Lesson 1 – Purpose, Mission, Expression And Calling

Find Your True Calling In Life

Lesson 1

The Difference Between Purpose, Mission, Expression & Calling


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Theory

You may hear people talking about “Purpose in life” or “Mission in life” or “Calling in life”. Most will use these words “Purpose”, “Mission” and “Calling” interchangeably.

However, in this course they refer to different things and I will not use them interchangeably.

In order to embark on the right path towards finding what you are meant to do in life, it’s important to clearly define the meaning of these words.


Our Two Fundamental Needs In Life

We are a culture of people in search of meaning. Like zombies, we search aimlessly because we don’t really know what we are searching for. We don’t know what will provide meaning in our lives.

We turn to those that “seem” to have answers and are in positions of power, be it religious, political, scientific or commercial. However, these entities have either no clue how to help us or have no desire to help. They each have their own interests to protect and grow.

Consequently, we have become a culture of loneliness, a culture that’s in desperate need of healing.

In order to live a life with purpose and meaning, there are two fundamental needs that must be satisfied on a daily basis. These needs are:

  1. to accomplish your Purpose
  2. to accomplish your Calling

I use the word “accomplish” not as something to complete or finish but as a way to continue working towards.

Only by meeting these two needs will our culture escape from the sense of lack and stagnation that it is currently stuck in.

So, what are Purpose and Calling? At a basic level, they are about “who” you are and “why” you are here. Let’s go deeper…

 

Purpose In Life (Who You Are)

All human beings have the same Purpose in life.

Your Purpose is to discover that, at your most essential nature, you are not of physical body & mind but of spirit.

Your Purpose in life is to make this connection with your essential nature on a daily basis and consequently to become aware of your higher-self. It’s to know “who” you are.

Your Purpose is the connection with your spiritual part.

We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Your Purpose in life is not only to make this realization, that you are something more than the physical body and the mind, but also to allow yourself to be guided by this knowing.

The awareness of this spirit side of yourself will transform your life from mundane to amazing. You will see the world with a different pair of eyes and experience synchronicities in your reality. How does this happen?

The act of working towards your Purpose is the act of wiping the foggy window that resides between your essential nature (spirit) and your physical body and mind. You will get glimpses of your true self.

Accomplishing your Purpose gives you access to joy and inner peace because at your most essential nature, that is intrinsically present.

By being aware and allowing yourself to be guided by this knowing, you will follow your bliss and get insights into your Mission and the expression of your Mission.

If you have not yet experienced this knowing then I understand that it may all sound kind of weird. But don’t worry about it because in this course, we will not talk about your Purpose in life as defined here.

Know Thyself ~ Socrates

 

Calling (What You Do)

Your Calling in life is composed of two elements: your Mission in life and the way your Express it.

It’s the combined effect of these two elements that create your Calling in life. It’s “what” you do.

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So what is the definition of your Mission in life and the Expression of it?

 

Mission In Life (Why You Are Here)

Your mission in life is the reason you are here on earth. It’s what you are here to accomplish.

It’s the “why” that Simon Sinek talks about in his book Start With Why.

It’s the reason you wake up in the morning and it’s something that you are especially well-suited to do.

Your Mission is an adventure that can span years, decades, or a whole lifetime.

Your Mission is the overarching “thing” that you are here to do.

Although it’s unlikely to change dramatically over time, you can, however expect your Mission to evolve with you as you progress through life.

Very likely, your Mission has commonalities with the Mission of other people in that there will be a component of helping and serving others. This seems to be a common thread that runs in most people’s Mission in life.

Your Mission in life will most likely take the form of a statement that resonates with you at a deep level.

You will discover your Mission in life in Lesson 4.

 

Expression Of Mission (How You Accomplish Your Mission)

There are many ways to accomplish a mission. How you go about accomplishing your Mission in life is called the Expression of your Mission.

For example, if you had a mission to plan a wedding then you would consider locations, venues, photographer, music, etc. The final combination of all these elements is the “way” you will have accomplished the wedding.

Similarly, the “way” that you will accomplish your Mission in life is called the Expression of that Mission.

The Expression of your Mission is the unique way that you creatively express your talent or talents. There is something about you that makes you unique in this world. It’s something you do so well that you don’t have to think about it. It comes naturally to you. So naturally, in fact, that you may not be aware of it.

Using this talent to accomplish your Mission in life is what you are here to do.

You will discover your unique talent and your Expression in Lesson 5.

 

Summary

Purpose = “who” you are; does not change
Calling = it’s the combination of “why” & “how”; it’s “what” you do
Mission = “why” you are on this planet; it evolves over time
Expression of Mission = “how” you accomplish your “why”; is completely unique to you and makes use of your talent(s)

At the beginning of this lesson I said there are two basic needs than must be satisfied in order to live a meaningful life: Purpose and Calling.

