Where do YOU Search for Meaning?
Lock What is the strangest place it has taken you?
Home Answers Answers


First, sorry for the long answer: everyone wants a short answer – but not a short life.

You are probably here because you know you are more than your body, more than your mind - that there is something else, another level beyond these.

What else is there? Science is beginning to reveal this - something people have recognised for centuries – a life force generally known as ‘spirit’. Cultures throughout the ages have referred to this life force that powers us. In ancient Greece, there was a tradition of life breath known as ‘pneuma’. In ancient Rome, the Latin word ‘spiritus’ also meant breath of life and provided the basis for the English words spirit and spirituality – and God is spirit, says the Bible.

Tibetans refer to spirit as a subtle natural energy called ‘lung’. In India’s Sanskrit, there is an energetic breath called ‘prana’, while Muslims call this life force ‘barraka’. Lakota Sioux Indians in North America call it ‘neyatoneyah’, while the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Africa refer to it as ‘num’, which means boiling energy, and Chinese describe an energy coursing through our bodies as ‘chi’. Chinese medicine has for thousands of years focused on rebalancing a person's energy to restore health.

Yet, few of us consider our own energy. To get some practical understanding of your own life force, try this basic exercise taught in Chinese medicine. Stop, relax, close your eyes and slowly raise both your arms outstretched in front of you then bring your hands together with palms open and facing each other. Before your hands touch, you may feel some slight resistance or slight increase in heat, sensation or pressure. This effect is supposed to reflect your ‘life force’ or spiritual energy.

The only problem with this is trying to verify it scientifically, as the effect varies for every person. Is it truly an indication of your internal energy or is it merely a biochemical effect of raised arms pumping out more chemicals?

Whatever you want to call it, there is a part of yourself that is exclusively energy, that animates your body, your mind - and more - making you very different from a dead body.

What is the purpose of life?  P_-_sun_in_hands2
There are many purposes to life, according to science, scriptures and spiritual writings. These include physically finding food, water and shelter to simply stay alive, to rearing offspring to mentally learning things to help achieve this.

However, there is one fundamental purpose underlying all these. Science shows there is something common to all this, to all you see, do and experience. When looking for the fundamental reason for your existence, the purpose of life and your individual meaning in it, you need to start at the most fundamental level of everything.

At its most fundamental level we know that everything, yes absolutely everything you see and experience is made of energy - and everything is ultimately the result of this energy, its flow and interaction.

One of the most important and fundamental principles of energy is that it doesn’t like differences. It doesn’t like sharp variations in temperature, pressure or chemical concentration and works out ways to reduce and balance them. Energy flows from where it is concentrated and spreads out to become equalized or balanced. Energy concentrated in the sun, for example, flows and spreads out through the colder solar system as it balances throughout the universe. Some of the sun’s energy, its light, hits the Earth warming different parts of the planet to different temperatures. The resulting differences in temperature, air pressure and more are major factors in creating the weather. The various elements of weather, such as wind, are ways that nature tries to balance the differences—creating a wide and complex variety of environments as it does so.

As energy initially flowed it joined with other bits of energy and created particles. Some of those particles bumped into and joined with other particles, and some of these joinings helped energy flow better. Some of these particles joined with others and became chemicals and then molecules. Some of these underwent more and more complex reactions, helping disperse energy even more efficiently. Some thrived, even replicated, as they captured and redistributed the sun’s energy. Slowly, but surely, molecules and compounds of increasing complexity formed and helped energy flow even better. This process built upon itself, with chemicals and molecules mixing together and influencing each other to form complex cocktails that eventually formed primitive cells. Over time, some of those developed into living organisms and life as we know it.

The chemistry was very important, but it was the energy flow underlying those chemical reactions that was key, say scientists, and human life is ultimately derived from these complex cycles of energy flow and transformations. It is not genes that are the fundamentals of life; they are just a replicating mechanism. Genes are turned off and on by energy and it is the flow of energy that is the fundamental to life.

