„The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
There is an ancient story that tells us of the wanderer, who after a long journey arrives in a town. First, he comes across a crippled and blind beggar, then he sees an old woman being beaten, and a funeral procession. Witnessing all this suffering in succession, the wanderer runs out into the desert in desperation, screaming at God: “Why, if you are so powerful do you allow all this suffering and pain? Why don’t you do something?”
After a long silence, the wanderer finally hears the words of the Divine: “I did do something. I created you.”
The story is revealing in that what we see and what we hear is often determined by our current state of .consciousness. In our world of polarity with the constant pull between yin and yang, light and shadow, beauty and ugliness, violence and peace it is easy to make judgmental statements that are seldom congruent with the true facts.
You have been born with a unique gift
It is part of human nature to make the Divine or any other entity responsible for all the misery of one’s own state of affairs or that of the world. According to the ancient Mystics we have each been born with a divine purpose and been handed the gift of free will.
Surrendering control to external forces for one’s circumstances is one of the big fallacies of our time. We are to a great extent shaped by the culture and place where we are born. But at the same time, we must take responsibility for our thoughts and actions.
The true calling often lies in the wounds of the past that have sculptured us into the human beings that we are destined to become. When reflecting on the past it often becomes obvious how the pain and the obstacles that we have had to overcome gave us the skillset needed to fulfill divine purpose.
The Hero’s Journey is riddled with obstacles
The Hero’s journey through life is riddled with failures, making the wrong decisions, and losing the way on the wrong path. At the point of complete surrender, when we are completely empty, when we choose to give up everything that once defined identity, we become open to the whispers from the Divine.
It is at this juncture that we can forgive those people that have wronged us or inflicted great pain on us. When we transmute our “enemies” into positive agents that have catapulted us toward major transformational change and elevation of consciousness, it is much easier to forgive.
Getting stuck in the grievances and the sorrow over that which once was and is no more is the root cause of much of the collective anger we see currently being played out on the political stage. It is also symbolic of the disconnect between external and internal needs. External gratification is never fulfilling when it is out of line with soul purpose.
What is your unique song?
How we share our unique talents and abilities with the world, is as diverse as creation itself. We each carry the seed of a divine song within that is waiting to play its part in the concert hall of creation.
It is what moves and inspires you, to which you are magically drawn and where you fell in rhythm with the heartbeat of the universe. It is what Rumi describes as surrendering to that “deeper pull of what you truly love.”