by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
One of the most common questions I hear is, “What is my life purpose?” To be honest, the answer is right in front of your nose!
Every day since you were born, you have been guided to find your life’s purpose. Every curiosity you have and every situation you’ve experienced is pointing you in that direction. From this point, it’s simply a matter of fine tuning these experiences until you know you’re in that relative zone of what you should be doing right now.
There will be sidetracks and you might stray a little off of your path, but you will be quickly guided back towards your life’s purpose through subtle signs. For example, you might have an interest in reiki healing and decided that your life purpose is to share this talent with others through the knowledge you’ve attained in this field, but despite your amazing talent, you’re not receiving many customers.
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While this might be part of your main purpose, the universe is trying to tell you to dig deeper into what you’re supposed to be doing right now. Perhaps, instead of healing others, you’re supposed to be teaching others how to do this type of healing? That doesn’t mean you should completely give up implementing reiki healing on an individual level because you’re performing an awesome service to others in which the universe is always grateful for. The universe may be simply suggesting to take a look at other avenues where your talents and abilities can be used at a greater level.
I know quite a few people who are changing their career paths in midlife, which takes a lot of courage to do. A friend of mine, Kathy, has been involved in art her entire life but spent most of her life working as a paralegal. She is now starting a tattoo business and is using her gift of artwork to do something she enjoys. She also has an interest in natural healing and aromatherapy and is building a website to help others in these fields as well.
Another friend, Max Apodaca, was a financial planner and strategist for multimillion dollar businesses when he decided on a career change. Max has an amazing ability of healing people by being able to connect his higher self to your higher self, then diagnosing the problem. I can attest to his abilities through personal testimony. I initially met Max via my live online chat on in5d.com, and vaguely told him about my back issue. What I didn’t tell him is that I’ve had a sciatica nerve issue for many years. He told me to call him so he could diagnose the problem, so I did. After a brief chat, he became quiet for a few moments, and then he stated, “Your left leg is slightly shorter than your right leg. Buy a heel pad.” Problem resolved! I’ve been consulting with Max on how to get his website ranked along with various Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques because his talent and ability needs to be shared with as many people as possible.
Max and Kathy are just two examples of how people are beginning to find their true life purpose for being here. In both cases, their life purposes might evolve into something much bigger than they expected, but they will always be guided into moving in the right direction.
1. Where have you been?
For your entire life, you’ve been guided towards your life’s purpose. All of your interests and activities have led you to where you are now. Look back at them and try to see what direction they are leading you to.
For example, one summer when I was 12, I saw an ad for a black magic book in a magazine that intrigued me because it taught you how to do astral projections. Because I didn’t want my parents to know about this, I sent $8 cash in the mail and ordered the book.
Surprisingly, it arrived several weeks later when my parents were at work. From a young age, I knew there was an interest in spiritual metaphysics and the esoteric sciences, yet I never thought of compiling these interests in any specific way, until recently with my websites.
Look at the specific interests you have (or had) and see where they are leading YOU. Your interests will create a passion for whatever path you choose, so instead of “work”, it’ll be “fun”! Hopefully, that shows in my articles.
2. Expect to fall on your face along the way.
I wish there was a better way of phrasing this, but there will be obstacles along your path. Be strong and learn from these obstacles.
Here’s a personal example. My life path led me to being a child and family therapist, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Through working with my clients, I found a number of commonalities that weren’t being addressed by the current psychology programs, so I wrote my own cost-effective program designed to help families who are at-risk of dissolution, for children who are going through the reunification process and for parents in need of parenting classes. Upon receiving a patent pending of this program, I successfully implemented it in a 3 county area but I ended up dissolving the business shortly after my ex-wife moved back to New York so I could be with my daughter.
It was frustrating to see how my life path had changed and was confusing at the time. Here, I had the opportunity to help many families with a proven program, yet the Universe was telling me to shift gears. As a therapist, I was running two websites, www.HolisticCancerResearch.com and www.in5d.com . Both websites were reaching a lot more people than what I was accomplishing with my psychology program, so I decided to make this my number one priority for the time being. Eventually, I may go back to being a child and family therapist, but the Universe has led me in this direction. Both professions involve helping to make this world a better place for all of us, but as a webmaster, I am reaching millions of people versus the several thousand I would have reached as a therapist.
3. Once you’ve found your life path, allow it to grow.
There is a good chance that your life’s purpose is multifaceted. As you continue on your journey, you will probably take on new challenges that will be associated with your journey.
For example, I was on my live chat on www.in5d.com when I noticed some people in the chatroom talking about the need for a dating service for like-minded people. I also thought about this idea in the past (as Universe always points you in the right direction) but I put the idea on the backburner and kind of forgot about it. One of the most important functions of my websites is to unite like-minded people and to let them know, “You’re not alone!”. By offering a social networking service, I would be able to take this philosophy to the next level. I’m currently working on obtaining the software and setting up this service which should be up and running soon.
