08 May 2021

[100] Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl

The authors experience is one of tremendous confidence, endurance, and faith in finding knowledge and understanding in the most unimaginable situation a human being could ever be in: A concentration camp. The idea is that I give meaning to my life. Even in the harshest situations, I can give myself meanings. I have choices on meanings I can give. I can give empowering or disempowering meanings. At certain stages of my life, I have asked others for what the meaning is and what they gave me was the meaning based on their perspective and their experience, which may or may not have been valid. Now, I know that I can create my own meaning. I don’t need somebody to tell me the meaning of something


  • Meaning definition: What is meant by a word, text, concept, or action
  • When I am no longer able to change a situation, I am challenged to change myself
    • In the future, those that will win are the ones that can manage large volumes of complexity rather than being overwhelmed by it – Robert Greene
  • Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms: To choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way
  • The meaning of my life is to help others find the meaning of theirs
  • The more one forgets himself, by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love, the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself

My “Why” and Purpose

  • Those who have a “why” to live can bear with almost any “how”
  • The truth is that love is the highest goal to which man can aspire
  • Levels of Human Consciousness // David R. Hawkins
    • Energy level 500: Love
      • Love is depicted in the mass media is not what this level is about. What the world generally refers to as love is an intense emotional condition, combining physical attraction, possessiveness, control, addiction, eroticism, and novelty. It’s usually fragile and fluctuating, waxing and waning with varying conditions. When frustrated, this emotion often reveals an underlying anger and dependency that it had masked
      • The 500 level is characterized by the development of a Love that is unconditional, unchanging, and permanent. It doesn’t fluctuate, its source isn’t dependent on external factors. Loving is a state of being. It’s a forgiving, nurturing, and supportive way of relating to the world
      • This is the level of true happiness, but although the world is fascinated with the subject of Love, and all viable religions calibrate at 500 or over, it’s interesting to note that only a small percentage of the world’s population ever reaches this level of evolution of consciousness
    • Energy level 540: Joy
      • As love becomes more and more unconditional, it begins to be experienced as inner Joy. This isn’t the sudden joy of a pleasurable turn of events; it’s a constant accompaniment to all activities. Joy arises from within each moment of existence, rather than from any other source; 540 is also the level of healing and of spiritually based self-help groups
      • From level 540 up is the domain of saints, and advanced spiritual students and healers. A capacity for enormous patience and the persistence of a positive attitude in the face of prolonged adversity is characteristic of this energy field; the hallmark of this state is compassion
    • Energy level 600: Peace
      • This energy field is associated with the experience designated by such terms as transcendence, self-realization, and God-consciousness
      • When this state is reached, the distinction between subject and object disappears, and there’s no specific focal point of perception. Not uncommonly, individuals at this level remove themselves from the world, as the state of bliss that ensues precludes ordinary activity. Some become spiritual teachers; others work anonymously for the betterment of mankind. A few become great geniuses in their respective fields and make major contributions to society. These people are saintly and may eventually be officially designated as such, although at this level, formal religion is commonly transcended, to be replaced by the pure spirituality out of which all religion originates
  • Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible
  • Emotional Guidance Scale (Ask and It Is Given // Jerry and Esther Hicks
    • Emotions of Flow
      • Joy, knowledge, empowerment, freedom, love, appreciation
      • Passion
      • Enthusiasm
      • Positive expectation, belief
      • Optimism
      • Hopefulness
      • Contentment
    • Downward spiral of emotion
      • Boredom
      • Pessimism
      • Frustration, impatience
      • Overwhelmed
      • Disappointed
      • Doubt
      • Worry
      • Blame
      • Discouragement
      • Anger
      • Revenge
      • Hatred, rage
      • Jealousy
      • Insecurity, unworthiness
      • Fear, depression, powerlessness, victim
  • Lightheartedness
    • Humor was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation
    • It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds

Accelerated Learning & Fear

  • Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of
  • Forces beyond my control can take away everything I possess except one thing, my freedom to choose how I will respond to the situation. I cannot control what happens to me in life, but I can always control what I will feel and do about what happens to me
  • The Six Basic Fears (Think and Grow Rich // Napoleon Hill)
    • The fear of Poverty
    • The fear of Criticism
    • The fear of Ill Health
    • The fear of Loss of love or someone
    • The fear of Old Age
    • The fear of Death
  • Unlocking meaning with Gregory Bateson’s Levels of Learning
    • Level 0 – Memorization
    • Level 1 – Behavioral Change
    • Level 2 – Transformational Change
    • Level 3 – Evolutionary Change

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