Why Are We Created?

Increasing Our Understanding of Humanity’s Purpose on Earth

Sir John Templeton Rebekah Alezander Dunlap

While many books strive to stimulate thinking through provocative anecdotes and theories, Why Are We Created? takes a different path. It begins with a question and continues with a multitude of questions like these:

  • What is the importance of recognizing the presence of the sacred within us and around us?
  • How can individuals create a purposeful and fruitful way of life?
  • How does happiness relate to one's purpose?

The intent of these questions is to encourage thoughtfulness, observation, and research that enlarges understanding while offering a sense of direction. The goal is to help individuals live a more useful and happy life.

Sir John and Reverend Dunlap use the questions to help readers explore the role of humility as a key to knowledge and progress. They look at the creative power of purposeful thinking and ask how life might be changed if we refuse to dwell on any thought we would not want objectified in our life. They pose questions related to consciously directing one's life.

Helping to shed light on the possible connection between spiritual principles and human concepts is commentary from a wide range of sources: the scriptures, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Edward O. Wilson, Emanuel Swedenborg, Emmet Fox, A. H. Maslow, Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among many others.

Introduction / xi

Expanding and Evolving / xiv

Opportunities to Learn / xiv

What Is the Essence of Our Purpose in Life? / xv

Universal Laws and Spiritual Principles / xviii

Possibilities for Spiritual Progress / xviii

PART I: WHY ARE WE CREATED?

1. The Splendor That Can Shine! / 3

  • A Succession of Wonderment / 4
  • What Are We? / 6
  • Some Pertinent Comments about Purpose / 7
  • Living in a Three-Dimensional World / 9
  • Are You the Creator’s Apple Tree? / 10
  • The Ordering Principle / 12
  • Encouraging Creativity and Progress in Our Lives / 13
  • The Creative Power of the Imagination / 14
  • Principles and Concepts / 14
  • A New Era of Progress / 15
  • Reflections on Life / 17

2. The Power of Purpose / 19

  • The Incredible Human / 20
  • The Call to the Heights / 21
  • Hearing and Responding to the Call / 22
  • Our Link with Universal Energy / 23
  • Discerning Our Purpose / 24
  • Possibilities for Spiritual Growth / 26
  • Keep an Open Mind / 26
  • Develop a Spiritual Consciousness / 27
  • Discover the Gift of Inner Spirit / 27
  • Finding Joy / 28
  • Why Is Having Purpose so Important to Progression? / 29
  • High Aims and Clear Progress / 29
  • Why Is Having Purpose in Your Life so Powerful? / 30
  • Setting Goals / 31
  • The Power of Purpose and the Power of the Present / 32
  • Today! / 34
  • Reflections on Life / 34

3. Opening Wide the Door to Opportunity / 37

  • Recognizing Opportunities / 38
  • Growing in Awareness / 39
  • Building a Heaven on Earth / 40
  • Accepting and Creating Opportunities / 41
  • Cultivating a Spirit of Adventure / 43
  • Evaluating Priorities and Values / 45
  • Utilizing Gifts and Talents / 46
  • From “Stumbling Blocks” to “Stepping Stones” / 47
  • The Principle of Attraction / 48
  • How Practical Is Purpose? / 49
  • Reflections on Life / 50

PART II: FINDING THE FRUITFUL WAY

4. The Humble Approach / 55

  • Schoolroom Earth! / 56
  • Seeking to Understand the Benefits of Humility / 57
  • Humility as a Gateway to Knowledge / 58
  • Humility as a Key to Progress / 60
  • Humility Theology / 60
  • Humility as a Pathway for Transformation / 61
  • Why Are We Created? / 62
  • Spiritual Progress through a Humble Approach to Life / 63
  • Beneficial Results from a Humble Approach to Life / 64
  • Reflections on Life / 65

5. The Creative Power of Purposeful Living / 67

  • What Are Thoughts? / 68
  • Our Thoughts Define Our World / 69
  • You Are More Than Your Mind / 71
  • Body/Brain/Mind Connection / 72
  • Consciousness / 73
  • What about “Reality”? / 74
  • Thought as a Key to Expanding Spiritual Discoveries / 76
  • Managing Your Thoughts / 77
  • Renewing the Mind / 78
  • The Thinking/Feeling Connection / 79
  • Listening with Purpose / 81
  • Reflections on Life / 82

6. The Greatness of the Loving Heart / 85

  • Is Unlimited Love a Primary Purpose? / 86
  • The Extraordinary Potential and Benefits of Unlimited Love / 87
  • Service as Love in Action / 90
  • Love and Humility: How Are They Related? / 91
  • Unlimited Love as Healing Energy / 92
  • The Ways of Love / 93
  • Can Love Be an Eternal Universal Force More Potent Than Gravity, Light, or Electromagnetism? / 95
  • The Importance of Asking Questions / 96
  • Reflections on Life / 97

PART III: CONSCIOUSLY DIRECTING YOUR LIFE

7. Multiplying Our Blessings and Deepening Our Purpose / 101

  • The Blessings of Personal Spiritual Values / 102
  • Food for Body, Mind, and Spirit / 103
  • The Benefits of Praise, Gratitude, and Thanksgiving / 105
  • Acknowledging Five Daily Blessings! / 106
  • The Happiness Option / 107
  • Personal Happiness / 108
  • Investing in Yourself and Investing Your Self / 109
  • A Deeper Meaning of Work / 110
  • Living and Working Purposefully / 112
  • Reflections on Life / 113

8. Discoveries! / 115

  • Being Who We Are / 117
  • Trusting the Spiritual Process / 119
  • Recognizing the Presence of the Sacred / 120
  • How May Prayer Help Us Find Greater Purpose? / 121
  • Personal Prayer Perspectives / 121
  • Building Spiritual Habits / 123
  • The Power to Choose / 125
  • Discovering New Frontiers / 126
  • Reflections on Life / 126

Notes / 129

Selected Bibliography and Recommended Reading / 133