In Proverbs, there's the startling declaration that, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." This warning has stood true for thousands of years. If you haven't got a purpose or a vision, then you're living on borrowed time, my friend.
Fortunately, you do have a purpose. I know you do, because you wouldn't exist if you didn't have one. Not only does quantum physics point this out, but it says so in Proverbs.
While I agree with the Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith that, "The pain pushes until the vision pulls," please realize that that vision or purpose is always the underlying propulsion for your life. Because without it, you would have perished long since. So, if you don't know what your vision or purpose is, don't worry, you do have one.
The only trouble is, as long as you can't see your vision, you're being pushed by pain. Being pulled by vision is a wonderful, effortless, joyful experience, but being pushed through life by pain sucks. So you want to see that vision. You want to get clear on what your purpose for being alive is.
The reason you can't see it because there's this thing in your way that steals all your attention. This attention-stealing thing is the complex series of thoughts, beliefs, dogmas, past decisions, false stories about reality, and other mental clutter that I call, "the MindTree."
Thankfully, there are ways to get around, through - or, best of all, rid of - the MindTree, which is the source of that "pain that pushes." As soon as you can get out of its grip, your purpose/vision is revealed, and you begin to be pulled by that vision.
And the pull of vision is much more powerful than the push of pain. In a good way.
Here are four of my favourite ways to connect with your purpose, organized in order of how intense the process is, as well as how profound the impact will be on your life:
1. Find Your Purpose in 5 Minutes
Adam Leipzig's approach:
How it works:
95% of the time, you're not conscious of your physical circumstances. Instead, you're focused on the meaning that you make up about your physical circumstances. By having you answer five simple questions, Adam Leipzig's approach temporarily puts your attention on your actions instead of on the contents of your MindTree, where your attention is normally focused.
2. Find Your Purpose in under 1 Hour
Steve Pavlina's system:
How it works:
Steve Pavlina's approach helps you discover your vision or purpose by giving your MindTree a chance to express itself. Once you get through the long list of made-up stories about what your purpose is - that is, once you finish communicating everything that is NOT your purpose - what remains is ...your purpose!
The reason it makes you cry is that connecting with your actual purpose integrates the portion of your MindTree dedicated to believing false ideas about your purpose (including the false notion that you don't have one). This clears a portion of MindTree, freeing the energy formerly locked up here, producing an upwelling of what feels like pure joy.
3. Uncover your Soul Purpose in Under a Week
Derek Rydall's blueprint:
How it works:
The stress and emotional pain that "push" you (until your vision pulls) are NOT caused by external issues, but by the battle between who you really are and the false ideas you’ve been brainwashed to believe about yourself. Painful feelings such as feeling unloved, unappreciated, resentful, or alone are directly related to being disconnected from your soul’s purpose – which is the seat of your self-worth, authentic power, and indestructible value.
Bombarded since birth with messages telling you what you can’t do, who you can’t be, and what’s not possible, you developed this portion of your MindTree as a coping mechanism to protect this precious core, and then began to systematically close off parts of your authentic, powerful, brilliant, gorgeously-outrageous self!
Re-connecting to your Soul Purpose Blueprint – that "divine DNA," as Derek calls it — and bringing your life back into alignment with it will heal those lifelong traumas, and re-integrate those buried treasures locked up in your MindTree, so that you’ll never be a victim of circumstances again.
4. Discover your Vision by Finding the Meaning - and Underlying Purpose - of Your Physical and Emotional Health Symptoms
Lishui (that's me!) Springford's MindTree Integration Process:
How it works:
The MindTree Integration Process uses the Clearing Communication Cycle, which is a powerful therapeutic technique in which the "clearer" (me) adds her ability to communicate to the ability of the "clearee" (you), in order to consciously complete your incomplete communications.
Since your mind is made of thoughts, and thoughts are as-yet unfulfilled intentions to communicate, the MindTree Integration Process literally completes, integrates and clears away your MindTree, which is the very source of every "pain that pushes" you. We use your symptoms as the clues as to what to communicate about. What's left after we complete your communications and clear your pain-producing MindTree is your authentic self, and your vision stands clear and shining before you.
In this way, your health issues and emotional issues provide the exact pathway to your vision. And, boy oh boy, it pulls you powerfully. It is truly a beautiful thing.
Have you got a favourite way to find your purpose or vision? Please comment below to share what you have learned about how to get into the pull of vision, instead of struggling against the push of pain.
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