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Knowing your purpose

  1. treasuresyw profile image61
    treasuresywposted 8 years ago

    I believe that everyone can know their purpose in life. No matter the size of the task I believe that it is important. Do you believe that knowing one's purpose is a matter of experiencing life or it is simply an internal knowing?

    1. double_frick profile image61
      double_frickposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i think some people naturally follow their purpose without realizing it or consciously doing so.

      i consider myself a spiritual seeker and i feel that my general life purpose and my spiritual life purpose may be two different, yet co-mingling things...i find meditation and just looking inward allows me to discern more of my self from my ego and my baggage.

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You been reading my hubs? lol lol

        Just kidding.

    2. DogSiDaed profile image56
      DogSiDaedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You choose it

    3. marcel285 profile image66
      marcel285posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      listen to your heart and know yourself, and your intuition will guide you to fullfill your purpose. smile

    4. Old Crow profile image53
      Old Crowposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      One can know their purpose in life. There are many paths to finding it. In the Orient, it would be realisation your Buddha nature.  In the Western Magical Tradition, it is called the Knowledge and  Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.

      The general technique for achieving the K & C of the HGA is to
      follow the course laid out by  Abra-Melin. You can see the book

    5. Greenheart profile image55
      Greenheartposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for this post.
      It is a good question!.
      People can go through a lot of heart-ache not knowing what it is they are here for and why.
      My feeling is that i want to be fully in communion with my spiritual teacher,Adi Da.He has shown me that The Divine is real and incarnate.
      So,it may be a matter of searching around and looking for what you resonate with,at a deeper level,an intuitive level.
      So,for one person the purpose of life may to make a lot of money,or to be a good and loving parent etc.And thats all fine.
      What-ever that persons reality is found to be.
      But i would say that the fundamental reason that we are all here is to awaken to the reality of the divine,no matter what else we may be doing.
      Wishing you a happy Christmas.
      Love from Gavin

    6. profile image44
      nanasamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Our purpose in life does not necessarily have to be born out of lavishiness or difficulties. Our experiences shapes us to be able to cope,exel and be able to impact the necessary knowledge to another when it is called upon.
      Just like in a given organisation,in order to know what is required of you ,you first ask the Hr manager, who would show you what the organisation require of you for that position. So to find our purpose for being on this earth, we must go directly to the source of our life,who would not show  but also direct us to be able to achieve our aim and to be fullfilled.
      Fulllfilment and contentment would come when we get there.
      The source i believe is God, and through His son Jesus and tthe guidiance of the Holy spirit, one can begin to see and appreciate life in its entirety.

      1. shazwellyn profile image58
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Welcome to hubpages.  x

    7. shazwellyn profile image58
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It is a measure of your expectation vs reality.  People often ask themselves, what is my purpose?  They have a goal in mind but are disappointed when they are not on target for that goal.

      I had this... I thought 'this isnt what I set out to be or do' (the expectation vs reality).  What is my work? (my purpose).  I anaylised my life and realised... This is my work - I am doing it!

      Moral... it is not enough to think about life and anaylise its intricasies - it is to LIVE it!

      We dont know our purpose until we look back and reflect.  If we concentrate on living in the here and now, our purpose is revealed sometimes years after the action.

      Does that make sense?

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'm sorry. I have to disagree. Your purpose in life is to be determined in advance of adult years, so as to be beneficial, mostly to you, but done thru the selfless act of loving your fellow human.

        Through the effort, driven by your purpose, you are able to remove limitations from the field of view, just like a hot butter-knife thru butter.

        This forward motion propels your life forward under the inertia of your own ability to discern truth about life. You are rewarded with love and a higher spiritual feeling, than that of love for loved one.

        When you decide on setting your purpose and moral action(good) into motion - You're instantly connected to every man, woman and child on the planet. It feels quite unique. smile

    8. Cleanclover profile image46
      Cleancloverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      My current purpose to know your purpose on earth.

    9. ltmug profile image47
      ltmugposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i understand everyone can and must understand their purpose in life because living a life without a purpose is a wasted life.
      the only way we can come to such understanding is through the word of God.it is by God's word that we get to know why we are here, first allow His Spirit to guide you.

    10. R W Harrington profile image59
      R W Harringtonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Some people make lots of money selling books, seminars and workshops about "Finding your purpose in life".  CAN everyone know their purpose?  I don't know.  At 54 yrs. old I'm still looking. 

      If I had to guess at the best way to find one's purpose in life it would be to follow your passions.  What do you enjoy doing the most?  What can you do for hours on end without even noticing the passage of time because you're so completely absorbed in it?  What makes your heart sing for joy ?

