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What Is My Purpose?

What Is My Purpose? Have you ever worried that you haven’t found it yet?

What Is My Purpose? You’ve wondered that if you’ve been a Fundamentalist Christian, a New Ager, or a mystic at heart. Today, let’s reconsider that ideal of purpose.

There are so many reasons to seek a purpose in life, especially if you are a Spiritual Seeker. (Which is exactly what I’m going to call you today, Spiritual Seeker.)

Energy Spirituality can bring a fresh perspective to your quest. Let’s explore this topic with that fresh kind of perspective. Because as the Founder of Energy Spirituality… I don’t know everything. However, I do know some things. Which you may not yet have considered.

What Does Sacred Purpose Mean?

It’s a thrilling concept, really. Supposedly there is one big and beautiful spiritual purpose for your life. Once you find that, your life has meaning. (Also, supposedly.)

Life purpose, the real purpose of my life, my true purpose, my Divine purpose, my sacred purpose, finding my purpose.

All these variations on “Purpose”? They might be the sexiest words in the English language.

Daily experiences may not always be perfect. Yet you’re less likely to sweat the small stuff once you know about your big, glorious purpose. With that spiritual clarity you can trust your path in life.

Finding that purposeful life is so appealing. Spiritual Seeker that you are, I suspect you’’re not content to have your life just be about the size of your paycheck or your number of friends on Facebook. It’s so important to connect up with something bigger than yourself. Really, could you go even one day without having your life be meaningful? I don’t think I could.

Look around and you will find so many different ways that good people pursue the quest for purpose.

In many 12-Step Programs, for instance, the immediate purpose is recovery. Appealing to one’s Higher Power is an essential part of the process. Except…

Ever Notice The Link Between Belief and Purpose?

Whatever your path, have you ever noticed how closely those two concepts are linked? Finding your purpose is almost always linked to faith of some kind. A belief system.

Maybe even a belief system that you’ve begun to outgrow.

For example, here is what Billy Graham has written in “Answers” at his popular website:

God knows all about you, and He has a plan for you. That’s why you can pray and seek God’s will when you face decisions.

The famous minister recommends that you commit your life to Jesus Christ. Then keep checking back for daily guidance.

If you follow Billy Graham’s path of Evangelical Christianity, purpose leads to what?

Fundamentalists read the Bible a great deal. Seeking Christian guidance about how to lead your life.


That’s not terribly different from what you will find at, a website that promotes Hay House authors. Doreen Virtue begins one post there by telling her readers:

What’s my life purpose? is the question  I’m most commonly asked.

Doreen goes on to explain:

Archangel Michael knows what your, and everyone else’s, life purpose involves.

Then the famous New Age writer describes how to use her new Life Purpose Oracle Cards. Yep, buy them. Then wear them out. Using them every day. As THE Way to consult with Archangel Michael and find your life purpose.

So Popular, the Many Ways to Seek Guidance about Your Purpose!

Besides the Graham and Virtue, so many similar sources abound. Choose any religion or belief system and you will find authorities galore. Chances are, most will direct you to constantly seek purpose and guidance.

Note: Energy Spirituality isn’t a religion. Or a belief system. So, no wonder, I won’t do what? I definitely won’t direct you to constantly seek purpose and guidance.

But doesn’t the huge popularity of these authorities attest to a universal appeal? What a relief it would be to finally, finally, find your sacred purpose! No Spiritual Seeker is content to waste this life.

Well, with the perspective of Rosetree Energy Spirituality, I’m going to share a different approach to not wasting your life.

The emphasis will be on you, rather than belief in one grand purpose. Not that I would dream of depriving you of this belief if it matters to you. Isn’t it possible to believe in more than kind of inspiration? Well, you can include belief in your personal wisdom, a.k.a. self-authority.

Why wouldn’t that be compatible with caring about your path and your purpose? Wouldn’t it be great to have all three?

Purpose + path + using your own personal self-authority.

