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Your life's purpose is being fulfilled in every moment

Aug 7, 2008
One fundamental question in life is "What is life's purpose?" This is a very important question to ask yourself, as the answer changes everything! It significantly changes the way you view things, changes your pursuits, and changes the way you live our life.

Here we are, within this context of life and the universe, seemingly separate, ego-centric beings with the ability to desire things, and achieve things. There are a few basic ideas circulating in our collective experience regarding our purpose:

Some say we are born in to this life to learn certain lessons and to grow.

Others maintain that life is a test - if we pass this test, we go to heaven, and if we fail, we go to a hell of eternal damnation.

Some say we take birth to purge ourselves of karma (the effect of all our actions in past lives), and when we eventually do so - after many lifetimes - we become liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

Another theory is that life has no purpose at all and that it is just the result of an accidental process which is taking place in the universe.

When we analyze these theories and beliefs, we see that some of them are limited in their description of the grandest purpose of life, and some are simply illogical mental constructs. They are erroneous ideas or myths that have crept into our minds, and thus into our current culture and experience. Beliefs color experience. And our belief systems can be accurate assessments of the way things are, or they can be quite mistaken or inaccurate. Erroneous ideas can imprison us (as some of the above ideas do), while more enlightened ideas can bring us into a more liberated space again.

I'd like you to consider the following: that you are here essentially to experience aspects and qualities of who you are in essence, and to continually re-create yourself in your highest ideas and imaginings by expressing, deciding, creating and fulfilling who you are, and who we are always becoming. As an extension of source energy you also take thought itself to new levels through your desires and choices. And these experience serve Ultimate Reality, the Divine Essence. Thus, in every moment you are fulfilling your purpose for existing, irrespective of what you are doing.

On the one hand there is the purpose of life which is continually guiding the process forward. On the other, there is your belief about what your purpose is. These can be closely aligned, and you will experience abounding freedom and power when they are. Yet even when they are not aligned, your beliefs serve your greater purpose. In other words: even if the purpose you have chosen is to gain entry into heaven, for example, or to climb Mount Everest, or even to experience maximum leisure and enjoyment, it is fulfilling your overall purpose because through these pursuits you are experiencing, expressing, creating, and fulfilling who you are, and who you are continually becoming.

Your own chosen purpose (and in other words your intention or desire) may not right now be fulfilled, but your purpose for existing is always being fulfilled, in each moment of life.

And so there is nothing more you have to do or be in order to be whole or complete. This you are already. There is nothing that is required of you, other than that which you choose to require of yourself.

There are certain things you can desire to do, and choose to do, and there are certainly things you can do which will improve your experience in life, and maybe improve the world, but don't confuse this with any requirement - that there is something you have to do in order to fulfill some purpose which is imposed upon your life. Simply put: your purpose is to experience and create. Didn't you achieve a whole lot of that already, even today?

So I invite you to think again about the question of purpose, and contemplate the possibility that you are already complete and whole, and that the purpose for which life and the universe was created is being fulfilled right now and in every moment of time. This will bring you more freedom. It is like removing a huge weight off your shoulders. And this is very empowering too. And in truth you are always at choice and essentially free, except for the beliefs that we hold to the contrary. The only limitations you have are those which you choose to impose on yourself. Yet it is an inner knowing and decision to make, and when you make this decision, you can choose to free yourself, and be your Self again.
About the Author
Article by Devin Iyer, a Spiritual Philosopher and Awareness Coach who was strongly drawn to the path of contemplation and spent 3 years in an ashram in India, where he studied the Advaita Vedanta philosophy. You can learn more on his website about life and the power of awareness.
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