Hey my friends. What’s going on? This is Clark, I’ve not changed my name :). Welcome back to my 30-day personal development challenge/case study. Before starting Day 23, you may have a look at my Day 22 activities and findings (if any). I’m almost at the end of A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s purpose and it has been a worthwhile and wonderful read. Below please find more of my thoughts/musings that I received while reading this book.
Inner and Outer Purpose
According to Eckhart, we each have an inner purpose and an outer one.
We all know what outer purpose is. Achieving excellence in our field, helping people, finding a partner. And there is nothing wrong with that. But just consider this: If you want to be excellent in your field, you need others to be not as good as you. Helping people requires those people you help to be worse off in some way compared to you, hence you can then help them. Finding a partner is all good and exciting at first, but when the honeymoon period is over, what sustains your relationship? What keeps it exciting and wonderful?
“Your inner purpose is to awaken.” We can do that by allowing space in our lives. By being present. By meditating and stopping thought while awake. By allowing Presence to guide us in our actions. You may have heard of incredibly successful sportspeople saying at the twilight of their careers that they are playing on because of love for the sport instead of winning. Perhaps winning so much made them realized that there is something more, a gap that all their trophies and awards and adulation cannot fill.
The point here is not to make outer purpose obsolete. But to fulfil the inner purpose first. Allow Presence in, and then. Establish connection with Being, and then…
Most of us might be afraid that by becoming this spiritual person, we would then be satisfied just to be alive, not achieving something great, satisfied with the simple things in life without achieving something ‘grand’. But what are great achievements? Is it when many people acknowledge that it’s great? If you can give fulfilling your inner purpose a go, you will find that whatever you do becomes much easier, feels much better, and brings forth a greater impact to the world.
Make What You’re Doing Now Your Purpose
By doing that, you give quality to what you’re doing now. And whatever the end result is of the things you do now, its quality depends on the quality of your doing.
“This doesn’t mean you don’t know where you are going; it just means this step is primary, the destination secondary. And what you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step. Another way of putting it: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.”
Have A Great Day!!
So long for now, my brother/sister. Allowing space for Presence to enter could be the most important step one can take. And it is a decision we have to make and a purpose we have to fulfil every day until it becomes natural to us. Stay tuned for the next chapter. Feel free to discuss in the comment box below. Till the next time, folks, thanks so much!!