By using the tremendous resource of your personal wisdom, you can evolve most rapidly on your personal path of spiritual awakening. And personal growth. (Or otherwise fulfill whatever’s most meaningful to you.)

Besides, ever wonder?

Why Wasn’t I Born Knowing about My Life Purpose?

The answer will be clear if you have seen any babies lately.

Know their purpose? Are you kidding? Those babies don’’t even know that they have feet. Finding those toes is an especially gleeful discovery.

No disrespect intended — we’re just born knowing precious little. So much of life involves learning. As adults, the learning continues. Unlike those kids in elementary schools, each of us sets our own curriculum.

Today, for Instance

What will matter to you today, Spiritual Seeker? How will you make sense out of your life?

If you are interested in living fully, of course you will have a belief system that furnishes big answers.

But hey, do you really have to become so dependent upon that belief system… So dependent that you are constantly interpreting life?

Maybe you know folks like Gladys. She is so devoted to her belief system that she barely pays attention to what you say.

Or what anybody says. Or does. Unless it’s Billy Graham-style talk (or whatever).

Instead, Gladys is so busily engaged in seeking confirmation of her belief system, that is all she really notices.

Gladys finds purpose, alright. However, to people who know her and don’t share her particular belief system? They might consider that Gladys doesn’t have much of a life.

I wonder…

How Important Does Purpose Have to Be?

One clue might be what shows up with aura reading, energetic literacy done in depth and detail. Ha, just the kind of thing this blog is supposed to be about!

Where Does Your Life Purpose Show in Your Aura?


Does that shock you?

Might that be significant? How out of all the huge amount of info in your aura…

Nope, in your aura, there isn’t one single thing about some big life purpose.

Of course, your physical body doesn’t have that either. (Unless you were born with something like a fortune cookie fortune about PURPOSE. Maybe that slip of paper was tucked into your navel? And I’m the only one who’s missed out.)

Really, have you ever inspected your body closely and found a manufacturer’s label with “Your life purpose” inscribed in tiny letters? Heck, we humans don’t even come with garment care instructions.

About this nowhere idea, maybe you have thought of some exceptions.

Can’t These Two Popular Resources Help You Find Your Sacred Purpose?

In mainstream culture today:

Prayer might tell you.

Only many people today are very confused about prayer.

Did you know, for instance, that much of today’s prayer is really — technically — hypnosis? Not a message from God but hypnosis.

Or a psychic reading might tell you.

Did you know? According to a TON of research I’ve done…

Typically a psychic begins with a very simple version aura reading.

And subsequently connects in consciousness with one or more spirits. They’re the ones with opinions about your future, Or The Akashic Records, etc.

Despite what psychics sincerely believe, these spirits are not angels. And, sadly, discarnate beings (spirits) don’t necessarily tell the truth. Oops!

In Conclusion

Might I suggest? You deserve a more accurate kind of insight.

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  1. 1
    AJ says:

    It’s been a few months since our session, so I got to do this experiment. What’s really interesting is that after I went through the process of the permanent removal of STUFF (especially what was removed from my aura), I completely changed what I thought my purpose was. It’s funny how “Akashic Record” readers generally don’t tell you that your purpose is something grounded in objective reality like designing websites for people. I, for one, have been guilty of giving these readings in the past 🙁


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    AJ, thanks so much for sharing this.

    And thank you for being the official Tech Support Guy for this blog.

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    What does it mean when folks have fancy titles for their work like “Spiritual Teacher” or “Full-Time Energy Spirituality Practitioner.”

    Does it mean we are more evolved, or doing something more spiritually important, than someone who is a Web Designer or Librarian or Stay-at-Home Mother or Homeschooler?

    Goodness gracious, no!

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    Those of us who do official-sounding “Spiritual work” are just those of us who personally need to be doing it.

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    Isabella says:

    Rose, what do you mean “personally need to be doing it”?

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    AJ says:

    For the longest time, I honestly thought my purpose was to be a spiritual teacher, but I’ve gotten so much clarity after our healing together that I’ve completely abandoned all things psychic development. I no longer feel like I have some kind of job assignment from the Universe and everything I’m doing now is based 100% off of my intentions and what I want to create in the world.

