April 19, 2016 1:52 PM
If you believe you are a Soul—and at this point, why wouldn’t you?—and if you believe you came back for a reason (and why wouldn’t you?), then how do you discover that reason? How do you discover your life’s purpose?
Over the last couple of days, I wrote the following for the book-in-progress under the chapter The Lessons of the Soul. Yeah, I know, earlier I had mentioned I was in “clean up the text” mode, but soon realized there was more to say. It’s a process.
Standard first-draft disclaimers apply…
A Sense of Purpose
THE LESSON: You chose this life for a reason.
While accounts from the Soul realm vary on the specific details of how we go about selecting our next life, one thing is agreed on: Selecting one’s next life is a conscious, serious, and well-thought-out process. Your present life was selected as a matter of choice—not of chance.
In other words, you deliberately chose this life with a specific purpose in mind. You came back to incarnate life in order to do something.
Your life’s purpose need not be grandiose or meaningful to others. Maybe you chose a Resting life in order to recover from a particularly hard previous life. Maybe you wanted to take a well deserved break from the Soul realm’s “rat-race” of spiritual development and chose a life of ease and luxury. Maybe you chose a Humbling life—a life filled with pain or disabilities—in order to advance rapidly.
I suspect though, since you are reading this book, that you chose an Educational life—a life specifically chosen by you, to help you learn and to grow. A life which would present opportunities to challenge yourself—opportunities specifically designed to help you grow wiser and more learned.
With this idea in mind, that you came back to learn and to grow, painful life events—from the practically mundane (a flat tire) to the egotistically uncomfortable (being fired from a job) to the emotionally painful (divorce) to the truly horrible (being raped)—can be viewed from the higher, “I chose this life” perspective. Not from a self-depreciating perspective (“I’m to blame”) nor a negative karma perspective (“I deserve this fate”), but with the insightful realization that there are hidden lessons within these events. Lessons which, when you chose this life, you realized would help you grow emotionally and spiritually. In the Soul realm, you knew what would happen (the smart have their books), but it is only in the incarnate realm where these lessons can be truly learned (the wise have their scars).
This isn’t to say that all lessons are painful, just that wisdom comes from experience, and experience is sometimes painful. “Wisdom scars” can also be acquired gradually and relatively painlessly. Much like the calluses on the soles of our feet or the palms of our hands are gained from repeated but unintentional friction, we often gain specific wisdom through unintentional but often repeated life events. We learn through repetition.
Initially, when acquiring a new skill—learning how to drive for example—the process is uncomfortable and we are filled with uncertainty and anxiety. Eventually though, through repetitive practice, the skill becomes so second nature and effortless as to become practically ingrained into our very being. The skill becomes a part of us.
In order for wisdom to be carried over from life to life, it has to become ingrained into your Soul—it has to become a part of you-as-a-Soul. The repetitive process is one of the surest way of ingraining these lessons—wisdom which you, from the Soul realm, decided that you wanted to acquire.
So in addition to choosing this life for the relatively rare but painful learning experiences, you also chose this life for the repeated patterns that you knew, from the Soul realm, would occur in it.
Uncovering these patterns in your past—wisdom that has become ingrained into your very being—is the key to discovering your life’s purpose.
Discovering Your Life’s Purpose
THE LESSON: This life, which you chose, provides clues to your life’s purpose.
Your life has a purpose—a reason you chose this incarnate life—but how do you discover this purpose? By realizing that you consciously chose this life and that you knew ahead of time that it would not only present painful opportunities for growth, but repetitive opportunities. Through examining past patterns and consistent interests, you can often glean insights into why you chose this life in the first place. You can discover your life’s purpose.
Repeating patterns and consistent interests—these are the keys to discovering why you came back. Examining your life’s history will reveal that certain past events and experiences seem to consistently and frequently arise. They will occur so often and regularly that you’ll unconsciously come to expect them. Likewise, in examining your past, you’ll likely discover one or two personal interests which, though you may have “discarded” them multiple times, you are always and mysteriously drawn back to them.
Furthermore, these patterns and interests will have a power behind them. Events and experiences will leave you feeling as if there is some mysterious “message” hidden within, a message wanting to be heard. These consistent patterns and interests—like a trail of breadcrumbs in a forest—have a powerful attraction to them, an almost irresistible force urging you forward.
For example, my life’s purpose is to discover and transparently share the beauty of TaoGod in a rational, and down-to-earth manner.
