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What is the Meaning of Life? Why Are We Here?

Updated on December 19, 2014
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Denise is a freelance writer of many genres, an animal rescuer and advocate, and a spirituality and paranormal enthusiast.


What is the Purpose of Life?

These are questions that have perplexed humankind for millennia.

The probable answers to those questions will undoubtedly surprise some people, and will make perfect since to others.

Knowing who we truly are and why we are here inevitably has a profound impact on our lives, our life path, the daily choices we make, and how we relate to other living beings and the world around us.

Many people have an intuitive knowing that they are here for much more than just the daily grind or mere day-to-day survival, and that they have a higher purpose to fulfill that will ultimately help uplift and evolve humankind.

There are really only four fundamental questions in life. Answering these four questions can change your life in 24 hours.

I would like to share the following inspirational prayer and excerpts from an interview with Neale Donald Walsch, which causes us to consider those questions and arrive at our own conclusions or probabilities as to the meaning of life and why we are here.

Neale's Prayer to God - Divine Source - The Creator

Show me this day what I can bring to this world that I touch—a sense of You, an awareness of You, and whatever it is the world needs from me now. I’m clear that my life is not about me. It has nothing to do with me. I’m clear that I’ve come here as an instrument of Your peace, of Your understanding, of Your love, of Your compassion and forgiveness, and of Your healing. I am clear that’s what I am doing here. Show me this day, this hour, this next moment, how I might show up in the world as that.”

Neale Explains the Purpose of Life

“If I dedicate myself and commit myself to just doing that [being an instrument of God], my whole life changes. And all the things I thought I was yearning for and could not achieve begin to come to me virtually without effort.

“It’s about rearranging one’s whole idea about who one is and why one is here. There are really only four fundamental questions in life. The questions are: Who am I? Where am I? Why am I where I am? What do I intend to do about that? Those four questions, and the answers to those four questions, can change your life in 24 hours. Sadly, most people have never asked themselves those questions in the entirety of their life.

“When we begin to move into that space [of the above prayer], we suddenly begin to live out the answers to those four questions. There are no right answers to the questions; there are only the answers that you are giving. So, you must choose your own answers to those questions. And, the very asking of the questions, if you ask them seriously, commands you as the creator of your reality to come up with an answer. And, the answer you come up with will absolutely change your life—no matter what answer you give. It’s impossible to live the same life tomorrow that you lived yesterday if you actually answer those questions. The answers will likely change with the passing of time—day-to-day, year to year. The only answer that doesn’t change is the answer to the first question: Who am I?

“In my case, the answer that I’ve given, which is not necessarily anybody else’s answer, it’s just Neale’s answer: Who am I? I’m a living, breathing individuation of Divinity. I am a singularization of the Singularity. I am God in singular, a portion and a selection of God. I am an aspect of Divinity.

“And, Where am I? I’m on the earth. I’m in the realm of relativity. I’m in the realm of the physical. Why am I where I am? In order that I might know and experience, announce and declare, express and fulfill who I really am. That is so that God can know Itself through me, in me, as me.

“And, as soon as I get that, it shifts the entire experience that I am undergoing. I begin to learn and experience some very important insights. There are no victims and there are no villains. There is no such thing as right and wrong. I’m here in order to experience and express, totally and completely, every aspect of Divinity that I allow to flow through me. And, also to cause others, invite others, and help others to experience, as well.

“Which leads us to the fourth question: What do I intend to do about that? What’s the fastest way for me to do that? Help everyone else know who they are. Because, when the lot of us know who we truly are, express and experience it fully, then God and Divinity is fully realized—which is the purpose of all of life, the meaning of life.

“Even if I just made all of that up, can you think of a better way to live?”

The Difference Between Soul Purpose and Life Purpose

There is a difference between soul purpose and life purpose. Our souls were created for the purpose of the expression and expansion of God, Divine Source, The Creator. We are conscious, energetic extensions of God, co-creators. And God experiences and expands through us, through our experiences and development. The soul purpose is the same for everyone. It is fundamental, it never changes, no matter what life, dimension, realm or universe the soul may inhabit at any given time.


You do not have a soul...

You ARE a soul. You have a body.

The soul is the consciousness, the spark of life that energizes and animates the physical body. The soul utilizes the physical body and mind to operate and experience life in physical reality. The life purpose is the method by which the soul fulfills its purpose according to the lifetime, or experience, it is currently undergoing and is consciously focused upon. As an expression and extension of God, the soul is compelled to experience and convey love, compassion, creativity, beauty, joy, oneness - Divinity. And there are myriad ways of accomplishing that. Whether your life purpose is to be a doctor, teacher, artist, auto mechanic or store clerk, you can fulfill your soul purpose by being an instrument of God. Your creations and interactions with other living beings, and nature, provide opportunities to be a vehicle for Divinity by expressing love, compassion, forgiveness, healing, and being of service. Other living beings can experience God, Divinity, through you. It is through you that God lives, experiences life, and expands. That is the meaning and purpose of all life.


This article contains excerpts from an interview (printed by permission) with Neale Donald Walsch on Healing with the Masters, a free online transformational workshop. Neale is a world-renowned spiritual teacher and best-selling author of the Conversations with God book series.


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      DC Ziese 3 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Tim, thank you for your wonderful comment! Peace, love and joy ~D

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      Tim 3 years ago

      This is a beautiful perspective! I'm not really religious, but I am spiritual. I believe in a higher creative power, and that we are all extensions of that creative power. Lovely article.