On Discovering Your Purpose in Life

A young woman contemplates her life's purpose with a ray of light beaming through

“What’s my purpose in life?” is the question most people have. Everyone innately knows there is more to life than what we see or experience on the surface. We look around and surmise there’s got to be more to life than this. To think otherwise could drive us mad. It’s a concept we can’t mentally or emotionally entertain nor should we. So feeling in the belly of our souls that there is some great mission for us, how do we go about discovering what it is?

First, let’s differentiate between a mission or purpose and a station in life.

A mission or purpose is more fundamental. It is our foundation to life and living. It is our life’s ethos, our reason for being here, our reason for existing. 

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When most people ask the question, “What’s my purpose in life?” they are usually in the process of discovering their life’s work or service or at least a line of work they can feel comfortable pursuing at this point in their lives. Your service, the gifts you have to so uniquely give to the world, make up your STATION in life which can change or may not fundamentally change but evolve and morph over time. This is not exactly the same as your MISSION in life.

Since the topic of this blog is “How to Discover Your Purpose in Life” we’ll reserve the subject of discovering our life’s station for another blog post so that we can give it the attention it, too, deserves.

To return to our mission in life, we all share the same purpose—all of us. Our purpose is primary and all of our stations derive from our purpose.

First, our purpose in life is to LIVE.

Truly living means enjoying life and finding the good in the things that are unpleasant because the good is always there. One of the statements I live by because I've found it over and over again to be true is: There's a silver lining in every cloud.

If we aren’t joyful, happy or content a great deal of the time, we deserve to be and we are meant to be. We are the ones who choose misery, not God. Why would a loving God expect us to be unhappy? As parents, all we want for our children is their happiness. This is a divine attribute.

Part of our purpose is to live, feel and express ourselves joyfully and to enjoy our life’s journey. Over time, we end up finding out that even the ugly parts were also beautiful because of what we learned from them and the evolved junctures in life to which they have brought us.

Isn’t this what a benevolent Creator would truly want for us?

We’re not here to save the world. This is not our mission although the world will be ‘saved’ once a critical mass number of us learn to live in joy.

Even for people on a spiritual path it is quite possible to come to a point one day where we ask ourselves, “Where’s the joy? Shouldn’t a spiritual life be filled with joy?” The questions can be shocking for us because we automatically assume spirituality and joy go hand in hand. This is a correct assumption.

Spirituality and a joyless life is an oxymoron. Even to say joyless and life in the same sentence is an oxymoron. (Write to me if you'd like to hear my story about how I learned the truth about this.)

Our purpose in life is also and equally to love and to enjoy the journey of expanding that love with every passing day.

We're also here as creations of the Creator to create! The fact that we are filled with desires indicates that we're compelled to create. It’s part of our divine nature. We are born to create and to give and we’re not happy when we aren’t.

We're here to receive and to allow our receptivity to all the gifts the universe wants to give us. By receiving, we are often accepting another’s giving which allows the natural flow and cipher of creation.

Our purpose is also to evolve and become. We are all a part of Isness. God seeks to expand Its self-knowledge and realization by experiencing life through each of us, as us. God seems to want to know Itself more fully through the beautiful and the ugly, the kind and the selfish, the imprisoned and the free. We are very purposely assisting divine Isness in this ‘mission.’

And as we evolve and become, we eventually come face to face with our Christic selves. We come face to face with our God-Self realization and pure freedom. And this last one is every preceding concept (joy, love, creating, giving, receiving, evolving and becoming) rolled into one—the ultimate.

Our purpose or ‘mission’ in this world is at once simple and profound. We don’t have to get anxious and wonder and worry if we’re on target with our mission. As long as we are relaxing a bit more and allowing ourselves to appreciate, enjoy and embrace life more and more every day, we will most definitely accomplish our ‘mission’ in every sense of the word.


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