We have just considered how the superstition of materialism can be an obstacle to the discovery of purpose. It is now time to look at another major obstacle, related to the superstition of materialism. This obstacle is our tendency to see ourselves as human doings rather than human beings. This tendency causes us to value ourselves mainly according to the results that we get in areas that can be perceived by the five senses. Money and possessions are major ways by which we evaluate ourselves.
This is not to say that people who are fulfilling their life purpose can't make a lot of money and have magnificent possessions. There are two ways of acquiring wealth and possessions: one is by making that one's life purpose. The other is by finding one's true purpose and in the process of fulfilling that purpose, the wealth and possessions appear as a byproduct. One's experience of the assets, I believe, is radically different depending on the route by which one attains the assets. For some years I have been interested in deathbed statements. I've read quite a few and I've been with a few people when their bodies died. I have yet to hear or read about anyone's final statement being, "I regret that I didn't make more money and acquire more possessions." My favorite deathbed statement was from Henry David Thoreau when his aunt came to visit him when he was on his deathbed. She said, "Henry, have you made your peace with God?" His reply, "We never quarreled."
Considering oneself a human doing can be an obstacle to discovering and fulfilling purpose because that purpose may not be doing any particular activity but rather manifesting some quality in one's life. For example, one may be in this existence to develop and manifest the quality of wisdom or unconditional love or creativity or authenticity, to mention a few. There is a system of thought called the Enneagram that includes the concept that we human beings are in life in order to develop and manifest one of the nine qualities of the Divine.
If you enlarge the scope of your investigation into your life purpose by including who you are here to become rather than just what you are here to do, you may find this remarkably liberating and empowering. You may even find that how you be, that is, what quality you manifest in your life, is really more important than what you do to manifest that quality. There will probably be several different careers or things you can do in the process of being and becoming the quality you have discovered as your life purpose.
I was glad to hear from one of my readers that she immediately started a journal after reading my previous post in which I recommended doing that. The journaling process is so powerful for attaining clarity that it is worth recommending again.
We will be returning to consider this vitally important aspect of achieving great health but first we need to consider some recent developments in the flu pandemic.