The buzz about getting in touch with your purpose and living your life in alignment “with your true self,” keeps getting louder. (A good thing in my opinion!) But as I work with people (especially middle-age and older) I keep hearing, “What am I going to do when I grow up?” So, if you happen to fall into this category, this article is for you.
The key to discovering, uncovering, and getting in touch with your authentic purpose (as it is unfolding Now) is to first create a clear intention to acquire this insight. Then . . . be more aware as you go through life – even “spy on yourself” from an objective view point and determine if any insights might lead you closer to your dream. Be patient and follow the signs and synchronicities. They will be there to guide you. You will have your light-bulb moment if you are dedicated to looking for these pointers. I personally refer insights to my intuitive mind, and check out how my body is reacting to possible worthy ideas or decisions. My body somehow “knows” what is in my best interest! (For a better understanding of this I refer you to Robert William, the originator of PSYCH-K and his book, The Biology of Perception.
Just remember that insights often come to in many ways— through introspection and self study (that I start with in my “Creating and Living Your Purpose” workshops), as well as dreams, meditation (or “attunements” to your own higher soul self), the TV/internet/radio, through people or conversation and pretty much any other precursor that is relevant to your particular question or purpose. If you trust the process, the gates will open for you, but you need to exercise patience and faith.
The key to expressing your purpose, once clarified, believed in, and committed to, is to dissolve unconscious limiting beliefs that hold you back. Unfortunately, practicing positive thinking and trying to overpower these demons, does not work. We need to get “under the surface” in order to diffuse (actually physically alter the neural pathways in the brain) and re-program these conditioned and habituated thoughts in our unconscious self. These beliefs often came from misinterpretations we erroneously made in childhood (often in fearful reaction to what felt like a threatening situation, or told to us by those in authority we believed were teaching us for our best interest.) Dr. Joe Dispenza, a highly regarded brain scientist, has written a detailed explanation of why, how, and what to do regarding this process in his most recent book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself that I highly recommend to you.
Finally, as Janet and Chris Atwood taught me in their book The Passion Test, remember this: after making your clear intention, and giving it considered and focused attention for whatever happens or comes about as a result, give it no tension! Do not fight with the result because it did not match your expectation! Rather, take on the attitude, “Wow, that’s interesting! What can I learn from this?” Then, as all good chariot riders who get unexpectedly overturned, get back on your chariot and encourage your horse to keep going and stay the course! Persistence is a really great attribute to take along with you on this ride!