Why life on purpose?
I wrote the book, Life on Purpose, because of the understandable and natural misunderstanding around our life’s work, the suffering that I saw many people experience around feeling misaligned with that, and the joy and fulfilment that can come from being clear and acting on what we’re here for.
We’ve been given life, though it’s we who give life meaning. Without our giving our life meaning, it has none. We’re not given meaning, we’re given the opportunity to make life meaningful. That’s why we’ll never find meaning and purpose ‘out there’. It comes from us.
The inner finds its way out.
The good news is that meaning comes as a result of acting on what matters. We’ll only experience meaning and purpose by acting on what’s meaningful and purposeful. The bad news is that it can understandably be a challenge to be clear enough on what’s truly important and how best to go about it. For many, if not most of us, it can feel like a great mystery and a frustratingly hit-and-miss affair. I feel acutely that absence of knowing. That’s why I wrote the book.
What’s the basis?
For me, there is nothing more extraordinary than knowing, through our own experience and realisation, who we are, why we’re here, and how to create that. There’s nothing more remarkable than living the truth of our interrelatedness. Rather than teach ‘about’ the notion of the unique self, I’ve taken the approach of helping people navigate through a process where aspects of our unique self are hopefully realised as self-evident. No ideas, no concepts, just knowing. Though some teaching can be helpful, if you truly realise your true essence, there’s no need to ‘teach’ you anything. Either way, there’s always room for more clarity. My interest and emphasis is in realisation and clarity, not so much in the concept of that.
I’ve heard many people, including myself, despairingly say, “If only I knew what job I was to do, I’d go ahead and do it…” It’s as though we’re searching for some pre-ordained or externally assigned task.
It can never be answered this way. The primary confusion is not in asking, “What am I here for?” It’s in asking it as though it’s, “What am I here to do?”
What you are here for is your life, as your own life is the answer. It’s what your essence, unique self, soul, or whatever you’d like to call that aspect of you, have been shaped to share. You’ve been sensitised to something, and your own life required you to be sensitised to that. Sensitised so that you’d care enough to share that with others.
The job is to remember what that is.
Just as white light through a prism makes all of its always-there colours visible, purpose is made up of an infinite array of personal forms. As each colour is an intrinsic part of white light, each personal form of purpose is an aspect of what’s universal. Each one of us is one of those forms. Each one of us is one of the beautiful tones, colours, or vibrations that are already part of that one united rainbow.
We’re here for a specific, recognisable purpose. It’s our message and signature style.
We have a specific way to best act on and create that. That’s our calling.
The rest is up to you. You choose the form it takes.
You know your situation better than anyone. You’re the one interacting with others. You’re the one who in that moment has the opportunity to meet a need and serve in some way, uplift and make a difference to that person’s life. Because you know your circumstance better than anyone and you’re in the best position to know what to do, what you do is up to you. That’s it. You choose. That’s co-creation.
That’s how you answer, “What am I here to do?” You act in some way that creates what you’re here for. What you are here to do is what you choose to do. There is no other way.