How to Discover your Purpose in Life (Your Life Mission or Dharma)

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Millions of people worldwide are experiencing an inner calling to discover their purpose in life and to express it to the world. Now more than ever, humankind is experiencing a surge of awakening – an inner calling to evolve to our true potential.

How do we know that we have a life purpose?

Your life’s purpose is expressed in your passion. If you have passion, you have a life purpose. Every human has passion, whether or not he or she is aware of it. Do we need a life purpose? No one needs a life purpose, yet we all have one, big or small! When you are in touch with yours, life takes on a new power, new meaning, new ease and much more aliveness, moments of bliss and passion. In the words of mythologist Joseph Campbell, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”

How do we find our life purpose? A good place to start is to pay attention to what is already showing up in your life. What do you find yourself thinking about or doing when you aren’t thinking about paying the bills or other obligations. What gets you out of bed and fired up on those days when life doesn’t seem so wonderful? Have you ever found yourself totally absorbed when spending time engaged in something you love? You are unaware of time or distractions, only following what you love. Yes, this is a beautiful place to be, so finding this unique talent is important not only as a contribution to the world, but to your own personal bliss.

What are you passionate about? Pay attention to callings that you feel deep within you — these inner callings are coming from your soul and the core of your being. Have a practice that connects you to your inner source. This could be writing, yoga, painting, meditation, dancing, or spending time in nature. This is important to connect to because it is where the information lies about your calling and where you will find the support to step into it. Take a look at the people you admire as they tend to represent the greater aspects that you also have. Perhaps you have always wanted to help others less fortunate, stand up for a cause, or bring awareness to important community or environmental issues via whatever medium you resonate with, such as art, music, writing or travel. The ways are limitless.

Does our life purpose have to be big? No, it doesn’t have to be big or earth-moving. I have worked with numerous individuals whose life purpose or “dharma” was to heal a pattern in their life, or to work on uncovering limiting beliefs that have kept them stuck, or changing a story that no longer fits. Or to learn about patience, compassion or how to be resilient in the face of change. Living a purposeful life requires that we live in dharma. Dharma is similar to the term coined by Chinese philosophy as The Tao. It is translated as “the way” or “the path”. Tao and Dharma are like a mission, a purpose or a doorway that align with the natural harmony of the universe. We know that we are in harmony with our life purpose when we cannot think of anything else we would rather be doing on our journey through life.

To define what a life mission is, lets first take a look at what a life mission is not:

  • It is not what society tells you your life is for.
  • It is not your career, although it can be expressed through your career.
    It is not accumulating wealth (though it can be!).
  • It is not some grand plan that is imposed on you.
  • It is not what you think it should be.

It is not a life of suffering (pain is normal, suffering is optional).

A life mission is:

  • That something you do that makes you feel completely alive while contributing to others.
  • Activities you do naturally, that you have a natural knack for.
  • A part of you that has always been there for as long you remember.
  • A flame that burns deep inside of you.
  • Your intrinsic contribution to humanity.

So how do you find YOUR Life’s Purpose? Here are 10 questions to meditate on:

You will get the best result by writing down your answers!

  1. What are the things you most love doing?
  2. How do you most like to impact others?
  3. Why do people like being around you?
  4. What actions towards others come most naturally to you (are you a good listener, problem solver, etc.?)
  5. How have you positively impacted the people in your life?
  6. What qualities about you create this kind of impact?
  7. What activity makes you feel as if time disappears and you are in a state of bliss?
  8. What is the legacy you want to leave behind you?
  9. How do you want the world to be impacted because of your contribution?
  10. How would you live differently if you knew your days were numbered?

Your answers to the above questions help to describe your life’s purpose, the spark within you. Now take the time to synthesise your answers into one powerful sentence. Write it so that it inspires you and clearly speaks to you. Make it so it is an “I” statement. For example, my life mission is: “I make a difference to peoples lives” Does your statement speak to you? Does it inspire you? Does it make you want to jump into action, or energise you? If so, you have find your life’s mission. If not, do this exercise again a few times. Go deeply within yourself. Then allow the Universe to bring about the people, places, circumstances, events and action from inspiration that allow it to become part of your reality as a co creator! Your mission will certainly emerge! Have courage and step into the mystery. You will have aligned with your true self and resonate with a field of energy that manifests the life you may have only imagined. When you discover your passions – the things that float your boat – and find your “Bliss Station”, then pursue them with complete abandon. You will find that “doors will open for you where there once were walls” (Joseph Campbell).

If you are guided to seek answers or insight into any area of your life you can get a personal chat reading with Psychic Aura here.

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Article originally appeared in Psychic Guidepost November, 2014.

Psychic Aura (Elita Purcill)

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