Daily InspirationDo not expect to ever find a time or place where there is no darkness. Without darkness, there is no challenge to be in the light. That is why we come here to this planet - to define who we are when darkness comes our way. Instead of joining the darkness by going into anger or fear, challenge yourself to stay in the light of love, regardless of the circumstances. By Dr. Margaret Paul
Is Your Life Filled With Passion and Purpose?By Dr. Margaret Paul
August 18, 2014
Discovering your passion and purpose is vital to your joy and wellbeing.
"I can't seem to discover why I'm on the planet."
"What is my purpose here? I know there's something I'm supposed to be doing, but I don't know how to find out what it is."
"I don't seem to be passionate about anything."
I've heard these complaints over and over from my clients.
The blueprint for this information lies within your core Self, your essence, the true Self that may have been buried during your early years. If your true Self was not seen and validated by your parents, teachers, or other caregivers, it is likely to have gone underground. The self you know as your "self" is likely your wounded self, your ego, the self you created to get love and avoid pain. The wounded self has within it all your fears and false beliefs, and does not have access to what is true for you.
How, then, do you discover your passion and purpose, if the blueprint for this information is long buried? The good news is that while it's buried, it's not lost. You can reclaim this information if you are willing to do your Inner Bonding work.
I've worked with thousands of clients who, as they practice the Inner Bonding process, gradually heal their fears and false beliefs to the point where their true Self comes peeking out. This is the vital, alive aspect of yourself, the aspect that just wants to joyfully express itself in the world. As you allow this aspect to emerge, you will gradually discover what truly brings you joy.
Were you encouraged to ignore your special talents and instead choose your career according to what will give you a sense of security? Too often, what makes you feel safe does not fulfill you emotionally or spiritually. For example, Glenn worked for many years as an attorney, but he never enjoyed it. He made a lot of money, yet when he consulted with me he was suffering from anxiety and depression. He had become an attorney because his father had been an attorney and wanted Glenn to follow in his footsteps. Glenn had gone along with what his father wanted for him because he didn't know what else he wanted and now, in midlife, he was miserable. He yearned to discover his passion.
A few months after starting to practice Inner Bonding, Glenn remembered that he had really wanted to be a college professor. He had never seriously considered this career because he felt he couldn't make enough money, but now he was willing to make far less money because he was so unhappy with his present work. Glenn went back to school and eventually got a job teaching English at university. The last time I spoke with him he was radiant! He loved working with young people, and he felt he was making a real contribution to their lives. For the first time ever, he felt alive and passionate about his life. His wife decided to take up some of the financial slack by doing something she had always wanted to do: designing children's clothing. She started her own mail-order business and is thrilled with it. Their marriage and family life are flourishing because both of them are happy and fulfilled within themselves.
Connie came to see me because she was so unhappy working as a controller of a big import business. Yet she had no idea what else she wanted to do. It took about a year of practicing Inner Bonding before her true Self told her that she wanted to be a fitness coach and nutritionist. Connie hadn't wanted to hear her true Self because she didn't want to go back to school. Finally she was so unhappy that she decided to listen. She is now back in school, enjoying learning about her passion.
While it may not always be possible to change your work immediately to something you love, if you follow your passion, it will often lead you there. And even when you have to earn money in ways that do not express your soul, you can seek volunteer opportunities and hobbies to express who you are. Often these can lead to the work that you will eventually do.
Luis worked as a manager of a large supermarket. With his small savings, he decided to start pursuing a hobby that had always fascinated him - restoring old cars. He used all his extra money to buy his first old car and spent many blissful hours restoring it. He was so good at it that he was able to sell his restored cars for a lot of money. Eventually he was able to quit his job at the market and pursue his passion full time. Ultimately he started a project in a prison, teaching inmates to restore cars. Luis now loves what he does and receives great satisfaction from helping others.
Your soul has a deep desire for you to express yourself in ways that bring you joy. Through a devoted Inner Bonding practice, you can discover what that is and bring it about.
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