Human life is one of the most effective ways to disperse energy, as one of the most common ways for energy to flow and spread is as heat—and we produce lots of this.

Energy is integral to life, to your life. Every moment of your existence your body works to keep energy flowing. Every second you breathe air, you add food and water to replace the energy you use.

Everything you sense or do is connected to the flow of energy in one form or another. You are so used to this energy flow that you hardly notice it. It is the ultimate process of your life. If your energy stops flowing you die: flowing energy differentiates living creatures from dead ones.

As such, the ultimate purpose of all life—including human life—is to help energy flow and balance. Is the flow of energy what people sense during spiritual experiences?

Are spiritual experiences just a natural phenomenon of energy flowing that we occasionally sense and have attributed greater meaning to?

Whatever you believe, whether you agree with the science or not energy is integral to life. Yet few of us ever consider this and the difference that in doing so can make to your life – and how it can explain the meaning of your life. 

What is your soul?  P_-_hand
Dictionaries, encyclopedias and other writings say the soul is the nonphysical part of you that gives you life and encompasses your personality and conscience.

Scriptures refer to your soul leaving your body after death and continuing forever. This means your physical brain, or even the nerves of your mind, can’t be your soul as they cannot continue on.

You soul has to be comprised of energy, as energy is the only thing that is eternal.

Biblical phrases clearly say, “God is spirit” and that the Holy Spirit is within you, as well as outside and that it somehow directs you.

This makes scientific sense if you replace the word “spirit” with “energy”.

Your brain is obviously something physical, while spirit equates to nonphysical energy, which suggests that your soul is the way nonphysical energy flows around the physical nerve circuits in your brain and body.

As such, your soul is the way your energy flows and interacts within you, as well as the world without—your energy patterns, flow and interactions.

What does this mean for you?
Given that your soul is the way energy flows within you, finding your soul mate is a matter of finding a person, or even people, with whom your energy connects, integrates and strengthens each person’s energy - to the point where it creates something stronger than that of either individual alone or even together. This echoes those scriptures and writings say love is a great creative power.

Another key aspect of energy is that it can join together to create something bigger, such as ripples in a pond or 'Mexican' waves in a grandstand - or cancel each other out. Scientists call the formed coherence and the latter incoherence, or chaotic wave patterns. Your body strives for coherence and balance through a process doctors call homeostasis.

Unfortunately, our increasingly complex lives and world means we are often unable to maintain this state of balance. We suffer physical and emotional injuries that create 'blockages' that slow or even stop energy flowing. If your energies are conflicting this can be like an engine not being tuned and running poorly, that wears out quicker than one flowing smoothly.

This is the same with your physical body, mental thoughts and emotions: conflicting energies can put more strain on you, and your life, than if your energy is flowing smoothly.

As such, the way energy flows can be creative or destructive, or what you might call good or bad. Another aspect of energy and its interaction within you is that your body must export energy (and entropy) to keep you ordered.

This means letting energy flow, or as spiritualists and psychologists might say "letting go". If you restrict your energy by having it stuck in old or chaotic patterns you are adding chaos, when you should be trying to reduce it.

As such, science is showing why letting your energy flow is good for you. It is no longer 'spiritual mumbo jumbo', it's simple science. You can also 're-write' your energy patterns. This is like reformatting and re-writing programs and content in a computer; you have to use energy to clear and overwrite what was there before.

It is your choice as to how your energy flows every moment. You can keep it flowing around and around the same old circuits or direct it to create new ones that might help it flow smoother. The key is to find ways to make your energy flow more efficiently. 

What is the meaning of your life? Girl_with_sun_lr
While religions teach many different things, overall, most Western religions suggest the objective of life is to lead a “good life,” to improve your soul, ahead of some sort of judgment and another form of existence that is ultimately closer to God.

