The Existential Program:
Discovering Your Life's Purpose
Kevin de La Tour
Have you ever asked, "Why am I here?"
Ever since human beings attained a sufficient level of awareness regarding the world in which they live, they have investigated it and sought the reason for their existence.
However, as mankind developed, this age-old question has typically been responded through belief systems. The obvious problem with this is that beliefs, dogmas and other types of crystallized ideas do not satisfy mankind's hunger for answers, they simply "put a lid on the problem", providing a smoke screen that temporarily and only partially tranquilizes the curious individual.
The question is a valid one to ask and seek answers to, if we are to discover whether or not life has a purpose beyond procreation and "the pursuit of happiness".
So, then, why are we here? What is our life's purpose?
If we are to understand the purpose of our existence, we first need to know more about the dynamics of life. One basic fact we need to keep in mind is that each individual's physical life is temporary. Even if one considers 60-plus years to be a long time, even the most noteworthy and satisfying life is pointless if there is no continuity, or rather, if our being ends at the moment of biological death.
According to research performed by the International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology (IIPC), a non-profit institution of consciousness research and education based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil founded by Waldo Vieira, M.D., we indeed do not perish upon physical death, but consciousness (soul, spirit) is immortal. We can evidence this for ourselves, for example, by provoking an out-of-body experience (astral projection). We are participating in a multi-dimensional evolutionary process, and an integral part of this process is the rebirth cycle. In simple terms, we have had and will continue to have many physical lives. We are thus not "only human", but are actually multi-dimensional beings.
If this is the case, then what happens between physical lives? Do we simply remain in suspended animation or sit in some sort of non-physical waiting room until it is time to re-enter physical form?
Consciousness research indicates that many individuals prepare for their upcoming physical life. This can take the form of actual courses attended and planning performed during the non-physical intermission between physical lives. In this manner, one can invest greatly in his or her upcoming physical existence, organizing, along with his or her non-physical evolutionary orientor, which familial, educational, lifestyle and professional choices are the most profitable in terms of evolutionary progress. In this way we can obviously better prepare to take maximum advantage of our upcoming physical lifetime.
The plan of action that is to be carried out in the impending physical life is the individual's existential program. As it is defined in Dr. Vieira's book,Existential Program Manual, "The personal existential program is the specific programming of each intraphysical consciousness (human personality) in his or her new life in this human dimension, that is planned before the somatic (physical) rebirth of consciousness, while still an extraphysical consciousness (non-physical personality)."
Studies indicate that no two individuals have identical existential programs -- not even siamese twins. As we are all at different points in our evolutionary progress, have all had diverse past experiences and display various personal weak traits and strong traits, everyone has different developmental needs that must be considered when formulating an existential program.
Many individuals experience a varying degree of frustration in life, feeling that there is some specific thing that they need to do while living on Earth; some specific task or "mission" that would give their life the sense of meaning that it currently lacks. Some, frustrated in not finding that "something", turn to the multitude of diversions that are available in physical life in order to attempt to satisfy this need that is not being adequately met. Sometimes, people think that making vast amounts of money and acquiring huge estates and assets will satisfy them. Others turn to thrill-seeking, including dangerous sports and drugs, in the hope that this will fill their personal void. Studies show, however, that no one has an existential program that is focused on making money. Also, engaging in dangerous sports and taking drugs can quickly end anyone's physical life and negate the possibility of executing any further portion of an existential program. As well, existential programs are never planned with the intention that someone come to physical life to be a drug dealer, a criminal or to take his or her own life or the life of another.
Many of those who live a life "of quiet desperation" are suffering in this manner because they are, quite simply, lost. Just as someone who is successfully executing the existential program can experience satisfaction and even euphoria as a result of his or her accomplishment, one who is not performing the planned life task can have an abiding feeling of melancholy. Unfortunately, according to Dr. Vieira, "The conscious existential program is still a condition achieved by a small minority of humanity."
So then, how can we discover what our personal life task is?
According to Dr. Vieira, there are two basic formulas for identifying your existential program: the personal trait formula and the formula of personal reciprocation.
The personal trait formula involves a comparative evaluation of your strong and weak traits. Upon achieving a net-balance of your potentialities, and thus knowing yourself better, you can accelerate your evolutionary conquests.
The formula of personal reciprocation involves assessing how much of the good that we have received from life on Earth we have repaid.
Still another means for discovering our existential program is to provoke an out-of-body experience (astral projection), and induce the recollection of our most recent non-physical preparation for the current physical life.
In defining existential programs, it is important to also realize that they can have different degrees of magnitude. The individual who has either not planned extensively for his or her current physical life or has an ego-karmic (egocentric) related task to perform, for example, will have an existential mini-program. On the other hand, one who's preparation for physical life involves a greater degree of maxi-fraternal efforts and poly-karmic (magnanimous) orientation will more likely be reborn to execute an existential maxi-program.
Looking at yet another facet of the existential program, let's say that an individual has executed a portion, but not all, of his or her life task. Her or she may merit an existential moratorium or an extension of physical life that will allow the completion of his or her task. This case would be considered an existential mini-moratorium. An existential maxi-moratorium may occur if an individual has completed his or her existential program and is going to perform yet another task while still in this life.
As you can see, there are many factors to be considered when analyzing and evaluating what our individual existential program may be, and we have certainly not mentioned all of them here. But, if we are going to be effective in our personal (and group) evolution, we need to make a concerted effort to understand the dynamics and characteristics of the existential program and how we fit into the evolutionary picture.
Kevin de La Tour is the PR Director and a faculty member of IIPC's New York office.