What will snap you out of the dreams and the goals of your life?
For Narayanan Krishnan in India, it was seeing an old man eating his own waste. His life was never the same again. He asked himself, “what is the purpose of my life,” if people are starving and I am feeding wealthy people in a hotel?
He was a bright, young, award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group, short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. Now, he has served nearly 2 million meals to India’s homeless and hungry. He has devoted his life to feeding souls.
Purpose is realized by taking the journey, not by establishing a favorable or fascinating explanation or a definition for oneself. Purpose is not a justification. It does not compensate for anything. Purpose is something that is waiting for you to discover. You can only discover it by taking the journey, by following the way, by learning as you go and by gaining the greater perspective and understanding that one acquires as one matures in The Way of Knowledge. – Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 5: What is Human Purpose?
For Al Pacino, the famous stage and screen actor, performing is not so much a profession as it is a destiny:
“This is what I’m meant to do. It’s the cog in my life. With this, everything suddenly coheres. And I understand myself in that way.” – Al Pacino as quoted in The New Yorker magazine
Acting, according to Pacino, is about “getting into a state that brings about freedom and expression and the unconscious.”
I have previously written about the mental state of “Flow” which comes from being in a heightened mental state of the present moment.
Flow is the first clue that you are involved in your life purpose. To keep following the clues takes you beyond the present moment and connects your life with a higher calling and destiny. One’s life begins to make sense once we see our destiny and we realize that we are not random.
The act of finding our destiny, as Al Pacino found it through acting, is not a planned event. It cannot be created out of our dreams or preferences, Destiny is what we were meant to do in our time and in the place where we were born. It is the missing key:
“Destiny is not something that you can prescribe for yourself, nor something you can define and say, “This is my destiny because I like the idea.”
Destiny has to do with where you have come from and where you are going and why you are in the world and where the world is going—things that are far beyond most people’s consideration or awareness. – The New Message revelation “Destiny”
Determining our destiny is not a casual affair. It gets to the heart of why you were born and why you came to this planet. For the person who NEEDS to know these things there are esoteric means available in all religions, although they are usually reserved for the adept or the elite.
Everyone Has a Destiny
The New Message is here to spark the desire for every person to discover their purpose and destiny because the world’s circumstances are now calling for them to emerge and be of service to a changing world. As our World changes, becomes more unstable, more uncertain, each of us will be needed to play our greater role which is destined for us.
This role is something that makes you whole, makes your life make sense. There is a role for all of us that actors like Al Pacino would crave. It will make us feel necessary, vital, challenged and ultimately redeemed by meeting and fulfilling our life’s destiny.
Do you feel this destiny calling but have not found a pathway in the world’s religions? Then read the New Message revelation, “Destiny”.
To serve the Truth.What does that mean?
How can I serve the truth? How can I know the truth, let alone serve it?
Everyone knows the truth when they experience it. The truth is not an idea – it’s a feeling.
The feeling of doing what is right is the truth. And similarly, doing what you were meant to do is a feeling of truth.
Anyone who has worked enough jobs in life knows that there are two types of jobs:
- The Untrue job that you hate because it worries you, taxes you, frustrates you, drags on forever and leaves you feeling wasted. Even if the job pays a lot of money, this type of work leaves you feeling worn out and stressed out. This is not the truth.
- The True job that inspires you, invigorates you, excites you, motivates you, pushes you to new heights of achievement, gives you satisfaction and makes time fly. This is a job closer closer to your real function and purpose in the world. This job serves the truth of your being.
To Serve the Truth is to Serve God
Interestingly, God and religion have a lot to say about how to serve the Truth:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4:24)
Christianity puts the onus on the believer to not only seek God and worship Him, but to also worship and seek the Truth. This puts an onus of responsibility on Christians to do more than just pray and believe. It calls for action and to serve the Truth in the world in a way that is true and meaningful for each unique individual.
IT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY, it is your greatest happiness and it is your greatest contentment to finally serve the truth. Your past has been frustrated and dismal because you have attempted to serve things without foundation and meaning. You have attempted to identify with things without purpose and direction. This has rendered to you the feeling that you have no purpose, meaning or direction. Feel happy now that you can represent the truth and serve the truth, for the truth gives you all that is true. It gives you purpose, meaning and direction which are what you have sought in all of your engagements, relationships, activities and endeavors. This is what you have sought in all of your fantasies, in all of your concerns and in all of your hopes. Step 349 from Steps to Knowledge
When we can get to the point where we can feel the Truth inside of us, then we can follow it, serve it and express it through our unique design and function.
