If you are searching for clarity on your purpose you will probably find at least two major obstacles. The first is what Dr. Deepak Chopra calls, "The superstition of materialism." He points out that we live in a superstitious age. One of our most troublesome superstitions is that unless we can perceive something with our five senses it does not exist and is unworthy of our attention. This leaves out a number of things that may be pertinent to discovering and fulfilling life purpose: things like love, honor, honesty, truth, and compassion. It is easy to see the operation of this superstition, particularly in our economic system, so-called health care system, and political process. Anyone who is not at least beginning to extricate himself or herself from that superstition is likely to have a desperately difficult time discovering, let alone fulfilling, his or her purpose. Both the purpose itself and the action necessary to fulfill it will involve that which cannot be perceived by the five senses, all though the results of action to fulfill purpose certainly can.
How to begin to extricate oneself? If you've been reading this blog for more than one or two posts you have already begun. People fully in the grip of the superstition usually don't take long to find a more superstitious blog. A powerful next move is to set and hold the intent to examine what you think, do, and say for evidence of contamination by the superstition. I don't have to look very far to see evidence of the contamination in my life and actions. The discovery isn't fun but it's worthwhile because it gives me a choice about whether I continue to act in my superstition contaminated way or change my behavior. I happened to value choice very highly, even when I don't like what I feel when I choose to take the action that supports my purpose (like dictating this blog instead of being out in the garden in the cool of the morning). Even though I may not like the effort involved I still cherish having that choice because I love freedom and without choice there is no freedom. Of course, we always have choices but if we're in the grip of the superstition of materialism we won't be able to see some of the most important ones.
Practical suggestion: keep a journal of what you discover day by day as you examine what you think, do, and say for evidence of contamination by this superstition. This need not take more than five minutes a day but you will be amazed at the patterns and the clarity that emerge after a few weeks, or even days, if you reread your entries. You may even gain more clarity while you are writing your entry.
The second major obstacle is our tendency to perceive ourselves as human doings rather than human beings. I intend to address this in my next post. In the meantime, good hunting for the superstition of materialism! If you can find it, you can defeat it--but not easily.