Many, many years ago I reached a point in life where I needed to answer the question of "what am I alive for?" After wrestling with this issue for awhile I came to the conclusion that I could not answer that question until I first answered another one: "what is humanity alive for?" Well, the picture kept getting larger until the question of "what is the universe alive for?," became the fundamental question. For someone formally trained in accounting and business, with a very concretely-oriented mind, these sorts of questions were not easy to address, but addressing them and actualizing the answers has been what my life has been about now for more than four decades.
In brief, my answers to the above questions involve aspiring to live a transpersonal life. A transpersonal life is one that is to be spirit-inspired and that serves a function for and as an integral part of the Earth and its development. Such a life includes an inner mutation and an outer transformation, thereby changing both one's self and the Earth. The inner mutation involves changing the quality and scope of one's motivation, will, thoughts, feelings, desires, emotions, and values. The outer transformation entails changing the quality and scope of one's behavior and activity in the world, therefore also one's relationships with others. Such a mutation and transformation is to be founded upon, infused with, and impelled by an all-inclusive, universal, Divine Love-Compassion.
One function of the inner mutation and outer transformation is to redirect one's allegiance from the many lesser wholes---one's family, people, country, etc. (multiplicity)---to the one greater planetary whole (unity), that essence within which we live and move, and which IS our being!
Another function is to contribute to the preparation of the foundation for a future global society. Such a society is to be founded upon the wholeness of the planet and also to be appropriately and appreciatively inclusive of both planetary unity and multiplicity. At the present evolutionary moment making such a contribution means to establish a new vision, way of life, and meaning for being; one that is based upon the Earth as the foundation---the Earth, in all of its material, biological, mental, and spiritual aspects.
All of which is much easier said than done! (And saying it is not that easy either!) At any rate, following through with my aspiration I could probably be described as a very serious, disciplined, and highly-focused person, with extra helpings of sincerity, honesty, directness, sympathy, empathy, and compassion to go along with that!
The driving force, the dharma of my life is to work towards and contribute to the establishment, sustentation, dissemination, and exemplification of the vision that infuses and guides the transpersonal way of life. Thus my interests are consonant with and actuated by that vision: transpersonal philosophy and practice (jnana and karma yoga?); personal and planetary transformation; world social, political, ecological/environmental, and spiritual issues and current events. I have formal training in accounting and general business, and psychology and counseling; and informal exposure and interests in many other areas. Among these areas are: spiritual philosophies, metaphysics, spiritual/esoteric discipline/practice, theosophy, comparative religion, history, diet and nutrition, etc.
The call and challenge of a pan-human rebirth, transfiguration, and global society is upon us. May all those who are able to `hear,' answer that `vocation!'
The most influential person in my life has been: Dane Rudhyar.
His works served as my eductor and initiator. They provided me with Meaning and Direction for Life. They helped to engender Creative-Redemptive Love-Compassion and the Will to Wholeness and Service in the being that I am. They stimulated the aspiration and drive for 'Self-Consecration' to the Greater Whole within which we live, move, and which IS our being.
Secondarily, the works of Helena P. Blavatsky, Sri Aurobindo and The Mother (Mirra Alfassa), and Arnold J. Toynbee have supported, broadened, heightened, and deepened the foundation established by Rudhyar's works.
All of these personages have truly been the pillars of Life and Living for me.
Rudhyar: The Planetarization of Consciousness; Rhythm of Wholeness; Modern Man's Conflicts; Directives for New Life; We Can Begin Again Together; Occult Preparations for a New Age; Culture, Crisis, and Creativity; Beyond Individualism; The Fullness of Human Experience; An Astrological Triptych; Return from No-Return;
Aurobindo: The Life Divine; The Synthesis of Yoga; Letters on Yoga, Vols. 1-4;
The Mother: (compilations) -- The Mother’s Vision; Being of Gold; Becoming One; The Process of the Integral Yoga;
Blavatsky: The Secret Doctrine; The Key to Theosophy; The Voice of the Silence; The Collected Works of H. P. Blavatsky, Vols. 1-15;
Toynbee: A Study of History, Vols. 1-12; Surviving the Future.
There are no films that I can call "favorites." However there was one film that was very important to me, given the stage of development that I was in at the time--approaching my 23rd birthday--when I first saw the movie. That movie was "It's A Wonderful Life." Given everything else that was unfolding in my life at the time, the movie had a profound and pivotal impact upon me. The results of that impact were immediately assimilated and remain ongoing today.