In a few months, there may be another idea that transforms itself into something that also helps the greater good of humanity. The bottom line is to keep your ears open and listen to what Universe is telling you.
4. Ask the Universe for direction and purpose.
One day, I went to my ex-wife’s house to pick up my daughter. My ex asked me if I heard of “The Secret” to which I replied, “Nope”. She invited me inside and played the trailer to The Secret. I was so impressed with this video that by the time my daughter and I arrived home, I went online and immediately ordered this video.
One of the suggestions in “The Secret” is to ask the Universe for guidance and for ideas. Once I did this, I was not only flooded with ideas for myself, but ideas for other people as well. It’s almost like being a psychic. When a psychic has a direct line with the deceased, other deceased people will literally line up behind the initial source to get their messages through. With “The Secret”, once you’ve made that agreement with the Universe to accept ideas and direction, the Universe will immediately send you hints about your life’s purpose and direction!
5. Filter the ideas.
Not all of these ideas will be your life purpose, but they will all lead you in the right direction. After asking the Universe, I started receiving ideas at an amazing pace. As I mentioned, one of the ideas I had was to write a program for at-risk youth. I also wrote a book on parenting called, 100+ Common Parenting Mistakes.
I was also guided into researching 2012, which was being promoted as a doomsday scenario on many websites. Upon compiling a ton of information that contradicted the mainstream apocalyptic stance, I was guided to build a website, despite not knowing anything about how to do this. I taught myself HTML and through trial and error, along with watching as many tutorials as possible, I eventually built www.maya12-21-2012 to show the world that 2012 is NOT a doomsday event. A year later, I was guided to build www.in5d.com as the name simply came to me, literally, out of the blue (Thank you, Universe!). In5D is short and easy to remember, and it says everything.
Your idea doesn’t have to be magnanimous, it simply has to resonate with you as being the right thing to do at this time.
6. Learn from your mistakes.
There really aren’t any “mistakes” because each one provides a valuable learning experience that guides you in the right direction. While it may be frustrating at times, your life’s purpose will become clearer each day, despite the mistakes. Try to view any mistake as an opportunity to either improve on your idea or to possibly take the idea in a different direction. Trust the fact that you were given this idea for a specific reason, which might simply be used as a stepping stone that leads you in a similar, yet different, direction.
7. You’re not racing against anyone.
While there may be competition with your idea or life purpose, it’s not a race because we’re all on the same team.
Imagine taking a walk on the beach. Some people will walk faster than you while others will walk slower. The lesson learned is to walk at your own pace.
8. Clear the clutter.
Sometimes our minds are so cluttered that it’s nearly impossible for the Universe to get through to us. As an example, I used to be a huge sports fanatic. I could glance at the sports section of the newspaper and literally memorize every statistic. What good is this ability and how is it helping to make the world a better place for all of us? The lesson I learned is to use my thirst for knowledge in other areas of my life that would help others.
After watching “The Secret” I stopped watching and following all sports until recently when I was talked into joining a fantasy football league. By removing the clutter, it enabled the Universe to clearly send a message.
One of the ways you can clear the clutter is through meditation, but also look internally and externally at what may be cluttering your mind.
Chance are, this clutter served a purpose in your life at some point. In my situation, sports helped me to avoid the fear propaganda by the main stream media while providing a fun way to exercise. I also learned how sports support and promote the divide and conquer mentality, e.g. my tribe versus your tribe.
9. Express Gratitude.
Always thank the Universe for every small blessing. The Universe loves gratitude and it lets your spirit guides know that their work is appreciated by you.
10. Make it enjoyable!
Imagine choosing a profession that you despise? There are a lot of people who truly don’t like doing what they’re doing but are doing so out of necessity. You have the ability to change this. While it might not happen overnight, try to view it as a buffet. Imagine filling your plate full of food. While it may seem like a lot of food, eventually the plate will be empty, one forkful at a time. In other words, try not to do too much at once, because your plate is full and you can’t eat it all in one bite. Step by step, and forkful by forkful, your plate will empty as you’re guided by each forkful on your life’s purpose and direction. In the meanwhile, enjoy the meal!
According to the late Dolores Cannon, “The side effect of doing something you love… what you’re supposed to be doing, is perfect health. When you’re in tune with what you’re supposed to be doing, you don’t get sick.”
You’ll also help to make this world a better place for all of us!
About the Author:
Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. Gregg is currently working in collaboration with Michelle Walling, CHLC, in opening a holistic walk-in clinic called Alternative Holistic Healthcare (AHH) in Sarasota, FL with subsequent subsidiaries around the world based upon this model.