The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
– Pablo Picasso
I am so excited to finally be writing this particular post. I realize that it is also fitting that I am writing this on Labor Day since the topic is a new line of work/play that I am officially taking on.
As many of you know, I have written in the past about the search for one’s purpose or calling, about the frustration that can result from NOT walking in that purpose, and about what I think my purpose might be. Even if you don’t believe in each of us having an assigned purpose, gift, or talent, I suspect that you know the feeling of doing something that does not resonate with you versus doing something that makes you feel like you are “in the zone,” like you could do it forever. I believe that is the sign that points to a purpose.
I also believe that every gift we might have, as it is used, is an instrument of bringing about individuals’ and humanity’s closer approximation to freedom and wholeness. In other words, a purpose isn’t just some egoic desire that will make us feel good, successful, or loved for a fleeting span of time. A purpose is what is in us that the WORLD needs. All the while, yes, enacting our gifts will make us happy too because we will be closer to our Self and to God
I have been practicing my purpose at a new level and it has been beautiful, exhilarating, and miraculous. I have gained a growing understanding over the last 15 years or so through study, mentorship, and practice practice practice of some of my purposes: prayer for others, healing, and spiritual insight. I know that I am going to use these avenues to provide spiritual support to others so as to help them realize their own place and purpose in this world, their spiritual freedom, and their inner gifts. Even this blog is a part of that. I don’t know what it will look like every step of the way, but when do we ever, really?
So far in my life, that group of “others” for whom I have really activated my gifts has been restricted to a very small group of trusted individuals. But recently I have sensed the next step forming which is to provide these services to others beyond that group. And so, I am starting to offer my spiritual support services to everyone. I am making myself available to whatever that might mean and however that might lay out. So far, word of mouth has brought in a few interested people and we have begun working together. I’m not planning on doing any “marketing” at this point…just waiting to see what develops as I maintain this availability and speak openly about this purpose.
It has been a lot of fun and my techniques are becoming more and more defined and refined with each “session” that I have with these new clients. I feel that Va-Va-Voom! you feel when you are doing something you love and are called to do. What a joyful time! Soon I will be adding a page on Life As a Wave’s main site, called “Spiritual Support.” Keep an eye out for it and please, feel free to give me feedback since it is will be a first stab at presenting my work!
This blog has meant so much to me over the last 3 years, as I’m sure your blogs mean something uniquely special to you as well. I have learned so much from reading your blogs on everything from meditation and yoga to environmentalism and human rights, from philosophy and poetry to law and entrepreneurship. You all have helped strengthen my spiritual practices and have delivered encouraging energy that spurs me on. I appreciate each and every one of you who is participating in Life As a Wave and look forward to sharing the next fun steps with you as well.
For those in the United States, have a wonderful holiday with your friends and families. May we each walk more willingly and confidently in that lovely loving purpose that calls us.
My best to your best,