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    AJ says:

    The results? I am way more creative. It used to take me a long time to be creative, but because I’m so excited about the design work I’m doing right now, I’m able to work at lightning speed.

    I strongly suggest people consider Rose’s advice on this topic!

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    There are so many answers to your great question, ISABELLA.

    Each answer below is listed as a separate comment because it merits a bit of reflection, especially for any of you who are reading because you are (for now) absolutely sure that your life purpose must involve being a healer, working with energy, sharing your insights online, etc.

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    One of those personal motivations applies to me. Most of them come from clients for whom I facilitate “Soul Thrill Aura Reading Research.”

    Plus people I meet who don’t become clients, yet I find out about their motivations from things they write online, or say. Or I simply deduce them from what people say or do.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 1: You’re more interested in this aspect of life than anything else.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 2: There is STUFF accumulated from other types of work. Out of resentment, or disgust over past employment, there’s the desire to turn to a brave new world of working at something beautiful and ennobling.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 3: You have been told by a human authority figure that you have great talent, special gifts, etc.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 4: You have become involved in contact with guides or spirits, and they have told you that you have great talent, special gifts, etc.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 5: You belong to a Movement (or cult) and that has pretty much become your whole life.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 6: You have been told by your Reiki master, psychic development teacher, favorite Hay House radio show, etc., that you have a destiny to become rich and famous by doing the spiritual work. And if you will only do what you like, the money will follow.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 7: You have spent so much money on personal development over the years, you figure it’s about time you started to make money back. (Plus you know a lot.)

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 8: By healing others, you believe you will heal yourself.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 9: You have become so identified with your pain experiences or recovery that you have come to believe that teaching other people about this is the main purpose of your life.

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    Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?

    Reason 10: For many of the services you’ll find online, unlike many professions, there are no exams to pass, and you could even credential yourself based on zero study… based solely on your desire to share your specialness.

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    And I’m going to stop that list here, ISABELLA and other Blog-Buddies.

    You get the idea. There are innumerable reasons why a person might go for professional work, website, etc. in the field of personal development.

    Many folks play with this sort of employment for a while and then get all they need from the educational experiment here at Earth School.

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    That experiment might involve learning from disappointment. For instance, no, it is not very likely to earn a good living by being a professional writer, or singer of inspirational music, or spiritual teacher or minister, or Reiki master, etc.

    And no amount of Law of Attraction practices will change the reality that the spiritual and self-help marketplace has many more aspirants than paying customers.

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    Or a person might learn from success:

    Publish that important book to help others, etc. And then go on to fulfill other goals, other desires.

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    AJ says:

    Rose, your comments on “Why become involved professionally doing work in mind-body-spirit, as a minister, etc.?” sound like they could be there own blog post! 🙂

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    Meg says:

    Great post, ROSE!

    How comforting to know that path & purpose
    need not be so “pie-in-the-sky”.

    Sometimes, just making it through the day
    is accomplishment enough.

    Cake and ice cream, anyone? 🙂

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    Rachel says:

    Hi Rose,

    I heartily agree. I too have had those akashic readings in the past, and without wishing to completely knock them, they are like eating something very sweet that gives you a rush or a quick ‘high.’

    It can feel great to be told about your path and purpose… but what do you do with that, really? In my experience, it didn’t lead to anything concrete. It was just another experience in ‘feeling good’ that didn’t yield any real change – and in some ways separated me from ‘real’ people – just like spiritual addiction.

    Life feels so much more yummy when throwing oneself into daily life, however allegedly imperfect!

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    Valerie says:

    In one of my first sessions with you Rose, I told you I wanted to know my life purpose 🙂

    Now, sessions later, my life is richer and fuller and happier. Every moment has purpose in it just by BEing here on planet earth in my physical body. Every day is such an adventure now 🙂

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    ZJones says:

    Don’t be too harsh Rose. For many people, realising that they are not simply a human robot is a revelation. People tend to go out of balance after revelations. 🙂 Whatever path they take to loving themselves more is valuable.

