Many of us ask these questions. Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? What am I supposed to be doing here? There are many workshops intended to help you discover your purpose.
I found a surprising answer to this question reading Jane Roberts' Seth book, Dreams, 'Evolution,' and Value Fulfillment, Volume One.
"Many people ask, for example: 'What is the purpose of my life?' Meaning: 'What am I meant do do?' but the purpose of your life, and each life, is in its being(intently). That being may include certain actions, but the acts themselves are only important in that they spring out of the essence of your life, which simply by being is bound to fulfill its purposes." (page 225)
What surprised me most in reading Seth's answer things seem obvious -- just existing is purpose enough. We would never have been created if there was no meaning and purpose. Our existence, as an aspect of All That Is, sufficient.
This is a great description of the artist prototype; great perspective. Also, if you're an artist, of any kind, Eric Maisel's books offer tremendous insight into the artist's process and personality. Highly recommended.
Most of us are very busy and often never get around to taking good care of ourselves -- yet everything depends on our well-being, staying healthy in every way, to have a fulfilling life.
Many of us have also grown up in difficult home situations and were not cared for in a proper way so we may not even know how to take care of ourselves. What does self-care mean? What do I do? What does taking care of myself involve?
I know I grew up reading magazines where self-care was about taking bubble baths. That's nice, however, there is a lot more.
Taking care of yourself financially is self-care. Basically, you do all you need to do to make yourself safe, secure, happy.
Robyn L. Gobin's book,The Self-Care Prescription, talks about ways of taking care of yourself beyond the bubble bath.
Theodosia Corinth's book, The Witch's Complete Guide to Self-Care, goes into the deep reasons for self-care. An amazing book for deep insights that make sense of the whole self-care notion.
I came across this beautiful book with lots of illustrations "accidentally." I think my higher self made me pull it off the shelf since I don't really have resonance with the concept of witch. And it's true. The book holds universal principles. I think the title was a gimmick to, perhaps, attract a certain audience that might otherwise learn about the importance of self-care.
In any case, it's one of the deepest books I have ever read -- though you have to read it very carefully to get those deeper meanings.
There are lots of books about self-care these days. If these two don't quite resonate with you, go to the bookstore, browse and see if you can find something that feels right to you.
We all have trouble getting going sometimes. We need to get something done, but just can't seem to get started. We see a pile of stuff on our desk and just can't face it, so it continues to sit there. Maybe you have a long list of things to do around the house, but don't seem to get not even one thing done.
This can be quite miserable and stressful. You're stuck, paralyzed, yet sometimes it's urgent that you get something done.
The solution is very simple and easy: Take the tiniest action possible as a way to get going.
If you have paper work to do, just put the folder on the table. That's it. That's your smallest action.
If you have to organize your closet, do one shelf and be done with it.
Figure out the absolute smallest action you can take on a project and do just that one little piece of it. After that things will flow.
Many times we can't get going because we don't know the pieces of what needs to be done. In that situation, list all the parts of the project. It's good to list it in a non-linear fashion, in a mind-map style.
As you list the pieces, it will start to become apparent what you need to do first. And once all your pieces are out in black and white in writing, everything becomes easier and things begin to flow.
Most of the time, as I'm sure you've found out, we make the project to be a whole lot bigger and more daunting than it really is and the longer it sits in our minds, the bigger it gets. Then, when we finally start taking action, we discover it was no big deal after all and it took far less time than we imagined it would.
So, take that first small step. If you don't know what it is, make the list of steps and that first step will become obvious.
Don't stress and allow yourself to get anxious. And don't get into beating yourself up and calling yourself a procrastinator, just take that first tiny step.
I stumbled upon some YouTube videos of Tyler Perry talking about his life. It's staggering the abuse and poverty he had to overcome to be where he is in his life today.
I looked further and discovered he wrote a book called Higher is Waiting and have been reading it. What an amazingly inspirational book.
It is hard to believe the sheer quantity of abuse he suffered, yet retained hope and faith. His mother taught him about God. She had unshakable faith, in spite of the horrific abuse she had to endure. And she loved Tyler unconditionally.
In reading Perry's book I felt sheer power of belief -- it lifts you right up reading it. He consistently said, if it wasn't for the grace of God he wouldn't be where he is now. Because he believes so unquestionably, he gives hope; his energy and trust is behind you, propelling you forward.
A beautifully written book that addresses circumstances in life we all face. Makes you feel good. Makes you have hope.
Highly recommended as a book that will inspire you and give you peace.
Spiritual Growth: Being Your Higher Self, by Sanaya Roman, is quite an old book by now, written in 1989, yet it's unique and I don't know of anything like it out there these days. In fact, I'm not even sure a publisher would accept it today since it does not meet standard publisher book requirements, as I understand them.
However, around that year, 1989, an amazing publisher existed in Tiburon, CA, HJ Kramer, and they published the most unique and amazing spiritual books, including Dan Millman's Way of the Peaceful Warrior: The Book That Changes Lives. An unusual book with supernatural experiences with an Indian shaman.
Around that time Carlos Castaneda, who is named as the man who started the New Age movement, put out the most fascinating books about his shaman training with Don Juan, the first being The Teachings of Don Juan: The Yaqui Way of Knowledge. Not published by Kramer.
Those were exciting times. Spiritual teachers were emerging everywhere with new information about the nature of reality, new healing modalities. Exploration of consciousness was it. Lots and lots of fantastic books came out at that time.
I so loved that time and miss it very much. I don't feel that anything of the kind is going on right now, the extraordinary spiritual revelations and innovations, at least nothing I am aware of. It seems to me we've become money/goals/achievements, externally focused. But, no doubt, at some point that will pass and there will be another wave of spiritual illuminations.
Back to Sanaya's book. I highly recommend it. It explains deep spiritual processes and realizations that are almost impossible to put into words. They will help you tremendously on your spiritual journey.
Here are some chapters:
1. Being Your Higher Self
2. Creating with Light
3. Connecting with the Universal Mind
4. Linking with the Higher Will
5. Seeing the Bigger Picture: Receiving Revelations
6. Opening Awareness of the Inner Planes
7. Moving Into Higher Consciousness
There is more, but this gives you an example of the kinds of things Sanaya was able to write about channeling her guide, Orin.
A wonderful book that shifts consciousness immediately.
I am very happy to offer this new book to help you actualize your dreams, get things done and, most importantly, help you solve life's difficult challenges.
It is based on how energy operates in the universe, how thought creates reality.
The planning system takes into account your soul purpose and your intuition. It helps you identify what is most important to you, at the deepest level and helps you create it.
The reason I wrote this book is, in part, because I was frustrated about being able to organize my own life. The planning systems that are available don't take into consideration soul purpose and intuition, so they don't work for me. They also do not work in harmony with the natural laws of the universe which, if you're a spiritual person, make them awkward to use.
This planning system is wholistic. It includes all aspects of reality.