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The Secret To Life
Submitted By GB

I am not a religious person. I was brought up in a typical Catholic American family. I am now 49, married with 3 children. I have enjoyed a great life, and have had great financial success. I don't practice Catholicism or any other religion.

I am a spiritual person but not in any radical way. I practice Transcendental Meditation and I consider meditation to be one of the basic things to do every day, like brushing your teeth. I believe that when you meditate, you make a connection to God.

I define God as not a He or She, but rather the field of infinite intelligence, pure love, pure knowledge, and pure consciousness. Throughout the ages, God has been given human characteristics so that people can identify with God without having to think about it too deeply. The religions of the world have their own interpretations of what God looks like and often, God appears to have characteristics that are reflections of the characteristics of the religions' followers.

That being said, on 11/30/02 I was rushed by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital with internal bleeding due to a 30 year long illness. Prior to that day, I kept myself very healthy and had few health problems. The doctors basically saved my life, but I remained in the ICU for 5 days. During those 5 days I experienced extreme pain from the damage done to my gut.

That is when the event occurred. I began to see the white light tunnel that so many with near death experiences report. I never really believed in these types of things, but there I was. It was more than a visual experience. I was engulfed in a calm and beautiful feeling.

Then the knowledge was given to me. I did not hear it or see anything. It was just received into my very being and it was so good and so important, that I have to tell it to everyone I can. It's very funny because I have an 8 year old daughter and when she was about 4 or 5, she would always tell people that I knew everything. I told her that I knew everything except the secret to life. She still believes that I know almost everything.

This is what I got from God. When you are born, you are basically shoved out of your mother's womb into the material world. Just before you are shoved out there, you are given the following instructions: This new life is a gift. It really only lasts for a moment. It doesn't matter whether or not you live 10 days or 100 years. It is one moment. Notice the incredible beauty that surrounds you.

Now, picture a new baby. What do they do? They look around in amazement. They are energized by what they see, hear, feel, smell and taste. Just look around you right now, it doesn't matter where you are. Everything you see is incredibly beautiful and amazing. Babies work hard at taking in as much as they can. Because they are pure love and innocence. They don't know about war, money or sickness.

The instructions go on to tell you to be a part of evolution. Evolution is the expansion of happiness, the purpose of life, and why we are here. We are instructed to help expansion of happiness by doing something to increase it as often as possible. All you have to do is tell someone you love them, or give a helping hand, or find a cure for cancer, or help stop a war or any act of violence. It doesn't matter how big or small these acts are. It is the consistent conscious effort that should be done very day. This is the Secret To Life. This is why we are here. This is what God told us all just before we were born. The recognition of the beauty around us all is our reward for our good acts. Unfortunately, too many people have forgotten these instructions.

December 29, 2002

The author wrote (Jan 2005) to say his heatlh has improved. He asked that I remove his name but thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

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