If you wonder what your unique purpose is in this life, what is your soul’s highest expression in this life and your contribution to the healing and advancement of our world as well as your own soul, here are some ways to begin your inner dialogue around the question of your purpose.
Mind you, there are other ways, other tools, linguistic and otherwise, to aid you in discovering and fulfilling why you are here.
1) What was your very first aspiration in life – the first thing you said you wanted to be?
This always provides a powerful clue. As children you may not be conscious of your purpose/mission in this life but your soul knows.
And if your first aspiration was something like ‘firefighter’ or ‘nurse’ then your soul is pulling you towards service, healing, protection, or problem-solving for others.
And if it was something like, “I want to play baseball when I grow up,” then your soul could be pulling you towards things that involve collaboration/teamwork, fun, play, outdoors, exercise, fitness, health, community work….or baseball.
2) What is the one thing you would do with your life if you knew you absolutely could not fail?
Listen for the very first thought that comes to your mind when you ask yourself this question.
I like to say, ‘the first thought is Divine, the second is Human.’
What I mean simply is that the first thought in answer to a question is usually the answer you’re after (‘divine thought’). The first thought arises from intuition; or may be received as communication from the spirit world (angel, spirit-guide, ancestor); or it can be the revelation of what lies embedded within your soul, sort of like pulling the cover off something to see what’s underneath.
However, what often follows the first thought are consciously derived thoughts/ideas (‘human thought’) that does not come straight from your soul but gets filtered through your knowledge, experiences, biases, preferences, fears, doubts, second-guesses, rationalizations, justifications, and excuses.
The heart and the mind often have different ideas of what path to follow. Follow your heart.
3) What do you love? And, what do you loathe?
This is a simple matter of paying attention to what’s already there. There are clues to your purpose scattered throughout your life if you pay close attention.
What kinds of jobs are you good/best at?
How do you prefer to spend your free time/time alone?
What are your daydreams?
What do you absolutely loathe doing?
What do your friends and family say about you? (e.g., ”you always loved to sing since you were little” or ”you give the best advice and always know exactly what to say”)
4) De-clutter your life.
This goes hand-in-hand with each step listed here.
De-cluttering your life means cleaning and organizing your physical space (home, office, car); clearing up your schedule so your time for yourself and for other people/things is balanced; and starting a regular practice of mindfulness and sitting in stillness and silence.
When you de-clutter your life you create the space and time to allow yourself to hear and receive what your life is telling you. You get great feedback from your life circumstances, events, and rhythms but if you’re too busy, scattered, or distracted you will have no clue why things happen the way they do or what you can do about it.
De-clutter your life.
5) Take some courses.
This is a great way to discover what you are here for.
I read once that the originating idea behind ‘university’ was one of a place of learning wherein you discovered your place in the universe and your relationship to it.
This was the guiding principle in ancient Egypt and Babylon (specifically, the ‘Mystery Schools’) and the founding idea behind modern education, which has strayed from the essence of this idea.
And get this – the root word in ‘education’ is ‘educe’ which means ‘to draw out, to bring forth, as something potential or latent.’
In other words, education is not about acquiring knowledge.
Education is the process of DRAWING OUT OF YOU YOUR PURPOSE, YOUR POTENTIAL, YOUR GENIUS.
Keep this idea foremost in your mind if and when you decide to take some courses.
What it all boils down to is that you have something to offer this world and to know what that is and how to do it you just need to pay attention, be mindful, be open, be watchful, listen closely – and take action.