The other day, as I walked out on to the hills on a very crisp, clear day, I had the most beautiful sensation that an angel, an otherworldly being, was walking beside me, about twenty feet or so away. Perhaps this was my imagination, perhaps not – I really don’t know. But I decided to ask them a question: ‘What is the purpose of my life?’
If you want to know what the purpose of your life is, ask first why it should have just one purpose. Try it in the plural: What are its purposes? Your body will have its goals – to stay alive, to replicate its genes; your personality will have others, but you probably want to know about your Soul, which might have one central purpose in this lifetime, or perhaps several, or many that change as you evolve.
The central purpose of your life might be to transform or transcend yourself, for another it may be to learn and explore and enjoy the experience of simply being. For another still it may be to bring through into this world a work of beauty; or an inspiration to others; one moment or many moments of love channeled towards one aim, one person or place. Your purpose may be to learn the meaning, the true meaning, of one ideal, one concept. Imagine how that would feel if you discovered that your purpose in life was to learn the true meaning and experience the true depth of say, the concept of constancy, or the concept of impermanence? Expansion, radiance, transmutation, liberation, surrender, intimacy, knowing, opening, the exploration of delicacy, the development of virtues, any or all of these dynamics could be working purposefully within your soul.
Deep inside you know what your soul is seeking, even if you cannot yet articulate all of its purposes to your mind. To help you uncover more of them, try imagining you know what they are, and just write down what comes, and you may find that what you write is sufficient for you now, inspiring you and helping you in your quest for self-knowledge and greater understanding. But remember to leave room for the Mystery. Allow the possibility for some beautiful and as yet unknown purpose to be working through your life. Perhaps it is better if your conscious mind does not yet know it, perhaps your mind’s limitations should not be allowed to fetter or constrain your purpose, for is not our destiny best known only to the gods themselves?