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Song of the Soul: Living the Song Your Soul Sings

Aug 17, 2007
Christmas day following my high school graduation, I was mischievously eager to announce to my family that I was moving to California. Born and raised in Texas, as my family had been for generations, I was certain that this would be a great surprise to everyone! I imagined my mother crying, my grandmother questioning, my father lecturing, my sisters perplexing and of course my little brother rejoicing - (I can't pick on him from 1600 miles away!)

I practiced my announcement, prepared my rebuttals and strutted resolutely into the dining room. I waited patiently for the perfect moment - after the napkins were on the plates but before the turkey could have a chance to take over. I stood up, asked for everyone's attention and announced, "I have auditioned and been accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and I am moving to California to become a professional actress." Anticipating their shock, I braced myself for the inevitable, whirly confrontation. My plan did not prepare me for this --

"Congratulations!" they said, " We always knew you'd be moving to California one day." I was dumbfounded! "What? What do you mean you always knew ? Why didn't anyone tell me? How come I'm the last to know?"

It is not uncommon for others to recognize our life purpose or aspects of our life's path even before we do. As a success coach, I work with individuals who are ordinarily very successful and who have lead generally rewarding lives and yet - they want more. Clients seek my support because they want to live even more fulfilling and on purpose, super focused lives - and quite frequently that includes supporting them in discovering their life purpose.

I've been on both sides of this equation and notice that until one is ready and willing to acknowledge and appreciate their gifts, talents and strengths - living that ultimate existence may seem too precarious and too prodigious to pursue. Sometimes we're even afraid of our own power and potential!

It seemed that everyone but me had already accepted and expected my life purpose to include living in California and pursuing an acting career. I couldn't admit it at the time but I suppose deep down, I knew too. I simply didn't have the confidence to listen to that little voice inside my heart that everyone else seemed to hear so clearly. "What if I don't make it? What if I'm not pretty enough or good enough? What if I fail and have to crawl home with my tail between my legs?"

Of course the imagined fears are always much more debilitating than reality and I for one have allowed those fears to run my life on more than one occasion. However, I've learned that we can choose to face those fears and then cleanse and erase them with a good positive brainwashing. I often coach clients to use a direct vocal denial, a strong, centered prayer and affirmation and of course the decision to choose to have unwavering faith in the perfection of all things.

The words we speak and the thoughts we entertain are either the air that feeds or the water that extinguishes the flames of our dreams. Choose wisely and you can create a more conscious, deliberate life - a life in harmony with the song that your soul sings - a life in harmony with your life's purpose.

In Truth, our life purpose is always calling us - it's that little whisper we perceive when we have an important decision to make. It's that little intuitive inkling that says "yes" when others around us are saying "no." It's that loud emptiness that we feel when we know we've made a choice to marry or to take a job for all the wrong reasons. Our life purpose is unfolding and guiding us whether we realize it or not.

My acceptance into the Academy was not coincidence or the luck of the draw but the logical culmination of all that I had desired for so very long. Circumstances and events fell like dominoes. I recall choosing on my SAT test, which colleges I wanted to attend and the only one I marked, was A.A.D.A. I remember seeing a TV special on the school and by happenstance I recall reading an article about Robert Redford - who graduated from the Academy. Then I remember my girlfriend calling to tell me auditions were being held on Christmas Eve! For as long as I could remember, I had imagined myself as a successful performer - entertaining audiences, making people laugh and expressing myself vividly in larger than life acting opportunities.

Looking back it's easy to recognize that every meaningful event happened not by chance but by Divine intervention. Every event in our lives will ALWAYS be the logical culmination of all that we have desired, dwelled upon and thought about prior to the event. In Book 3 of Neale Donald Walsh's series, Conversations with God , he writes, " Everything that occurs --everything that has occurred, is occurring, and ever will occur -- is the outward physical manifestation of your innermost thoughts, choices, ideas and determinations regarding Who You Are and Who You Choose To Be ."

If you have ever thought to yourself - I feel like something's missing - I'm supposed to be doing something different with my life. Then you've felt the burning sensation that begins in the pit of your stomach and continues progressing until it flames over and over in your mind - what is it that's calling me? I know I have a purpose but I'm not sure what it is! Then a well-meaning friend says, "Do what you love and the money will follow." It vibrates in your heart - you want to believe in that philosophy but all of our lives we've been taught "you have to work hard to get ahead and you can't get something for nothing."

It sounds as if one could simply say, "okay - I love to sleep all day and play pinochle all night and somehow the abundance that is rightfully mine will just flow to me effortlessly." That is just too far fetched for most of us to swallow, so we resign ourselves to our status quo and repress and cope with that gnawing, aching, slow burning knowing that there's got to be something more!

However, it doesn't demand much to move towards that path - it simply requires a willingness to ask for guidance and then the willingness to trust the process. When I set out for California, I was certain I would be a famous actress. Five years, 6 apartments, two fiances, 4 jobs, two businesses and a bunny into the shaky state and I realized that I didn't want to act. I didn't take direction well and I refused to take off my clothes or speak offensive language or any number of other things. I had far too many restrictions on what I would and would not do to be successful (at least in my mind at the time.) "Yikes! Now what? Why did I come here if I wasn't supposed to be an actress?" I fought my fears and disappointments for a stretch before I finally realized that my gift was in speaking, coaching and uplifting others.

Now, I know that everything I learned through my theatrical training was precisely what I required to create the confidence and unshakable foundation that supports my current speaking career. That is what I mean by Divine intervention. I had no way of knowing that my "calling" was to come later and that first I had to educate and prepare myself. I am so very thankful now - the process and the path were perfect regardless of whether I was able to see it at the time.

In the book Creating Money by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer, they write, " Do not try to figure out what to do with your life by looking at the world and asking, "What can I do for the world?" Look at yourself and ask, "what do I want to do that I love to do? What attracts me? What excites me? What are the issues I am working on in my life? What can I get enthusiastic about doing? ""

You may begin living your life's purpose, your purpose in life, by dreaming about, fantasizing about and immersing yourself in the process of unveiling, discovering and exploring the circumstances and experiences that bring joy to your life. By surrounding yourself with your desires - what you want to achieve, what you enjoy, what uplifts you, what inspires you, what gives you the greatest sense of purpose and satisfaction you will be living in alignment with the substance that can attract and unfold your Divine path. By being open to guidance and asking God (or the Universe) to reveal your highest path you will be guided accordingly.

Living the song that our soul sings, finding your life purpose, means harmonizing with our natural inheritance of abundance and peacefully flowing with the exquisite orchestration of life. As we choose to live consciously, we not only uplift ourselves but we also inspire others to find their path and we heal our planet as well. Joy is contagious - may you infect as many people as possible along your path.
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