This week, I’ve been stepping you through the Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity as interpreted by the wonderful, delightful and enormously wise “Woman of Power” Edwene Gaines.
Today we’re looking at the last of the principles: Discovering your passion and getting on your soul path. Many clients come to me wanting to know exactly what that path is and I have to break the news to them: ONLY YOU can find that path. ONLY you can know what your path really is.
Here’s what Edwene says about just how to discover that, though:
“The question I urge people to ask themselves is, ”What would be the most fun thing I could do with my life? What makes my heart sing? What do I get excited about?” and then go and do that. Even if at first it seems like it is playing video games or growing garlic. It’s going to lead you to the most magnificent of lives. But you have to go the way of your joy — ”the way of your bliss,” as the mystics say.”
Although growing up I wanted to be a lawyer, a journalist or (later) a therapist, I remember standing in a metaphysical store when this “knowing” came over me. I had this exact thought: “I belong here. I don’t know how and I don’t know why but I know I belong in this world.”
Sure enough, many years later I found myself deeply (and happily) immersed in the world of Woo. So, I’ve known for a long time that my path and purpose was in matters spiritual but it wasn’t until I dove in, taking this class and that, that I found my way here.
You just have to start somewhere. It doesn’t even matter where! Really. It matters that you start.
But courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success. And it takes courage for us to step out of the comfort zone even though we are not happy there. To move into the possibility of living a magnificent and joy-filled life — it takes courage to do that. You know, a lot of people do experience what the world calls failure before they accomplish their dreams. But at least they are moving in the right direction. As scary as it might be, it’s scarier to stay stuck in a dead-end, joyless life, then retire and get a gold watch, and die, and never know what pure joy of living is about. That, to me, is a terrible hell!
Yeah, to me too, Edwene! Me, too.
But how, exactly, do you start once you screw up the courage? Of course Edwene tells us how to take those first steps!
I suggest people ask themselves questions like, ”What is the most fun thing I can do with my life?” What would you do with your life if money was no object, if you didn’t have to work, if you didn’t have responsibilities, if you could do anything, be anything, have anything? I suggest to people that they begin to go there in their fantasies and write about it. Visualize it. And start taking baby action-steps towards those things. In that way we begin to discover that life is a lot bigger than we thought it was.
Catherine Ponder says that if you’re stuck and life isn’t going the way you want, something has to give — and it is usually you. My suggestion is that whatever you can give, give that. Whether it means clean out your closet and give away all those unused or old clothes, or make cookies for a school class, or give away all your books — somehow, make space to receive. You can do that by giving away things, and also by doing forgiveness work. Because it is not the universe that is stopping the flow. The only one that can stop the flow is ourselves. In order to prime the pump and get the flow going again, we’ve got to give something, and it usually has to be something of self, like forgiveness or giving ”stuff” — because we want ”stuff” like money to flow in.
Making room for the new is so important from an energetic, metaphysical standpoint. How can you expect to receive when there’s no room? The former Dean of Santa Sophia Seminary, Carol Parrish, used to take one thing out of her house every day to give away. Every single day. Interesting practice, hmm?
The thing to remember about finding your purpose is that it’s more like an unveiling. It doesn’t suddenly pop up in front of you and catch you unawares. If you look, you’ll see it was there all along just waiting for you to be in a place to find it.