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    ZJones says:

    We all rely on each other and the reality of this is harsh. Learning we have resources beyond the material is a positive thing. Learning I had support from family members on the other side meant a lot.

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    ZJones says:

    Focusing on money and human level achievement is all well and good, but we do live in a flawed society. Not everyone can get fancy degrees. To use your talents you need tangible opportunities. Trends towards a fairer society have gone backwards since the 1960s. (Look at disposable income, age at which people buy their first home, quality of jobs for young people etc.)

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    ZJones says:

    Aspects of objective reality are formed by agreements we make with each other collectively. Think about racial discrimination. Noone can be expected to deal with these aspects of objective reality individually.

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    ZJones says:

    I think the dominant belief in USA influenced culture is that an individual should be able to achieve anything and all responsibility is up to them. The resultant self-help culture then comes across as a bit panicked and desperate and may result is people over-relying on assurances from churches, spiritual leaders and Oprah.

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    ZJones says:

    My opinion is that without a sense of a social safety net then people will ping between being overly concerned about their financial stability to turning their back on all of that and over focus on “purpose” as a means to keep their self worth intact. If people are given a reasonable sense of security (job security, some expectation of progression, affordable education), then they can work at both ends, so to speak. Anyway, that ‘s how my politics combines with my spiritual opinions.

    I certainly became too dependent on the spiritual when my consciousness couldn’t handle the lack of support I had due to my own difficult circumstances.

    To this Brit, it does seem as though the USA is a land of ideological extremes, whether that’s political, religious spiritual etc. To be honest, it’s not a culture that I’m familiar with.

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    ZJones says:

    On balance it’s good that people find ways of helping each other and being creative. Not everyone can achieve by middle class standards.

    In tough situations, humans are always creative, creating different social niches. At best, alternative spirituality gives people another language to talk about their own vulnerability and painful experiences in a sociably acceptable way.

    There’s nothing wrong in practising healing, it’s part of the human experience. It gives a bit of comfort and assurance. It probably has for millennia.

    Personally, I prefer going to healers that talk from personal experience to trained counsellors. Trained counsellors can lack the real-life experience to know what to say. I tend to talk to healers who do have jobs and lives outside of their practise. This gives them a nice grounded context and they can offer practical advise.

    In Nottingham, UK, I went to a lovely spiritual church where the mediumship aspect tied in with a sense of local history. Like visiting your grandparents.

    Nothing has to be either or in this life.

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    Larry says:

    Excessive pursuit of purpose is one more example of what I call the Spiritual Seeker’s Paradox. Many of the things we seekers do to try so hard to be more spiritual actually take us in the opposite direction, further away from the reality of life rather than closer to truth. From submerging oneself in a dogmatic religion, to joining a cult, to standing in the grocery aisle asking for guidance from astral beings on which brand of tomato paste to buy, many attempts at spiritual progress actually give our power away to someone or something else and leave us disconnected from our real, human life.

    Self-authority and presence in our own human life here and now are the essence of spiritual development, yet are often overlooked in favor of something apparently more flashy or seemingly important.

    Thank you, Rose, for bringing out in your post on purpose yet another instance where some high-sounding spiritual aspirations may actually not be taking us in the direction of true spiritual and overall human growth, and reminding us about the fun and fascinating things we can do that really do foster true human (including spiritual) development.

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    Thanks so much for all these comments so far, AJ and MEG and RACHEL and VALERIE and ZJONES and LARRY.

    Just to flag something noteworthy: Comment 35 here is LARRY’s first comment at this blog. Some of you Blog-Buddies may recognize that name as being to the latest addition to the Enlightenment Life List from this informal online community.

    Yes, it’s that LARRY.

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    Hi Larry! Congratulations on your addition to the list, and welcome to the blog 🙂

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    jnana says:

    It’s true what you say.
    The less stuff one has, the less one needs to know one’s life purpose.

