Following your fulfillment is what will result in finding your purpose. I use the word fulfillment deliberately, as opposed to the word success. Success is too often associated with social status, with money, and with power. While we might be able to sustain “success” for a time, it will be abrasive and draining if we are trying to be someone we are not designed to be.
We don’t like to think about it, and we may not want to accept it – but we live with the unexpected – every day. The unexpected is regularly woven into the routines of our organized lives. It appears, again and again, inserting itself into our spreadsheets and carefully maintained portfolios. And just as the unexpected reminds us that we cannot escape the cycles of chaos, the weather or the seasons, it also reminds us that change is an inescapable fact of life. We are only fooling ourselves if we think otherwise.
Soul intentions drive your purpose. Intentions refer to what you agreed to accomplish prior to incarnating. Soul intentions, a/k/a your soul’s agenda, are created for many reasons. They include your agreements to your self and to others. They include your dharma and your karma. You will recognize your soul’s purpose by your inherent desires to experience and explore certain things.
The Force and Field of life is the energy of love that surrounds you. This Quantum Field surrounds all things animate and inanimate; all things present and unseen, all things that have not yet come into being, and all things that have transformed.
Empathy and identification with others are traits that come from the soul’s abundance. Your soul is the most sacred aspect of your being, and the most capable of understanding and demonstrating abundance. Abundance, at its core, is a spiritual, not material, matter.
There is an insidious and very large dark undercurrent at work at the occupation of Malheur – the fear that there is not enough for everyone; that everyone can’t have their needs met. Period. That kind of thinking inevitably creates the myth that only some deserve access to resources – and who decides that?
In Part I, I offered my working reflections on how the same human design can show up so differently in two different people. I looked at what different souls bring to their human design, including their soul trajectory, their unique dharmas, karmas, and life purpose. In this conversation, I consider how different expressions can stem from the same definition.
Here are my working reflections on how the same human design can show up so differently in two different people.
You have a unique purpose encoded within. You are here to act from that purpose. You are here to live, breathe, create, and experience health and great joy from that purpose. Living your purpose has immeasurable ramifications in the good that it does. Even if you cannot at first articulate that purpose, if you seek it with an open heart, it will find you.
The soul is that part of you that never dies and is re-birthed into incarnation after incarnation. The soul is the part of you that was made by the Creator Source, which is of the Creator Source, and is the Creator Source. Your soul is your portal back to God, it your piece of God, and it is what makes you God. It is your unique experiences, contributions, mistakes and insights that inspire God and the Universe, and cause them to expand.
The activities that you are naturally drawn to, what you long to learn about or explore, are the indicators of your birthright and your soul purpose. The key is to follow the paths that you find fulfilling. Every human being is an aspect of the Creative Impulse that spurs the evolution of humanity and the world. Therefore, understand that being who you are is everything. It is what truly matters, because your part as a positive force for the evolution of this world is effective only to the extent that you have drawn down your soul, activating your true nature..
When you are not living your purpose, your life is at best dull, ordinary, and unfulfilled. At worst – your life is characterized by setbacks and even cruel experiences. It is difficult to overcome the limitations imposed by being in the wrong place and situation. It is nearly impossible to come into our own when we are in the wrong environment, with the wrong people, and applying ourselves to tasks which are not ours to do.
The world I knew was gradually getting away from me. It was slowly dying. I didn’t see it that way at first; I didn’t see it. I didn’t realize that with all the job losses, some abrupt and unexpected, the relationships that had ended – also abruptly and unexpectedly — and with the continuing hit to my finances, mind, and heart, that I was inside of my own Anthropocene.
Not long ago I wrote an article where I talked about the deep survival crisis the protagonist of Cast Away is plunged into when he is stranded on an uninhabited island. After four years of persevering and adapting to a harsh environment, he is able to free himself from the extreme confines of an isolated, ascetic life. In the current article I explore the primitive and intimate process of being inside the reality of moving through severe challenges.
The reality is that for most of us, our voice is limited, and our contributions undervalued. Still, we cannot give up or surrender. We must believe in our right to be here, and the right and necessity of carrying out our unique agreements.
I wrote this piece because I wanted to look at a few perspectives regarding traumatic events that result in life-altering circumstances. I also wanted to touch on how we might work with irrevocable alterations to our lives such that we stay engaged in life. Additionally, I wanted to look at the questions that arise when our life path is derailed: was it an accident, or was it planned?
You are already whole. The part of you that is manifesting in the here and now – the physical plane as you call it – is a much reduced, though still beautiful, expression of you. That expression may be functioning at physical and emotional peak, or it may be experiencing wear and lack of recovery. You may even be under attack.
As long as we believe that others who are “high maintenance,” that is, the poor, the mentally ill, the uneducated, the clinically depressed, the elderly, the jobless, the terminally ill (and the list goes on), are not deserving of authentic and ongoing intervention and assistance (because they should somehow have done something to have helped themselves), we will only have inefficient, inadequate and partial social programs to address these issues.
