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The Universe

Consider this: In the entirety of the universe you are unique. You were born carrying a Gift, and you are here to sing that song. If you chose not to sing your song,  then it will never be heard on the face of the earth.
Alphonse

Visualization works wonders when the cause is transcendent. Why would the ‘Universe’ bother pandering to the greedy fantasies of the narcissistic few? Once you have committed your life to some decent purpose or ‘calling’, that’s when the axle will shift, that’s when the wheels will begin to turn; and that’s when you can expect those synchronistic happenings that will light your path and empower your purpose.

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From the great blue whale who traverses the depths of the Southern Ocean, to the tiniest amoeba crawling along through the primordial ooze, all things in nature swim, dance, and sing to their own peculiar rhythm; only mankind        has lost its direction. Anon.

The concept of finding and following a ‘calling’ is as old as time and appears in stories, myths and legends from around the world. The very first book; The Epic of Gilgamesh, written on clay tablets approximately 5,000 years ago,  recounts the legend of the young warrior King Gilgamesh, bored with his present existence, going out into the wilderness to seek meaning and purpose to his life. The adventures he encounters are classic examples of what Joseph Campbell describes as The Hero’s Journey, a journey we will all be challenged to face at some stage, and actually several stages, in our lives. As Campbell was fond of saying:  “The question is; will we say yes or no to that challenge; will we say yes or no to the adventure of life itself!”

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‘Even if you are on the right track, you’ll still get run over by a train if you just sit there!’    Will Rogers.

Am I on the right track?

Once you have discovered your purpose, then you must find a way of expressing that ‘Purpose’ in your life. This is not always easy; but if you know what you really want to commit your life too, then you can never be truly happy until you find the courage and commitment needed to express yourself honestly and fully in the world.

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'But where will you go?' they asked, 'Where my Heart Leads' she said...If you feel that your life lacks Passion, Purpose, Meaning or Integrity; and if you wonder occasionally in the quiet times; ‘Is this all there is?’ You may be living in what the poet Elliot referred to as  ‘The Wastelands’. That dreadful place where  boredom, depression, lack of purpose, and a sense of futility eat away gradually at your spirit and ultimately at the very essence of your ‘Life Force’.

If you’re heart tells you that you’re no longer enjoying the work you do for a living; if you sometimes question the very meaning of your existence; then you may be experiencing what Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung described as a ‘Calling’, an intuitive appeal from some deeper aspect of yourself that is tired of the life you have been living and is now yearning and questing for change.

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It has been suggested by many throughout the ages that the ‘eternal question’ is; ‘Who am I?’ but perhaps in today’s driven, materialistic world it might be better to rephrase the same inquiry as ‘What am I?’ for surely it is more a question of ‘what am I doing with my life?’ rather than who I think I am that defines and gives meaning, purpose and direction to human existence.

From the writings of the Greek philosopher Plato in his seminal work ‘Republic’ to the Babylonian epic ‘Gilgamesh’ written 2000 years before the birth of Christ, to the myths and legends that have emanated from Shamanistic peoples since the beginning of recorded history springs the recurring belief that there is a purpose and meaning to each and every human life.

The Native Americans, the Australian Aboriginal, the Inuit, and the Amazonian Indians, along with virtually all of the indigenous peoples of the world, held ceremonial rituals and Rites of Passage, Vision Quests that assisted their young people through ancient initiation ceremonies into the adult life and helped them to discover the purpose, meaning and direction of their lives.

But in our modern, driven, consumer orientated, Western cultures, largely devoid of the guiding influence of Mentors, elders, extended families, rituals, rites of passage ceremonies and the ancient, guiding tales of mythology, where does that leave us? Where does it leave our children? How can we hope to discover our own innate potential? How can we role model for our children the ability to find and follow a worthwhile path in life? These are some of the questions we must now face, for we can no longer blindly assume that our governments, schools, churches and universities are fulfilling these essential roles.

From the Great Blue Whale cruising the depths of the Southern Ocean

To the tiniest amoeba crawling along through the primordial ooze

All things in nature dance to their own natural rhythm of life

Only mankind has lost its purpose.

(Anon)

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