    I remember a day when I had so much soul thrill that the messy affairs of the day became ‘delicious’ to handle.

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    David.. says:

    What is your purpose? To live your life as best you can with what is here. Self-authority and all.

    Why would we be here if our being had no purpose? It’s a very curious quandary for people and I agree with you Rose on Stuff. Otherwise, this would be so obvious. We’re here because we’re supposed to be.

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    David.. says:

    In India, they have a concept called Dharma, often translated as purpose. But really, it means that which sustains. In other words, taking care of ourselves is our purpose. 😉

    Dharma is defined in 4 values. Our universal responsibility to evolve spiritually, our family and social responsibilities, our responsibilities at different times of life, and our personal duties.

    When people seek their purpose it seems its something idealized. Instead perhaps ask what are your responsibilities? There is great meaning in living a life well.

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    David.. says:

    I was amused Rose, when you asked where you find purpose in the databanks and then said nowhere.

    And yet you went on to basically say everywhere. Everything about us is a reflection of why we’re here. All of our gifts and capacities. But it’s not some tidy label like “astronomer” but is rather a vast synergy of experiences and lessons to be had here at earth school…

    In essence we can never not be living our purpose. We are purpose itself. 🙂

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    Such wonderful comments, ADAM, JNANA, and DAVID. Thank you.

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    Being in session with my client JOE this morning, I am reminded of another way of considering life purpose.

    In a life review, at the end of an incarnation, what did a soul learn?

    I can tell you from experience facilitating past-life regressions with clients since 1986, there are some very important kinds of learning that you might not offhandedly equate with a “Glorious, beautiful life purpose.”

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    Sometimes a Life Contract is exquisitely designed to pay back karma and promote learning around a particular topic area.

    For example: A co-dependent mother?

    Could be, a main purpose of her life has been to thoroughly experience codependency and its consequences.

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    A son who has tried for decades to break free of his mother’s apron strings, and manages that… finally moving out from her own when he is 50 years old…

    Magnificent! Could be that a lot of his growth and learning in the incarnation — what you might call “His purpose” — has been to be fully immersed in co-dependency, then extricate himself.

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    How does that sound? To someone who has been, perhaps, pursuing a Grand Purpose in terms of The Romance of the Astral, it might seem like the last thing related to purpose.

    JOE might feel that if only he knew his Grand Purpose, his mother might stop bothering him.

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    One session at a time, we move out STUFF related to this problem.

    He gets to a point where he masters dealing with money. In regular human terms. Not fancy reality TV terms.

    Well, exactly that gritty and very human kind of learning could count as a purpose for that phase of his life.

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    Another example that you might not think of, in the context of Sweet Beautiful Valentine-Like Life Purpose?

    GLADYS is an alcoholic.

    She learns, from direct experience, what it is like to have an addiction. How the disease progresses. How helpless she becomes to overcome the dependency, beyond a certain point.

    Someone else might have the strength to overcome the alcoholism, but not GLADYS. Because a major purpose of that incarnation was for her to develop compassion for people with problems related to liquor.

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    Yes, my work with Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis has definitely convinced me that free will matters a great deal, matters enormously.

    Yet sometimes a person cannot make progress in a particular way. You could call it “The purpose of GLADYS’ life.”

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    Jesus is famous for saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”

    Given the three-D reality of life on earth, that concept takes on a more visceral meaning related to purpose.

    Consider, for instance, the example of JOE,a political activist who pickets and donates all he can. His big cause is the rights of an unborn child.

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    JOE might consider himself a really super-caring Christian, because he is being protective of the “unborn child.”

    JOE might suppose that he is very caring when he stands outside an abortion clinic and heckles women going inside.

    He isn’t “judging,” he thinks.

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    Whether JOE considers that he is being religiously wonderful or that he is judging, either way, consequences ensue.

    One of them might well be his agreeing to a Life Contract for an incarnation where he is a she, becoming pregnant as a teenager and receiving terrible harrassment from men who tell her what she must do with her body.

