“The essential lesson I’ve learned in life is to just be yourself. Treasure the magnificent being that you are and recognize first and foremost you’re not here as a human being only. You’re a spiritual being having a human experience.” – Wayne Dyer
I remember the first time I was introduced to that idea, that we are spiritual beings just having a human experience. I was reading Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I was like, “Wait a minute, you mean I am not a human being just trying to have a few spiritual moments during my time on earth?” Whoa, this kind of changes things up a little bit, in the whole how you see reality and whatnot kind of thing. It really resonated with me, and was one of the reasons my perspective began to change. The possibilities opened up immensely when I saw myself as a spiritual being, not just a human being, with limited perceptions.
As Wayne Dyer says in the quote above, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. It may have worked a little better if we had been called “Being Humans” as opposed to “Human Beings.” I believe it would have helped us remember that we are spiritual beings by nature, and have chosen to have this particular human experience while on this earth.
But before I get too deep into the spiritual, I want to dissect that phrase, human being. What does it mean to be a human being besides how it is defined at oxforddictionaries.com, which is in part “…distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance.” Please note that they have taken two totally separate words and combined them into one to come up with a definition of what we are supposed to be.
The definition most assuredly describes the “human” part, the physical part of us. But it most assuredly does not in any way give a meaning to “being” in that definition. According to oxforddictionaries.com, again, “being” is defined in part as “…the nature or essence of a person.” The essence of a person is not something we can see, or hear, or touch. The essence of a person comes from that part which can’t be seen, from the spiritual side.
I believe this has been the cause of a great amount of confusion for us humans. because we, in our acclimation to being human, to growing and being exposed to our world, forget about the “being” which is where our true selves lie, where our true essence exists, where our true joy lives. It is reported that 90% of our happiness comes from within, and only 10% from external factors. I do not see a lot of people going to where there happiness really is.
Because when they talk of the 90% of your happiness coming from within, that is the within they are talking about, the “being”. So why, oh why, do we silly humans spend 110% of our time and energy for something that will only bring us 10% of our overall happiness? We are always looking outside of ourselves, thinking that when something happens out there, or we get that out there, then we will be happy. But you won’t, you just won’t.
You might be happy for a short period of time. But as soon as your new boss pisses you off, or the new car breaks down, or your new boyfriend breaks your heart, the things you thought made you happy are now gone, or they are different than they were before and you don’t like it, but you have forgotten where your real happiness lies, within, and so you create misery for yourself and others.
If we can remember the being part of us more, then when life’s circumstances happen, and they most assuredly will, you can still love life, be grateful for all that you have, and continue to enjoy the journey. This is just a human experience we are having. Don’t take things so seriously.
May your dreams be filled with the impossible…
Lori P – A Happy Human