How did I discover this purpose? First of all, though I am no believer in astrology, I was literally born the quintessential Taurus: Rational, down-to-earth, stubborn, level-headed, and independent. Rational and down-to-earth are key components of my nature. Discover and transparently share the beauty of TaoGod in a rational, and down-to-earth manner—not a woo-woo, artsy-fartsy manner, but a rational and down-to-earth manner.
I have a strong distrust of authority. This is the result of a repeated pattern of authority figures in both the military and the business world abusing their positions to better themselves at the cost of others. This distrust causes me to question “truths” as stated by authority figures and discover the truth on my own (discover and transparently share the beauty of TaoGod in a rational, and down-to-earth manner). Not just repeat the “truths” of spiritual authorities, but to dive in, try-fail-try-fail-try-and-finally-succeed, and discover the Truth for myself.
In addition, because many of the actions of these authority figures were done in secret and for their own self-interests, transparency in my “discoveries” is very important (discover and transparently share the beauty of TaoGod in a rational, and down-to-earth manner).
An interest that has always fascinated (and frustrated) me was photography. I loved both the technical and the artistic sides, yet for years—because I could never get the photos to look as good as I envisioned them—I had a serious love/hate relationship with it. Though I had given up and quit photography at least a dozen times over my life, I was always drawn back—pulled back—to it. The desire to reproduce my vision through photography was almost obsessive. Eventually, something clicked and I “got” the art of composition at about the same time that digital photography and computer post-processing came out. Soon I was able to capture the beauty that so attracted me to the art and my Heart began to open in appreciation (discover and transparently share the beauty of TaoGod in a rational, and down-to-earth manner).
But probably the most influential aspect of my life’s purpose manifested as an unusual series of events during my youth—a bizarre but consistent pattern that occurred so regularly that I gave it a term: The Wirs Curse. Between the ages of 8 and 18—growing up in a state park in Florida and later in the Florida Keys—Nature, at first only in the form of animals but later in the form of weather events, began to “attack” me: I had vultures swoop in and dive-bomb me; an alligator who roared at my like a lion; a rattlesnake coiled up with his head raised and hissing (though oddly not shaking his rattle); a shark which bumped me so hard that it knocked my scuba tank out of the harness, nearly drowning me; a barracuda charging me like a javelin, only to stop a mere inch from my chest.
One day, the dive boat I was working as a mate on, was “attacked” by twelve waterspouts (tornadoes on the ocean). Over and over they would drop out of the clouds and unerringly head in our boat’s direction. Later, after avoiding the waterspouts and trying to make our way back to port, I took the helm as the captain peered out into the brutal storm which we had found ourselves in, looking for a landmark to help us determine our position. Just then, a brilliant flash of lightning struck the outriggers, shot up through the metal steering wheel and hurled me backwards into the captain’s chair. For thirty minutes I couldn’t move my arms, the muscles feeling as if they had been shorted out. The Wirs Curse in action.
The “attacks” of the waterspouts and the lightning occurred while I was working as a mate on a dive boat in the Florida Keys. The events of that day had such a profound impact on the boat’s captain, Doc, that he refused to ever go to sea with me again.
Because of the Wirs Curse, and even though I was an atheist, I use to tell my friends—somewhat jokingly—that God hated me. Directly because of these mysterious events, my rational mind started to have doubts about the nature of the universe. These events appeared to have an intelligence behind them. A superstitious atheist is not an atheist at all.
Soon after the waterspouts and lightning, the Wirs Curse disappeared from my life about the same time as a friend gave me a copy of the Tao Te Ching. The Tao Te Ching is an ancient and beautiful Chinese text about a mysterious, organizing force—the Tao—which lies behind and is the source of everything in the manifest world. I would eventually come to see the Tao as the intelligence behind all the bizarre events of the Wirs Curse. God—the Tao—didn’t hate me at all, She just wanted to be recognized and acknowledged (discover and transparently share the beauty of TaoGod in a rational, and down-to-earth manner).
The patterns and the interests: Taurus, distrust of authority, transparency, photography, the Wirs Curse, atheist-turned-Mystic.
My life’s purpose: Discover and transparently share the beauty of TaoGod in a rational, and down-to-earth manner.
In the Soul realm, you consciously chose this life. You knew it would provide unique opportunities to grow and develop—to embed wisdom into the core of your being. It is almost as if, in choosing this life from the Soul realm, that you left breadcrumbs for your incarnate self to discover and follow. These breadcrumbs—repeating patterns and compelling interests—are the clues to discovering your life’s purpose.
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