When I decided to write a series of articles on personal growth, I challenged myself to start with the big issues first. There’s probably none bigger than your life purpose.
The Purpose Of Your Life Journey
Why are you alive? What is the purpose of your journey? Why do the things that happen to you happen?
In general terms, the purpose of your life journey is your growth. This involves learning who you really are, why you are, what your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual limits are, what you are capable of and how you can serve others. When you undertake the personal growth journey, you contribute not only to the betterment of yourself, but also to the betterment of humanity and the planet as a whole. Each time you take a step forward on your personal growth path, the world becomes a better place. It becomes a little more understand, a little more tolerant, a little less judgmental, a little more loving, a little more peaceful, a little more honest or a little more forgiving.
Look at the events that have happened in your life so far. Is there some recurring pattern or theme that emerges? If so, you already have an inkling of the type of issues you have decided to resolve or heal in this lifetime, as part of your life purpose.
- Paul’s life purpose is to learn how to overcome financial burdens. To do this, he must first experience financial poverty. He has chosen a life with humble beginnings.
- Esme’s life purpose is to help others overcome addiction. To do this successfully, she must first become an addict. She chooses a life path that will see her become a drug addict in her early 20s so that she can learn to overcome addiction and inspire others.
- Ashis is living as a monk. His life purpose is to find happiness without material possessions.
- If you are open to the concept of multiple lives, Ashley is a successful businessman. He lived as a monk in a previous lifetime. His life purpose is to find happiness and balance in a life abundant with material possessions.
Once you have healed an issue, it no longer arises and you can move onto the next one. Think of the issues that used to bother you when you were younger. Are they still in your life now? The chances are that they are not, as you have healed them and moved onto the next phase of your life. If they still are, then now may be a good time to bring them into awareness.
How Does It Help You To Know What Your Life Purpose Is?
Understanding that you have a life purpose and knowing what it is helps you to retain a feeling of control and peace through the difficult times. It also assists you to objectively view the reason behind the dramas that are played out on your life journey, rather than immersing yourself in them.
How Did Your Life Purpose Come About?
This is where it probably becomes challenging for people with different beliefs. If you don’t believe in multiple lives, ignore any references to multiple lives in the following explanation and just read it as though it applied to only one lifetime.
Unless this is your first lifetime, your life purpose probably relates partly to stuff ongoing from your previous lives and new ‘stuff’ for this life. If you can accept the fact that when you die you leave your physical body behind and travel to another dimension, then modify the following to fit within your particular belief system. While in this dimension you:
- Review your life in an objective and non-judgmental way. You identify what you did well and what you could improve on.
- Reflect upon your life and the lessons you learned from it.
- Choose your next life based upon the unlearned lessons and unresolved issues from previous lives. You choose the life that would be most benefits for your growth and learning.
Here’s why I like this theory so much… It takes responsibility for where you are and what has happened so far in your life to a whole new level. You are responsible for choosing your current life including your parents, significant people, country, wealth and even your physical body and/or disabilities. You are even responsible for choosing the major events that have occurred and will occur in life.
When you accept that you are responsible for your life at this level…
- You cannot justify living as a victim as you chose this life and its circumstances because they would help you to heal or grow.
- You find yourself looking at life (especially its challenging moments) from a different perspective… everything has suddenly become a learning or healing experience.
Do We Still Have Choices And Free Will?
Once you have begun your journey, are all your choices removed? Rather than answer that question, what if I ask you instead whether you always do the things or make the choices you know will be best for you?
You chose this lifetime, its key people and events, because you thought it would benefit your personal growth. How you respond once you’ve commenced the journey is up to you. In the same way that you can be disappointed you didn’t do that little bit more study or you ate that extra plateful, so too can you ultimately be disappointed in some of the choices you make on your journey. But they’re your choices to make.
You have the freewill to heal or evade issues in life. If you do not heal them in this lifetime, you will probably choose for another lifetime to contain the same issues. Next time the issues may be slightly more challenging or ‘in your face’ so you cannot ignore them.
Why Aren’t We Born Knowing Our Life Purpose?
You already know your life purpose at an unconscious level. It appears best that we are not consciously aware of our life purpose when we start our journey as:
- If we knew, we wouldn’t strive to find it or to grow
- If we knew in advance the pain we had arranged to suffer, we might take steps to avoid situations that ultimately lead to growth
How Do You Find Your Life Purpose?
We all have different life purposes. For most of us our live purposes involves learning lessons or growing in particular areas. Look at the people around you and the life you have lived so far to get an idea of what these growth areas may be. There are some others on the planet who, while still having lessons and growth as part of their life purpose, are also here to serve humanity, animals, plants or the planet.
When you are ready, and it would serve you to know your life purpose, all you need to do is sit quietly and ask. The answer will come to you. If you don’t trust that you will get the right answer this way, the alternative is to grab a sheet of paper and a pencil and start writing. Write down as many things as you can think of that could be your life purpose. Before you get to 100, you will have written something that resonates strongly with you and you won’t feel like writing any more. This will be your life purpose.
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