How can I know my life purpose or at least how to discover it?
Studying a concept like the law of attraction more deeply can be very helpful in many respects, way beyond manifesting specific things like money or relationships.
Understanding it is a Universal law and not a ‘tool’ used expressly to get ‘stuff’ helps you realize how focusing on your ‘being’ and nurturing your energy can lead you to manifest all sorts of wonderful things that will help you become the best version of yourself, and allow you to do, be and have all you want in life.
Most people with an interest in personal growth feel a deep need to live a meaningful life; we want to find our ‘purpose.’ We have a sense there is a specific reason we are here, and until we find this reason, we may feel unfulfilled. We feel like all the time living not ‘on purpose’ is wasted.
This search can cause a great deal of anxiety. We feel a lot of pressure to ‘figure’ it out. And when we have a better understanding of energy and the attraction process, this state of being isn’t conducive to manifesting the insights we are seeking.
Here are a few thoughts that I hope will make you feel a bit better about this search.
What I Think Our Purpose Is
I think our primary purpose here is to enjoy our life and contribute to our human experience through our own experience and perspective.
Each of us is a unique slice of ‘all that is’ and the Universe experiencing itself.
So you are already ‘on purpose’ by the sheer fact of being here. Now does this mean that you should ignore that nagging feeling you are meant for something greater and better, find a way to be content with your life just as it is now, and keep chugging on with whatever you are doing?
Definitely not. This perspective is simply offered as a potential ‘salve’ to the anxiety you might feel because you haven’t figured out your ‘purpose’ yet, you worry you are making the wrong choices, and that your life isn’t meaningful or whatever.
When looking at ‘purpose’ in this way, you see it is more about ‘being’ rather than ‘doing.’
But because we are here in bodies, the ‘doing’ is going to be a major part of our experience here, and we are going to feel compelled to fill our days doing something.
We want to enjoy that ‘something.’ We want that ‘something’ to be an expression of our values, our passions, our skills, our talents.
I don’t necessarily think we have a specific purpose that we are tasked with figuring out once we take human form, and we best figure it out or else we will end up living an unhappy, unfulfilled life.
If our purpose is to ‘be’ then from there, we get to decide what is the best expression of that. The things we feel passionate about, the subjects that interest us,etc…can be great clues to help us figure this out.
I know this is a very cliched question, but it is really, really helpful for getting at the root of what we really want: If money wasn’t an issue, how would you want to spend your days? What would you do for a living?
What excites you? What are you good at? What makes you happy? What comes easy and naturally to you?
Being Paves the Way for Doing
If our energy is what determines what shows up in our life, then again, focusing on our ‘being’ is the best way to manifest all we need to help us on our journey.
Our energy not only determines what specific ‘things’ show up in our life, it also is the starting point for thoughts and insights. When our energy game is ‘tight’ we are in better ‘contact’ with our higher self. The clarity comes.
When we focus on the energy, the actions will reveal themselves. We will have a better sense of how we want to spend our days. The decisions and changes we need to make become clear to us, and we are more comfortable making them.
The best way to create an energy conducive to these insights is doing what you can to enjoy your life now, prioritizing your happiness and well-being.
At the end of the day, that is all you want anyway, and is something you can work towards at any moment–nothing needs to change first.
This energy will allow you to manifest more things that will make you feel good.
For many, a sense of purpose is tied to helping others in some way–there are lots of ways you can help other people now, that will provide a similar emotional benefit.
You can volunteer your time. You can help the people in your life in whatever way feels inspired.
Getting at the Root
Figuring out how you want to feel is the key to gaining clarity for living a purposeful life. Everything we want is because we think it would make us feel a way we want to feel.
Once we get a better sense of the feelings we crave in our life, the confusion we feel over our ‘path’ begins to dissipate.
When we pinpoint the feelings, we get a better sense of what kinds of work and experiences will provide these feelings.
When faced with choices between different options, we consider which ones will give us the feelings we are after, and we base the decision off that.
As we engage in experiences that allow us to feel the feelings we want to feel, that energy gets stronger, and we manifest more things that will give us those feelings.
If we are willing to follow our feelings, we will always be on the ‘right’ path.
So how do you want to feel? In your work or other activities, what specific ways would you like to help people? How do you want to make them feel?
This Will Look Different for Everyone
If our true ‘purpose’ is experiencing life from our own unique perspective, and being happy, and not necessarily what we are ‘doing’ this can make us look at ‘purpose’ in a very different way.
