By Nikki Harper
Staff Writer for Wake Up World
Unless you’re one of the lucky souls who came into this world already knowing what you were born to do, finding your purpose isn’t always easy. Some never find it; many don’t find seem to find it until their later years. And let’s face it, the very process of finding it is daunting in itself – what, are we supposed to go and sit on a blunt peak, Tony Hancock style, and ruminate until ‘it’ becomes clear? Not terribly practical.
For most of us, in reality, finding your purpose involves first finding your passion, and then figuring out how you can use that passion or develop it into something meaningful.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways you can start to discover your passions, and by extension your purpose – and they don’t take years. These four simple methods will kickstart you in the right direction. You won’t emerge knowing your true purpose at last, but you will emerge, hopefully, with a the seed of an idea which you can then expand and develop.
These methods also work as a kind of creative brainstorming for other situations too – maybe you’re wanting to start a new hobby, learn something new, start a new business or refine a dissertation idea. Whenever you need to discover what really interests, fascinates and inspires you, these may help.
1. Intuitive Web Searching
Yes, this is a thing. Intuitive web searching is kinda like letting your mind wander at will, but with added prompts.
Set aside 15-2o minutes and get comfy with your browser of choice. Most people find it easiest to start with a website such as Wikipedia or an online encyclopedia. First up, choose a starting page. Wikipedia and most encyclopedias have a ‘show me a random page’ type tool, which can be a fun way to start. Or have a quick browse through Wikipedia’s portal pages or the main categories in another site, and quickly choose something which catches your eye. Don’t spend too long on this, you should be on your start page in under a minute.
From your start page, scan read, and quickly click on anything which grabs your interest or attention. Even the most random page, on a topic you have no interest in, will have something that grabs you, even if it’s just an image or a place name.
On your new page, scan and again quickly click on something interesting. Rinse and repeat at least a dozen times, quickly, without giving it too much conscious thought.
You should now find yourself on a page or in an area of the web that genuinely interests you.
Now read more slowly and give more consideration to what you click and where you go next.
When your 15-20 minutes is up, you’ll be reading or looking at quite specific things which have sparked something within you. Whatever it is, however you got there, this could well be something worth pursuing for your own interest, or it could be something which gives you a direction for uncovering your purpose.
[Yeah, I get that this sounds random, but I’ve seen it work for people many times. Plus it’s a fun way to spend a quarter of an hour.]
2. Guided Meditation
The second good option is to undertake a guided meditation. You can find pre-recorded ones aimed at helping you discover your purpose, but it’s probably more effective to do this yourself. A guided meditation doesn’t have to have someone else’s voice telling you what to do or where to look; you can guide yourself provided you have a plan to start with.
Set aside 15 minutes in a quiet and undisturbed space. Sit down, like down or get otherwise comfy, however you would normally meditate, if you do. Spend a few minutes working out the journey you will undertake. This is a simple sample template, but you can do whatever you want – it’s your mind.
- Pick a location which appeals to you or inspires you, either somewhere you know well or somewhere you can vividly imagine. Think beach, cave, mountain top, enchanted forest, pyramid, secret garden.
- Pick an object which can contain something. Think beautiful wooden chest, jewelled goblet, elaborate envelope.
- Pick a mythical (or real) person who may inspire you or who you look up to and would trust. Think relative in the spirit world, a witch or wizard, a wise guide, an ancestor.
In your meditation, you will first arrive at your location, noticing every detail of it, the sounds, the smells, the way it makes you feel. You will then notice your chosen object and spend some time admiring it. Inside it, you will then find a slip of paper or a scroll, with three words on it. Those words will reveal something about your purpose. You will then meet your chosen guide, who will answer one or two questions you have about what the words reveal. Then you will come gently awake. That’s all there is to it. Your subconscious will provide the words on the paper and the answers from your guide. Relax and enjoy.
3. Synchronicity Suggests
This last method requires more trust in the cosmos than the first two, and probably more intuition in interpreting the results, but it’s an easy way to get inspiration while you’re just going about your daily routine.
Very simply, set an intention in the morning. Ask the universe to show you signs to help reveal your purpose. Then go about your daily business, but keep your awareness high and know that you are looking for synchronicity.
The signs you receive can be in any form. It could be music, something you hear on the radio, TV or in a conversation, a road sign, a store name, letters or numbers on a number plate, colours, wildlife paying you a visit, things which fall on the floor – anything at all. Just note what is going on around you. Some of these things will speak to you, some of them you’ll barely notice. It’s the one which prickle your soul that you want to pay attention to.
At the end of the day, make some notes about what you’ve noticed and what your interpretation of these synchronicities might be. You may need to do this for several days running before you start to notice any patterns. But you will.
Recommended articles by Nikki Harper:
- Harnessing the Power of Synchronicity
- Beyond 11:11 – The Significance of Repeating Number Patterns
- A Time to be Born and a Time to Die: Can Astrology Predict Death?
- Premature and Caesarean Birth: An Astrological Misinheritance?
- The Benefits of a Daily Divination Practice – and How to Start One
- 7 Ways to Find Awe in Your Everyday Life
- Need Answers? Looking for Insight? 7 Ways Astrology Can Help
- Alone But Not Lonely: 6 Amazing Benefits of Solitude
- Dancing in the Rain: 6 Reasons We Should All Be Pluviophiles
- Finding Time for a Daily Spiritual Practice – How and Why to Devote Your Time
- 7 Simple Steps to Start Communicating With Nature
- Getting Started with Remote Viewing: Step by Step to Strengthen Your Psi Abilities
About the author:
Nikki Harper is a spiritualist writer, astrologer, and editor for Wake Up World. She writes about divination, astrology, mediumship and spirituality at Questionology: Astrology and Divination For the Modern World where you can also find out more about her work as a freelance astrologer and her mind-body-spirit writing and editing services. Nikki also runs a spiritualist centre in North Lincs, UK, hosting weekly mediumship demonstrations and a wide range of spiritual development courses and workshops.