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How to Open Yourself to Your Life's Purpose
Posted: 12/7/2009 | Leadership Comments
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I was thinking about something that Eckhart Tolle said to Oprah last year when he was on her Soul Series radio show speaking about his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. He said, “Something is true when it resonates with and expresses your innermost Being, when it is in alignment with your inner purpose.”

With what is happening in today’s economy and the growing number of job losses, we are at a turning point. There is a real opportunity to find an occupation or vocation that is more aligned with who you truly are and your life’s purpose.
Perhaps that thought leaves you to wonder if I am crazy, while thinking, “I need money!” This is understandable and absolutely without question. Still, this does not mean that you can’t find a job to meet your financial needs at the same time as continuing your inner growth toward a truer calling.
Finding our life’s purpose has many layers. One way to look at our life’s purpose is to look at what we do in the world or the actions we take in our vocation.
While this is true, what about us as human beings?Everybody can choose to be the best human being possible. Besides that choice, how do you begin to recognize your life’s purpose? This raises some questions for consideration:
  • What does your life’s purpose mean to you?
  • Once I understand it, how do I find my life’s purpose?
  • How can I be willing to be curious about myself and be open to growing and learning?
  • How do I live from my very best self while finding my deepest calling?
Consider this: we are happiest when our job or vocation flows out of who we truly are and our highest calling will always be for the highest good for both ourselves and everyone else. This means that in order to reach our highest good, it might be helpful to think about moving toward living our life’s purpose on a day to day basis, which includes how we make our livelihood. To achieve this, it might be helpful to ask the following questions:
  • Am I not connected to my deepest self right now?
  • If not, what ways do I ignore or block my higher/deeper self that knows these answers?
  • What keeps me from listening to my inner voice?
  • If I do hear my inner voice, how do I proceed?
If I do hear my inner voice, how do I proceed?

 When you continue to get to know yourself more deeply, you will then build more self awareness. Be kind to yourself in the process by developing patience and learning to trust in a Wisdom that becomes clearer as you walk along the path of self-discovery. Then life’s purpose will reveal itself layer by layer.

Remember that what we knew as our best choice when we were younger, which includes our occupation or vocation, might not be our highest choice now. So, with that in mind, allow yourself to be curious and continue to be open to learning and growing. This takes time, but bit by bit, we discover how to be more authentic, more aware and more useful to the world. This awareness provides the ultimate peace, wisdom and happiness when we know we are living our life’s purpose day by day.
I look forward to hearing how you are living your life’s purpose.


       Posted: 12/19/2009 11:47:18 PM

The best piece of advice I was ever offered on finding my (work) purpose was to remember that we are WHOLE people.

It''s easy to fall into a pattern where we look at work as this "thing" that supports our lives. Yes, SOME element of that is true. But shouldn''t our LIVES support our work, too? Isn''t it all really ONE?

I could not do the work I do today (i.e. "make a living") had I not redefined my lifestyle in such a way that my work could support me. Phrased differently... the work of my choice (or my "true calling," if you like) could NOT have supported the lifestyle I was trying to maintain, 15 years ago.

I like Eckhart Tolle. He''s really good at helping people get out of the way of their egos. I enjoyed A New Earth.

My Life Purpose is to find things, and connect dots. My other life purpose is to Love.

But... It would require a blog post to explain that, here. I''d rather go away and write the article, and then point back to you as the originator of the question!

       Posted: 1/10/2010 9:07:39 PM

This article reminded me of how fortunate one is to be able to work in a profession that one loves. When it comes to finding one''s purpose in life, however, it really doesn''t matter what type of work one does it is aways about service to others it is about loving other people, i.e., Ich und Du.

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