Living our ‘purpose’ may look very different than we envision it.
We often think of ‘purpose’ as a very action-oriented thing–it is something we are ‘doing.
And like I said before, living your purpose will most likely involve some sort of ‘doing,’ most likely in the realm of your career.
I imagine most people interested in living a purposeful life won’t find working a job just for a paycheck or spending all their free time watching TV very fulfilling.
This isn’t the sort of ‘being’ they have in mind.
What makes people happy and feel fulfilled is very, very different. Many people may feel pressure to pursue some really ‘big’ goal, or help people in some way that may involve some great sacrifice on their part.
With an interest in personal development and spirituality, you might feel like you must become a life coach or energy healer, and teach others these concepts.
If you feel drawn to these sorts of things, great. But if not that’s fine too.
Your purpose is to be happy–that’s really it.
Not everyone might feel drawn to pursuing some path where they are trying to save the world, or living in some third world country helping the most unfortunate of the unfortunate.
You may have found great benefit in pursuing personal growth, but may not have any interest in having that be your profession–no problem. If you feel passionate about sharing what you learned, great. But you are under no obligation to do so.
If you are happy, you are contributing to the betterment of the world–let’s not forget there is a collective vibration, not just individual ones.
If you are being paid for your work, that means there is some sort of need for your services, and you are helping people in some way, contributing in some way.
So, don’t hesitate to pursue any line of work that you would find enjoyable because it isn’t ‘spiritual’ ‘purposeful’ or ‘helpful’ enough.
Don’t think that your purpose must necessarily be expressed through what you do for a living.
You Can Get On Purpose at Any Moment
The great thing about viewing happiness as your purpose is you can begin enjoying a meaningful life even if you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, you feel like you can’t take the actions you want to take right in this immediate moment, or it might take awhile to get where you ultimately want to be.
You won’t hesitate to take that first step because you get overwhelmed thinking how many may lay ahead on your journey. That your life might not immediately change, and it will be a process, won’t feel so discouraging.
You can truly begin enjoying the journey, and won’t focus so heavily on the destination.
Don’t hesitate to pursue a specific path that appeals to you, or put your energy and focus into one particular endeavor, but know that ultimately no one specific thing is absolutely essential to your happiness, that there is no one thing you are pre-determined to be doing.
This more relaxed approach to being ‘on purpose’ is the very thing that will reveal to you more specific ways you can live a life that will make you happiest, that will feel meaningful.
The Importance of Knowing Yourself
So much of our confusion stems from a lack of self-awareness and self-reflection. We really don’t know ourselves very well at all.
We go after what we think we should want, not really taking any time to consider if it is what we actually want. We aim to please other people. We want to live a certain type of life so we will be viewed a certain way by others.
We don’t define success for ourselves, and go by other people’s definitions, and even if we have met these benchmarks, we often don’t feel like much of a winner.
We may have given up on our dreams even before we allowed ourselves to really take a crack at them because we didn’t think it was possible, we were scared or because we couldn’t see every single step right from the outset, we couldn’t bring ourselves to take that first one.
We may be embarrassed about who we really are. We worry we can’t be ourselves because other people wouldn’t understand, because of our culture, our parents, our religion.
Getting to know ourselves better–and giving ourselves permission to be who we are— is a crucial component of personal growth in general, and manifesting in particular.
The energy of authenticity is very powerful from a manifesting perspective. The better we know ourselves, the more successfully and easily we can align with the things that will bring us the most enjoyment, that will be the best reflection of the energies and feelings with which we want our lives to be filled.
When we know ourselves better, we have a better idea of what would truly make us happy. When we know ourselves better, it gives us the courage to pursue what we want because we know these things would make us happy.
When we know ourselves better, we more easily insulate ourselves from the opinions, judgments and criticisms of other people because we know we are doing what is right for us, and there is less insecurity and uncertainty to be triggered.
When we know ourselves better, decisions that seem hard to make don’t seem that hard any more, things that once seemed very confusing are no longer so.
So who are you? What do you value most in life? What do you want your life to look like? What do you want your life to feel like? What are your strengths? What are you good at?
If you were free of fear, doubt, worrying what other people would think about you, what would you do with your life? What changes would you make to it now? What would you add? What would you subtract?
These might not be questions you can answer fully right away. But asking them sincerely is the first step to manifesting the answers. It will actually open up energies that will allow you to start manifesting whatever it is you need to make this vision a reality.
What did you think of the post? Anything resonate in particular? What advice would you give for finding purpose and meaning in life?
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