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What must I be about to live the life I need to live?

By: Sherrilene Classen, PhD

“Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful its ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That's just living –- heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful.” – L.R. Knost

This Blog opens up deep questions. Questions pertaining to the meaning, purpose, and satisfaction of life…. and oh yes, joy as well. This Blog asks you to answer the question—what am I here for? Yes seriously, what am I really here for? Who am I and what is mine to do? In essence this is an existential question. It addresses a fundamental purpose—the purpose of one’s soul. It asks, “what is the agenda of my soul?” And, it begs that each one of us stop, reflect, and do the introspection necessary to authentically ask: “What must I be, do, and know, to best serve the agenda of my soul, and therefor the purpose of my life?”

The figure indicates four important components. First, the Present Moment—as a starting point for reflection. This moment elicits the question: What must I be about to live the life I came here to live (and not living someone else’s life)? It is essentially a question that may help with value clarification, examining one’s assumptions and beliefs, habits and roles— and finding the messages that ring true in the heart. The second component is, Contemplating one’s Current Life Trajectory. This contemplation gives one the opportunity to examine experiences indicating when one was most alive, or when one was least alive. A genuine understanding of this will help one to clarify what to embrace and seek more of, and what to let go of and surrender. The transition of course occurs in examining the third phase, Possible Adjustments. This phase requires knowledge of the previous two phases, and a discernment to fully recognize “What has been pulling me; and what is most boring to me? Yet, knowledge without action is not functional and will not result in necessary change. Therefore, in visualizing the fourth component, i.e., My Ideal Life Trajectory, one must treat this as a sacred invitation. Ask yourself in the stillest hours of the night—what is my ideal life looking like? And then…listen, feel, and hear. The answer will reveal itself and must be trusted.

Perhaps it is then where we can fully immerse ourselves in Joseph Campbell’s most famous quote: “Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”

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