I have been meditating for nearly twenty years now. And while it has given me more calm, focus and peace in daily life, I still don’t have a handle on my life’s greater purpose.
Am I doing something wrong? Maybe. But there is also the possibility that I’m doing it right – that one’s life purpose is more than just an idea or a fixed mission.
No, life purpose has to be bigger than our little ideas, and the New Message teaching on “Deepening Your Spiritual Practice” confirms this:
Here the answer [life purpose] is not merely an idea, or an image, or even a vision. The answer is a door that opens, through which you must pass, a journey to take now—not a journey that is governed by your intellect and your assumptions or the traditional beliefs of society, but a journey that is guided by Knowledge.
Here, Knowledge refers to the deeper intelligence beyond the reach of the intellect. Knowledge is eternal and contains the purpose for our being in the world, although it is not influenced by the world:
You were sent here for a greater purpose, and that purpose is kept by Knowledge within yourself, awaiting the time when you would have the maturity and the seriousness about your life to sincerely inquire and to prepare for the emergence of this Knowledge.
And the fact that we have to be ready, willing and able to receive our life purpose makes a lot of sense. Knowledge won’t give us a task it knows we aren’t ready for and can’t complete.
The Journey to Discover Life Purpose
Like climbing a mountain, it is a series of steps and actually a series of thresholds as well, where you have to choose again to keep going, thresholds where you lose heart, or you try to compromise yourself, thinking that what you have is good enough, that you will be satisfied with where you are. But Knowledge will keep you moving up this mountain, for you must climb this mountain to have a clear view of the panorama of your life and of the world, a life and a world you cannot see in the valleys and lowlands below.
Life purpose will not be handed to me on a silver platter. I have to put in the work. I have to maintain the discipline for a daily spiritual practice.
You do not get up a mountain by stumbling around blindly. It takes a real determination and a discovery and application of your greater strength, and a willingness to forgo those attractions and those seductions that have captured your mind and your life before.
My daily spiritual practice includes a meditation guide book called “Steps to Knowledge.” It offers a gentle and yet challenging daily ascent to acquire the vision to see the purpose and destiny of my life. I’m not at the top yet, but I’m getting better through practice.
The Creator of all life has given humanity the Teaching in Steps to Knowledge as a pure pathway to follow. It is not the only pathway in the world, certainly, but it is pure and uncontaminated, and it is extremely powerful. But it requires a daily practice, for whatever you practice on a daily basis, you become very good at.
Life purpose is more than just an idea. It is a feeling of being in the right place, doing the right things, with the right people. How many of us truly feel that way?