The idea of everyone having a life purpose sounds like destiny or fate, to me. What if I never ‘find’ it – am I doomed to a life of unhappiness? It sounds like an assignment given to us by somebody.
The idea of having a life purpose and the concept of free will don’t mesh. If I have a life purpose, who gave it to me? Was it given to me to do by God? That smacks of traditional religion dressed up in a spiritual concept. It is still traditional religion with an undercurrent of ‘God’s will.’ What if I never ‘find’ it? Am I doomed to a life of unhappiness?
Perhaps having a life purpose is something I decided on for myself before I was born. Then what happens if I change my mind now that I’m here? When people say “I want to know my purpose,” or “I have to find my life purpose,” that presupposes that there is a purpose to each individual life, something meaningful we each have to do. The idea makes me cringe.
Suppose there isn’t? (See my article on Do We Have to Give to Receive?)
Seth, a late 20th century channeled being, said we are here to learn to use our creative power. Abraham, a contemporary channeled being, says our only purpose is to have fun. Many ancient teachings say we are here to learn to mold energy to our will, our desires and thoughts. Synchronistically, quantum physics now tells us we bring the world into existence by our attention. Literally.
New thought – ancient wisdom tells us there is a substance that WANTS TO BE made manifest, and we bring this substance into physical reality by our thoughts. This substance, this stuff, says ‘yes’ to our every thought and is always there, waiting for us to use it. Suppose we are just children with our hands in the clay of creating our own reality?
There is a theory making the rounds now, that earth is the amusement park of the universe. This is where we come to actually experience the results of our thoughts in the “jungles of time and space,” as Mike Dooley calls it. As we think about pain and suffering, we live it. As we change our thoughts to love and service and joy, we live that. As we observe the effects of our thoughts, we learn to focus on the highest and the best.
We all have a choice about what makes our lives meaningful. And we have the freedom to let that choice change and evolve, and even to give it up for something we find more meaningful, if we want to. Suppose we don’t have a life purpose to fulfill? Suppose our only purpose is to have fun while learning our full spiritual capabilities; learning our god-nature?
Isn’t that more freeing?