A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

I believe in the amazing power of books. There are books that can transport you to magical places and reawaken your imagination, there are books that can give you comfort and peace when you most need it, and then, there are books that can totally shake your world and open up a whole new spectrum into your life; it is one of the latter kind that I want to share with you today.

A New Earth

I have just finished reading A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. The author of The Power of Now has done it again… totally opened up my mind to a new dimension, and I am so thankful for it.

This book is not for everyone, you have to be in a specific place in your life and in your spiritual journey in order to make sense of this book, but it is definitely worth a try, if anything, just to see where you are in this journey!

The premise of this book is that we all have one single inner purpose in our lifetime, and that is: Awakening to our true nature. Once that inner purpose is realized, then we can have many successful outer purposes (what we do and what we achieve during our human life), but none of these outer purposes will be really meaningful nor fulfilling unless we first realize our inner purpose.

I have copied an excerpt below that I feel gives a good idea of what this book is about:

“As soon as you rise above mere survival, the question of meaning and purpose becomes of paramount importance in your life. Many people feel caught up in the routines of daily living that seem to deprive their life of significance. Some believe life is passing them by or has passed them by already. Others feel severely restricted by the demands of their job and supporting a family or by their financial or living situation. Some are consumed by acute stress, others by acute boredom. Some are lost in frantic doing; others are lost in stagnation. Many people long for the freedom and expansion that prosperity promises. Others already enjoy the relative freedom that comes with prosperity and discover that even that is not enough to endow their lives with meaning. There is no substitute for finding true purpose. But the true or primary purpose of your life cannot be found on the outer level. It does not concern what you do but what you are – that is to say, your state of consciousness.”

Nothing we do, whether it is working, parenting, socializing, making love, etc. has true and real meaning unless we have awaken to our inner purpose, only then, every moment of our human lives will be meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of what it is.

I hope I have triggered your curiosity and you decide to look at this book because it is a real Gem!

Have a Great Week!


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Unfolding the layers of purpose

“Living a life of purpose” is a phrase that I often come across, it seems like a very popular phrase nowadays, but what does it really mean? How do we actually DO that? What is our purpose in life anyway? Living our purpose is easier said than done!

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You may see your purpose as the work you do, the career you have built, or maybe the family you are raising, the relationships you cherish, etc. But remember that none of those things can really qualify as your purpose if you somehow feel empty, or feel like something is missing…

Your true purpose in life is your mission, that what fills your life with joy, strength, fulfillment, confidence, and true excitement. This mission lies at the core of your being and it is the very reason you exist, and yet it can seem very elusive at times. How do you find it?

Here is an interesting new concept I read about recently and gave me some clarity on this topic: There seems to be many layers of purpose around our lives, and in order to get to the core and to the deepest truth of who we are and what our mission is, we first need to shed all the layers that cover us, one by one. This shedding process is like a slow unfolding that cannot be bypassed if we are to find our true purpose.

All these layers are superficial layers, and by that I do not mean they are less important, but they are more “external” to our being. Because of the fact that the layers need to unfold, there is an inevitable factor of constant change in order to unveil the truth, in order to reach our essence. You must be willing to change everything in your life in order to move from one layer to the next, and this change is often feared and resisted.

By fearing and resisting the inevitable change, we can get stuck in the process and we can stay stagnant in one of these superficial layers for the rest of our lives which is the same as living a mediocre life devoid of true purpose, no matter how much money we make or how perfect our family life looks like.

Every job, enterprise, career, relationship in your life will serve its purpose; but you may have to move on in order to grow, and that means you may be faced with difficult choices like: completely changing careers, divorcing your spouse of many years, leaving behind a secure job, etc. I am giving the examples of the major changes that will create the most fear and resistance; but there are many other small or not so small changes that still need to be dealt with every day.

The good news is: the journey is more important than the destination, so all these layers of purpose are meant to be lived fully, because they are part of our purpose, the problem is when we feel something is not right, when we feel something is missing, but we are not willing to look deeper, when we are too scared of what we will find and we decide to just stay in the safety of the known, we simply decide to numb our feelings, to distract ourselves with meaningless acts, and by doing so we block the process of unfolding and ultimately our process of growth and fulfillment.

Living our purpose goes hand in hand with living with presence, so if you are present, you are living a life of purpose, it is as simple as that, because that presence will clearly direct your life’s unfolding one step at a time. This is the most important thing to remember because only if we live with presence we will indeed find our true mission.

By living with presence we will be able to live every layer fully and we will have the clarity of letting go when the time has come to let go. After completing one layer, we might not know what to do next and that can be very scary but if we live with presence we will find the guidance, the vision, and the next path to take.

Also, if we live with presence, we won’t be “using” anybody or anything for our purpose, but we will be giving our best every day and in every way. So there will be no victims nor damage in the paths we leave behind, no matter how hard it may be to move on.

At the time of transition though, you will need to pay close attention to connecting with your inner wisdom, by finding stillness to fully BE with yourself, clearing your head of thoughts, and avoiding filling your days with meaningless distractions that will take you away from that connection (ex.: watching tv or using alcohol to numb your feelings)

If you are living your life without purpose (or without presence), you are not living fully because you are not really present. Not being present means you are living in the past or in the future (you are either ruminating about the past or projecting into the future,) you are not giving your full attention to what is going on in the moment, to the people you are with, and to the situations that unfold in front of you.

