What is it you are here to do?
The most pressing question of the day is a very simple one:
What is it you are here to do?
This question goes to the heart of the spiritual challenge of our era: understanding our purpose and cultivating our Life's Work in a time of deep strife.
Here are some things to think about as you analyze how to answer and confront this most deeply personal of inquiries:
1) Don't worry if you don't know the answer yet. It took me several years to answer this question, but I knew when I had found it. The journey there was long and bending.
But there were things I knew I didn't want to do, and I used those feelings to avoid the people and career choices that felt bad for me, or that would lead to a life of intense boredom or oppression.
If you're not sure what you're here to do, just listen to yourself and make choices that take you farther away from the things you know aren't right for you. Eventually the negative flips into the positive and you will start to know what to be affirmatively seeking.
2) Journal every week about what you've learned about yourself, and where you want to be. It would be hard to understate the importance of journaling. Journaling allows you to put thoughts to paper and react to those thoughts in a very intimate and hands on way. Journal what you've learned, what you want to learn, where you want to see yourself in 3 months, a year, 2 years, 5 years. Check back and read those entries as time goes on to make sure your goals haven't changed. It's fine if they have, but you want to update your journal then.
For me, journaling is like giving your consciousness instructions. Make sure the instructions are current.
3) Don't be frightened of the answers you get about your life's journey and Life's Work. I think this is the most frightening thing for most people -- they are afraid the answers they will get back are going to be so deeply upsetting that it will alter their lives too much. That aligning with a higher spiritual path will cause too much trauma and personal change.
It is true that deciding to commit to a Life's Work will change your life.
But whether this will be a thing of joy or pain really depends on how far you are from what you know to be true to you.
The Buddha famously left his kingdom, his wife, and his children to commit to his Life's Work. I honestly don't know if that was an ethical or loving choice, particularly for his loved ones. If the stories are true, and he really was a prince, I assume his wife and children were taken care of. And his Life's Work left a resonating and universal message that has survived the millennia.
I don't think there are any right answers here. It's more important to follow your own deep truth, and to listen to it, and to allow it to lead you to joy. If that means a lot of transition for you, maybe it just means you were very far away from your spiritual purpose to begin with.
4) Your Life's Work should lead to peace and sustainability. If your Life's Work is telling you to hurt yourself or others, it's not coming from a place of spiritual purpose and you should talk about those thoughts with a trained professional as soon as you can. Uncovering your deep purpose can be challenging, but it is never destructive or hurtful. And ultimately it should be a vehicle to create peace and sustainability. That is why we are all here at this time.