I must confess that dealing with these “Elements of Awakening” has taken more space than I anticipated. I will have to evaluate the usefulness of it all for my ebook, but I think I like it!
Following is the end of the second element on Purpose. I hope it’s helpful.
If Heart works to raise this question [Why am I here? What is my purpose?] to us throughout our lives, then how much more intense will it be to one who has awakened to their own Heart? I love the reality of this, because once we find purpose, the pressure ceases.
A reason exists for that. We create our own purpose. If you are younger or if you did not have a background in organized, dogmatized religion, you may not have as much of a challenge as I did.
Why? Because the belief was drilled into me, and I accepted it and ego welcomed it: I would have to find what God wanted me to do with my life. There was a plan. It was exterior to me. And when it happened, I would just know it.
Ego likes such a scenario because it pleases so many others. It makes people fit in, do something society, a moral society, approves of. And that is okay; however, the question will keep coming up until we follow the way of Heart.
When it comes to Purpose, the way of Heart creates our own Purpose. Our purpose isn’t dependent on anyone or anything else. However, in the spirit of offering useful ideas, I will share the following considerations, and I will do it because of my experience.
Ego would seek to neutralize the energy of Heart by working through the mind; therefore, Heart encourages us by working through soul in creating Purpose. Soul work is emotional work, and when creating Purpose, I considered my personality complex, based on emotions, and my passions. These are soul concerns, not some dichotomy of soul and mind; emotions are the part of being under the primary domain of soul. And my Heart knew I needed those considerations.
Why? My Heart also knows how quickly my ego-influenced mind can rationalize me out of decisions. Therefore, in fellowship with my Heart, my emotions come first. No matter how anyone’s Heart works, we come to know Self in order to be happy, content, and excited about life. We are meant to feel significant, loved, relevant — well, purposeful! These were some of the emotional components for me.
I do not divorce these aspects of personality from one another; they only serve to help me in awareness, which means I choose Heart to be the operating system for my mind, too. My mind was the biggest hindrance in making the decision about Purpose and Vision (to follow). Heart had me consider rationale rather than rationalizations. I evaluated skills, abilities, education, interests and how the things I could choose to do would make me feel — a holistic energy of love. I realized that all of my life could be summed up in one passion: Discovery.
I think it may be useful to some people to think about seeing if their whole blend of being can be named, a name that may sum up their created Purpose. Mine is Discovery. The contraries of Ego and Heart and all my considerations through mind-soul-body when choosing heart allowed me to choose, to create. How do I create Discovery? That is my Purpose.
If I follow Heart, urgency is eliminated. Heart-purpose produces peace, calmness, and assurance that underlies enthusiasm, passion, and execution. I require these emotional qualities in order to envision specifics of how I will express Discovery, my Purpose. I will speak about this in subsequent elements of awakening.
Spirit wishes to experience the beauty and intricacies of its creation through the individual components of that creation. When we create Purpose, we engage Spirit in our personalized creation of life experience. Pretty awesome! When we don’t create, we miss out, and that void of having a purpose remains.
My recommendation is to choose Heart, come to know core Self, and then enjoy creating life purpose by considering our soul-mind-body complex.
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!