God is love and love is all there is
The Purpose of Life
"There is only one purpose for all of life and that is for you, and all that lives, to experience fullest glory. There is nothing else for your soul to do, and nothing else your soul wants to do.
"The wonder of this purpose is that it is never-ending. Should there come a moment in which you experience yourself in your fullest glory, you will, in that instant, imagine an ever greater glory to fulfill. The more you are, the more you can become, and more you can become, the more you can yet be.
"The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery but a process of creation.
"The soul - your soul - knows all there is to know all the time. There's nothing hidden to it, nothing unknown. Yet knowing is not enough. The soul seeks to experience.
"You can know yourself to be generous but, unless you do something which displays generosity, you have nothing but a concept. You can know yourself to be kind but, unless you do someone a kindness, you have nothing but an idea about yourself.
"Let me explain it to you this way: In the beginning, that which Is is all there was and there was nothing else. Yet All That Is could notknow itself because All That Is is all that was and there was nothing else. Now All That Is knew it was all there was but this was not enough, for it could only know its utter magnificence conceptually, not experientially.
"The one thing that All That Is knew is that there was nothing else. And so it could, and would, never know itself from a reference point outside of itself. Such a point did not exist. Still, the All of Everything chose to know itself experientially. In order to do this, it realized it would have to use a reference point within.
"It reasoned, quite correctly, that any portion ot itself would necessarily have to be less than the whole, and that if it thus simply divided itself into portions, each portion, being less than the whole, could look back on the rest of itself and see magnificence.
"And so All That Is divided itself - becoming, in one glorious moment, that which is this, and that which is that. For the first time, this and that existed, quite apart from each other. And still, both existed simultaneously. As did all that was neither.
"Thus, three elements suddenly existed: that which is here, that which is there, and that which is neither here nor there. It is the nothing which holds everything. It is the non-space which holds the space. It is the all which holds the parts.
"Now this nothing which holds the everything is what some people call God. Yet that is not accurate, either, for it suggests that there is something God is not - namely, everything that is not 'nothing.' But, I am All Things - seen and unseen. Those who believe that God is All That Is and All That Is Not are those whose understanding is correct.
"From the nothing thus sprang the everything - a spiritual event entirely consistent, incidentally, with what your scientists call 'The Big Bang theory.' As the elements of all raced forth, time was created, for a thing was first here, then it was there - and the period it took to get from here to there was measurable.
"God knew that for love to exist, its exact opposite had to exist as well. So, God voluntarily created the absolute opposite of love - fear. In the moment fear existed, love could exist as a thing that could be experienced.
"It is this creation of duality between love and its opposite which humans refer to in their various mythologies as the 'birth of evil,' 'the fall of Adam,' 'the rebellion of Satan,' and so forth. Just as you have chosen to personify pure love as the character you call God, so have you chosen to personify abject fear as the character you call the devil. Some on Earth have established rather elaborate mythologies around this event, complete with scenarios of battles and war, angelic soldiers and devilish warriors, the forces of good and evil, of light and dark.
"This mythology has been mankind's early attempt to understand, and tell others in a way they could understand, a cosmic occurrence of which the human soul is deeply aware but of which the mind can barely conceive.
"Not only was the physical universe thus created but the metaphysical universe as well. The part of God which forms the second half of the Am/Not Am equation also exploded into an infinite number of units smaller than the whole. These energy units you would call 'spirits.'
"My divine purpose in dividing Me was to create sufficient parts of Me so that I could know Myself experientially. There is only one way for the creator to know itself experientially as the creator and that is to create. And so I gave to each of the countless parts of Me - to all of My spirit 'children' - the same power to create which I have as the whole.
"When they say that you were created in the 'image and likeness of God' this doesn't mean that our physical bodies look alike. It does mean that our essence is the same - we are the 'same stuff' - with all the same properties and abilities - including the ability to create physical reality out of thin air.
"My purpose in creating you was for Me to know Myself as God. I have no way to do that save through you. Thus it can be said that My purpose for you is that you should know yourself as Me."