A Quick Guide to Your Life Purpose!
What’s Your Life Purpose? This is a big topic, so how can I possibly give you a “Quick Guide” – well here’s how.
Purpose #1 – Experience: You are here to “experience” life, and this experience comes in two forms:
#1 – Those experiences which happen to you.
Now, depending on the belief system, some people might say that we choose all our experiences, even those which are tragic and heart-breaking, but on the surface, it’s clear that some experiences are less than desirable and not of our choosing. Regardless of whether some aspect of our self chooses the experience or not, the fact is, some undesired experiences will happen. These are unavoidable. Our “purpose” within these unwanted experiences is to gain, as well as give. In other words, we will grow from this experience (our gain), but we will also respond to the experience in some way, thus giving back to others.
What we choose to learn and how we choose to handle the experience is up to us.
#2 – Those experiences you chose.
These are the experiences that result strictly from conscious free will. For example, we want to go to Florida for vacation, get a dog, have children, eat an entire container of ice cream, or be angry with our parents for doing a poor job of parenting. All of these are experiences that we consciously choose to have. They arise from our desires, emotions, and sometimes even those unwanted experiences. After all, we can’t control how our parents raised us, or that someone makes a delicious, yet fattening, ice cream. All we can choose is how we respond to these events. In this way, we consciously choose the experience.
Purpose #2 – Expansion: You are here to “expand” yourself.
From our first purpose of experience we roll into our second purpose, that of expansion. What arises out of every experience is the potential to expand, but, we get to choose if we want to do so. We do not have to expand. We can remain in the same space regarding whatever experience(s) are occurring around us. However, with expansion comes the ability to make a better choice – the ability to choose a better way to deal with the experiences we are subjected to.
Purpose #3 – Expression: You are here to “express” yourself.
From experience and expansion we begin to express ourselves, but our form of expression will be based solely on the choices we made within the first two steps of experience and expansion. If we choose to remain angry at our parents and not expand into a greater level of awareness regarding this matter, our expression can be nothing less than a state of anger. On the hand, if we choose to forgive and understand the choices of our parents, our expression will be one of compassion and love.
Every form of expression we exert upon the world is bound to choice. We get to choose how and what we want to express.
Perhaps you want to be an artist or a dancer, a doctor or a lawyer. Maybe you want to be spiritual or a parent. How well you express and create your dreams and desires are all bound to the choices you make about your experiences and your expansion. Want to create a more joyful life and live your dreams? Then you must choose to do so.
Purpose #4 – Ease: You are here to “ease” the suffering of others.
From experience, expansion, and expression we move to ease, but this is not about our ease, rather it is the easing of others. We all must contribute to the well-being of the world in which we live. Whether we choose to do so willingly, or are forced to do so through a lack of awareness, one way or another we will all contribute to society. For some, being bound into a limited state of experience, expansion, and expression will reduce their ability to give ease to others. Still, we all have love and goodness to give. All offer what they can. As we rise into better states of expansion and expression, we begin to better utilize our choices for the well-being of others.
If we choose to express ourselves as a doctor and this arises from joy of self rather than societal pressures, then we will naturally give better ease to others. If we choose to express ourselves as a parent out of love for children and life rather than a place of regret, shame, or pressure, then we will naturally give better ease to others. When we choose to express from a genuine state of expansion and expression, our ability to give ease is amplified and greater joy is experienced for others and the self.
The Greatest Purpose of All!
While we are all here to experience, expand, express, and to give ease, perhaps you’ve noticed that the greatest purpose we have has been hidden within each of these steps.
Our biggest purpose in life is “To CHOOSE!”
We have all been given the gift of free will. It is, I believe, the single most powerful gift God has bestowed upon us. At any moment I get to choose among these four powerful levels of purpose. My experience, expansion, expression, and ease will all be a direct reflection of my choices. I may choose to kill someone or to save them. I may choose to be angry or to show love. I may choose to forgive or seek vengeance. I may choose to react or become proactive. In this way, every choice made is one which affects me and the world around me. So choose wisely! Choose the best experience, expansion, and expression possible. Choose to do these and give greater ease to the world and those you love.
This is our purpose. To choose….
Everything else is just the canvas upon which those choices occur.
Thanks for reading.
Until next time…