I wrote this piece because I wanted to begin the process of understanding what Spiritual DNA is. The term seems to have been introduced relatively recently – perhaps in the last few years – though the more general idea of spiritual inheritance is as ancient as the concept of a Creator. It was from the Creator that all things emerged, as s/he was the One who breathed into life innumerable aspects of he/r own Divine Being. Our spiritual inheritance is older than the dust of ages, yet to reframe it as Spiritual DNA points to an evolution in our understanding of how soul develops, and perhaps compels us to explore this further.
Your soul purpose is your true calling, and when you are aligned with that calling, you will find the level for its appropriate or natural expression. It’s mythical thinking that you can find your soul purpose by listening to other people’s ideas or opinions about what that should look like! Be wary of claims and suggestions that the VALUE of your soul’s work is directly tied to the amount of money you make.
These days I hear a great deal about living life too small. I have come across it again and again, mostly from the plethora of coaches and mentors for those seeking to find their purpose. The question, “Are you living your life too small?” has impressed me at times as almost accusatory, as if we may not be doing everything we can to be the best we can be, and perhaps even hints that if we are living a small life we are not living our purpose.
At the simplest level, soul history refers to what you have been up to in each of your incarnations. At a more complex level, soul history also includes your role within the groups your soul has associated with over its many incarnations. These groups, or communities, are formed around intentions for a specific vision that require everyone’s cooperation. Soul groups themselves create trajectories.
When we speak of soul intentions, we are referring to those plans that were made by you prior to incarnating. Soul intentions are created for the purpose of fulfilling your agreements to your self and to others. These agreements have their basis in your soul history. Their agenda was formed in the annals of your past; they are not formed arbitrarily, or on the basis of a passing whim. A soul intention is not about glibly asking the question, “Hmm…what would I like to do next?”
Love asks us to show up and do what needs to be done. Spend more time with those we love. Listen to what others are asking of you. Pay attention to what others need. How can you be of service? Pay attention. The information is in the request. Pitch in at the homeless shelter or the humane society. Volunteer to deliver a meal. It doesn’t matter if you feel ready, or if you believe that you have prepared sufficiently.
When you expand your heart beyond its normal boundaries you are able to incorporate the needs, concerns and even wounds of another, or an entire group of others. How can you do this without also afflicting yourself with the wounds that you have taken into the expanded space of your heart?
I have been drawn to understand who I am through the journey of my own soul. I still vividly recall standing in front of a mirror when I was four and the awareness that took me by surprise that the little girl reflected there was a mere aspect of a much larger self. That was the beginning of my personal journey to uncover the mysteries that were hinted at in the mirror.
The lives of good and beautiful souls, that is, those who strive daily for authenticity, accountability and integrity, are as peppered with disappointment and loss as are the lives of less conscious, though still beautiful, souls.
Each of us began our immigration from reaches unknown, and places only vaguely remembered at best. Although we may not remember the specifics of our origins, those beginnings nevertheless follow us in our dreams and in our imaginations, sometimes haunting us in the way of a forgotten melody, sometimes spurring us to reach the tantalizing wilds on the other side of the horizon. As inevitably as the pulse of our first heartbeat continues to thrum its way through each of our incarnations, our beginnings are never separate from us.
The steps we take to recover from disappointment, shock and loss have everything to do with the meaning we make from those experiences. If we believe that we are powerless, that we are victims, and that life is against us, we will not recover. If we believe that our options for choice and personal happiness have come and gone, and that what remains ahead are crumbs, we will not recover.
There was time when I believed that I had very little say about my life. There was a time when I believed I had no authority to confront not just the challenges, but the horrific experiences I endured as a child. As a child I believed that’s just the way things were; that’s just how life is. Later, as the daughter of impoverished immigrants who did not speak English as their first language, I continued to find numerous reasons to support my impression that I was a victim of circumstances, and that my lot in life was destined to be one of severe limitation.
At the still point of the turning world we are still,
Shooting threads of light, finer than rainbow gossamer,
diaphanous and delicate beyond measure,
yet stronger than this life we know–
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.
I lived with this question for years, but I didn’t know I was actually asking it. Later, in my studies of transformational tools and principles, I was told that “Something unique wants to express itself through you – something that only you can give birth to.” I thought this was, at best, a nice sentiment. It was very egalitarian as it left no one out, and it even made everyone special.
Father Mother God, Creator of all beings
Unparalleled Lover from Whom emanates boundless capacity for love,
for eternal care;
from Whom issues all balms to soothe and heal all wounds,
Who has known and suffered through us and with us all wounds that are possible –
that have ever been –
and Who has received these many hurts into His-Her Heart…
No matter how much we live our lives with integrity, we are going to take hits. No matter how self-actualized we are, and how many tools we have to get us back to center, we still need to slog through pain from time to time. It’s part of life here. We can’t avoid it. So I’ve put together a process for navigating pain. I hope you find it helpful.