Are you happy? Fulfilled? Inspired by your life’s purpose? Do you jump out of bed in the morning excited to greet the day?
If you didn’t do cartwheels over those questions, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone!
The Center for Disease Control reports that 4 out of 10 Americans have not discovered a satisfying purpose in life. Further research shows that a sense of meaning in life has dramatic benefits to your health and wellbeing, including...
...mental, physical and emotional health, self-esteem and longevity.
Many people live “lives of quiet desperation.” Others are pretty happy most days, but have a nagging feeling that there could be, should be, MORE to life. On the other hand, you may be one of the most happy and fulfilled people on the planet.
In that case, keep it up!
But if you wonder from time to time, Who am I? Or, What is the purpose of my life? Then THIS is the Mind Power issue for you.
We’re lucky to to have a gifted writer on our staff who serves as our Mind Power editor. Kyla Merwin has written a very special piece this week on finding your life’s purpose, including…
...a map to find this most treasured gift.
I hope you’ll read it.
P.S. We have a powerful suite of soundtracks called Journey to Self that will help you find deep meaning and purpose in your life.
Find how you can transform your life by tapping into the power of your unconscious mind in the Check It Out section below.
Finding Your Life’s Purpose
by Kyla Merwin
Mind Power Editor, Centerpointe Research Institute
Sooner or later, for better or worse, pretty much everyone (everyone I know, anyway) has rolled their eyes to the heavens and wondered: What’s the freaking point?! Or, perhaps less dramatically, you yourself have wondered:
Is there more to life than what I’m living?
Life is beautiful and terrifying, full of love and full of loss, rich in some areas and bankrupt in others, and as rife with success as it is with disappointments. And it’s always changing. As Heraclitus said:
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
It may feel as though nothing really changes, though, day to day, month by month. Especially as the confetti and the fireworks of the New Year settle down and you realize you’re pretty much the exact same person on January 28, 2019 as you were on this same date last year.
(Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
You may go through periods in your life, when the status quo just isn’t...enough. The scales seem to have tipped further away from meaning, fulfilment and purpose and more toward this can’t be right.
I want to share something with you that I’ve come to understand over many decades of seeking:
You’re not here on this earth simply to balance the good days with the bad.
You’re not here to struggle and sin, “suffer and bear,” and disappear into ashes at the end of an otherwise less-than-fully-satisfying life.
Each and every person on Earth has a distinct, let’s call it “divine” reason for being. Do you think that out of the 7.7 billion people on the planet, you’re the only one without a divine purpose?
Ikigai: Your Life Purpose
Pronounced “eye-kee-guy,” ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." Also stated as "a reason to get up in the morning" or a “reason to enjoy life”. And everyone has one.
Everyone. Including you. (You just have to find it and follow it.)
Ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:
• What you love (your passion)
• What the world needs (your mission)
• What you are good at (your vocation)
• What you can get paid for (your profession)
Note: If you think ikigai is too woo-woo for you, even Forbes magazine published an article on the subject (yes, Forbes).
Moving on. Discovering your own ikigai is said to bring fulfilment, happiness and make you live longer. It motivates you, and…
...it drives your thoughts, feelings and actions.
Even if you feel as though your present circumstances aren’t what you want, having a clear goal can bring on the abundant feelings of ikigai. It can be a beacon to you in dark days.
You will not find your ikigai in wealth, accomplishments or material belongings. You cannot make yourself have purpose and meaning by forced actions.
The actions of ikigai are natural and spontaneous.
To start the journey to ikigai, sit down with a pad of paper and a pen and ask yourself the four questions below. Answers will come to you. Write down whatever pops into your head without questioning it.
You will change and refine your answers later until your ikigai sings on the page.
Another tool I use when I’m trying to unravel something that doesn’t seem obvious to me is to journal about it. Just dump all your thoughts onto the page. Even if your thoughts range from, “I have no idea what I’m doing” to “I really need to clean out the fridge,” keep writing. The good stuff will come.
The four questions that will help you find your ikigai are based on the same four components I listed above. Ask yourself:
1. What do I love?
2. What am I good at?
3. What can I be paid for?
4. What does the world need?
So let’s get down to it. Now that you have at least a rough idea of what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for, and what the worlds needs...
...how do you follow your ikigai and live your life’s purpose?
Here’s where I’ll turn to Bill Harris, friend, mentor, and founder of Centerpointe. Bill had great wisdom for creating a life that gives you choice over your results, at the core of which is this formula:
Values –> Beliefs –> Thoughts –> Feelings –> Actions = Your Results in Life
Your VALUES (what you believe is important) create your BELIEFS (about the world)
Your BELIEFS generate your THOUGHTS (ideas, judgements and desires)
Your THOUGHTS, in turn, create your FEELINGS (what you think things mean)
And your FEELINGS result in your ACTIONS (the steps you take, your behaviors)
Finding your ikigai begins with an understanding of how your values, beliefs, thoughts, and actions create your reality. Once you understand the mechanics of your inner processes, you can begin to make conscious choices…
...about what you want your life to be like.
Bill would say that this process, while largely unconscious, essentially creates the world within which you live and what every experience means to you. He put it this way:
Your life and your experience of it is largely a result of the ways in which you’re managing your values, beliefs, thoughts, and actions.
This awareness is what you need to take control of your life. It’s your golden ticket to the Chocolate Factory. This concept embraces responsibility and personal empowerment. It’s about choice. And it is...
...the master key to finding and living your ikigai.
10 Powerful Rules for Living
To add meaning and purpose to your life starting RIGHT NOW…
...the book, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, offers 10 practical rules that can help you find your ikigai.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pinning this list to my wall!
At the foundation of Bill’s life’s work is the concept that “awareness creates choice.” He said this over and over and over, because true awareness changes everything.
I’m reminded of the book, Man's Search for Meaning, by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, in which he wrote:
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."Find your own way, your ikigai–this most treasured gift–and live it to the hilt!
Tap into the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life and find profound meaning and purpose
Four powerful soundtracks to help you experience profound levels of deep personal fulfillment:
Journey to Love
Journey to Forgiveness
Journey to Gratitude
Journey to Compassion
Note: Journey to Compassion is not for sale at any price. It only comes with the entire suite, as a FREE bonus track.
Your Journey to Self Suite includes a beautifully designed, printable journal to deepen your experience, provide clarity, and help you resolve questions and issues.
I've had amazing results from using holosync, it's like peeling back the layers of all the unnecessary parts of ourselves.
I'm loving my journey with the program and am committed and passionate about it. I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes me in the future…
...the changes in my life so far have already been profound.
~ Belinda Bowers