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Think With Me

Drew Hurley

Spinx All right. Do us all a favor. Play a game with me. Give me your full attention for the next few minutes, will you please?

OK! Now, this is what we are going to do. Listen carefully and follow my instructions.

Close your eyes. Yes, that is right; close your eyes. Lift your head a little. That is right; get comfortable. Snuggle your back and bottom into your chair so that you can sit there comfortably and listen to me with your eyes closed.

Listen to me. Please hear the words that I use to speak to with, and try to understand their meaning.

Everything has meaning. If there were but one universal fact of life, it is this: everything has meaning.

Our purpose (your purpose, my purpose, the purpose of all humanity) -- our purpose is to find a significant portion of that meaning for ourselves, individually. As such, we are capable of extremely vicious acts of selfishness. We are also capable of great acts of heroism and tremendous feats of finding a sense of meaning for ourselves, collectively. Indeed, earlier generations of men have always identified themselves as a part of a group rather than in terms of their own individual and unique characteristics.

We are more than just our biological selves. Our sense of our own human past, our roots, is the link that we have with earlier generations of mankind and their dreams and aspirations no only for themselves, but their dreams and aspirations for us, also. It comes down to one vital point: the survival of all of us depends upon the mutual survival of each of us; together. It always has been thus. It always will be.

The riddle of the ages, the secret meaning of the silent sphinx, is really very simple. In fact, it is as plan as the nose on your face.

Describe the Sphinx to me.

It has the face of a man, the wings of an eagle, and the body of a lion. How can that be?

Precisely. How can that be? The secret of the Sphinx is that it asks all observers the very same question: How can that be? What’s more, it gives the same reply to all who ask: “seek, and ye shall find.”

The answer to all questions is in the universe around you. You will find answers. That fact is unavoidable as long as you are alive, and then long afterwards. This important issue is this: What questions will you ask?

I implore you, ask the questions that will help you better understand the world that you live in, and the people, animals and other life-forms that you share it with. Above all, ask questions which provide you with an appreciation for the successes that you experience in your life.

You are good. You are successful. You are alive. You have a right to be happy. You should also know why. Ask. Then, relax. It is OK. Enjoy yourself.

(Pause.)

Open your eyes slowly, but do not look at me. Let your eyes slowly focus on what is in front of you. Rotate your head, slowly. Look around you. Very slowly come to a conscious awareness of YOU zeroing in -- of you focusing on visual stimuli in the environment around YOU. There is much in that environment that YOU do not see, merely because YOU do not consider looking for “it.”

Consider looking for “it” more often. Think about “it.” Any issue which human minds wrestle with can be understood. If only we would as the question: How can that be?

Indeed, how can that be? Exactly, “HOW?” Let this become a personal challenge. Figure out precisely, “HOW can that be?”

Now, do you remember the Sphinx? That dear Sphinx is a constant reminder of humanity’s lack of vision and insightful understanding. Dear friend, we all possess the key that unlocks the riddle of the ages, if only we, too, learn to properly ask: How can that be?

Everything has meaning. Don’t ever forget this axiom of life. It will help you more than you can ever know, so long as remember to ask: HOW CAN THAT BE?



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