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Does Everyone Have a Life Purpose?

on April 16, 2012
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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 then?

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?

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Food for Life distributes food on an international basis produced solely from vegan and lacto-vegetarian ingredients. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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7 responses to “Does Everyone Have a Life Purpose?

  1. BRENDA says:

    What if every thing was just interesting …….
    Our purpose was to be free … to choose …. everything……
    Choose what you love …. what gives you joy!

  2. Davidya says:

    Ooo – very big subject. I see your point and how self-concepts of purpose can get in the way.

    Ultimately, I see us as here for That to know itself more thoroughly. In other words, Self realization is part of our purpose. The closest idea in Vedic terms for purpose is dharma, that which sustains. That which keeps life in balance for evolution to continue. They classify 4 levels of dharma: the universal above, our community purpose, our time of life purpose (student, householder, retired, etc) and our personal purpose. The last is essentially a blend of our karma and the prior. Note that purpose is closely tied to others.

    (the karma part is what makes purpose less clear – what is clearing the decks and what is moving us forward?)

    In a recent workshop on Sacred Gifts, they suggested rather than thinking we “have” a purpose, find your gifts (we all have them). When you use your gifts for others, then you are living ON purpose.

    In a way, it’s not possible to be living off purpose. It drives our very existence. When we see our purpose, we see it running throughout our live. But having some sense of it certainly makes it easier. We then make choices aligned with life.

    On broke spiritual people: Thats part of the lollipop effect when there is too much energy going up and not enough grounded, coming down. in the end, that grounding has to happen for the realizations to be embodied.

    Yeah, and some people make their practice part of their identity. It’s partly why some teachers avoid concepts. But the funny thing about the “spiritual path” – even if we actively avoid it, it happens anyway. Mainly because its not really us driving that bus. More its happening through us and mind is then trying to make a story about what happened, thinking it had something to do with it.

    Thanks for another thought provoker.

  3. elly34 says:

    Great questions though I think Davidya had some good points: when using our gifts we are on purpose – I would agree – as well as can’t live off purpose. BTW, who did the Sacred Gifts workshop? I’m curious!

    The so-called “spiritual path” came to me and I have that in quotes because even “spiritual” is just a label and there is no such thing, at least according to one guru. And I have always wanted to know my purpose as it was and is the only reason why I want/choose to be here on planet earth, truly! But I believe I have discovered my individual one! ; )

  4. Susan Ebling says:

    My own personal spiritual realizations on the subject of “Life Purpose & Personal Path” are similar to what Arianna & David have both found in that you cannot be other than a part of Source and therefore you can never not be living your purpose. What spirit told me in my meditations is that never let anyone fool you into doing something to prove your spiritual worth. You serve by your very existence and nothing more is required of you. But to serve your own personal journey now that is something else all together. We make plans for ourselves in the other dimensions and attempt to fulfill many of them in this one which is tricky. But the most hardly advice I have is know you are worthy and priceless and try to stay open to ways to serve quietly and with grace and you probably can’t go too far wrong…lol

  5. Susan Ebling says:

    One other item – The thing about spiritual people being poor. While I agree with David about the spiritual mechanics of how that can happen it is a rather limited explanation in my view. After all, Jesus was not a wealthy man and Buddha, who was, gave it all up to pursue a path of spirituality. Gandhi who could have been wealthy as a lawyer rejected wealth in order that his people, whom most of which were desperately poor would not judge themselves as their own cultural cast system required. He wanted the lowly man to feel the dignity that each of us by our mere existence are entitled to. Mother Theresa took a vow of poverty as a nun but managed to manifest a great deal of money and support over time for all the sick and dying she and her followers looked after. Based on the old saying, “If you want to know how God feels about money, just look who he gave it to.” I kinda think two things. Number One: What we focus our attention on the most we make manifest. So as spiritual people who are more interested in the development of our souls rather than our bank account, the answer is obvious. Number Two: Can it be that most people who have money have it the way a child has training wheels? Food for thought.

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