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My 4 Best Books To Read On Finding The Purpose Of Life And How To Find Yours.

Updated on June 20, 2016

When some 80% of employed people are dissatisfied with their lives, it's time to recognise the solution that's been staring us all in the face. We're all born with a life purpose and, according to one of the books below, that purpose is encoded in our DNA or, as the author would have it, as an acorn is encoded with the idea that its purpose is to become a grant oak tree. It can be nothing else. So with us.

I have personally found, in a time of crisis, these to be the 4 best books to get me back to the purpose of life and its meaning. Collectively they have all you need to know for successful relationships, success, prosperity, happiness, health and even longevity. They contain the secret of how to get luck in your life. Based on the simple but seldom recognized or achieved principle of first finding your life's true purpose, these brilliant four books turned my life around just when everything was a disaster. I recommend them to everyone.

How and when did you choose your destiny? Plato ...

"Now, when all the souls had chosen their lives in the order of the lots, they advanced in their turn to Lachesis, who dispatched with each of them the Destiny he had selected, to guard his life and satisfy his choice ... and in a moment the souls were carried up to their birth, this way and that, like shooting stars." ('Republic')

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Oprah on calling

"Honour your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you."

1. 'The Soul's Code' by James Hillman

The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling
The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling

"This book sets out on a new course," he writes, "based on an old idea. Each person enters the world called. The idea comes from Plato ... The soul of each of us is given a unique daimon before we are born, and it has selected an image or pattern that we live on earth. This soul-companion, the daimon, guides us here; in the process of arrival, however, we forget all that took place and believe we come empty into this world." James Hillman is a psychologist, scholar, international lecturer and has held teaching positions at Yale, Syracuse, Chicago and Dallas Universities. I have returned to this book over and over again, each time finding something new and enlightening. You'll be amazed at the examples of famous people he uses to demonstrate his concept of The Soul's Code'. This book has been a bestseller.

 

2. 'The Purpose of Your Life' by Carol Adrienne (seen on Oprah)

The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place In The World Using Synchronicity, Intuition, And Uncommon Sense
The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place In The World Using Synchronicity, Intuition, And Uncommon Sense

The co-author of The Celestine Prophecy Experiential Guide helps readers uncover the unsuspected, untapped power of synchronicity and intuition that will bring success, satisfaction, and serenity. Everyone really has a purpose in life, says Carol Adrienne in her definitive guide to harnessing the power inside yourself. The question is: How do you learn to go with the flow and let your true nature guide you? This excellent book was given to me by a friend at a time when I really needed it. I soaked up every word on every page. Carol knows her subject thoroughly, maybe because she was at a desperate time of her life and, being a journalist, did her research to arrive at what it in this book. What she found will save us all months and years of doing our own research, it's all there as the ultimate guide to finding your life purpose - complete with excamples and exercises.

 

3. 'Sacred Contracts' by Caroline Myss (seen on Oprah)

Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential
Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential

"What good is it to the universe," she writes, "to have a planet filled with souls who have no idea whatsoever why they are here or what they are supposed to be doing?" ... "For our own good, each of us needs to learn what our mission is, because the details of how we live our lives accumulate to create health or illness." ... "The popular term 'soulmate' applied to one's ideal romantic partner, doesn't begin to capture truth; in fact, we all have many soulmates who play very different roles in our life. Perhaps 'noble friend' is a better term. These are the people you are not simply destined but are required to meet." I've seen Caroline Myss on numerous Oprah shows and she is absolutely engaging and full of natural wisdom. Oprah will throw her a knotty question and the answers, always brilliant, just flow. She is a very wise and knowledgeable woman and has written many popular books.

 

4. 'The Hero With a Thousand Faces' by Joseph Campbell

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

This is the book that first influenced George Lucas with his ideas for 'Star Wars'. "The truths contained in religious doctrines are after all so distorted and systematically disguised," writes Sigmund Freud, "that the mass of humanity cannot recognize them as truth." "It is the purpose of the present book," writes Campbell, "to uncover some of the truths disguised for us under the figures of religion and mythology." The hero is us and the thousand faces are "the figures of religion and mythology ... bringing together a multitude of not-too-difficult examples and letting the ancient meaning become apparent of itself." I first came across this genius when I happened to hear a series of radio talks when he was interviewed by Bill Moyers on a wide range of subjects related to mythology, religion and today's world. I was mesmerised by this brilliant man and his challenging ideas. I have since bought about 6 of his books including this one. As the germ of the idea that became the Star Wars phenomenon this book is surely a topic of the moment. Sadly Joseph Campbell died a few years ago.

