"You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the imagination and energy you will ever need." -- Jerry Gillies
A friend of mine once said to me, "Matt, I have a big dream. It feels like my true purpose, or at least close. But it's big -- and I just don't know if I've got the energy to pursue it."
I responded, "But that's impossible."
"You can't possibly have a dream that you don't have enough energy to pursue. They come hand in hand."
"But I feel exhausted even thinking about all I have to do to put it together!" she said.
"Then you haven't made the connection."
My kumu (teachers) in Huna taught me that the energy of the universe has no limit. It's infinite. And because we are intricately connected to the universe, we have total access to this unlimited energy. They also taught me that your purpose is a spark from your spiritual body (or what Jung called "the collective unconscious"). It's not something you make up or conceive consciously. You may figure out how that purpose is to be expressed consciously, what specific form it will take. But that spark of purpose itself, that initial inspiration or passion, originates from your spiritual body. And your spiritual body is fully connected to the unlimited energy of the universe.
So then what's the problem?
Let's take it step by step. According to Huna, to perceive your purpose, you first must eliminate negative emotions and limiting beliefs. I say "perceive" rather than "find" your purpose because your purpose is always with you. It's not like you have to go on safari to hunt it down. You just have to clear away the "stuff" (psychological term) in your life that hides it from you.
Once your vision is clearer, once you feel pono (aligned and authentic) with yourself, your conscious mind can then become aware of the "spark" of your true purpose, that inspiration from the spiritual body. You probably won't have the details of how that purpose plays out. But you'll know that this is what you're meant to be and do.
For example, you may know that you are supposed to help others see the genius and beauty in themselves. To fulfill that purpose, you might become a teacher or a minister or movie director. Or your purpose may to protect others: policeman? Attorney? Mother? Your purpose can play out in many different ways, and how it plays out is more of a conscious decision.
And if you deny that purpose and don't give it form? Well, it just doesn't feel good. Life becomes an unsatisfying struggle, burdensome, even pointless, no matter how much outer success you may achieve.
But back to the initial question: What if you know your purpose and how it could play out in the world, but it feels overwhelming? That you don't have enough energy to do the tasks and take the steps necessary to make that big purpose manifest?
The connection you're missing in that case is from that spark of purpose to your emotions. When you consciously make the connection from that spark of purpose to your emotions, you have all the motivation and energy you'll ever need.
For example, I am clear that my purpose is to elevate the consciousness of the planet. Big one, huh? The form I've consciously taken is to teach, specifically to teach Huna and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). There are a lot of tasks and situations around doing this: boarding airplanes, being away from my family, interacting with hundreds of people day after day. And with each part of my work, I take the time to make the connection of how it leads me to fulfilling my purpose. I ask, "Why am I doing this? How is this helping me fulfill my purpose?"
With that simple question, I've made the energetic connection to the spiritual body and that spark of purpose. My conscious mind asks, my spiritual body responds, my conscious mind acknowledges the answer and my emotional body feels the desire and passion again.
An added benefit of asking these questions is that you won't find yourself spinning your wheels, getting involved in projects or activities that are not leading toward the fulfillment of your purpose. Because you have asked the question, you can decide: Is this worth my time and effort? Or is there something else that would bring greater satisfaction?
Put very simply, when you are following your heart and doing what you love to do, it's not called work. Keep your purpose at the forefront and connect each and every action to that purpose. As actor and singer Marc Anthony said, "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."
About the Author: Matthew B. James, MA, Ph.D., is President of The Empowerment Partnership, where students learn Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Huna and Hypnosis. To find out more about Huna and energy, join Dr. Matt's free webinar Huna and Energy Explained: How to Increase Your Personal Mana/Energy - Part 1.
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