What gives life meaning?
Philosophers and writers from Socrates to Elie Wiesel have pondered this question throughout the centuries, but even the guidance of great minds doesn’t supersede the need each of us feels to solve this dilemma for ourselves. The desire to understand reality and our place in it appears fundamental to the human condition.
Quantum physicists teach us matter and energy exist as a wave-particle duality, and that our thoughts, behaviors, and choices change the nature of our reality.
Science confirms what mystics and theologians have long theorized: Human beings possess spirit energy with the power to radically shape our inner and outer worlds. This incredible knowledge allows us to shape our destiny and create our meaning for existence — and what higher purpose can humans have than to make the world a kinder, gentler place?
Finding Meaning in Acts of Service
Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, wrote, “The salvation of man is in love and through love.” How could someone who survived the horrors of this dark period in human history pen words so profound and so kind?
A recent study at the University of California, Berkeley, revealed potential clues. Psychologist Dacher Keltner, who studies the psychology of wealth, discovered those who feel most disadvantaged engage in more charitable behavior than those with comfortable financial means. While wealthy people possess the resources to give back more, poor people donate a much more significant percentage of their time and resources to help those even less fortunate.
Psychologists explain this behavior stems from the additional empathy those who’ve experienced lack develop. Our suffering makes us more attuned to the struggles others face. It helps us recognize the emotional impact of living with constant fear of financial inadequacy.
Evolutionary biologists argue our lack of fangs and claws, coupled with the helplessness of human infants, made us reliant on cooperation with others to survive. Those with genes hardwired toward empathy survived more readily than those who ignored others’ needs.
Quantum physics hypothesizes humans have much more decision-making power over our behavior than we might assume. Each choice we make modifies the vibrations of the waves and particles comprising our existence.
When we give selflessly, the stardust that makes up each of us vibrates at a higher frequency.
Kindness creates a cumulative effect. Physicists espousing the multiverse theory believe all possible outcomes of our choices exist in alternate universes. Since an infinite number of universes exists, every decision we make in favor of the greater good moves us through higher, more loving worlds, while slamming the metaphysical door against negativity and cruelty. As our positive actions impact the choices others make, each act of kindness we perform moves ourselves and those we aid toward the kind of world we genuinely wish to share.
Mystics and spiritualists throughout history have improved their vibrational frequencies by practicing generosity and loving-kindness. Generosity forms one of the three central practices of Buddhism, and Christian theology equates charity and kindness of spirit with godliness. As St. Francis of Assisi wrote, “For it is in giving that we receive.”
How to Manifest Your Perfect Life Through Loving-Kindness
Fortunately, manifesting the life of your dreams through acts of giving need not involve attending Cambridge University or studying quantum physics. All of us possess the power to raise our frequency by performing small acts of generosity.
Begin with introspection. Ask yourself if you know anyone who could use a bit of hope. Many people mistakenly believe acts of loving-kindness must entail dedicating their lives to mission trips or serving in soup kitchens. However, any act of generosity, no matter how small, raises our vibes and lifts our spirits.
Phone a friend going through a difficult time and listen non-judgmentally while they vent. Give up your subway seat to the elderly gentleman whose arthritis pain makes gripping an overhead bar challenging. Offer a hug and help with household chores to a neighbor who has suffered the loss of a loved one.
Get involved in volunteering activities whenever feasible. Share your love of volunteering with your children or friends by inviting them to join you. Let your passions guide the causes you assist. If ASPCA ads bring you to tears, become a pet foster parent or help socialize kitties at your local shelter.
Seek out areas of need in your community. Far too many of us wait for others to take the initiative to act. Practice being proactive by donating your construction skills to help create a new recreational facility for kids in your neighborhood. Or use your marketing genius to help a favorite charity develop new revenue streams. Draw inspiration from others, such as the restaurateurs who offered free food and drinks to furloughed federal workers during our recent government shutdown.
From Simple Acts of Kindness to a More Loving World
Human beings possess enormous power when it comes to crafting our destinies. As each choice we make offers the potential to serve the greater good of all, every act of loving-kindness creates a ripple effect that impacts not only our world but the worlds of others. By practicing goodness, we lift ourselves and others to a higher plane and create a gentler, more compassionate reality.