Everyone has ideas, and opinions, but ideas are no substitute for experience.
Anyone can talk all day long from a street corner about God and higher purpose. Anyone can pontificate about how many angels exist on the head of a pin. However, they will never be any closer to their life purpose.
Ideas are no substitute for experience and knowledge:
The experience will always be different from imagination. The experience will be its own initiation. Stay at the bottom of the mountain and you will never know the mountain. Stay in your thoughts and your ideas, and you will never understand what
real purpose, meaning and direction in life are. Protect your ideas, and they will hold you where you are. – Greater Community Spirituality
If ideas are not helpful in knowing God and God’s plan for us, then why do we have them? Why can’t we just go to the direct experience of God and our life purpose?
Ideas are helpful as pointers. Ideas are like maps for our life. Just like how seeing a map is not the same as traveling on the path, ideas are not the same as experience. Our intellects are great helpers, calculators and communicators but they are not at the heart of who we are:
The power of God has been placed within you, but it is not within your intellect. – The New Message for the Impoverished and Oppressed
And here lies the value for our lives. If we can experience our life purpose, we will surely know it. Here, ideas can lead us to TRY something that we feel is a life purpose. How did that feel? What was our experience that came from that idea?
Before you can change the world, you must change yourself.
So, to find our life purpose, we have to step outside of our minds, into the world and experience the truth of who we are. We have to get off our behinds, get off the Internet and experience the Mystery of life!
Because… ideas are no substitute for experience.