Conscious Life is a Work of Art.
It is in how you put the pieces together, whether you enjoy The Art or not.
Like all matter and energy, our flesh is the materiel of God's Creativity. In all of our body, the brain is the most sophisticated and complex organ of them all. All the other organs serve it and it has the ability to transform electricity and electromagnetic wave functions produced by chemical reactions, into metaphysical symbols which represent the circumstances we find ourselves in regarding our nature and it's environment.
All living things with any kind of consciousness, are localized manifestations of life interpreting the symbols in their mind. Dogs do it. Cows do it. Mosquitoes do it. There is evidence that even plants do it.
Think of a female human egg fertilized and an embryo conceived. Think of all the works of Shakespeare to manifest from that conception. Contemplate all that needed to happen from the moment of conception until Shakespeare wrote his last word. The moment Shakespeare's parents DNA came together as his own, a potential was created that would later manifest as a literary accomplishment unparalleled in human culture.
A single cell swells and multiplies and diversifies into many functioning organs, among them the brain which gives birth to a mind which manifests as representative symbols, all defined in cross referenced relationships. I cannot say this enough. There is nothing in the mind but life and symbols. A creative will manipulates these symbols according to orchestrating principles and we experience dreams and thoughts and feelings and complex sensations and our conscious mind becomes a panoramic symphony of theater wherein our mind influences our brain and our brain animates our body.
Once a person sees themselves as able to produce something of value in other's minds and proceeds to do so in exchange for the necessities of their own existence, they have become a mature member of their culture and civilization. As they grow older they may find themselves imagining ways to produce more sophisticated abstract or materiel valuables and thus enhance their own life style by expressing ever more of the creative potentials inherent in their DNA. Of course I can't say if anyone ever manifests all the potentials inherent in their DNA, body, brain and mind. I dare so no one does. It is the environment that cultivates or inhibits the expression and realization of creative and destructive potentials in the mind, that translate into behaviors.
The only part of the mind which is not a symbol, is life itself. Life "reads" symbols an remembers them as memories. Memories represent events.
Colors represent electromagnetic wave lengths. Who do you think decided a certain color in our mind would represent a certain wavelength causing a certain kind of sensation when we see the color in our mind. It doesn't exist outside our mind. Nothing is really red or green. These colors, when we see them, are what the object we see, is not. Colors represent the wavelengths not absorbed by the object they are reflected from. Colors exists only in the mind. Same with all our senses, smell and taste, heat and cold. Vibrations become symbols of sensation that exist only in the mind.
Only symbols exist in the mind, seen by life. Sound represents the vibrations made by materials around us. A smell and taste represent a certain kind of substance. Heat represents the vibration of the molecules of air against our skin. Hunger represents our body's need for nutrients, thirst, our need for liquid. Fear represents the possibility of the loss of something we value. Grief represents the loss of what we cherish. Happiness represents the manifestation of what we desire.
To have meaning, symbols must be interpreted and that interpretation is what we as life are doing all the time. Interpreting symbols. An interpretation isn't the truth until you choose to believe it with certainty. Even then, an interpretation is only ever a belief. If you say to someone, "You don't love me, that's a fact!" It isn't. The fact is this, "When I see how you treat me, I interpret that to mean that you don't love me!" If that person says, "Yes, I don't love you." it becomes a fact for both of you. But only the person them self can be the authority of what goes on inside their own mind. No one likes to be told authoritatively by another, what is going on inside their own mind. Even when it's true. It undermines their autonomy.
Be honest by describing what is going on inside of you, sincerely. First and foremost, to yourself. Don't mistake your opinions of what is going on in someone else, for a fact. Ask, don't determine, if your opinion- is a fact for them. If they say it is, then and and only then, can it become a fact for you, too.
That is called understanding.
The inability to differentiate between facts and interpretations, truth and opinions- has caused many wars and endless grief.
God is using symbols to communicate to you, the story of God's Creation, The Never Ending Narrative of All That Was, Is And Will Be, and your Story is in The BOOK of LIFE, The Complete Works of The God of Art.