Thursday, July 07, 2005

Life's Purpose ... Your Purpose ... Is Their a Purpose?

My guest this Friday on Inner Vision on KPFK is Dr. Dennis Jones, author of "The Art of Being -- 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life."

Comments here are encouraged. Thanks.


At 7:22 PM, Blogger JMS said...

The purpose in life is to worship and glorify GOD, to go forth and make disciples of all nations in the name of Jesus Christ!

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Robblet said...

"We all say we are looking for the purpose of life or the meaning of life, when what we're really looking for is the rapture of being fully alive."

- Joseph Campbell, probably slightly paraphrased, in The Power of Myth interviews w/Bill Moyers. Sorry, I don't have a comment on the show....

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Steve newmyth said...

A great and inspiring guest, Michael. It was cool that you were both on the same page re the New Thought Movement... actually "old thought," or the Ageless Wisdom.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous jjohnjj said...

Thanks for having Dennis Jones on the air. KPFK's philospohy and spiritual programs were my only "church" for years - until I found my way to the Church of Religious Science.

Now I belong to a community that honors all paths to God... and I finally feel comfortable when talking to mainstream Christians about Jesus... He's not my personal savior, but he is my Guru!

The history of the New Thought movement is fascinating. It wasn't imported from Europe. It evolved right here in 19th century America, a generation after the American revolution.

The pre-civil war decades were a fertile period that gave rise to New Thought, the Mormons, and Christian Revivalism.

If you can find anyone who's written a good history of that era, please have them on the show!

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Dennis said...

Dear Michael

I am an admirer of your show but an infrequent listener because of scheduling. I was listening to your show on 7/9 when you had on Dennis (Jones?). I agreed with so much that this author had to say about the purpose of life is to be. I enjoyed your discussion of narcissism and self. There is one aspect that I constantly find missing in your programs- the unconscience. All of us have remembered feelings that are preverbal. For instance the feelings of the tiny baby when mom does not come to offer the breast or bottle when the baby is hungry, the infintile preverbal feelings of being uncomfortable or sick. These preverbal remembered feelings are unconscience just as when you drove home last night you probably unconsciously took the proper freeway exit and correct surface streets to arrive at your home. The unconscious is immense and often is where envy, fear, greed, anxiety selfishness etc. originate. I believe to understand these emotions where they are coming from is important to the psyche but to also learn to parent oneself at the times that these emotions seep to the surface is key to improvement in ones psyche and spirituality. I would love your comments. Dennis


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