Today as I was meditating, thoughts of worry kept intruding about money. As we approach winter, business at the motel/retreat center has a natural cycle of declining visitors, thus lower revenue. Simultaneously, as the weather gets colder, the heating bills go up, along with the arrival of bills for snowplowing and the like.
I kept pulling my mind gently back from the worries of expenses and refocusing on the mantra for today’s meditation only to find myself repeatedly pulled to worry. Suddenly I felt a gentle heat all over my body. I smiled, knowing that it is a sign that St. Michael, the Archangel, is present for me. A conversation ensued about my worries. St. Michael reassured me the monetary issues are already taken care of and to cease worrying about them because all that does is draw my attention away from my focus here on Earth which is to assist others in discovering and living from their Highest Self.
St. Michael reminded me that we are all “in this world, but not of it”. By that, he means that we are spiritual beings who chose to make an Earth Walk at this time to learn life lessons, but we are much more than our physical bodies and the lives we live here.
To step back from our day-to-day lives and take stock of what we are learning by living those lives affords us an opportunity to see from a broader perspective how well we are doing what we came here to do. So you might ask, “How do I know on that deeper level what I’m supposed to be doing?” Here are some tools to help you become clearer on that.
Think back to your childhood. What were three things about which you had great passion? It could be animals or nature, reading or playing make-believe, daydreaming or sports. Whatever were your top three passions, write them down. Then, for each one, make a list of descriptive words that capture the essence of those activities. For example, if one of mine was playing with dolls, words I might use to describe that would be: creative, imaginative, fun, relational, telling stories, adventure, beauty, empowering, escape, inspirational. After you’ve chosen your descriptions for all three activities, look for common themes. These themes are very likely to be part and parcel of your mission in life.
Another intriguing way to investigate your mission and life purpose is to look at what you desired as a child, but didn’t get. I was on a coaching call the other day and the person was talking about being very focused on love and support because her childhood home was anything but loving and supportive. Her career, interestingly, is as a social worker providing…you guessed it…love and support!
One method that I really enjoy using over and over comes from my mentor, Shelley Riutta, who asks people, “If you had the world stage for five minutes, what would you want to say to people?” This provides another path to finding your mission in life.
These are just a few of the techniques I use with people who are searching for more meaning in their lives. There are wonderful tools for assessment that allow us to explore both the aspects of yourself that you are directly manifesting into your life purpose and those aspects which you are currently rejecting and from which you cannot draw sustenance. The more aligned we are with our mission, what we came here to do, the more fulfilled and satisfied we are. How satisfied are you?