In a recent article on Rose Rosetree’s blog, she brought up an issue with purpose that’s become common in New Age circles. Essentially, this is an endless search for an abstract perfect purpose. Why I am truly here.
This is an expression of spiritual addiction, living life searching for an ideal but never bringing it into the world. Living in the upper chakras without grounding. The purpose is held in too abstract a way to really grasp it and act on it.
It may take the form of a narcissistic sense of entitlement from an excess sense of specialness. Or it may show up as endless books, courses and workshops that never lead to anything but concepts. This often leads to bad choices because we’re chasing a cloud rather than what is here.
The ironic thing about this search is that because it’s disconnected from what is here in front of us, we don’t recognize what is already happening. We can’t see our purpose if we’re not with what is already here.
We are here for a purpose – otherwise we wouldn’t be here. Everything that arises is intended so innately has a purpose. If we exist, what is here is our purpose. This does not mean our purpose is to suffer – that is your response to what is here. We have a universal purpose to learn, grow and evolve. And we have a specific role to do that within whatever is showing up in our lives. What is it you need to learn so you can grow?
Everything about us is a reflection of why we’re here. All of our gifts and capacities. But it’s not some tidy label like “astronomer” but rather is a vast synergy of experiences and lessons to be had.
What is your purpose? To live your life as best you can with what is here, using your own self-authority. As dharma is that which sustains, it also means taking care of yourself.
Rose’s article resulted in a lot of discussion and was followed by other articles. First a guest post describing how their approach to purpose changed. Then Rose related purpose to life reviews – we’re not asked if we fulfilled our purpose, we’re asked things like what did you learn and how did you help. She then uses an example in part two.
Life is a wonderful adventure. And it is much more so if we engage it as it is and let life take us where it leads, using our self-authority along the way. The prize is what remains when our body is done and gone. Ayurveda tells us this is Atman and Sattva, spiritual development and purity. And these come from growing and purifying. Everything else? Dust to dust.
Live well and 2015 will be the best ever.