“One must not always think so much about what one should do; but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us, but we must ennoble our works.”
– Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 – c. 1328 CE)
There is controversy about whether Meister Eckhart was a mystic. Regardless, his work is highly regarded in circles of Christian mysticism, and the contemporary theologian, Matthew Fox, has written in depth about Eckhart’s work.
Bringing into reality where we should be and what we should do — our dharma — can be as simple as pretending like we are experiencing what it feels like to be doing our soul’s work. I know there are many systems for trying to figure out what we, as individuals, are supposed to do. Heck, I’ve tried a few of them myself!
If you are looking for your purpose in life, and those systems haven’t worked, may I invite you to try something different? Go to a quiet place and imagine what it feels like on a spiritual and emotional basis to have just spent a day doing your soul’s work. Don’t try to envision what that work is, at least not at first. Are you happy? Refreshed? Ready to go back and do it all over again?
Would you do this exercise several days in a row, until you can get to this emotional state quickly? The next step will be to look for signs around you to show you what work gets you into this state. Then, follow where the path (where The Creator of All) is leading you.
“What Color is Your Parachute?” is a guide that has helped many people figure their purpose in life with a series of analytical questions. It has likely worked for many people, since it is still popular.
But if you’re like me, you may need to work from the end of your day back to the beginning. The Creator of All is there to help you, to guide you, and to point out the guideposts on your way.