Why are you here?

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Why are we here? In short we don’t really know. We know the universe is orderly and expanding, has purpose and direction, and is presided over by an organising intelligence. So where do we fit in? Why do certain waves and particles take human form? What contribution do we make to the unfolding of the universe? We are like droplets of water in an ocean of consciousness – how can a droplet possibly understand the purpose of the ocean?

As fragments of the Creative Intelligence that underpins the universe, we all have full access to energy and intelligence. The only limits to our ability to draw down this energy are our awareness and intentions. The more we want, think about and feel this power flowing through us, the stronger the link. We can choose whether to connect more strongly or not.

For example, we can choose to be loving, in which case Source energy flows freely and lays down causes which produce beneficial effects. Equally, we can choose to be hurtful, which blocks Source energy and brings negative effects. Whatever path we choose, sooner or later we will have to face up to the consequences, pleasant or unpleasant.

Life is a school

You are here is to make a worthwhile contribution to the world. You can do this by making yourself the wisest, most loving and enlightened being you can. The world is set up to enable you to do this, and every experience and encounter with others offers you an opportunity for growth. We come into this life to be educated, not punished!

We are always in exactly the right place at the right time to learn. Once a lesson is learned, further schooling on this point is unnecessary and we can move on. Train yourself to look for the meaning behind every experience. There’s a learning opportunity in every situation, but you’ll find it only if you’re willing to look behind the appearances and stop judging things ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

Learning is not necessarily effortless, but the hurdles we must overcome strengthen us and speed our progress. We should concentrate not on the effects, but on setting up the right causes. If we quickly succeed – great! If we fail, we can make changes, try again, and welcome the opportunity to correct our mistakes.

When you’re living your purpose…

When you express your purpose in your daily life, a great deal changes. You experience a greater feeling of fulfillment and well-being.  You have more energy. You feel more loving towards yourself, others and the world. In addition:

  • Self-limiting thoughts melt away.
  • You take more pleasure in giving and receiving and seeing the beauty in our world.
  • You trust the process of life and allow it to take you where you’re meant to go.
  • You have a deep inner sense that there is nothing to fear, no scarcity and no accidents. Everything is exactly as it’s supposed to be and always turns out for the best.
  • You understand that the universe has no limits and as you are a part of it, neither do you.

©David Lawrence Preston, 4.11.2016

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Your life’s mission

‘Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.’

Richard Bach

King Solomon, reputedly the wisest man of his era, said, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ But it’s amazing how some people have no vision for their lives, no idea where they are going or where they want to be. How about you? Do you have a vision, a sense of mission in your life? Once you know what that is and immerse yourself in it, you open yourself up to great possibilities.

Clarifying your values is the starting point. Once you are clear on what is really important to you, a vision of your ‘life mission’ starts to form.

You already have the answers within you. If you’re not sure, try the following and make a note of your answers. They’re fun to think about, and before long, clear ideas will start coming to you:

1. Ask yourself, ‘What is my life about?’ Listen to your intuition. Allow yourself to daydream (daydreams are often the intuition attempting to communicate). And ask late at night, just before you drop off to sleep – your mind will work on it and you may wake up in the morning a lot clearer. Write down anything that seems relevant, or make a drawing of it. Be patient; the answers may not come immediately, but they will.

2. Try mind storming: write down all your main areas of interest and any cherished goals you can think of. The first few that come to mind are often the right ones for you.

3. Ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers:

  • If I could achieve anything I wanted with no possibility of failure, what would I choose?
  • If I had ten million pounds, what would I do?
  • Supposing I had only six months to live, what would I want to do that would leave the world a better place?
  • What would I do if I had everything I wanted?
  • If I could have three wishes granted, what would they be?

4. If you had a week to yourself that you could spend any way you wish, with no limitations, how would you spend it?

5. What did you enjoy as a child? (Children are more closely in touch with their intuition.) Then take the top three or four and ask yourself: ‘How can I do more of this or do it more often?’

6. List all the main things you are good at. Add anything you were good at as a child. Then take the first three or four and ask yourself: ‘Am I making the most of these talents? How can I make more of them more often?’

7. Reflect on the coincidences in your life. Is there a pattern? Is it possible that life has been trying to guide you? Be alert; the answer could possibly be in a newspaper article you come across, or a chance remark by a friend.

You’re looking for a major purpose and perhaps a few secondary ones. Don’t expect to get all the answers at once; allow your mind to work on them for a few days. Hopefully, the answers that come will point in a consistent direction.

You’ll know when you’ve found what you are looking for, but if you’re still not sure, try one or two things you fancy. You may be guided to your true vocation this way.

There’s nothing more important than finding a sense of purpose that gives your life meaning and direction and inspires and motivates you.

Find a mission that gives your life meaning and purpose. Turn it into something tangible by setting firm goals (the tried and tested formula for bringing dreams into reality). Find plenty of compelling reasons for wanting to achieve them. Then go for it!

©David Lawrence Preston, 27.7.2016

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Your Purpose

One of the secrets of a long and healthy life is this:

You can derive a great deal of strength and courage from identifying and affirming your purpose – especially when things are not going well. When you’re off-purpose you feel stressed, listless and empty inside.