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    That kind of situation isn’t just “Paying back karma” in some abstract way.

    As that teenager, JOSEPHINE might wonder in anguish, screaming at God, “Don’t you love me? Why did you make this happen?”

    And all the while, part of the purpose of her entire incarnation might be to develop compassion for women who (rightfully) choose an abortion.

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    Incidentally, within this last week I did have a client, GLADYS, where the Healing Centerpiece of her session involved cutting the cord of attachment to a pregnancy that she needed to terminate (for very good reason.)

    When I read out the Cord Items, they included many from the soul who had made a Life Contract for an aborted pregnancy. Observing GLADYS’s anguish at getting the procedure, he had Cord Items like these:

    Her suffering is so intense. I can’t take it.

    I’m totally not ready yet to incarnate for a full lifetime on earth.

    I’m glad that this Life Contract was for just this little taste of what it is to be human.

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    Meanwhile, overcoming guilt over that abortion has been, in my view, one of the purposes of GLADYS educational experience here at Earth School.

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    Sometimes, with long-term clients for RES Energy HEALING, I refer to a “Ph.D. Program.” That’s a way a person is evolving.

    Consider Client JOE who has trouble paying his bills and thinks he’s no good at handling money.

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    David.. says:

    Hi Larry
    Welcome. I’m just north in Vancouver. Will check out your site.

    You might want to check out Rose’s article right after this. Get yourself a Gravatar. 😉

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    David.. says:

    Wow, Rose.
    Powerful examples of real world purpose/ lessons. Remarkable that you work with this every day.

    Quite the purpose you’ve been unfolding. 😉

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    ZJones says:

    yes. well put Rose. developing all kinds of compassion is key thing in life. One of my bugbears is that people in general can lack compassion and develop a know-it-all attitude. it seems that the key to not shutting down or going into astral overdrive is to live from the heart. that means emotional growth is key.

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    jnana says:

    Thank you Rose. Your comments are like a breath of fresh air. Life is great after all!

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    Julie says:

    Comment 48 –

    It kind of reframes things to think of The Problem as The Purpose, instead.

    Whether the problem is health, or money, or whatever.

    Otherwise it’s tempting to say “Think of all the great things I could and would be doing, if I didn’t have This Problem”.

    When actually the problem is a valid focus point:) For now.

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    Blog-Buddies, it is interesting to twirl these versions of purpose around, isn’t it?

    Thanks for the latest round of comment. Wonderful,everyone.

    Here’s another way to twirl around the notion of purpose. My former guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, would tell us, “The purpose of life is happiness.”

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    There’s a lot to be said for that perspective, right?

    And that, to me, means happiness as the PATH to Enlightenment, not just a GOAL (such as Enlightenment).

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    Evgenia says:

    One of my close relatives is all about his purpose. But more like, “God has a purpose for me. And you just do not get it!”

    My whole life I have been listening about his dreams that will come true, or encounters with Angels.

    We just had to believe them and silly us, if we eventually did not.

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    Evgenia says:

    Our lives were eventually getting better, supposedly, just because my relative saw/heard a sign.

    There was nothing ever objectively done to get that better life, just dreaming.

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    Evgenia says:

    All I understood was that my relative did not have a feeling of his own worth.

    He did not believe in himself and his failures throughout life did not leave room any confidence within him.

    His dreams became his only hope to feel self-worth! They were the only concept he could hold onto.

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    Evgenia says:

    He will be retairing soon in the country with $100 monthly pension and no hope for better life but somehow God will make him rich because he is just special.

    This is a very sad story to observe but what can you do? Just be there for him and bring joy in real life.

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    Evgenia says:

    I totally agree with Rose’s concept of the amount of STUFF being proportional to the size of the need to find life’s purpose.

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    David.. says:

    Hi Evgenia
    I know what you mean. Had an epic conversation today and one of the subjects was magical thinking. I know several people who are now retired or approaching it and they’re convinced they will be wealthy some day because someone once told them this. Not through their own efforts but just because they expect it.

