures. It is our duty to find meaning in our life so we can create connections in everything we do.


nice

I think there are many ways to "index" these various fundamental and subtle needs, and Maslov is a great one

I think the MBTOE indexing is relatively binary in focus, between ego (the sock puppet bump in the AUM sheet) vs non-ego (the AUM sheet that we are part of), in that we are more the sheet than the bump in the sheet, and that there is positive feedback mechanism linked to behaving as if this were true (sort of a karma "heavy")

Tom mentions but does not focus on primary, second order and third order drives, another form of index

http://books.google.com/books?id=RYHtBP ... er&f=false

http://books.google.com/books?id=RYHtBP ... er&f=false

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