October 2012 Knowledge Newsletter by Sharon Cheney
Many people ask me what is their life purpose and what they should be doing in life. In response, I ask them “What do they like to do?” “What are they passionate about?” They can often tell me what they don’t like, which is a good start, but are usually unable to tell me what they do like. Below are some possible ways to find your passion.
Finding Your Passion and Life Purpose
To begin with let us define the term passion. A passion is something you feel strongly about such as doing something creative like writing, art, theater, or music, supporting a cause you believe in, having a desire to help or heal others, wishing to travel, loving someone or something deeply and so on. A passion is different from a craving for food, alcohol or sex which is usually more temporary.
Our life purpose can be the same as our passion but this is not always the case. Our life purpose is the creative gifts, accumulated knowledge, healing abilities, and wisdom we come to share with others for the benefit of our soul and theirs. All learning from all lifetimes is cumulative on the soul so we never really forget anything. The conscious mind just doesn’t remember all our past lives.
Unfortunately, many people do not make a living fulfilling their passion or their life purpose. They have jobs that pay the bills but about which, they do not feel passionate. The result is that they go home feeling frustrated, unacknowledged and unfulfilled. While they may remain in these jobs because of health insurance, seniority or other perks, these jobs do not make them happy. Often they took the job because they needed the money and that was what was available at the time. Even years later, they may stay in the job because they still need the money, don’t know what else they could do, or are too afraid to try something new.
Frequently the careers or the business we find ourselves in are not a reflection of our true passion. We may be in the family business because it was expected we would carry on in our father’s footsteps whether we wanted to or not. We may be in that business because it was the path of least resistance. We may have graduated with a degree in a certain subject only to find out we no longer want to pursue that career path. We may have chosen it when we were young because our parents encouraged us to choose a career where we could earn a living or thought we liked it at the time.
Some people do not follow their passion because they cannot earn money from it. It is not always necessary to make a living from your passion. It is nice when that happens but one should not forgo their passion just because it is not profitable. The joy that comes from singing for example, is still beneficial whether you are paid to do it or if there is an audience.
Some people are concerned that they don’t know what their passion or purpose is. The best way to discover your passion is to ask yourself “What do you like to do?” Ask yourself when you do any type of activity whether you really enjoyed it, whether you were doing it because it was expected of you, because everyone else was doing it and you didn’t want to make a fuss, or because it is what you always do.
Most of us are creatures of habit but habits do not serve us well as they keep us living on autopilot. When we do things habitually we fail to ask ourselves if we are really enjoy the them, could someone else do it better, is the activity or task really necessary, could we stop doing it, how long have we been doing it, why did we start doing it in the first place, and was this activity expected of us by others or ourselves?
The only way to find your passion is to firstly eliminate from your life what you don’t like doing to make space for new activities you do enjoy. Then try new things and access how you feel about doing them. Ask yourself after each activity “Did you really enjoy doing that?” You may want to give it a rating between one and ten with ten being that you really loved it. This way you can craft a life that includes doing what you really love to do rather than what you tell yourself you have to do.
Like your passion, your life purpose will be something you do well without any practice as you have already done it many times before in previous lives. It will give you joy and fulfillment. To discover what it is, ask yourself “What gives you joy? What are you good at? What do your friends tell you that you are good at? They may be able to sense things about you of which you are unaware.
When we fulfill our life purpose, which is always to serve others in some way, we get what I like to call karmic bonus points that get stored on your soul record so that when you need a miracle, you have these points available to you. They are like having money in the bank for a rainy day.
It might be wise to sit down and look at the activities you do daily or weekly and ask yourself the above questions for each one. You will likely discover that not all the things you do are really necessary. Maybe others can do them better than you or you can leave them out entirely and the world would not come to an end.
By clearing your schedule of some of these tasks, you will find you have time to discover your true passion or follow it, if you already know what it is. Please do not make excuses to yourself by telling yourself that no one else could do what you do as well as you or that no one would be willing to do these tasks if you don’t, as these are just excuses to avoid change and make yourself feel needed.
Try stopping doing some of your regular tasks and see what happens. Someone else may step up to the plate and if they don’t, maybe the task was not as necessary as you thought. If it really needs to be done and you don’t want to do it, you can hire someone or do an exchange with someone who enjoys doing that job. You can just declare to your partner and/or family that you will no longer be doing it and see what happens. Most likely they will think you are having a bad day but if you don’t make dinner and they are hungry, I am sure they will figure something out.
Following your passion is a way to honor yourself whether others like or agree with your passion. You deserve to be happy and if following your bliss gives you pleasure, you are justified in doing so. If you can’t do it all the time, then make sure you make time in your busy schedule to spend at least several hours a week pursuing it.
Some people never express their passion or fulfill their life purpose for a variety of reasons. For example, if your passion is some form of creativity and that is not part of your day job, you may not feel justified or be able to give up the security of a paycheck to follow your bliss. You may tell yourself you have no time to do what you love or that it just isn’t that important.
You may feel inhibited or vulnerable about sharing your passion with others for fear of ridicule or lack of acceptance as most people want approval and acceptance from family and friends. Since other people are unlikely to feel as strongly about your desires as you do, they may look upon your passion logically and judge it unnecessary or silly. So following your bliss may involve taking a risk and stepping out of your comfort zone.
Only you know how you feel inside so it is important for you to make the decision to follow your passion in spite of what others say. When we follow our passion we feel wonderful inside. It brings us joy as well as a sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that we had the courage to override our logical mind and listen to our heart’s desires. Sometimes we have to make a choice of quality over quantity in our lives. In the end, the joy you get from fulfilling your passion will out weight other considerations.
So what are your heart’s desires? What would you really like to be doing? If you could fulfill your passion, what would it look like? Imagine it in as much detail as possible and ask for your wish to come true. God hears all our thoughts and requests. If you are clear about your intentions and seriously want that perfect job or passion to manifest in your life, then it will. It is the law of attraction at work. Life is too short to not do what we are passionate about. As we become more soul conscious, it is important for our spiritual growth that we fulfill it our purpose and passions.
Our life purpose and our day job may not be the same but it would be great if it was. I am fortunate in that my desire to help others coincides with my life purpose. If you purpose is to help people, you may be in that job to encounter people you need to help and not only for the paycheck, so think outside the box.
If you need assistance to discover your life purpose or passion, please feel free to contact me. I am available for personal, telephone, and Skype readings, empowerment coaching, regressions, and healing either by responding to this newsletter or calling me at 505 474 6363 or 514 312 2451.