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A spiritual journey

“We don’t know all the reasons that propel us on a spiritual journey; but somehow our life compels us to go. Something in us knows that we are not just here to toil at our work. There is a mysterious pull to remember” Jack Kornfield

BourneThis quote reminds me of the Bourne movie trilogy. If you haven’t watched the final one, then you may want to watch it before you read this post. I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

Jason Bourne spends most of his time knowing there is something more to him that he can’t seem to remember. He knows something that he can’t recall. Because of this he his led on a series of adventures where it seems everyone is out to kill him. He really isn’t sure who to trust because he really doesn’t know who he is. Therefore he spends his life trying to track down the people and circumstances that made him this way so he can understand what he can’t remember.

In the final scenes of the last movie Bourne finally finds the man who was there at the beginning, the man he thinks is responsible for making him the killing machine that he is. However, This man informs Bourne that nobody made his life this way, but rather that Jason chose this life. That he signed up for this mission and was enthusiastic even when the warnings and cautions were placed before him. He had to finally face the truth that who he is was what he chose for himself, even though he wasn’t aware of it. When He finally admits it, then he is free. When he stops being a victim of others, he can then choose to leave the Jason Bourne identity behind and become who he really is. (This movie is really worth re-watching.)

Most of us can relate to Jason Bourne in a few ways:

  • We know there is more to us but we struggle to remember what. We are secretly haunted by the pull for more that the above quote speaks about.
  • We often feel like life is our enemy, because we don’t really know who we are. Who can we really trust? What should we really do?
  • We spend lifetimes trying to track down the reasons, people, and circumstances that made us the way we are, so we can better understand.
  • We too must face the truth that nobody made us who we are, we chose who we are. Then and only then can we be truly free.
  • Once we own our choices, then we can choose to be who we really are.

The How is immaterial. It is the who you choose that counts. Own your story. Own your choices. Then choose the life you were destined to live.

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