Everyone’s life has meaning.

Rosemarie - Garden Grove, California
Entered on April 8, 2009
Age Group: 30 - 50
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I had an experience a couple of years ago that changed my reality forever. The experience I had was an out of body episode. It showed me that my consciousness never dies and that humanity is a creation. I also realized that my consciousness is actually matter. It has density and form. Only thing it didn’t have was meaning for me. I felt totally meaningless. At that moment, I realized the purpose of life. Life gives my consciousness an identity and meaning. That experience made me feel really good about life. Now whenever I encounter hard times, I just smile and know that these events give life its wonderful meaning.