However, you do not need to work on both at the same time. Although I believe that it’s preferable to have a connection with your Purpose before figuring out your Calling, the practical reality may be different for most people.

On my own personal journey, I discovered my Calling before I discovered by Purpose.

This course will guide you through the process of finding your Calling in life by finding both your Mission in life and the Expression of it.

This course does not address your Purpose in life. That subject matter is addresses on the EGO Hacking website.

 

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell


Practice

The following exercises are different than those found in the later lessons. While Lessons 2 to 5 will require hands-on and practical work, the exercises in this lesson are less tangible and are for nurturing over a longer period of time.

Their purpose is to awaken your intuitive mind. The more you practice the better you will become and after some time you will rely more on your intuition and less on rational thinking to make decisions.

Since there are seven exercises, you can choose to focus on one per day or go through all seven in one day. Regardless, attempt to incorporate as many of them into your life.

You may have already incorporated many of these exercises in your life already, great. If not, then these exercises may seem somewhat esoteric. Please trust the process of this course and attempt to implement a few of them at least.

 

 

Exercise 1.1 – Quiet The Mind

Be it yoga, walking, meditation, music, dancing, etc. Escape the mind’s chatter and simply be present.

Stillness of the mind will allow you to hear what’s behind it. It will allow you to connect with something bigger, your essential nature. Allowing yourself to be guided by your essential nature will facilitate the process of finding your life’s Calling.

Try to maintain a daily practice of quieting the mind.

 

Exercise 1.2 – Do Not Judge

This is a very powerful and practical exercise to quiet the mind and allow the Universe to guide you.

When you make a judgment, you create a corresponding emotion. Emotions belong in the domain of the EGO and the role of the EGO is to conceal your essential nature.

Whenever you find yourself judging something, someone or some circumstance, become aware of it and stop yourself.

It can be done anywhere and anytime. It’s simple to do. Just don’t judge. That’s it.

You can train yourself by holding two opposing thoughts in your mind without judging them.

For example, think about something you are passionate about, like a sports team, political party, environmental issue, etc. Now find the opposing idea and hold both ideas in your mind without judging.

 

Exercise 1.3 – The Universe Is Always Talking, Pay Attention

The Universe is always talking to you in its own way. Pay attention.

Do the same people, things or events show up in your life? Pay attention. Not because it means something but because you can learn something about yourself.

Become aware of life’s synchronicities. Simply pay attention and notice things. The more you notice, the more you will notice.

 

Exercise 1.4 – Allow Yourself To Be Guided

Have you ever felt like you needed to do something, or go somewhere, or get information about a subject? These are things that don’t necessarily make sense because they are not rational but you feel like a deep insight is guiding you.

If and when you feel a pull towards something, then don’t fight it, simply allow yourself to be pulled.

The Universe is very good at guiding you.

 

Exercise 1.5 – Let Go & Move Forward

If something that previously seemed so important to you, now lacks meaning, then pay attention. It means something. This is a normal progression of moving through life.

It’s healthy to move on to the next thing. Stagnation in life occurs when we hold on to old things just because they held an important place in our EGO some time ago.

When it’s time to let go… let go and move forward. The Universe has something else waiting for you. Trust it.

 

Exercise 1.6 – Embrace The Squiggle

Life is not necessarily a straight line from point A to point B. It’s not like starting at the bottom of a ladder and simply climbing the rungs to the top.

It may feel more like a spiral or a squiggle. Just when you think you have arrived at some important point in your life, the squiggle takes you in a different direction.

Don’t fight it. Don’t try to straighten the squiggle. Instead, embrace it and move with it. Sometimes, it will feel like you are moving backwards but you are not. Trust that the squiggle is taking you forward.

 

Exercise 1.7 – Let Go Of Rationalization & Trust Yourself

During the process of finding your Calling, you will be faced with decisions that may not make sense to you when viewed from the perspective of rational thinking.

For example, that degree you worked so hard to obtain may not be needed once you identify your true Calling. Holding on to the potential of that degree is the logical thing to do. Right?

However, allowing logic and rationalization to enter into the process of finding your Calling will slow you down and may even prevent you from finding it.

Let go of rationalization. Befriend the illogical. Become comfortable with uncertainty and fuzziness. Don’t over-analyze, trust that your intuitive side has the answers.

How to recognize rational thinking? It may sound like this: “who do you think you are?” or “what will my family and friends think?” or “I can’t do that” or “I need to be a responsible adult”, etc.

Finding your Calling with rational thinking does not work. So let go of logic and trust your intuition. Only then will your Calling make sense to you.

