How Close Are You To Living The Life That Truly Excites you?
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Well it would be a bit spooky if I just looked at your photo .. I really don't know in advance who’s going to read my posts, promised. Nor do I look at 10 000’s of profile photos …. But what if I really just looked at your photo, accidentally … what would I have seen?
As this is a true story - I really looked at someone's photo just now that triggered this post - this is what I have seen.
Will it resonate with what I would have seen on your photo?
You have to die a few times before you can really live. Charles Buckowsky
You have to die a few times before you can really live.
I’ve seen you’re doing well, lately. You came a long way. You can be proud of what you’ve achieved. Boy, or actually girl, what a journey this was. Would you have expected so much pain and sorrow in one lifetime? And in the moments of pain and sorrow, would you have expected to see so much beauty and light and love again? Your best friends leaving and even betraying you? And finding new ones that love you even more?
I salute you! You came full circle. A few times already, actually. And a new circle is coming now to an end, some exciting times and breakthroughs are waiting for you. You know that, you feel that, don’t you?
At first, way back then, you started in the traditional way. All seemed to work out well. You had a goal, and you achieved it. You felt great, enjoyed life, your friends, your career. Met a great guy (or girl), dreamed of being happy together forever after, with kids, house, trees in the garden, and nice vacations in beautiful places. You wanted to achieve some steps in your career, and you did.
And suddenly … No, not you … No no no, all is well in your world. This is what you always wanted, isn’t it?
Suddenly again. What was that?
The next you remember is that things fell apart, and you needed to reassemble your life. Now you did the opposite, because the first, the traditional way didn’t work out for you. Maybe you are different. You followed what you believed was the right path for you; but now know, you followed the path that others set out for you.
Okay, let’s have a makeover. You were still young. Changed your job, started to read self-help books, many of them; changed your career, again, moved to a different town, finding new friends. Now you did a radical transition. That’s what you coach, your guru, your new friends told you to do.
You found your spiritual path. Well done! And what a journey. So many nice and kind people, so supportive, so selfless. New love, new lovers - so free and wild! So new … They really found their way, you told yourself. And you’re feeling a bit guilty for wasting so many years studying and on the career path, the path of money. Now, finally, you found your purpose.
Yes, you had some setbacks in your new life. Changed the yoga teacher and the coach - what a self-centered ego he was … And the lover, too. Yes, the sex was good, but was s/he ever really there for you, interested in who you really are, not just in the person s/he wanted to mold you into?
Now, just recently, you found a new way of inner peace and joy. Much better to be single anyway. And more time for your kids this way, helping them to become much freer as your parents wanted you to be.
Now you really felt great! Like when you bought a new dress, a new pair of shoes (or sports car if you’re a man :) People looked at you in a new, different way, and complimented you for what they see in you.
But there it is again ... suddenly this new level feels odd. You start to question the meaning of it all. You start to question if you really belong here. Start to feel uncertain about what you discovered as your true purpose.
How can this happen, again? You’ve read so many books, invested so much money in coaching and even therapy. You start to question "Will I ever become who I am meant to be? Who am I, actually? What is wrong with me that everything starts after a while to feel and taste odd?" And why does nobody understand what’s going on inside of you, inside your head, inside your heart, sees your pain and tears? So many thoughts - how can you find stillness in that turbulence? Why does all what you’ve learned, all meditations and yoga kriyas, do not finally bring the stillness and peace you desire so much?
No, there is nothing wrong with you. But as long as you believe you have to become different as to who you are, as long as you are seeking and searching for a better yoga teacher or next self-help book, you will always hit the moment when you feel you do not belong here anymore; where you feel there is no meaning in what you do; where you question when you finally will arrive and find your true you, your true purpose.
I’ve observed these phases so often. I call them the next level awakening.
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Imagine you are back at school. After a year, the classes are over, and - mostly likely - you’ve learned all what’s to learn on that level. Repeating this level over and over again would feel odd, wouldn't it? Then one day, Junior School would feel odd. Same with Middle and High School, College, University, even at Hogwarts one day you would outgrow your curriculum. Leaving many friends, dresses, shoes, sport cars, scars and careers behind.
Have a look at a tree: it either grows, or it dies. The tree has roots, a trunk and a crown. Our life has meaning, belonging and purpose. If the belonging (roots) are not strong, the meaning (trunk) not stable and the purpose (crown) not growing towards the light, the tree would break or die.
In your next level awakening, you have recognized that something more exciting is out there, ready for you. That you might have a different purpose. Belong somewhere else. Suddenly all things start to feel awkward. Be it in a job or a relationship - you feels things have changed.
No, they haven’t. You have changed. You have grown! And you are ready, ready for the next leap.
And while many feel it, most will ignore it. Till the crisis comes, softly first, knocking kindly, and then more and more forcefully reminding you and what you already feel, already know.
My friend, when one gets awakened, there is little chance to go back to fall unawakened.
Just know: exciting times ahead. Will it will always easy? Most likely not. But probably much more fun as you can imagine right now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. A place he calls home. Jay’s expertise is to support and guide inspired individuals to transition from a profit oriented business career to a purpose driven business career and life. He recently started MasterStories.com, a platform on which individuals can share and process their personal story. Most excited however he is about starting The Bridge with his nephew Henri, who currently resides in Prague - two generations, inhabiting completely different parts of the world, coming together for the mutual intention of uplifting three and more generations! - Check out Jay and Henri's FREE QUIZ "How close are you to living the life that truly excites you?"