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MacLaine, Shirley - On death, destiny and the spiritual path

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026427

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Out on a Limb – Shirley MacLaine

"You mean, like why are we alive and what is our purpose?" [he said].

"Yeah," I said. "I guess that's about it. I mean, when you have as much as I do and have lived as much as I have you finally have to ask yourself very seriously, 'What's it all about?' And I'm not asking out of any unhappiness. I'm successful, I think, personally and professionally, and I'm certainly happy with it. I'm not into drugs-or booze. I love my work and I love my friends. I have a great personal life even with some complicated problems. No-that's not what I mean. I mean, I think there must be more going on about our real purpose in life than I'm able to see."

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I found myself in touch with a network of friend all over the world who were involved with their own spiritual-search. We asked questions about human purpose and meaning in relation not only to our physical perspective of life on earth, but also to our metaphysical perspective -in relation to time and space.

It began to seem possible that this life was not all there was.

Perhaps the physical plane of existence was not the only plane of existence. The marvellous possibility existed that the real reality was much more. In other words, perhaps Buckminster Fuller was right when he claimed that ninety-nine percent of reality was invisible, and our inability to acknowledge that invisible reality was due to what was now commonly being referred to as our low conscious awareness.

When I began to ask myself these questions and found a real kinship with others who were also involved in the same inner search, my life changed and so did my perspective.

It was thrilling, at times frightening, and always mind-boggling because it caused me to re-evaluate what being alive was all about. Perhaps we, as human beings, were actually part of an ongoing experience that continued long after we thought we died.

Perhaps there was no such thing as death. But I'm getting ahead of myself

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MacLaine, Shirley

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Observation contributed by: Henry Ibberson