    Pretty sad. At what point will they turn into the bitter elder?

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    EVGENIA, this was so eloquent. I think all of us have known people who have substituted faith, or “special guidance,” for common sense.

    Long-term living for The Romance of the Astral is an educational experiment. Just a harsh one.

    Ironically investing in this failed experiment could turn out to be this relative’s “life purpose.” During the lifetime or afterwards, when reviewing the incarnation, consequences do teach us.

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    DAVID, your Comment #70 reminds me that the search for a grand life purpose, or believing in lovely psychic-type predictions, can become a substitute for setting personal goals.

    If a sense of purpose does help one to set goals, make plans, and take action — that’s powerful.

    Lacking a grand sense of life purpose, we still can set goals, make plans, and take action. That’s powerful, too.

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    SARA began a comment here that I have elevated to a guest post on life purpose.

    Check it out, Blog-Buddies.

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    As this juicy topic develops, here’s another angle.

    Have you ever heard of the term psychotherapists use, “Spiritual Bypass”?

    How do you think it might relate to the search for Life Purpose?

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    Suz says:

    How wonderfully this conversation has evolved. It’s just what I needed to read today.

    What really rings for me is the Problem as the Purpose — agreeing to come here (to earth) and overcome something in order to be useful, to be comfort and encouragement to others with the same difficulty. That seems to be what I’ve been best at, all my life.

    Thanks for the reminder. I got all tied up with a spiritual pursuit and had forgotten. Back to earth!

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    jnana says:

    Spiritual bypass as it relates to life purpose… Could it mean using the search for one’s life purpose and the techniques that promise to reveal it to check out of living one’s life?

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    jnana says:

    And yet I know the pain of being truly stuck and not having the strength to make my way out. Thinking I was wrong when I was actually right. Loads of stuff and wrong belief systems can hold one hostage for a long time.
    Well okay, you may point out that a life purpose of mine was achieved as a result. But surely there could have been a better way?

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    jnana says:

    I see so many people around me for whom Rosetree Energy Spirituality could bring much benefit and relief. Yet they don’t seem ready to take it up.
    Even those who like what they have read of it!

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    JNANA, it’s a mysterious thing, who takes action to DO, rather that BROWSE.

    In some cases, I suspect, the difference is leadership.

    What’s different about you and others who have moved forward to learn skills of Empath Empowerment, Aura Reading, Face Reading, healing skills? Or to have sessions with practitioners of Rosetree Energy Spirituality.

    You don’t wait until “Everyone is doing it.” You decide, based on self-authority.

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    Everyone has areas in life where they are followers. Some of us also have spunk and leadership in certain areas.

    For instance, I had a fascinating conversation last night, coming back from a party where I did face reading. My taxi driver told me that, based on his knowledge in the trucking industry, driverless cars are well into production.

    Changes to our roads will be needed, mostly. Something about lines that are clearly visible along roads and through intersections, necessary for the cars of our future to be able to tell where to go.

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    In 10 years, cars like that will be on our roads, my source said.

    My response?

    “I would L O O O V E that. But I sure won’t be one of the first to try it. I’ll let other people die while all the bugs are being worked out.”

    Euwwww, and me a spiritual teacher. Still, the straight truth just popped out of my mouth.

    When it comes to growing emotionally and spiritually, I’m also cautious in some ways. But exploring has never frightened me. And I have never, ever done something for personal growth just because others were doing it.

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    How about you, JNANA and other Blog-Buddies? In what areas of life do you follow? Where do you lead?

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    David.. says:

    Modern factories have self driving or guided trucks for moving things around. They use a wire in the cement as a guide. That would be a lot more reliable than painting a bunch of new lines.

    This is already done at many intersections. They use wires to sense cars at lights, left turn bays, etc.

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    Yes, so it is going to be such fun to see that emerging technology.

    Many jobs will be lost, one of the changes brought by technology shifts. I do hope that people who used to have such jobs will readily retrain and re-enter the workplace!

