Imagine being God, before creation. Just you and the Void, endless and empty and infinite. There is no one to talk to and nothing to do. There is no time or space, no experiences to learn or grow from…. Boring, right? So, you decide to create matter and antimatter, light and dark, earth and water, etcetera. Ok, now we’re cooking. Eventually, you manifest bodies and discover struggle and satisfaction, sorrow and joy, tension and release, and so on. Now THAT’S interesting! Who likes a song that’s just one long note? Your life is God’s way of experiencing your unique melody from the perspective of composer, musician, and listener. What kind of song are you called to be?
Your Soul’s Divine Life Purpose is whatever part your Highest Self chose to play in expanding Universal Consciousness. Essentially, everyone and everything is a piece of God trying on different costumes and playing different roles. Every character is important, even ones without lines. For every hero, there is a villain and a victim, but everyone is contributing to the same story. Remembering that all of us are working towards a mutual goal, even when it doesn’t seem like it, is a useful tool for cultivating compassion and contentment. But that’s another blog post for another time. For now, let’s focus on how to discover your Divine Life Purpose.
The Human Experience
When I think about God being so disenchanted with perfection that It chooses to be human over 8 trillion times every day, it reminds me of people who decide to take up surfing. What compels people to hop onto a waxed board and risk extreme bodily harm, in the name of enjoyment for enjoyment’s sake?
Is it the pleasure that comes from mastery?
Is it the thrill of alchemizing fear into excitement and joy?
The process of learning to love the pain of gravity’s cruel dependability and the vertiginous waves of the ups and downs? Whatever their reasons, it looks so crazy and beautiful and fun, all at the same time; a perfect analogy for the human experience!
Your Soul’s Divine Life Purpose & How To Find It
Due to the state of the world as we know it, most of us forget or suppress what we came here to do by age 10, if not sooner. Maybe our caretakers pushed us onto a different path, or we convinced ourselves that our true desires were impractical or shameful. Fortunately, it’s never too late to remember. If you’re a Badass Butterfly Spiritual Life Coach, your Divine Life Purpose in this lifetime is to be a spiritual healer, teacher, and leader.
But how would you know? The answer is in the oldest, wisest part of yourself: your Higher Self.
Your Soul is the conduit between you and your Higher Self, and it still remembers your Divine Life Purpose. In order to remember what that is, you must cultivate a committed relationship with your Soul. As with any healthy relationship, this involves building trust through patience and empathetic listening. Here are some tips to get your started:
- Vipassana meditation, or sitting with how different experiences make you feel. Your Soul speaks through your body. Listen closely to learn what brings you fulfillment and joy.
- Practice non-judgment of yourself and of others. One MAJOR reason we forget our Soul’s Purpose is because we frequently judge what brings us joy. Remember that the less you judge yourself, the less you’ll judge other people, and the less you habitually judge others, the less you’ll care when others judge you.
- Shadow Work is a great way to validate and release the parts of yourself that are resistant to aligning with your Divine Life Purpose. Those parts of you need love, too!
- Express yourself through free-writing, drawing, dancing, singing, running, acting, or all of the above. Starting with activities you enjoyed doing the MOST as a child will point you in the right direction. Keep trying new things until you (re)discover what makes your heart shine.
Pursue Your Divine Life Purpose
The poet e. e. cummings said, “it takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” For many, acting on intuition can be terrifying. If this is the case for you, consider the Fool. In Tarot, the Fool is the 0 card of the Major Arcana; he is at the start of a journey with nothing (0) to lose and is about to gleefully step off of a cliff. He shows us that in order for our Divine journey to begin, we must surrender to our heart’s guidance and take a leap of faith.
That trusting, committed relationship with our Higher Self is integral to feeling safe as we walk off the proverbial cliff. Like being in love, pursuing your Divine Life Purpose is something you will want to do, even if onlookers think you’re crazy for wanting it. I imagine it’s how surfers feel when they “hang ten” on a “clean wave” (at least, according to this surf slang glossary). Cowabunga!
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