Spiritual seekers, entrepreneurs, and creative/artistic types all typically have something fundamental in common: a Divine Purpose – a deep inner need to create something specific in their life.
It goes by many other names (True Calling, Life Purpose etc.) but it’s really all the same thing. (I like to call it divine because – hello! – we are.)
So today I’m going to go through what it is and how to work with it.
What Is Your Divine Purpose?
Your Divine Purpose is the reason that you’re here in this life. It exists outside of religious background or dogma.
There is a way of existing without it but somewhere in the back of our mind we always know it’s missing.
If you don’t have it, you’ll know it from that nagging feeling that keeps you up at night wondering what’s missing.
Divine Purpose is your personal life mission. It’s intense passion, spark and drive. It’s your big “a-ha” moment personified and poured out into every aspect of life.
It may or may not have something to do with what you do for a living right now(though in my experience the two tend to merge over time).
How Do You Find Your Divine Purpose? 4 Questions To Get You Started
Finding your Divine Purpose usually involves quite a bit of soul-searching (although some lucky types seem to come to this Earth just knowing – lucky them!).
It takes some clear-cutting of the trees that have grown inside of us to find it. That means re-acquainting yourself with the inner you and asking him/her some questions.
Finding your Divine Purpose is not a one-day affair. But everyone needs to start somewhere. So if you’re into beginning the search, here are a few questions to get you started:
- What gets you really fired up?
- What inspires you to do what you do? I mean truly – behind any accolades, the adoration of others.
- What are you drawn to over and over again?
We’re ultimately looking for that elusive thing that sets your heart on fire, which exists without the approval of others.
Hold on to it. It’s special and it’s yours alone.
How Can You Honor Your Divine Purpose?
Of course, finding your Divine Purpose is only the beginning of the story. We must also put in work to keep focused on it.
It’s all too easy to become distracted by the noise of modern life.
Entertainment, social media and consumer culture (along with more obvious elements like drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling etc.) can become distractions from our inner reality. Why not numb ourselves with the drama of others rather than focus on our inner self, on questions we’re uncomfortable asking?
That means realizing that while we’re human and we all have guilty pleasures, no you don’t really have to keep up with the Kardashians.
(But it’s cool on occasion.)
Divine purpose is something we must actively choose to incorporate into our life, into our fiber of being.
When we honor our Divine Purpose, we honor ourselves.
So with that in mind, here are a few ideas that you can incorporate into your regular routine.
3 Ways to Support Your Divine Purpose
How To Support Your Divine Purpose Method #1:
Setting aside time to stop and clear the cobwebs is hands-down the best way to focus on your inner self.
It’s also great for decreasing stress, increasing attention spans and raising overall levels of happiness but who’s counting?
Lots of people shy away from meditation because it’s hard or they think they can’t do it. But meditation is a true practice, not a perfect state of being that only special people can attain. Everyone who meditates is confronted by their own unwanted thoughts; learning to confront them is – in a way – the entire point. The idea that someone can set a timer and go completely blank is unrealistic.
If you’re new to meditation, try starting off with short five or ten minute segments. You can work your way up after you’ve made it a regular thing. (Or don’t! Even short meditations are beneficial.)
The point of meditation is to really switch our over-active monkey brain off. We can’t hear our inner voice or reflect on the important things in our life when we’re busy being distracted by social media every fifteen minutes (*cough* note to self).
Quiet reflection and meditation allow the gates to our inner self to open. It puts us in touch with our intuition and with our true being (which is not the mental chatter we hear inside our head). The act of getting quiet with ourselves is an important way of honoring our Divine Purpose.
How To Support Your Divine Purpose Method #2:
If you’re lucky enough to work with your Divine Purpose in your professional life, then it’s time to really honor that. Create a sacred working space designed to let your inner self flourish. That means making your workspace free of unnecessary distractions and including of some sort of touchstone to help keep you on track.
How sacred is your working space? If you’re like most people, your desk is rarely kept in tip-top shape. I know many people claim to feel calmed by the mess but remember that your brain is still monitoring every little object around you. So it’s critical to stop everywhere to analyze what’s actually there.
Does it make you happy to work there? If not, how can you improve it? Does it reflect your Divine Purpose (even in small ways)? If not, can you add in something that does? Even something small like a photo or candle will do.
(It’s also important to note here that it’s highly likely that you can find a way to honor your Divine Purpose in whatever job you have currently! Attitude and focus are the only two crucial ingredients. Plus when you put your heart into your interactions – even in the smallest of ways – you’d be surprised at how quickly the circumstances around you can begin to change!)
How To Support Your Divine Purpose Method #3:
Ritual is just a way of tying our intentions to our actions. It’s a way of making things become real. Plus they’re highly flexible; rituals can be as simple or complex as you deem necessary. For everyday rituals, I would recommend going small and easy. Think: charging a crystal with a specific purpose or making an offering to the deity or element of your choosing.
I’m a lover of ritual and, as a home-based business owner, I make good use of them. Every afternoon I burn a tealight in my Himalayan salt candle holder and light some incense (even just cheap incense) with a specific intention in mind. I usually hold the intention for inspiration and focus but it shifts depending on the day. But somedays it goes deeper and is more aimed at the heart of what I do (rather than on the methods). It’s important to make checking in and honoring that part of you regularly.
I hope this post serves you on your journey to your Divine Purpose! Please share it if you found it useful.
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