“Without Knowledge, you will identify with your mind. You will think that your mind is who you are. You will think that your thoughts represent you, define you, govern you and determine your experience.” – Greater Community Spirituality
When you’re in the middle of learning, it’s not easy to see your progress. Quite often, people give themselves a label mid-progress. You’ve done it. You look around, your human brain puts some pieces together, combined with some past experiences, and you whip up a decision based on all of that. Clearly you were destined for this job, this relationship, it’s all coming together!
You’ve just justified your current position. Good job.
Did you know that this shuts you off from the journey you’re on? I’m happy for you that you are aware of your greatness and all, but there is so much more than our plans.
You’ve heard the saying “Want to make God laugh, tell [him/her/God] your plans.” Well, whether you get nauseous with the word “God” or you consider yourself part of one of the world’s religions- Guess what?! You’re here, and you didn’t send yourself here with a blueprint of your creating.
“The answer is, who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.” – Eckhart Tolle
Part of it is that we are uncomfortable with not knowing. We love reasons.
“You may feel quite insecure when you enter these states of unknowing, but in reality this is coming into the clear within yourself. This is being without resolutions but with an open and inquiring mind. This is not a passive approach. It is highly active because here you must be very attentive, very focused and ready to act.” -Greater Community Spirituality.
So your purpose is greater than you think.
Another thing to remember is that your purpose must relate to this world in a way. Why would you be placed here for a brief time in a body, if your purpose was do to intergalactic battle, or play with angels, or engage in mental fantasy or exist in seclusion? Simply said, it is sometimes thought that you have something other to do than be here now. It is a constant struggle to stay separate from reality. Who’s winning? Does it sound disappointing to you that you came here to be here? Were you hoping your purpose was a bit more magical?
“Everyone was sent into the world to be in the world at this time, to face these great and emerging circumstances. So to claim it is too much for you is simply to admit your weakness and to not recognize your responsibility to prepare.” – The New Message
It’s quite possible that Oprah gets it. Below, she mentions adds the word “calling” to the mix. Perhaps calling can be defined by what your purpose asks of you. It is something that requires an answer, based on the skills you’ve accrued by participating with your purpose in life.
“There is no greater gift you can I’ve or receive by honoring your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” – Oprah
Here, the Dalai Lama discusses compassion among other things as skills to be with your purpose.
And one man’s testimony in Germany regarding his way of finding his purpose- I like this one because of his eloquence in speaking, combined with a truth that just cuts to the point- hard to argue with.
To stop labeling yourself, which is to stand up from the side of the road and continue following the signs, is to truly follow a path to freedom. It is a restoring, revitalizing way of being. This is a great life you live, far greater than you can feel with your hands or see with your eyes.
Come as you are, without definition.