This, in my experience, is what leads to true meaning and purpose in life. This is what leads me to feel completely used in a proper and fully appropriate way. This is what leads me to have great faith and knowledge that there is a Greater Force in the world and a small part of this greater force lives inside of me.
A friend recently pointed to this letter from famous 20th century journalist Hunter S. Thompson who gave life purpose advice to a friend who sought his counsel.
At first, Thompson sets the ground properly by advising that no human can tell another human what their life purpose is. Only an individual, through careful inner listening to their God-given inner Knowledge, over time, and many patient steps, may be able to discern the soft voice of their true purpose and direction in life.
Thompson then uses Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a foil to argue for and against going with the flow of life or swimming upstream, which is alright. The trick is which voice do we follow? Some voices will urge us to take the easy path and other voices in life will urge us to go upstream.
This is where he loses track with what is never changing, always consistent within us and serves as our true compass in life. Because going with the flow is not necessarily incorrect and swimming upstream is not necessarily more noble or more purposeful for our lives. It really depends on each person’s life and what they are destined to do.
It is only by following the sure voice inside that we can know what our life purpose is. Oftentimes, that voice is easiest to hear when we are young and before our minds have been programmed to value worldly things like money, prestige and power.
So when Thompson writes,
“When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you.”
He isn’t accounting for that within us which never changes, despite our advancing years and despite our formal education and training of the mind.
Knowledge within us never changes and is fundamentally beyond the mind. Knowledge is connected to our True selves that lives a Greater Life in a Greater Community beyond this one life on this one planet. Ultimately, we have all come here for a purpose and that purpose is contained in our Knowledge.
That’s why people seek life purpose advice – they KNOW they are here for a reason and that reason is not contained in their mind.
The Only True Life Purpose Advice: Seek Knowledge
Ultimately, being who we really are, beyond the mind and beyond any social conditioning, will make us the most happy. Goals, plans and dreams are all nothing to Knowledge. Knowledge is on a mission and it is our life purpose to fulfill that Knowledge of what we are here to do. Nothing could make us happier.
So, the question may come, if you’re still reading: “How do I hear this Knowledge you speak of?”
The New Message has provided a pathway of sacred Steps to Knowledge, which if practiced honestly and faithfully, will provide you with great insights, knowledge and the life purpose advice that you seek.
Living with purpose in the present moment has immense benefits for our mental, emotional and spiritual health. One of the benefits is that time moves swiftly and we are completely focused on the task at hand.
Anyone who has been engrossed in something understands this.
It can happen while playing a musical instrument or playing a sport. We are so focused and so concentrated that time flies. This makes us feel alive!
The New Message explains that this experience is very real and significant. Knowing when we experience this is a good sign that we are living with purpose:
It is only a matter of time, and time can only seem long to those who dwell within it without purpose. But to those who dwell in time with purpose, time moves swiftly and brings about this great result. – Step 258, Steps to Knowledge
This concept of living with purpose in the present moment is not new in spiritual and religious circles.
Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta, Judaism and Buddhism have all described the state of losing one’s sense of self while engaged in a higher purpose in the present moment. The goal is to lose the personal, separate identity with others and the world.
Flow: Living with Purpose in the Present Moment
Science confirms that this experience is real and not just “spiritual”. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychologist who has studied the state of total focus while performing an enjoyable activity.
He termed this state “Flow.” He found that this state occurs across many disciplines and throughout all cultures. It is a distinctive human trait common to all people who are completely focused and living with purpose in the present moment.
No one likes “killing time” and being bored. Deep down, this feeling kills us slowly. Living with purpose is the path to a true life, true contribution and true happiness.
Oh, how many times have I tried to create my future and create a greater purpose in life? Too many times to count.
I have tried to fulfill myself in the world by acquiring power, money, possessions and people. On the other hand, I have also tried to create a greater purpose in life by escaping from the world into narcotics, alcohol, spirituality, intellectualism and self-righteousness.
Each time, it never worked – no surprise there.
And then I found the New Message which clarifies and explains why we can’t create our greater purpose in life. This mission was given to us before we came into the world and we must follow that call even though we don’t consciously know where it is taking us.
In fact, we have accumulated so many ideas about what we want from life and what we think our destiny is, we must first free ourselves from our past ideas, associations and commitments:
Long before this greater purpose is realized, you will be taking these steps to free yourself, to regain your lost life, to regain your power and your self-confidence. For your greater purpose is not simply a big definition. It is a destiny. But to move in the direction of your destiny, you must be freed from the past sufficiently so that you can move forward with a greater inspiration. So you begin the journey. – from the revelation “The Journey”
In order to begin to realize a greater purpose in life, we need to learn to follow the faint voice of knowledge within us rather than the loud demands of our intellect and ego.
