At the risk of sounding like a complete heretic of the prevailing cultural paradigm (the one that says you aren’t somebody unless you look like this and have measurable status, money, and power and have achieved so much and so many laud you and confetti you with accolades and seek your mentorship and particular brand of wisdom and counsel and wish to step into your path, if not your shoes), let me share with you some of the observations and explorations I have made concerning life purpose – or – a life with purpose.
First and foremost, this is a place, a plane (dimensionally speaking) of limitation. L I M I T A T I O N. Because things are palpable here, and because actions have consequences, and choice always has results, the tendency for consciousness-in-a-body is to seek the most supportive ways of receiving positive recognition, safety and security. And because things are palpable here, it is easy to be seduced by the illusion that only palpable things matter. That is, what can be materially touched, tasted, felt, (and worn and displayed), is what matters, and what will save us.
Being physical can be wonderful if our physical needs are met – when we do not have to concern ourselves with having plenty of money, all the education we wish, the best place to live, the best job to have, the most compelling relationships and connections and vacations…it is most often when our needs are NOT met that we are thrown into a process of self-review and self-rebuke, wondering how it is that we do not yet have enough of any of these things to support us so that we can participate dynamically in the external world. And yet, it is this fork in the road, where we are by circumstances forced to pause, that leads to tremendous potential for inner wealth.
There is a thought mode that says the world is incontrovertibly made up of winners and losers. And if you’re a loser, well…make better choices next time, honey. (And if you want to get right down to it, why did you pick that weak body? Did you think you’d get more sympathy that way, or maybe just get out of some of the really hard work the rest of us have had to put in to get where we are, or WHAT?) What WERE you thinking? Well, good luck to you. Or better luck next time, but I have a life to live, a yacht to sail, and some VIPs to gladhand. Well, have a good one. Get some beauty rest or treatments. Or something!
Wait a minute. Are you saying that I have to earn my worthiness or right to be here, and that the only way to do this is to go to the same schools, wear the same clothes, frame the same diplomas, and have exquisite cash flow? Are you saying that if I don’t have the same physical prowess or constitution or material support that I might as well leave now and hope for a better start later?
If this is the truth that many are working with, then perhaps that is their personal truth. But it is not mine. I have a different take on things. The life I have lived veers from the mainstream because my life task and soul agenda have led me on an exploration of a lesser traveled path, and I am far from alone in this.
Everyone has limitations. These may be material, these may be the expectations of others, and these may be pronounced pressure from family and other influential beings to carve out a certain life. It is just that the limitations differ, and they can differ so vastly as to create confusion and cause real angst-driven issues of viability, survivability, and worthiness so that we are compelled to either stand up or fall down.
What is apparent via the givenness of things is not necessarily what is. What is – is your experience of life. How you live it, what you make of it. THIS IS YOUR LIFE. And how you interpret your life and the actions you take as a result, are the gifts, the insights and the meanings that you make for yourself and for others.
While we are connected, we are also diverse. We are none of us the same. We are deeply unique and individual as souls, and what we have to offer is unique. Not everyone came here to get an MBA or PhD or become an Olympian athlete. Not everyone came here to invest in real estate or to facilitate corporate mergers or lead tours in Europe. Not everyone can sing opera. Not everyone is an artist. Not everyone expresses fluently. Not everyone gets, or seeks, attention. Some of are gardeners. Some of us save cats. Some of us just live quiet lives and lend a hand when we can. But all of us are invited – no, compelled – to engage the journey of our soul. Some of us will take that to places far and astonishing and deep. And the treasures that we find there are the treasures that will leave an indelible marker for all.
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