And the responses and protests continue to grow as a result of Tuesday’s presidential election. It all certainly has a different feel than anything I have experienced in the past. A multitude of personal responses exist for us to engage in.
I think about the hurt and sense of loss on one side, the pride of winning on the other, and bad behavior by some on both. I know that whether we deeply care about the outcome of that day or whether we have continued on as if nothing is different, ultimately, every one of us will come to the same place. We will wonder about who we are and why we are here.
Times like this present opportunity to ask these questions. When major societal disruptions occur, at some level we must think about our relationship to the whole, to others, and to the issues. This is why I shared two steps last night to help consider these questions.
The truth is I have ten more steps, more or less. I am working on an ebook that evolved from these posts and my novel. I’m writing it because even though I share my personal truth in fictional expression in a novel, I have lived it. I believe it is helpful; I believe it is encouraging and positive; I believe that in a very real sense it answers the most basic wonderings we entertain.
Last night, I described Step 1 as discovering core Self, that essence of eternal Spirit in each of us, Heart, that answers to the question Who am I. Yes, I have tools to help people do that, and I know every one of us can. Some don’t persist or follow-up to continue the process of discovery; others know who they are and choose to reject Heart and operate according to Ego. Heart is who we truly are.
Step 2 results as a natural progression. When we know core Self, we need some way to express that Self to the world. Heart desires this, exists for this, needs this. Why? It is simply because Heart is a parcel of Spirit, then it desires relationship and unity with the whole Universe. Then Step 2 becomes the answer to Why am I here. This answer becomes life Purpose; it becomes the defining nature and character of us, personally. It becomes the backdrop, the field, of our personal truth. We co-create it with Spirit, our Heart naturally being our mediator with Spirit since it’s the expression of Spirit personalized in us.
Step 3 results from this determination and co-creation, and it is crafting our Vision. Vision involves painting the big picture of what we want our Purpose to look like in this world. For me, my life Purpose is built around discovery, my personal discovery and my desire to help others discover. My Vision is to express my Purpose through writing, communicating. It could be done in hundreds of ways, I suppose, but this is just as personal and unique as the other steps.
Again, there are creative, useful, fun ways to travel on this journey of discovery, and I hope at some point to share these with you. Also, this isn’t some lockstep program. It’s spiritual realities that can happen different ways at different times for each of us. Enjoy it — no rights or wrongs here, even if you choose to just keep plodding along without any thoughts of any of this.
And they are all fun. They produce the realities of life: identity, purpose, and self-expression. I think, along with other steps I will share, this is a time we need these basic elements of why we came to this scene. While simple, I hope this is encouraging.
More to come. Blessings!
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!