Why does the snake slither? Why does the bird fly? Why does the sun shine? Why is water wet?
These questions seem a little strange when referring to nature. The snake slithers because that is its nature. Water is wet because that is its nature? So why do so many of us question what our purpose is? It seems to be a big theme amongst my clients at the moment. It appears that the search for purpose mirrors the search for our true nature.
What am I meant to be doing? Am I in the right job for me? What is my calling and unique gift? These questions require us to dive deeper than our mind for direction. We have been filled with ideas, expectations and pressures from the world around us that have dictated what is practical and acceptable in societies view. But underneath all of those outside expectations lies our true nature, our unique gift and flavour that we bring to the world.
When I ask myself, what is my purpose, my mind tries for a moment to formulate words and then it explodes into a thousand pieces. The question is too big for the mind to grasp. There is only a deeper instinct that goes "ding ding ding" when I am moving in flow with my true nature. This has always been an indicator that I am following my purpose. That inner guide of intuition and instinct that is the trusty travel companion on the road of life. The guide that has lead me to the people, places, jobs and circumstances that allow me to live in flow with my purpose. It requires me to be rebellious to the norms, to be creative to find my niche, to be courageous to be who I am instead of what others may expect me to be and it requires me to love and respect myself enough to follow my deepest yearnings. I also need to be willing to fall flat on my face at times to learn and grow along the way and hone my intuition.
Many of the masters I have spent time with say that we are here to awaken. To awaken to our true nature. To allow our true nature of love, peace, joy and wisdom to flow into the world. The 'where', 'how' and 'what' are not relevant... just that your true nature flows! For some people a particular job allows them to feel a sense of flow and purpose, for others the journey of parenting, for others their spiritual quest or simply just sitting on the verandah having a cup of tea. It doesn't matter what you are doing it is more about the qualities that flow through when you are doing it.
Sometimes when we feel disconnected from our inner voice our minds and emotions are either super noisy or shut down. One step on your path to align with your true nature is to face your shit! Sorry to be bold, but we need to dig through the rubble to find the gems. We need to release our identification with the drama and waves of life and dive deep to where truth lies.
Below are a few great questions to ask yourself to help get in touch with the guidance of our instincts and our unique path:
-What are the moments that you feel most alive?
-What are the things you do that bring you a deep
sense of joy and contentment?
-What comes easily to you?
-What feels natural to you?
-What are your strengths? (Ask 5 people closest to
you to share the strengths they see in you)
-What ideas arise that fill you with expansion, energy and inspiration?
-What do people often compliment you on?
-What do people often thank you for?
-What moments in life give you the "cha ching ring a
ding ding" feeling in your gut/heart?
-What moments trigger the qualities of your true
nature to flow through?
Get a piece of paper and pen, don't think about your answers just let them flow out. Write as many things as you can... let these moments be a path for you to blissfully walk on!
If you are having trouble coming up with answers to these questions you may need to pay more attention to when life is expanding and contracting through you (meditate!) OR you need to be brave, put on the gumboots and walk through the muddy emotional world (with or without guidance) to uncover the boundless joy.
May your instincts guide you each step of the way to deep surrender and acceptance of the fabulous human that you are. May you shine your unique brilliance into the world!
I would love to hear what these words have triggered for you in the comments below. I will also respond to any questions posed. Share the free flowing nature inspired nuggets with your tribe!