by A.J. Christoph
Keelung, Taiwan 基隆, 臺灣
How finite is life? One's life certainly is finite, but this is only partially true. There are four options one can choose.

1.) To be like a rain drop falling into the ocean. The raindrop is only a raindrop while it is falling and until the very moment it meets the surface. Then it becomes one with the ocean. The raindrop's definition and individuality is lost, it has no recollection of it's past life because it is waiting evaporation and it's turn to be reborn as another raindrop.
2.) The second option is to allow a Dominion to walk into you. Quite literally your soul can be replaced with that of the Dominion: the evil event makers, the manipulators, the controllers, the fear mongers, the emotional generators that profit off people's fear, insecurities, and life-force. Then after your life has been used up in Dominion service, the rewards that you were promised will certainly fall through. Instead you will be eaten alive. Swallowed whole like an abandoned building in the forest. Dominions are humans, spirits, and interdimensional beings, and also physical beings that exist within and outside various hemispheres of perception. Serving the dominion  is an option that truly ends in finiteness because when you walk out and the Dominion walks in, you won't have the energy to sustain yourself in the other realm, you will be a waveform canceled out in silence; essentially non existent.
3.) The third option is to allow another type of spirit to Chime in. A Sacred Spirit that teaches others how to be an unconditional servant to humanity, and become a dedicated opposition to the Dominion forces. Unconditional means there may not be a monetary reward like the Doninion; who use glamour, power, and sexual perversions to lure people in. It is like fishing bait, the fish who take the bate usually becomes a meal, but the Dominion never release anything that they catch. The true reward in the "third option" is the raising of your consciousness so upon death you evolve on to the next plane. To become an ascended being who has stepped out of the muck, from the depths of the Swamp and achieved stability on higher ground. Reincarnation would no longer serve you; you energy would be able to sustain yourself in the next realm. This is the path of the initiate and many become corrupted with power, money, greed, selfishness, sexual impurity, perversions, self-righteousness, and become sidetracked on the quest of increasing their frequency - Ultimately this can be avoided with vowing to purify yourself and agreeing to be an unconditional servant to all souls, all universes, all cells, all molecules, all worlds, love all souls. Love all things. The spirit of truth will step in. The Ancient Chinese Taoist called it 中孚 Chung Fu, from the I Ching hexagram 61. Which is described as wind over a lake. Essentially finding inner peace. Inner truth. The calmness of a lake will set souls free. Be the wind over the lake.
4.) The 4th option is to quite literally to leave this realm. To step sideways through the hidden door. To leave this world all together and step into another dimension. There won't be time to pack your bags, you can't tell your family goodbye. You will simply be offered a ride and have to say "yes, I am ready to go" and off you will go, out of this plane. Stepping sideways out into another plane. Heaven is sideways not up. Up is Dominion because it implies superiority, control and status over others. The spiritual journey is only 3 feet. 1 foot down from you head to your heart and 2 feet out to embrace the person closest to you.
So how finite is life? Life is not finite. Life is infinite. But consciousness and life as we are taught is not guaranteed upon death. Thinking in the perspective of living human beings who are manipulated into forced activity, tick-tocking away as unhappy loyal servants, there isn't much time available to have the opportunity for self realization. This can be changed. Yes we may die, but included in the 4th option is the opportunity for immortality. Quite physically a living breathing human who lives forever. The only way to reach immortality is by 返老还童 fan lao huan tong. Which is returning to the baby state. The Taoist of China called it white hair baby face. But the Taoist of ancient China also had the opportunity to devote their entire lives to living in harmony with the land and the freedom to do practice 8 hours a day. Refilling their lamp of their burnt out sacred liquids. Continuously refill your lamp and the light will always shine.
In the modern world we have rent to pay, cell phone bills, and expensive things to upkeep. Live simply and stress will turn to rest.

The Taoist of old lived off the land and sustained themselves with their own two hands. So to even attempt to improve the longitivtiy of your life, first balance must be achieved. Seek balance and you will live a longer life. Completely meld with Dao and you will live forever.

So how finite is life? This is only a question that each individual can answer based on the what decision they choose.

In a previous article I philosophized on what is the purpose of life. Today I am going to expand on it a little. In that article I said in a round-about way that the purpose of life was to escape from the Circle — the Circle being the physical boundary that we find ourselves confined within. The Circle is both a real thing and it is also a metaphorical thing. It has a dual existence, much like the properties of solid matter, it is both real and it is not real, it is both solid and it is not solid. 

In popular culture "the Circle" is referred to as the Matrix, in Wildeism it is both referred to as the Matrix and as the Sphere. But the Matrix contains little mini matrices, and the Sphere is just one of them - so is the Circle. 

You can think of "the Circle" like being inside of the box. If you want to be any type of pioneer or great creative mind, then you have to think outside of the box. But unfortunately, no amount of thinking will get you outside the box. Just like how you can't wish yourself out of a jail cell, or you can't wish yourself out of bed. You have to have a little concerted action.  In other words you have to get off your ass and go do something about it.

The Circle is all of those beliefs inside of your head that are self-limiting. The ideas of I am too weak, I am too fat, I am too stupid, I am too blah blah blah. The Circle also includes the opinions of others, whether it is the natural resistance of your friends and family members or it is just the casual resistance of your local tribal cluster i.e. the people of your culture and immediate area. 

In physics there exists a term called the coefficient of friction. As defined by Wikipedia: "A coefficient of friction is a value that shows the relationship between the force of friction between two objects and the normal force between the objects." Basically what this law says is that depending on the surface there will be varying levels of resistance that react against an object to keep it from moving. An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. So once the coefficient of friction has gone beyond the threshold to take off, the object will begin to move and has the propensity to keep moving until it runs out of energy. 

This movement is described by the famous Sir Isaac Newton's, Second Law of Motion. It states:

The vector sum of the forces (F) on an object is equal to the mass (m) of that object multiplied by the acceleration vector (a) of the object: F = ma.

So what this means in plain English is, the force is equal to the mass times the acceleration. So what does it require to have any force? It requires mass (weight) and velocity (movement). Once an object is moving in a direction the laws of momentum take over (an object in motion tends to stay in motion.) Momentum is also described as P = mv (mass times velocity)

So you can see that in the natural world, once the ball gets rolling it likes to keep rolling. The hardest part is getting the ball rolling in the first place. In the metaphysical world we have the same laws resisting us both physically and metaphysically. This is one reason why it is so important to remain active all of your life, because when you grow older you lose momentum, and not to mention, you don't see very many old fat people.

So once you begin collecting interesting experiences, more interesting experiences will come. But first you have to get outside of the Circle. You have to side-step all of the resistance that is placed before you and go out and start traveling the world. I specifically mention friends and family on multiple occasions, because oftentimes it is your family who loves you the most and yet do not want to see you succeed. Sure, they may say they want you to succeed. But in many family situations it is the very same family members who are beating you down into submission. They like to be over you and control you. I am not saying this is how it is all of the time, and of course every family is different. However, the people who love you the most are the ones who will cling on to you the hardest. They especially may not like the idea of you up and moving to Timbuktu, because they don't want to lose you.

So what is the solution? Well the only solution that I would follow is the one that makes you the most happy. If you are happy staying right there within your tribal cluster, then stay put. But if you would rather travel the world and gather exciting experiences, then go ahead and do so and come back and teach the people within your Circle that they too have the ability to be set free. 

It's simple. Step out of the cage and soar off in search of your destiny. Who knows? You may even find it.