Eastern, and some other, religions suggest a slightly different meaning to life. Taoism teaches that the meaning of life is to learn how to rejoin with the “oneness” of the universe, through self-realization and improvement. The ancient rishi sages of India believed the difference between people and the universe was a matter of degree, rather than composition. If a person could align themselves with the energy of the universe they would gradually become aligned with the cosmos. This is echoed by the Dalai Lama, who suggests that you do not have to develop your soul, but simply become part of the universe. Hindus believe that your soul is eternal and that the meaning of life is to perfect your spirit. This can take many lifetimes.

The Kabbalah takes this further and suggests the meaning of life is: The purpose of the soul entering this body is to display her powers and actions in this world, for she needs an instrument. By descending to this world, she increases the flow of her power to guide the human being through the world. Thereby she perfects herself above and below, attaining higher states by being fulfilled in all dimensions. If she is not fulfilled both above and below, she is not complete. Before descending to this world, the soul is emanated from the mystery of the highest level. While in this world, she is completed and fulfilled by this lower world. Departing this world, she is filled with the fullness of all the worlds, the world above and the world below. At first, before descending to this world, the soul is imperfect, she is lacking something. By descending to this world, she is perfected in every dimension.

The reference to “displaying her powers” and “increasing the flow of her power” again seemingly refers to your soul as being energy based.

While your brain is obviously something physical and spirit is often referred to as nonphysical energy (as in the Holy Spirit), your soul could be viewed as how your energy flows around you.

The above also says your soul, or energy, is not complete and that somehow by being in a body it improves itself and becomes complete. As such, the nonphysical aspects of you, your energy, uses your physical aspects for more holistic development.

Whatever you believe, all this suggests that you ultimately need to improve your energy. P_-_ladder

Science is beginning to show how. It shows that energy has at least three purposes and associated meanings:
• Conveying and exchanging information,
• Enabling change,
• Doing work.

As energy flows it conveys information. Consider how light carries visual information, be it across the room or the universe, how electric power conveys information in your computer and around the Internet, and how sound waves convey your words.

Besides conveying information, energy also exchanges it, as do your words and the Internet. As for enabling change, those laws regarding the flow of energy also mean that the universe doesn’t, can’t, remain static. As the universe changes it may possibly even “grow”. Everything changes as it grows: nothing that grows stays the same. Energy facilitates that change.

This brings us to the third purpose of energy, doing work. This is not like the work you go to and do to earn money; rather, it is when one of the forces of energy acts on something and creates a change, such as when a force pushes something and moves it. The amount of change, movement or creation is related to the amount of work done, or energy, used.

Do these laws of energy similarly suggest that a meaning of your life is to find and convey information and then use it to bring about change through some sort of work? Is this science echoing those scriptures that suggest your soul display and increase its flow and power, perfect itself, live a good life, attain higher states and be perfected in every dimension?

While you have been looking for meaning by physically searching or learning more, you should be looking for it in your nonphysical energy that underlies these. This is a secret of the search for the meaning of life: the answer is nonphysical and is right in front of and inside you—as many scriptures and spiritual writings suggest.

How to do this varies for everyone. Therefore, everyone—you included—has a slightly different meaning to someone else.

What does your energy enable you to do best?
This can be as simple as determining what you are truly passionate about or what you do better than anyone else. Unfortunately, many of us are not. As such, the individual meaning of your life is for you to discover what makes your energy flow best within you.

In short, while the purpose of all life is about helping energy flow, spread and balance, your individual meaning is about determining how you do this best, what you do that helps your energies flow best together and balance—and then continue to perfect this.

There is a lot more detail in The Ultimate Meaning of Life book.
Download your copy now.

What Is Your Soul?

Find the meaning of life in 3 minutes . read more...

The Purpose Of Life?

Sample 6 Is purpose and meaning of life the same thing? ...Read more...

Your Meaning Of Life?

Your Meaning Of Life? It is important to note that there is a difference between the ultimate purpose of all life. read more...

What Else Is There?

Many of us are looking for more..