Finding the path to your Purpose and Fulfillment
Some would say that we have only one purpose in life and that is our life's calling. While others might say that we have many purposes, not just one purpose in life. And some would say that we can have a purpose and once that is complete that purpose, we can have another and another and so on… As you can see, people have many different views on this.
Something that we all have in common is that we all share a need to experience a life of purpose. And we spend our entire life searching for our purpose, that thing that we feel that we are “called to do”. We all know that we have a purpose, we were born with this feeling. That feeling, that there is something greater that we are meant to do with our lives. That is why as children we have such big dreams. But as we get older, we just need to figure out what this purpose is for ourselves. Unfortunately, most of us don’t allow ourselves to listen to those internal callings. To our inner voice, our higher self. To those things that we feel are so very important because we get so busy and catch up in our daily lives.
Anyone can do this. Be still and listen. Listen to what your inner self is trying to tell you and show you. Listen for it to tell you what you are destined for. If a distraction comes in, acknowledge it and then let it go and go back to focusing on your breathing and the stillness. Be Patient with yourself, and have faith. This may not happen overnight or right away. It often takes time and practice to be still and just listen.
My life has forever been impacted by listening and the willingness to understand how important that really is.
I discovered that I am capable of connecting with my higher self, that divine intelligence that is inside all of us that we call light and wisdom. And with this, I created the life that I was destined to live.
In the book “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying”, by Bronnie Ware. She states that the top regret that people had before passing on from this world was, “I wish I had had the courage to live the life that I knew that I was destined to live.”
I had spent most of my life on this quest to find what felt right. Something that lit me up inside and I knew I could do this for the rest of my life. I knew deep down in my heart that this was what I was searching for. I knew that I could do just about anything and be successful however, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn't end up doing it for long. It had to be something that I was passionate about and would want to wake up every morning excited to start my day for and that I would love doing for the rest of my life. I wanted to help others in a way that they could learn how to help themselves. As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” To me, I needed to find my way to be that change. My quest became my mission and I knew when I found my purpose it would be with my passion. I would recognize it, as soon as I saw it, like running into an old friend that you haven’t seen for years and picking up with them right where you left off just as if no time had ever passed.
So, how do you find our purpose? How do you do this? Well to start, you need to get out of your head and your environment and change your existing patterns. You need to go places, lots of places, try new things, try everything, read all sorts of books, learn new things. You're not going to find your purpose by doing the same things and staying in the same environment. If you don’t put yourself out in the world, you won’t be able to see what lights you and fills you with passion and joy. You won’t be able to find what you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life. Your purpose.
In the book “As a man thinketh”, by James Allen, he talks about the relationship between your mind and the law of attraction. You start to understand the power that your mind has and you gain valuable insight on how all of the experiences in your life came first from your thoughts. He states in the book, “Mind is the master power that molds and makes. Man is mind and mind is man and ever more he takes the tool of thought and shaping what he wills bringing forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills. He thinks in secret and it comes to pass. Environment is but his looking glass”. This is a powerful awareness that we must first master our mind. For what we believe, we can achieve! We cannot achieve our purpose without first mastering our mind. “As you think, so shall you be” a quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
One of our strongest needs is the need for fulfillment, however, fulfillment can only be achieved through focusing our lives on our spiritual needs, which incorporates our personal growth and our contributions to being of service to others in meaningful ways. Fulfillment comes through helping others to achieve what they want in life and helping them find their own sense of fulfillment, joy and purpose. Fulfillment can only be accomplished with continuous growth and continuous contribution beyond ourselves.
Fulfillment is the ability to appreciate and enjoy your life, which comes as a result from creating a full life and a happy life. It comes from a life of purpose – a life where you feel your life matters and is significant. Life matters if we feel that we are living fully, which is what personal growth gives us, and that our life matters to something beyond ourselves which is what our contributions to others gives us. Fulfillment is not just about celebrating, appreciating and enjoying life. It’s about having a purpose.
From the book “The life and teachings of Masters of the far east”, “It has been clearly stated that life lived by the average individual is hypnotic. That is the majority of men and women are not living life as it was intended at all. Not one in a million feels the freedom to live what he inwardly feels he should live. He has come under the world's opinion of himself and this opinion is what he obeys rather than the laws of his own being. In this respect, and to this degree he is living under a hypnotic spell, it's like hypnosis, he lives under the delusion that he is a mere human being living in a merely material world and only hopes to escape it when he dies and go to what he calls heaven. This is not the determination intended in the plan and purpose of life.”
By taking consistent action towards your purpose, you are creating a direction in your life that ultimately leads you to your own destiny and with that you will find your life's fulfillment. Your purpose is your essence, your mission and the light within you!