This is an excerpt from Empower: How to Co-Create the Future. The full 200+ page book is available by donation!
“We live a very ephemeral life on this planet. The worst thing we can do is to die without having lived”
excerpt from book
David Passiak: I love this idea of one Earth, but billions of worlds. It reminds me of a powerful line in one of your recent videos “ Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives” where you apologize and say, “Martin Luther King didn’t have a dream; that dream had him. People don’t have dreams; dreams choose them. And we all need the courage to live out the dreams we have inside.”
Many of the people reading this book are entrepreneurs and innovators who are constantly filled with doubts and struggle with the courage to pursue their dreams. Even when they succeed, at times they experience imposter syndrome, where they feel like an imposter for looking successful, when deep down they are consumed with doubt. Do you remember when your dream chose you? How did you overcome doubt and have the courage to pursue your dream?
Prince EA: One word: death. Perhaps the greatest teacher of how to live is death. There’s a book called The Tibetan Book on Living and Dying. In the beginning, it quotes the Buddha saying, “Don’t think. But if you must think, let it be on the certainty of your death.” The Buddha says that of all footprints, those of the elephant are greatest, and of all meditations, that upon death is the greatest. Death reveals what’s important. It takes away the ego and leads you to realize the ephemeral nature of life and existence. Every moment is so fleeting, this unrepeatable miracle that we call “moments.”
We have to live our most authentic selves. The path to serenity is that which is not reliant upon a certain result. We must give up the desire for a certain result and put all of our effort into the action itself, the creation, and the service. The result will be up to God, the universe, Buddha, Allah, I don’t know. But all we can do is our best. When we realize that we don’t know if we have 50 years, 5 years, or 5 minutes left, then it dissolves the ego. We’ve got to be here now and find out how can we live the truest versions of ourselves today. Not tomorrow. Today.