A few years ago I attended TEDx Stanley Park, one of the offshoot events of the renowned TED Talks series. I was inspired, moved, and intrigued by the ideas, energy and insight offered from the stage on themes like dreaming, purpose and action. I don’t know about you but I love this stuff. I eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m not a fan of small talk. I like big talk. It’s nourishing and delicious.
And purpose? Well, that’s just one giant juicy morsel to chew on. It can last a lifetime.
Some time ago I wrote a blog post about the three levels of reality. Say, what? Three levels? Just stay with me here. This is the yummy stuff, people.
One of the three levels is what we call the essence level. (You can read about the other levels here, and, BIG hint: they include dreaming, and action, too).
The thing about the essence level is, it’s the place where *everything* is born – our ideas, our dreams, and our tendencies to create. It is the core energy, or life force that drives the universe, it is the magic spark that sets off the chain reaction that triggers the start of anything.
Essence is the purest form of our own divinity, our spark.
This deep core is where purpose resides. My belief is that our purpose is always with us, the same way our life force is always with us. Our purpose is expressed in the way we engage in our work, relate to our loved ones, in what we long for, admire, emulate, and in the events we put into motion with our choices. We don’t need to find purpose. Purpose is always finding us.
To live on purpose is simply to engage the spark.
However, what is simple is not always easy. There’s a way we tend to hide from purpose, getting caught up in the doingness of daily life, turning away from the inner path, turning down the heat on the spark. Playing safe.
The pathway to purpose is the pathway home. We already know the way. We don’t need to find it, we just need to travel inward following the printmarks of our lives. Touch the spark. Wake it up.
Purpose, when we find it, is usually right under our noses. It lives in awakening to our truth and connecting to essence.
My favourite TEDx speaker was my dear friend and colleague Bosco Anthony. He is an inspiring role model, doing business mindfully and empowering change. His talk was sprinkled with generous insight, but my favourite line was this:
“Say yes. The divine moment is in you.”
It’s that simple.
Hear Bosco’s story of inspiration yourself…click here to go to YouTube.