Your major aim, of course, is to find happiness and peace of mind, and the only place to find them is within yourself. Ther’s a common theme to most people’s ultimate source of happiness and contentment:

Love and service!

Maurice Tester wrote:

‘There are two ingredients essential to the full life. Every great philosopher has reached the same conclusion. You may disguise them under different labels. You may decide what I write is trite or banal. But the indisputable facts are that no-one can live a full life without the magic ingredients of love and service.’

You simply cannot fulfill yourself without being of service to others. Everything and everyone exists to serve something else, that’s the circle of life. The inability or unwillingness to serve others produces a profound emptiness inside.

Fulfillment comes from helping others with no thought of return for yourself. We are constantly giving and receiving energy from each other, and if we don’t play our part, we stagnate and die. Every time you give to others, you receive in return and you feel better too.

But there is an exception:

If you give only because you’re looking to receive in return, you will be disappointed. If you give with a consciousness of selfishness and greed, all you’ll get back from others is their selfishness and greed.

Get your mind off ‘What’s in it for me?’ and ask instead, ‘What can I do for you?’ Practise spontaneous acts of kindness. Look for ways to help others. Even your happiness is a gift to the world if you share it.

A famous Buddhist painting has two scenes depicting heaven and hell. One shows people sitting at a magnificent banquet holding spoons with handles so long they can never reach their mouths. This is hell. The other scene shows people sitting at the same banquet using the same long-handled spoons – but they are feeding each other. This is heaven.

Namaste

There is an old Sanskrit greeting – ‘namaste’ (na-mast-ay) – which means ‘I recognise the place in which you and I are one’. Namaste:

  • Reminds us that we are one and there is no separation.
  • Teaches us that if we cannot recognise the divinity in others, we fail to recognise it in ourselves.
  • Encourages us to look for the beauty in everyone we meet, overlooking the shortcomings of the personality.
  • Instructs us to approach everyone with an attitude of love and acceptance, then anxiety and suspicion melt away.

‘One thing I know;’ said Dr Albert Schweitzer, ‘those who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.’ Our purpose is to find and give this expression.

 

©David Lawrence Preston, 16.7.2016

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How to find your life’s purpose

You are a unique gift to the world, so how are you going to make this gift as valuable as it can be?

Start by clarifying your life purpose. What’s your vision of the world and your part in it? What’s the Big Idea in your life, the theme that holds it all together?

We are all aware of our purpose at some level, although it may be hidden in the subconscious waiting to be discovered. Look within. The biggest clues are your talents and your interests. If you are not clear about what these are, there’s a third clue – what you were good at and most enjoyed as a child.

Let’s look at each of these in detail.

What are your talents?

You are endowed with certain talents. How are you going to make the most of them? Ask yourself:

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I do better than most of the people I know?
  • What do others most appreciate about me?

For example, are you a good communicator, a person who can bring peace to those around you? Do you get on well with the young, the elderly or the sick? Are you musical, sporting or artistic? Good with numbers? Are you strong and able to do physically demanding work? Are good at making or repairing things with your hands, taking them apart and making them work better? Do you have ‘green fingers’, and so on?

Don’t withhold your talents. Share them gladly and be grateful for the opportunity to make a contribution your own way.

Does your work express your life purpose?

 Most of us spend a significant proportion of our time at work. Does your work express your values and life purpose?

  • Do you love your work? Does it energise you?
  • Do work and leisure feel the same to you?
  • At times when you feel discouraged about a particular aspect of your work, do you still maintain a deep feeling that what you’re doing is ‘right’?
  • Is there something you’d rather be doing?

What do these answers tell you?

What are you enthusiastic about?

Your purpose will almost certainly have something to do with what you enjoy.

Is it practical to follow your bliss? Absolutely! You make your greatest contribution when you live authentically and put your heart and soul into what you’re doing.

What do you enjoy? Make a list, and then ask yourself:

  • What proportion of my time do I spend doing things I enjoy?
  • How could I do more of what I enjoy?
  • How could I increase the enjoyment I get from what I currently do?

What did you enjoy as a child?

What did you enjoy when you were young, before pressure was put on you to choose a career and making a living became imperative? This is a potent question. Children are more closely in touch with their natural selves. Their intellects have not yet developed to the point where they interfere with their intuitive guidance.

If you’re not sure, ask people who knew you as a child or look through old  diaries and photo albums.

If this doesn’t work, take time to sit or lie down comfortably, breathe deeply, close your eyes and relax. Imagine you are drifting back in time. ‘See’ yourself as a child in your imagination and silently ask your inner self, ‘Who am I, and what do I enjoy? Ask slowly, concentrate and be patient. You may need to do this several times before the answers come.

When you have some answers, ask yourself, ‘Am I currently doing these in my daily life?’ This can be very revealing.

The clearer your vision, the less you have to struggle

Spend time exploring how you would like your life to be. Let a vision form of how you wish to live and what you want to achieve. The truer you are to your purpose and values, the happier and more productive you become, and the more open you are to receive the love, wisdom and other great blessings that are your birthright.

You also find that you have less of a struggle making the right things happen, and coincidentally, more happens around you to support you.

©David Lawrence Preston, 14.5.2016

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