    11. pajamamoma profile image56
      pajamamomaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      One of my major purposes in life is for my children. My oldest child has severe autism and I feel that God gives me the strength that I need to keep going and fighting for him. Both my boys mean the world to me and if I can accomplish in doing my absolute best in raising them and being their biggest fan.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Neither, and both!

      It's also an on-going quest.

    13. vox vocis profile image83
      vox vocisposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      A matter of experiencing life!

  2. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 8 years ago

    purpose in life is aim towards what you value most.. for example children and family, wealth, profession etc,

    for me my purpose in life is to raise my children as best as I can, and be a good role model to them for their own sake

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    My purpose I now know is to help other people.  I was presented with so many challenge in my life to prepare me for the ability and knowledge to help others, which I do.

  4. Steppeno profile image76
    Steppenoposted 8 years ago

    Knowing your purpose in life is an evolutionary process that starts at birth and continues until the day we die... As we get older, the combined knowledges of life's experences create wisdom. How many times have you said to yourself, "If I only knew then what I know now..."? Thats because you had to actually experience a situation in order to fully understand it, and hopefully you walked away with the knowledge from that experience, and became a little wiser in the process.

    Some people never discover a purpose in life and are happy just to follow the crowd and never exert themselves as being someone others would like to follow, while others excel to unimaginable heights because they have found something they truly enjoy and are willing to give it their all to become the best they can be.

    Finding purpose in life can only come when you truly find something you are passionate about and are willing to sacrafice an exorberant amount of time and effort to become a leader in that field. There can be no purpose unless you posess the passion to become the best you can possibly be.

    1. Jewels profile image84
      Jewelsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nice smile

  5. kirstenblog profile image76
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

    Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

    Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.

  6. kirstenblog profile image76
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    Why me? Why not?

  7. Kathy Rimel profile image60
    Kathy Rimelposted 8 years ago

    I don't believe that we can truly know our purpose in life.  Our lives touch so many others during our lifetimes and we make changes to other peoples lives even when we don't know it.  Granted we feel we might know our purpose but our purpose is so much greater than we will ever know.

  8. wcharles622 profile image54
    wcharles622posted 8 years ago

    I am also a self taught
    artist.  Being able to
           capture nature’s beauty in my 
    artwork helps me to cope with          having cerebral palsy.

    The inspiration for my artwork is life.  I am fond of orchids, roses, and the flora and fauna of the beautiful Bahamian Islands.

  9. goldenpath profile image73
    goldenpathposted 8 years ago

    For the vast number of us purpose is a lifelong pursuit.  Some have purpose born to them and some have it thrust upon them.  However, there are purposes out there that any man or woman can accept.  For these and all people to know the path is to walk it.

  10. inspireyourspirit profile image49
    inspireyourspiritposted 8 years ago

    I believe our purpose is guided by our choices and we discover it as we move along. Here's my thought and I had fun relating it as a metaphor to music!  "We all make choices in our lives.  Some make us dance and sing and others make us fall to our knees in pain.  But we stay for the song, we wish for the music and we sway in the melody.  We sometimes suffer in silence waiting for the day when we rise from our knees and the music plays again.  The key is to listen for your song."

  11. reymund profile image69
    reymundposted 8 years ago

    purpose is eternal as long as we live. we decide or choose what to achieve and it also depends upon us how we can realize that purpose.

  12. Shahid Bukhari profile image59
    Shahid Bukhariposted 8 years ago

    To be Human ... Is, Purpose, Incarnate !

    For we Speak distinctly ... coherently. And we have been Granted the distinct Ability ... to Write.

    And we are no Social Animals; Trees or Insects ... neither are we Air, Rocks, or Water. 

    No Form of Creation, other than the Humans, Is Distinguished by its Abilities.
    Because. It Is so Ordained, that all, other than the Humans, are to Sing Praises, of The Creator, withIn, their Existence.

    Everything Hath been Rendered subservient to the Humans. The Purpose, of the Human, Is, thus, to Command with Fairness ... and the limit of our Purpose Is, In, our Subservience, to God.

    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    19th January 2010

    1. profile image54
      (Q)posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Purpose is what each individual makes of themselves if they so desire to have a purpose in their life.

      Of course, this doesn't work very well in a world where so many believe their purpose is to serve an invisible god rather than turn their efforts towards mankind and terrestrial problems. As a result, so many are left with very little or nothing at all, hence their purpose in life is simply to find a morsel of food to live on and make it through another day.

      We aren't here to serve, we are just here. Period.