“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved” D.H. Lawrence
At important milestones, such as New Year or my birthday, I usually ask myself two questions: ‘what was last year about?’ and ‘what do I hope that the next 12 months will bring?
I write the answers on a sheet of paper, and then I also write myself a letter describing what I aim to achieve the following year. I then sign and date the letter, enforcing my commitment to those goals, and place it under a plant or a favourite crystal and forget about it for another year. Afterwards, with great anticipation, I open last year’s letter.
I started this ritual about 25 years ago when I felt I wasn’t really satisfied with my life. Reviewing those letters helped me uncover a theme and recognise a few issues that kept popping up frequently. Those frequent ‘poppers’ provided clues to what I truly desired, what I subconsciously gravitated towards hinting at what and subsequently turned out to be my life purpose!
Poppers ranged from names of friends who I’d asked to continue to be part of my life, to finding new creative talents and wanting to make time to develop them. I realised I needed hobbies to keep me interested in matters outside my working life. I even described details of how I imagined my day to-day lifestyle to be, including living in a home where I would enjoy walking about barefoot on a solid oak floor!
I recognised that the very same people, activities, books, cultures and ancient civilisations that interested me, also gave me clues to past lives (and passed issues), and helped me build a picture of my soul’s journey.
The excitement of placing the pieces together fuelled my courage and passion to face challenges along the way. Getting from one clue to the next effectively provided a focus to my understanding of this lifetime.
So, your life’s journey may seem like a never ending movie where, as the story unfolds, clues are given at the right moment when you are ready to deal with such information. At times the clues are bold, at others they are subtle inklings, but your feelings will guide you.
“Very often emotions of extreme excitement, joy or fear point to issues that need to be explored and help uncover an essential part of your life’s purpose.”
If at times it seems that you are not getting any clues at all, it may be that your ego is ‘protecting’ you on an unconscious level rather than you are not meant to pursue that path.
Consciously working on your belief systems will help the ego-based boundaries dissolve with time. So, be patient, note how you feel, what you enjoy or yearn for; face and change any limiting beliefs and you will find that such a journey is your life’s purpose unfolding.
You will find that, just like the alchemist in Paul Coelho’s novel, the personal treasure you are searching for has always been underneath your feet! I am delighted to report that apart from the wooden oak floor, over the years, most of ‘poppers’ that truly mattered were ticked off my lists!
A Quick guide to uncovering your Life’s Purpose
Find a quiet moment, and write down the answers to the following questions:
- If it were possible to change one thing in your life today, what would that be?
- Whose company do you truly enjoy, desire to nurture?
- What interest, are you still waiting to develop?
- What’s holding you back (that’s the payoff you need to resolve)?
- Are you happy and excited to go to work when you first wake up?
- If not, why?
- If you were to change your job, what would you rather work be?
- What do you need to do in order to make this change happen?
- What are you putting up with in your life (tolerating)?
- What do you need to do to free yourself from them?
Write down the answers to such questions, as well as others your mind will come up with, sign and date your letter. Your signature is your promise and commitment, activating what your heart yearns for – that is your life’s purpose.
© Sahar Huneidi 2017
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