 

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"Follow your bliss and doors will open where you never knew they existed." Joseph Campbell

Soul purpose secret #1: Find your soul purpose with the help of this beautiful card deck and guidebook

This beautiful 63-card deck (with accompanying guidebook) is to some extent based on the traditional Major Arcana of the Tarot. These oracle cards will assist you in answering life's most profound and pressing questions: What is my purpose in life? and What am I here to learn? They'll also show you how you can quickly and successfully attain your new life goals.

Each card will help you better understand your soul lessons and guide you toward the highest expression of your soul in every aspect of your life. By working with the deck and guidebook daily, you'll enter the most direct path to worldly success, happiness and also experience a profound sense of inner peace and fulfilment.

Soul Lessons & Soul Purpose  Oracle Cards: The Most Direct Path to Spiritual Peace and Personal Fulfillment
Soul Lessons & Soul Purpose Oracle Cards: The Most Direct Path to Spiritual Peace and Personal Fulfillment

Sonia Choquette is a world-renowned intuitive and spiritual teacher who specializes in helping us recognize that we are all endowed with a sixth sense that we can count on. A masterful teacher committed to strengthening intuition in our daily lives, she is the bestselling author of seven books and numerous audio editions. Her books are used in 17 universities. She was educated at the University of Denver and at the Sorbonne in Paris, and holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics.

 

Sonia Choquette's original soul purpose book

'Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose' is a book channeled by Sonia Choquette’s spirit teacher guides. These highly evolved guides work specifically to bring about understanding, direction, and support to all souls so that we may learn to become the creative masters of the life that we’re intended to have on Earth. The guides make it clear in this absorbing life-changing book that the timing to learn our soul lessons, open our hearts, and raise our vibration on the Earth plane is now.

Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose: A Channeled Guide to Why You Are Here
Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose: A Channeled Guide to Why You Are Here

Sonia Choquette is a masterful teacher committed to strengthening intuition in our daily lives. As a world-renowned intuitive and spiritual teacher she specializes in helping us recognize that we are all endowed with a sixth sense that we can count on. Educated at the University of Denver and at the Sorbonne in Paris, she holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics. Sonia is the bestselling author of seven books and numerous audio editions. Her books are used in 17 universities.

 

Esther Hicks on YouTube

The Law of Attraction Cards
The Law of Attraction Cards

Jerry and Esther Hicks produce and present the leading-edge Abraham-Hicks teachings on the art of allowing our natural Well-Being to come forth. While presenting Law of Attraction workshops in up to 60 cities a year, they’ve created more than 600 books, audios, CDs, and videos.

 

Soul purpose secret #2: Having found your life purpose here's how to make your dreams come true

60 beautiful cards based on the chanelled teachings of 'Abraham' to make putting the Law of Attraction intio practice so easy (and enjoyable). "Although you've always been surrounded by the evidence of the Law of Attraction," they say, "a conscious awareness of this powerful Law will be activated within you as you experience these beautiful cards; and your deliberate control of your experience will be dramatically enhanced. We know that you are meant to live a joyful life; and we also know that conscious, deliberate self-empowerment is essential to be able to live a joyful life. It pleases us to know that theses cards will remind you that you do have personal control of your own life experience."

"An awareness of the Law of Attraction and an understanding of how it works is essential to living a life on purpose." ESTHER & JERRY HICKS ('The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham')

The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham

Jerry and Esther Hicks hold Law of Attraction workshops in up to 60 cities a year. They produce and present the leading-edge Abraham-Hicks teachings on the art of allowing our natural Well-Being to come forth through more than 600 books, audios, CDs, and videos.

 

Esther & Jerry Hicks' original Law of Attraction book

This book presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham (not to be confused with the Biblical Abraham). Within these pages, you'll learn how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe, the Law of Attraction. (that which is like unto itself is drawn).

You've most likely heard the saying "Like attracts like," "Birds of a feather flock together," or "It is done unto you as you believe"; and although the Law of Attraction has been alluded to by some of the greatest teachers in history, it has never before been explained in as clear and practical terms as in this latest book by New York Times best-selling authors, Esther and Jerry Hicks.

Learn here about the omnipresent Laws that govern this Universe and how to make them work to your advantage. The understanding that you'll achieve by reading this book will take all the guesswork out of daily living. You'll finally understand just about everything that's happening in your own life as well as in the lives of those with whom you're interacting.

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      SiochainGraSonas 4 years ago

      I am familiar with a few of the books on your list. There are several that I haven't come across. Great lens! Thank you for sharing.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      An interesting list - I haven't come across several of these books - I must check them out!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      wonderful lens :)

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      aleskotnik 6 years ago

      Great Lens. Please, consider adding Douglas Hofstadter's I Am Strange Loop to the list. :-)

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      MBradley McCauley 8 years ago

      Great lens, great content. I will share this with others and those who are in need will find it themselves.

      Blessings on all you do.

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Hi Neil,

      Nice lens. I am always looking for books on personal development so I thank you for sharing these resources.

      Ryan