 

Summary 1

  1. Quiet the mind
  2. Do not judge
  3. The universe is always talking, pay attention
  4. Allow yourself to be guided
  5. Let go and move forward
  6. Embrace the squiggle
  7. Let go of rationalization and trust yourself

 

Summary 2

  1. Quiet the mind
    • Let go of both physical and mental tension. Be still and aware.
  2. Do not judge
    • The act of becoming aware of your judgments will dissolve the judgment
  3. The Universe is always talking, pay attention
    • Become aware of synchronicities between your thoughts and the physical world.
  4. Allow yourself to be guided
    • Let go of control and let yourself be guided towards someone, something or some place.
  5. Let go and move forward
    • Let go of things that you are mentally holding onto, it’s okay, there something else waiting for you.
  6. Embrace the squiggle
    • Embrace the non-linear path of life. It may feel like you are going backwards at times but you are simply moving on the squiggly path.
  7. Let go of rationalization and trust yourself
    • Be aware of rationalization and gently let go of it. Allow uncertainty and fuzziness to enter into your life and be okay with it.

 

 


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13 thoughts on “Lesson 1 – Purpose, Mission, Expression And Calling

  1. Check errors:
    If you have not yet experienced this knowing then I understand that it may all sound(S) kind of weird. BUT don’t worry about it because in this course, we will not talk about your Purpose in life as defined here.

  2. Check error: It’s the reason you Wake up in the morning and it’s something that you are especially well-suited to do.

  3. Check errors:
    Within this course, a Calling is simply the combination of your Mission and the ExpressION of that Mission. It’s “what” you do.

  4. I like these exercises, it is a lot to take in though and remember. Maybe a summary would be good so we can just copy and paste them.

    1.5 seems a bit flaky – I wonder if it would be worthwhile illustrating some of these tasks with examples from your own life? Something to think about. 1.7 is also really tricky to grasp without an example.

    I would put exercise 1.6 first as it feels like the foundation for the others.

    Also, is there anything worthwhile about paying attention to your dreams as you spend more time in stillness.
    I write every morning and this is like a mind-clearing meditation. A I did this more and more, my dreams started to become more vivid and have helped me let go of some things and find inspiration in others. I wonder if its worth mentioning?

    Loving the course so far. Looking for to lesson 2.

    1. I agree that these exercises are a lot to consider in one shot. I will think about a way to simply them… Meanwhile, I followed your suggestions: moved 1.6 to the top so now it’s 1.1.

      I re-wrote exercise 1.5 to make it less flaky 🙂 and kept the original so you can compare. Because of the re-ordering, it’s now 1.6.

      I also modified 1.7 to make it clearer.

      If I understand your question correctly, “paying attention to your dreams while in stillness”… this is going to come up in Lessons 2 and 3…

      Thank you for your help Janine 🙂

      1. Good job on the changes. It made a lot more sense now. Maybe because it’s the 2nd I’m reading it though. But I wanted to come back and revise because there was so much to think about. Looking good so far!

  5. typos
    Exercise1.1
    facilitate
    Mission in life Earth

    I had to read the following twice:
    It may not be the same mission over time, (a bit confusing)
    depending on the stage of life you are in but it will never really change. Rather, it will evolve as you grow and evolve yourself.

    It will never change. Rather, it will evolve as you grow and evolve.

    You will discover your Mission in life in Lesson(s)4.

    expression in Lesson 5 (full stop missing)

    Although I believe that it’s preferable to accomplish your Purpose before figuring out your Calling, the practical reality may be different for most people. ( 2 commas unnecessary)

    implement a few of them at least.

    I thought it is very clearly written. I have summarised the exercises to remind me to implement them. Some of them would be easier than others as I’m already familiar with them. I would consider I already know my purpose and try to follow my intuition. This would serve me to get more clarity and to deepen my follow intuition practice.

    1. Thank you Amor.
      Made all the corrections and rewrote that confusing line.

      Now it reads: Although it’s unlikely to change dramatically over time, you can, however expect your Mission to evolve with you as you progress through life.

      Not perfect but better I think.

      Araz

  6. Looks good. I agree with Janine – a summary box or mention that a notepad and pen may be useful. Each day it is useful to read 1.1 to 1.7 over and over.

  7. I made some more changes to the Practice section:
    – added this: “Since there are seven exercises, you can choose to focus on one per day or go through all seven in one day. Regardless, attempt to incorporate as many of them into your life.”

    – The “Do Not Judge” exercise is now moved to position 1.2 because it’s that important

    – added two Summaries at the end

    I know it’s still not perfect but I do feel it’s getting better…

    Thank you all for your help. This course is becoming better with each comment.

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