"THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE" by Carol Adrienne 

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Additional thought of Graham White in highlights

What I learn from a story may be similar or completely different from what you learn, depending on our backgrounds, our current situation, our vocabulary, our hopes and fears and our ability to listen--and our inherent life purpose.

I learned from Raymond Aaron, that there is no "one lesson" that can be learned from any exercise.  If you learn, you learn.  If you recognize something completely different from what is being taught because it triggers something, then that was YOUR lesson.  It doesn't need to be the same for everyone.  If we all learn something slightly different and can share that with the others, we can all enrich the other.  If we all learn the identical thing, we don't learn as much collectively.

If you don't know yet what you are here to do, live without knowing what your purpose is, yet be ready to do what is asked of you.

You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything.  We cannot drift aimlessly--hoping to keep every option open--because we will wind up doing nothing in the name of "being open".  Take a stand.  You cannot be everything you might be if you're always keeping your options open.  Take a stand on something that engages your interests 100% and go for that.

"I want to know what my life purpose is.  I'm so confused, I know there is something that I'm supposed to be doing, but I don't know what it is.  If only I could get some clarity, then I could take action." 

Instead of saying, "I'm a baker", say, "I happen to bake."  Our livelihood is a way of doing our purpose.

You have the ability to learn, grow and choose the next step.  You don't have to wait for the lightning bolt of "Now I know what my purpose is" to strike you.  

If you can't truly say that you believe in miracles yet, that's okay.  But you can begin to ask (pray) to receive diving help to resolve any situations you would like to change.  Ask that you begin to attract people who have experienced unusual synchronicities or miracles to help develop your faith.  You will soon be amazed at what comes your way.

Who we are, what impact we each have on the world and what individual responsibility means are the new focus of the century.

Our beliefs about the nature of life do create our responses to what we perceive to be the world.  Our perceptions, attitudes and beliefs are what we see mirrored in the external, physical world.  So when we say, "I create my own reality," what we mean is that we choose to paint the world a certain way and believe that reality is truth. 

Things happen.  How we deal with them is up to us.  Sometimes we have lots of choices.  Sometimes it looks as if we have no choice.  In reality, we always make some kind of conscious or unconscious choice about how to handle an event.  History is rich with stories about people who have suffered the most extreme deprivations and trauma and demonstrated both ordinary and exceptional courage, compassion and creativity.

We have free will, and yet we are not in control  We set our intention for what we desire, we achieve it usually only after we have released or need to have it (being cool).

At the deepest level of consciousness, our collective questions is: What are we here to do?  We know there is something we could be doing.  What is it?  How can we all help accomplish this evolutionary task?

So, you have a dilemma: You know that you are supposed to be doing something, but you don't know what it is.  We are born knowing that we have a purpose inside of us.  We are born knowing that there is work to be done.  If we lack spiritual awareness, or grow up with people who program us to see the world as dog-eat-dog struggle and hard work--a competitive nightmare--then our purpose seems to be to beat the system.  Our only goal is to take care of number one, stay out of trouble, get ours first and be suspicious of anything we cannot eat, sell, see or explain.

We wonder, "What is my life's work?"  Our assumption is that there is some defined, measurable and findable title, occupation, profession, livelihood, career, calling, service, talent, or identity that is hidden just beyond our reach.  Its location usually feels external to us, as if someone in authority will someday ordain us.  We mistakenly think it is only attainable by luck or incredible, superhuman worthiness.  We believe that the attainment of our purpose will make us financially secure beyond all fear, guaranteeing respect from all who cross our paths.  We assume that if we're hardworking and lucky, fame will validate our struggles.  The lack of attainment, on the other hand, makes us feel worthless and invisible.  When we're feeling down, we build a good case that if only we had been better nurtured and our talents understood and cultivated by our selfish or controlling parents, we, too, could be popular like Jerry Seinfeld, or an outstanding writer or inventor, or someone like Mother Teresa who really made a difference in the world.

Our purpose is HOW we live life, not what role we live.  The purpose of our life usually has something to do whit learning how to love more fully, more deeply, more constantly and more unconditionally.  The purpose of our life is found in activities where we lose track of time.  The purpose of our life is found as we go about our daily round.  It is also found in moments of transcendence such as a spiritual awakening in nature, a near-death experience, or after any accomplishment, large or small, that connects us to something greater than ourselves.

On a physical level, there is a hierarchy of needs that one must fulfill before the larger, philosophical questions are ready to be addressed.

Living an ordinary life is the path to self-discovery.

LIFE PURPOSE TOOL pg 46

To live a fulfilling life--or just to keep from withering--we must have both stability and growth.  The voice of stability wants to stay in the familiar.  The voice of growth urges us to venture into the unknown.  There is a timetable somewhere deep inside each one of us that says we must take the next step.  We can either let someone else call the shots, or we can make our decisions based on who we are as individuals.  So, we have two voices.  One voice says, like Popeye, "I yam what I yam."  Another one--the combined voice of our "authorities" such as our family, our social circle, our employers--says, "Who do you think you are?  Get back in line, sit down and be quiet.  Play it safe, we know best."

When looking for a company to work for, carefully ask questions and screen for ones that seem to be in alignment with your valued.

HOW TO ALIGN YOURSELF WITH YOUR LIFE MISSION

ACT ON PASSION.  Notice what your passions are.  Do more of that.  Take a stand for who you think you are--at least for now.  If you think you have no passions, look again.  What do you do that you enjoy so much that you lose track of time?  What kind of work would you call "too good to be true"?  What do you do even if you don't get paid for it?  Within these activities are the seeds of your passion.

BE DISCERNING.  Let your passion command your spirit without harming anyone else or your reneging on responsibilities that are truly yours.  Use discernment.  Stop doing things where you are just putting in time.

LISTEN.  Follow through on persistent intuitive messages.

COMMIT.  Do whatever it takes to put you in motion toward doing what your intuition is telling you.

STAY OPEN.  Let synchronicities confirm that you are on the right path, even if their meaning is not crystal clear.

LEARN TRUST.  Trust the process

What have you been passionate about in the past?

If you could have anything you wanted, what would that be?

What aspects of your life or career are you really committed to?

How could you make a difference in the quality of your life?

What would you like to change in the world?

What would it take for you to be living in total integrity?

FIND OUT TO WHAT OR TO WHOM YOU GIVE YOUR POWER (ENERGY)

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