“I discovered that people are not really afraid of dying; they’re afraid of not ever having lived, not ever having deeply considered their life’s higher purpose, and not ever having stepped into that purpose and at least tried to make a difference in this world.” — Joseph Jaworski
You come to this life on earth with specific talents and intentions. Through your inner guidance you begin to understand and use these gifts. You come here with an assignment, or a life purpose, if you will. It may be the task of raising a family, transforming a business, communicating your ideas as a teacher, or being a leader in your community.
Your task may be a massive one such as raising the level of constructive communication between warring countries, or awakening a consciousness of love and forgiveness in a segment of the population. Whatever purpose your soul has come to unfold, through your Divine intuition you are given guidance and life experiences that will prepare you to fulfill it.
Many people assume this calling is a job or profession they are here to fulfill. Sometimes our purpose is not a thing we need to do, but a attribute we need to develop in order for our soul to unfold and grow to the next level. Through a physical disability you might learn to let others help you or, conversely, learn to help yourself. You may have grown up in an abusive home and learned about compassion and forgiveness. In many sessions with clients I’ll sense a quality that they’re here to develop, such as resiliency, persistence or bravery.
Following are some other common life lessons. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of life purposes but rather an overview of possibilities. As you read these, see if any of them resonate with you. The purpose of your life may be to:
• Heal a relationship with another individual or group of individuals.
• Develop a specific characteristic such as love, mercy, hope, compassion, endurance, courage or confidence.
• Invent a service or product that will help and assist individuals.
• Create works of art and beauty to help heal the souls of others.
• Open your heart after an experience of loss and be a model for helping others do the same.
• Display courage, honesty or honor during a personal or professional difficulty.
• Foster open and non-judgmental communication within a family, neighborhood, office, or in the world at large.
• Aid in the spiritual development of others.
• Create a strong family in order to foster the life purpose of yourself, your spouse and/or your children.
• Release a focus on fear, worry and anxiety and transform it with the qualities of love, patience and faith.
When you know your life purpose, you tap into a source of power that enables you to achieve your goals more easily and effectively. Susan Jeffers, the author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, wrote, “We become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world.” As your purpose in life evolves you’ll find yourself with more clarity, energy and abundance.
Remember that your life purpose needn’t be a huge project or undertaking. It may be a quality you develop or a gift you share with your immediate family and community.