As the new year begins, many of us are reflecting on our lives and taking note of what is working and what is not. If you’re like me, you know that you can do better and are digging down deep to find new ways of stacking the odds in your favor.
But how can we hack the system? How can we overcome the patterns that might be holding us back from realizing our fullest potential?
Sometimes it’s extremely valuable to start with a simple question. What is my purpose? Yes, most of us will spend lifetimes examining and then re-examining this question. But here’s a little drill that can offer a fresh perspective to start off 2015.
Picture yourself years and years from now.
A much older version of you that has seen almost every grain of sand drop through the hour glass. This is the oldest version of you that will ever be, because you are about to die.
When you imagine yourself in that place, what do you see? Are you happy? Are you breathing peacefully, knowing that you are about to make the great transition after having lived a full life? Or are you anxious, resisting death with everything you have, wishing to right some wrong or lamenting that you’ve kept something within you all this time and are about to leave this life without having resolved it?
Meditate on this question. How would that “future you” want you to be living your life right now?
This isn’t about weighing the pros and cons of decisions made, or factoring in the realities that may be preventing you from living the life you want. This is about realigning yourself with your mission. It may sound crazy, but your purpose is a torch that, once lit, will illuminate a whole new world.
As youngsters, we aren’t always given the room to find out who we are, before being TOLD who we are. There are no real villains here, but there are certainly victims. It is time to clean the slate and let the perceptions that others have of you
slide off your shoulders like an old tattered coat.
Think beyond your career options. The current educational paradigm systematically assesses our raw abilities and funnels us into a few “one-size-fits-all” life paths without even touching upon the things most essential to finding our purpose.
What gives you the most joy in life? What is the one activity that you always look forward to? What is the work you would choose to do regardless of how much money you were paid, or how others thought of you, the work you would do for the pure joy of having accomplished something important to you?
This is where we start. If you’re already living your purpose, you understand how life-changing this simple exercise is. And you also know how important it is to check back in with your purpose to make sure it is still as vibrant as it used to be.
Native rituals, ancient rites of passage, and sacred ceremonies are all centered on this inner work. Who are you? Why are you here? What agreements did you make with yourself before incarnating that remain to be realized?
As the heat builds in the sweat lodge or temazcal, these truths begin to emerge. In the Amazonian maloka, as our reality falls away in the darkness, all that remains are these unwavering threads of knowing.
At the same time, you don’t need an extravagant ceremony to do this work. Stay open and it will come to you when you least expect it.
Wishing you an incredible 2015 of service, consciousness, love, and gratitude.
We’re in this together,
Nick and The Sacred Science Team