What if the purpose of your life is having no purpose?
What then? How would you feel?
For many of us on a spiritual path, it feels bad. Well, I generalize. This thought feels bad for me. The idea of living a life without purpose makes me feel cranky and grumpy.
Walking a spiritual path and having no purpose is like saying to a vegetarian, (which I am), there is no purpose in being a vegetarian.
What if everything you believed in was a lie? What then? Would you begin eating bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches, or barbecued spareribs or chicken wings because latest reports are conclusive: eating animals is good for you; eating vegetables is bad for you?
No, of course not.
Returning to my opening line, what if you don’t need to find your life’s purpose, would it change you?
For a self-identified spiritual person, purpose goes way beyond my example of being a vegetarian.
My point is this: I didn’t become a vegetarian to follow a fashion: it seemed prudent at the time, and I became used to it.
Can we say the same thing for the spiritual path?
Is the spiritual path a fashion statement or a limitation?
The spiritual path often seems circumscribed by limitation. One of my friends said to me recently: How many spiritual people do you know who are living a prosperous financial life? And I had to admit: not that many. Many spiritually minded people are struggling with some type of limitation.
Do we still have a deep-rooted unconscious belief in the collective that it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, than it is for a camel to walk through the eye of the needle?
Perhaps we have made “being spiritual” a commodity. It is not a way of life, it is an identity.
Fulfilling your life purpose seems to be a big part of “being spiritual”. This often sounds like:
I won’t be happy until I can find my life purpose.
Well, I better get on the spiritual path so I can deal with the business of fulfilling my life purpose.
If there is no life purpose to be uncovered, is there a point of the “spiritual path”?
On the one hand, we are all on a spiritual path, simply by living on the planet. Even Donald Trump, widely recognized as a big money man, is on a spiritual path. It’s not about whether or not he has the slightest bit of interest in spirituality; that’s not the point. His soul is unfolding. Each of us has a soul which is constantly evolving whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not. Our soul is evolving through our process of being on planet earth. Deal with it.
But here’s the question: how much attention and energy are we giving to our contribution to planet earth. Are we feeding our addictions or are we contributing our talents?
Are we walking a spiritual path out of fear? Do we think we will get a reward? If this is the case, we might as well be controlled by the old paradigm of heaven and hell.
In my case, I walk this path because I can’t not walk this path. I hunger and thirst for connection with Source, so I walk this so-called spiritual path to get more juice, to live a juicier life. What’s your reason?
That’s why this is an important question to ask ourselves: What if there is no purpose, no brownie points, no gold stars for walking the spiritual path? How would we live differently? Could we, would we be, more authentic. Tell me what you think about this.
- What Else is Possible? (shipwreckedangel.wordpress.com)
- The Spiritual Path (spiritualclarity.wordpress.com)
- Soul-Talk: The Myth of the Spiritual Path ~ Russell Bishop (evolutionarymystic.wordpress.com)
- Following a spiritual path the best I can (subjunctivecollapse.com)
- An article by Caroline Myss… Encountering our Firewalls (theknowing1.wordpress.com)