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    There are so many practical examples of Spiritual Bypass related to life purpose.

    For instance, JOE plays with the computer while he is on the clock at work. He thinks he isn’t noticed.

    At his current level of consciousness, he thinks that spending large chunks of work time this way is just fine. Even when others at the office are sweating to keep up with demand.

    JOE is doing something sneaky and lazy as an employee — that’s at the level of human reality, right?

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    Say that JOE’s supervisor finds out. She reprimands him and tells him that if he is caught again surfing the Net on company time, he will be fired.

    Does JOE consider that he has done something wrong? Does he take responsibility for changing his behavior?

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    Maybe not. With a Spiritual Bypass, JOE might leave that conversation with his boss and think:

    “Synchronicity again! God has just given me another sign that I am too good for this job. They don’t appreciate me here.

    “I must look harder to find my Life Purpose. When I do that, people at work will love me and pay me really well.”

    To me, that’s an example of Spiritual Bypass.

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    Back at your Comment 76, JNANA, in essence, yes. That’s what Spiritual Bypass is.

    However, you can view it in everyday ways, not just an overall pattern of substituting spiritual values for paying attention to human life.

    Those of you who are savvy about Rosetree Energy Spirituality know about energetic subroutines, a kind of subconscious STUFF.

    You may know that Virtual Re-Positioning®, one of the techniques used in my RES Energy HEALING sessions, is especially effective at ending those buggy programs in a person’s internal software, then restoring what works more normally.

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    David.. says:

    re: Comment 84

    Remember the steno pool? Operator-assisted long distance? The classifieds? There’s a massive shift towards skilled and part-time service jobs underway. Also a great deal more service-oriented small businesses, like Rosetree Energy Spirituality-trained practitioners.

    Electric cars require vastly less service, which will dismantle the current sales model (which is why Tesla is not going through dealerships and some states have tried to block them).

    Driverless has the potential to eliminate the need for car ownership. The electrical system is going to change dramatically too, based on recent developments not yet in mass production. Smart phones that are like clear bendy paper – already exist in testing. What is standard on a smartphone today would cost a million dollars 20 years ago. And the pace is accelerating.

    Futurists have predicted half of all current jobs will disappear by 2030.

    Here’s a short article with links to lots more detail.

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    Kira says:

    I don’t actually have a cogent comment right now, but I do want to say how much I like this post and am enjoying everyone else’s comments.

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    Kira says:

    Also, related to cars rather than to life purposes, I just might be one of the ones to test a self-driving car. I surprised myself, after having been trained all my life to look for car models that have been out for several years and have a repair and satisfaction record, by buying a Chevy Volt as soon as they became available in Pennsylvania.

    I really love my car, I just never expected to be an early adopter of such an expensive item as a car!

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    Kylie says:

    Great example Rose. I know that guy 🙂

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    Julie says:

    I was just thinking back to this thread on life purpose. I had thought of life purpose as an active thing, like what I bring to life, rather than what I get out of it.

    What energy, what drive, what enthusiasm, and how I involve myself in whatever projects I’m concerned with.

    Definitely not a passive thing, but something that I bring to the game.

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    Julie says:

    And it just occurred to me, that the real word I would use right now, to define it, is…contribution. What contribution can I make to life? How can I best contribute?

    Where do I want to contribute?

    Given my time, and talents, and circumstances, what’s the best use of me, right now?

    It’s worth asking:)

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    Thanks for all your wonderful comments today, JULIE. Your perspective at this thread is so empowering!

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    Julie says:

    Another thing about purpose is that when I waited for it show up, it didn’t. When I waited for life to supply meaning, it didn’t.

    I had a teacher who told me once that we have to assign meaning to life, because it doesn’t inherently have any.

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    Julie says:

    I take that to mean “get involved” rather than observe life. Not that we can’t do both.

    But meaning started to show up more when I did activities to thrill my soul.

    The hidden treasure had to be dug for, a little.

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    Magnificent insights, JULIE. A very human perspective on spiritual meaning!

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