Knowledge is the deeper wisdom and intelligence of why we have come into the world at this time and what we came here to do. The ancients called this wisdom gnosis and it is inside everyone.
Are you able to live without definitions of yourself? Can you allow your destiny to unfold in front of you – like traveling on a road you’ve never seen before?
This is the call of your ancient plan for this life. Be still, and listen within. Your greater purpose in life is calling you.
The antidote to an over active mind that tries to take control – another word for the ego in life – is the spiritual practice of Steps to Knowledge. This practice emphasizes stillness and a real accounting of our everyday experience in order to step away from the false messages created by our ego. Our ego in life can’t define our purpose. We can’t create our life purpose, it is given to us by the Divine before our birth.
The ego likes to believe that it is God and can create anything, but this just isn’t true. Our true purpose is to discover our destiny of where we need to go, who we need to be with and what we need to work on.
The ego in life will try to convince us of it’s plan with brilliant ideas or fantastic schemes, but it must learn to yield. The ego must learn to hear and yield to the divine presence in our lives – which is in everyone’s life.
Beyond the Ego in Life there Lives a Deeper Intelligence
This presence is subtle and yet always there, if we can slow down, still the mind and open ourselves to a sacred life of our spiritual calling which is waiting for us.
Indeed, it takes courage to listen to the subtle voice of knowledge inside us rather than the loud, demanding voices coming from the ego in life, the messages from culture and the demands of our family.
Stretching beyond your own ideas and assumptions and reaching out for something which is greater that transcends them is an act of courage, integrity and commitment to your personal development and to true contribution in life. This is the road to Knowledge. – from Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 4
Learn more about the courage to live an authentic life away from the ego in life that tries to takes us away from true purpose: The New Message on courage and knowledge
Be happy that you have a higher purpose in life, for this means that your life is meaningful and not chaotic. It means that you have an origin and a destiny beyond this world. It means that life is eternal even as it passes through this temporary phase of worldly existence.
Be grateful, then, that the relationships you reclaim unto yourself you will be able to keep, for once you have recognized another, you cannot forget that person. The advancement you make here is permanent. It is only your assessment of yourself that can deteriorate. It is only your ability to meet your destiny in the world that
can be offset or denied, thus wasting your valuable time.
Would you want to go through birth and childhood all over again just to arrive at the point at which you are now? Who would want to go through twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty or seventy years of preparation all over again? You do not want to go through all of this again. Therefore, make full use of where you are now. Your higher purpose is with you.
Life is not chaotic. We have a purpose and destiny in the world. Take advantage of your life to fulfill your destiny.
When you know, you know. And your choice is made already. It is this experience that you will want to seek out in your decision making at this point. Decisions made without this are merely presumptions. They may have great emotion but they do not have a foundation. Those who have purpose are not burdened with decision. – Secrets of Heaven, Secret #84
I have a friend who likes to analyze his life’s decisions ad nauseum. He can write for hours on the pros and cons of each choice he is about to make.
His career, his relationships and his vacation destination are all scrutinized, detail by detail, with his powerful brain.
He feels as if he is being very thorough, very prudent and very smart. He even consults with me and other friends with his decision making process so that he gets it “right”.
He is earnest, humble and has a sincere desire to serve the world.
But he is missing the deeper current in his life. By analyzing to death his decisions, he is relying upon his brain solely to generate the best choice. He doesn’t really Know. Knowing requires little thought – you just know. Because when you know you Know.
He doesn’t Know what he Knows about his life – where he came from, why he is here and where he is going after this life. This is very normal and yet it’s very far from our greater life, our greater Self and out greater purpose for being alive.
Assuming when you know you know
Decisions made without knowing what you know are just assumptions.As the quote above from Secrets to Heaven says, “Decisions made without this are merely presumptions. They may have great emotion but they do not have a foundation.”
I had a high school teacher who always scolded me when I assumed that he knew what I knew. He said, “To assume makes an ass out of you and me.” Get it? Assume = “ass” + “u” + “me”. Assumptions do no one any good.
And that’s the point behind the quote above. Decisions made without knowing what you know, are simply mentally intricate assumptions. They help us feel better but really are far away from our purpose in life.
So, how do we know? By stilling the mind and going deep into what we feel through meditation. The Steps to Knowledge is a meditation course designed to get us in touch with Knowledge, that deeper knowing of our lives.