Our lifetime is a constant process of unfolding layers and it is easy to resist this process, to fear it, but the only reason we fear it is because we are stuck with the expectations or commitments of the past, or we are projecting into an uncertain future and imagining negative outcomes.

So the answer to finding and living your purpose is simply to leave with presence, to pay attention to the moment and to let go of the past and the future, completely let it go. In the richness of the present moment you will find clarity, your will find joy, and you will find peace, and your purpose will unveil.

If you wish to read more about presence and purpose, I have listed below a few related articles and books.

Have a great week!

Related Articles:

Be Present in the Present

Your Senses, A Gateway to the Present Moment

Every Ending is a New Beginning

Living the Life of Your Dreams

Books:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Way of the Superior Man (written for men)

Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential

 

Living the Life of Your Dreams!

Is it really possible to live the life of our dreams? or is it an old cliche? or maybe a lucky strike that only hits a few fortunate ones? What does it really mean to live the life of our dreams? Do we actually know?

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Living the life of your dreams has little to do with accumulating wealth or reaching specific standards of comfort, but it has a lot to do with living with passion, with presence, living in the flow and being happy and grateful everyday. Living the life of your dreams simply means aligning yourself with your own unique purpose, with the fulfillment of your own and unique mission in this lifetime.

Each one of us came to this world on a mission (believe it or not), it is not by chance that we were born, and it is not by chance that each one of us is unique in many different ways. There is a purpose for our life and our passage into this earth, and it is not until we connect with that mission and purpose that we can truly live the life of our dreams. Living our mission has also a lot to do with contributing to the world in a unique and meaningful way. If we only focus on what the world can give us, without focusing on what WE can give to the world, we will most likely miss our purpose altogether.

Every child is born with a little seed that carries their life’s purpose and potential in it. if a child is given true freedom to explore their innate talents and interests from the very beginning, and is respected for their strengths instead of labeled for their flaws, that child has a much better chance to figure out his/her purpose in life. More often than not, we try to make children “fit into” the cookie-cutter model of the person they are supposed to become as opposed to allowing them to blossom into the person they already are.

Teaching our kids to compete, to be better than others, to be “winners”, etc. is really damaging, because it teaches them that there isn’t enough for everybody, that in order to be happy one has to win and to be better than others to make sure they have their fair share. This brings in a world of competition instead of cooperation, a world of individuals instead of communities, a world of have and have-not’s, a world of winners and losers, a world that is far from ideal… this is the world we live in, and we can change it, one child at a time. We all have this responsibility as adults and role models, and we need to keep this in mind.

We don’t need to be better than others, we just need to be the best version of ourselves, we need to let our baby seed blossom, not by winning over others, having more than others, comparing ourselves to others, but by finding our unique purpose and living it, then there is no room for competition, just for fulfillment. Every person has a totally different purpose and they are all worthwhile.

Living the life of your dreams or rather finding your purpose and embodying it, may take a lot of deconstructing old patterns and beliefs, it may also take you away from people or situations that don’t support you truth. But there is no wasted time, life is a journey of discovery and growth, so instead of resenting all the time spent in less than ideal situations, relationships, jobs, etc. be thankful for those experiences and struggles as they will probably bring you closer to finding yourself.

When you find your true purpose and mission in life and you start to embody it, you will live from a place of authenticity and truth, so everything else will come into alignment with that truth: your work, the place you live in, the relationships in your life, etc. Living your truth takes courage, but living in such a way is not only a dream but a necessity, because if we don’t, our whole system (our body) starts to fail.

Ayurveda, which is one of the world’s oldest medical systems, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago, refers to the divine role in which each soul participates from birth as an important part of healing. Healing is a matter of supporting the body to fulfill its birth role, thus allowing the soul to fulfill its spiritual task for this incarnation.

The word Dharma, used widely and sometimes misunderstood, basically means the Law that “upholds, supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe”, according to this law, every single one of us (and every other living being) has a role to play in the harmony of the whole, which is to say we all have a unique mission and purpose that will bring harmony not only to our own lives but to the whole world.

In that light, I would like to share two excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita about Dharma:

“Better is one’s own dharma thought imperfectly carried out than the dharma of another carried out perfectly”

“Better is death in the fulfillment of one’s dharma, for to follow the law of another brings great spiritual peril”

In the search for the life of our dreams, we can start by finding what really moves us, inspires us, attracts us, interest us, and see how that aligns with our unique talents (because they usually go hand in hand), and try to bring more and more of that into our lives, even if that means making changes, sometime small sometime big, but do not be afraid, if you are in the right path, everything else will fall back in place….

I wanted to share a video that really moved me, it is about a young girl that was lucky to find her passion and calling at a very early age, her story is remarkable and at the end she encourages us all to not give up on finding our mission for this life, it is a little long but a true gem. A 23 year-old mother of 30

An last but not least, another Inspiring video (shorter and more generic)

Have a good week!

Suggested articles:

How to find yourself when you have lost yourself by Rebecca Lammersen

Rumi, Dharma and Passion by Catie Joyce

Living my Dream by Dagmar Spremberg


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