For decades I chased “My Life Purpose.” I searched every corner and crevice; I looked under every rock and behind every tree. No luck! This idea in my head that there was some overarching purpose to my life and that I could find it by searching diligently, eluded my grasp at every turn. Most of the people in my family seemed to find their Life Purpose without much trouble. My sister knew she wanted to be a teacher by the time she was five! She grew up, went to college, got her credential and has been teaching happily for 30+ years. My cousin found his Purpose early on also — he became a State Parks Ranger and served in that capacity for over 30 years as well. I went from one promising career to another but nothing seemed to hold my interest for long. Why not? What about me? Where — when — how will I find my Purpose? Needless to say, I have been ecstatic since discovering this equation ME = UV, because in following this equation, I have found My Life Purpose.Here’s what happened.
Let’s back up a bit. Somewhere along life’s way, I realized that a career does not always equal ones Life Purpose. Like money, it is more the representation of one’s Universal Value. It can often be an expression of a person’s UV, a vehicle for flowing one’s UV into life. The part I did not understand for so long is that my value is the innate worth within me, not the representation that shows up in a form outside of me. Like so many I was trained from birth to value the outer form above That From Which my Creator created me. There were hints and clues all over the place, in various teachings, in the whisperings of my soul, in things I read, heard and even said to other people (that’s the worst part.) But I wasn’t looking within for the answer and so — I missed the clues and hints and My life Purpose remained at bay.
I remember reading a section in Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. I’m laughing to myself right now, because I just grabbed the book off the shelf to quote the passage and read the book’s subtitle: “Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” There really ARE no accidents are there? Toward the end of this book there is a marvelous dialogue and explanation about finding (perhaps “recognizing” is a better word) your Life’s Purpose. Sadly, I say that I must have read this section at least five or six times and even thought I understood it but the core of me didn’t really get it. Eckhart describes my mis-placed focus brilliantly:
“As long as you are unaware of Being, you will seek meaning only within the dimension of doing and of future, that is to say, the dimension of time. And whatever meaning or fulfillment you find will dissolve or turn out to have been a deception Invariably, it will be destroyed by time. Any meaning we find on that level is true only relatively and temporarily.”
Over and over again, I fell for the lure of the dimension of Doing and Future — some future reward, success, accomplishment, fame, fortune. Each time I felt “deceived” as I recognized the illusion I’d run after once again. What kept me in the loop of this repeating cycle was my self-judgment about “never staying with something for long,” “chasing after rainbows,” “not being worthy of having a really fulfilling Life Purpose!” Oh boy, do I now see the “error of my ways.”
So if you just caught a glimpse of yourself in that mirror, my first suggestion (strong recommendation) is that you Stop judging yourself immediately! That is not useful!
Basically, what Eckhart goes on to say is that one’s Life Purpose is to share one’s Presence (another word for Universal Value) in whatever expression one enjoys. And that’s what I’ve been noticing since I began to understand my True Value, my Creator-given Essence.
My BEingness IS my value.
Any ol’ way I choose to SHARE my value is the entire purpose of my life. This means that if I choose to share my UV as a smile to a stranger (which takes a nano second) I am fulfilling my Life’s Purpose. It means that if I choose to have a 30-year career during which I continually share my joyous BEingness with my field of work, my co-workers, my family, my students, my readers, my patients, my “whoever,” I am fulfilling my Life’s Purpose!
Does it get any easier than this?
Well, let me be perfectly clear — it also means that if my “career track” looks like a hodge-podge of various low-paying jobs, punctuated by periods of unemployment, interspersed with periods of modestly successful self-employment and ending in retirement altogether from the 3D workforce — what truly matters is: how many moments of my Presence, my Universal Value, my Eternal Essence, my BEingness have I consciously chosen to share with the world around me?
Now I can see that I have been engaged in my Life’s Purpose most of my life. I am a total success! In spite of my best attempts to botch the whole thing, I actually have been (and am) fulfilling My Life Purpose! Whoo Hoo!!!
So here are some ways in which I am currently fulfilling my Life Purpose by choosing to flow my Universal Value (my Presence, my BEingness) .
1) Writing letters of hope and encouragement. Recently, a friend pointed me toward an organization called MoreLoveLetters.com. I have always enjoyed writing encouraging words to people. Now, I find there is a whole organization of folks doing this. I decided to join in. Spread the love. I am going to talk to our Library Director to see if I can use the library as a meeting place once a month for a group of us to write letters together and send them out into our community. I’m going to take a couple of “samples” over to the local high school to see if they might be of use to the guidance counselors there. Surely, a teenager having a “down” day could use a little reassurance.
2) Growing Veggies. I mentioned in a note to last week’s post that our move fell through but my friend who had offered her home and gardens last week, has now offered Tomas and me the use of a good portion of her vegetable garden. I’ve been over there three times already. I’ve planted a couple of things and done some soil preparation. It’s a true playground; my friend has made gardening there soooo easy. There are many “Elementals” (fairies, elves and angels) attending this space and it is so much fun to putter among the plants and get good and dirty.
3) Blogging: My blog is a wonderful vehicle for flowing my Universal Value. It gives me a platform for sharing all these amazing insights in a beautiful format, complete with images to illustrate the ideas. Readers let me know by their comments how much my UV sharing is helping them. I also enjoy “visiting” other bloggers’ sites and sharing more of my UV in the comments sections on their blogs. “Likes” and ☺ are also ways of sharing UV. Keep the Value circulating — let’s not hoard it! (lol) That stops the flow, remember?
4) Everything else. Yes, every action can be an opportunity to flow my Universal Value and thus fulfill my Life’s Purpose. All I need to DO is be aware that I am intentionally aligning my UV with whatever I am DOing. I can tell if I am, because JOY or CONTENTMENT or PEACE will be the natural bi-product of my alignment.
Eckhart says it this way: “Awakened doing is the alignment of your outer purpose — what you do — with your inner purpose — awakening and staying awake. Consciousness flows through you into this world. It flows into your thoughts and inspires them. It flows into what you do and guides and empowers it.”
This very consciousness is the Universal Value that each of us IS. It is Who we BE. To express this Eternal Essence of ourselves (whether through our BEing or our DOing) is to fulfill our Life Purpose.
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As regards last week’s request for additional income to be provided through my UV flow? I’ve been wondering whether or not I could sell my homemade, organic vegetable broth at a local farmer’s market. Yesterday, I made my inquiry of the person who hosts the Friday markets and got a resounding YES! I will certainly have an ample supply of vegetables to make the broth. Why not try it? I don’t have to make a 30-year career of it ☺
The only requirement is that I choose to flow my UV into the vegetable broth.
For as long as it’s fun! ♥