Too cool for school?

Understanding your Life School is an important part of fulfilling your Life Purpose.

Your Life School is like a broad training program that gives you the lifetime tools you need to achieve your Life Purpose and address your Life Lesson. Both your purpose and lesson play out within your Life School, so it’s worth paying attention to and mastering.

I like to compare your Life School and Purpose together to a college degree program. While you might major in English, just the way you focus on your Life Purpose, the English department is part of the broader School of Arts & Humanities, very much akin to the way your purpose plays out in the larger context of your Life School.

Each Life School has a particular challenge associated with it. In the realm of hand analysis, you’re always looking for the “just right” place on the pendulum swing from one extreme to the other. It’s like your own personal Goldilocks mission, should you choose to accept it. :)

How you can use your Life School information

When things start going south, it’s usually a challenge associated with your Life Lesson (because you’re not working on it) or your Life School (because you’ve strayed from the “just right” path).

For example, in my case, as a School of Service trainee, if I’m having trouble and it’s not associated with my Lesson, I usually find that I’ve over-given and gotten resentful (one extreme in the School of Service) or retreated too far from truly being of service to my tribe into self-indulgence (the other extreme), rather than walking the win-win path of it being good for me AND good for them.

I’ve gotten much better at this over the years, particularly in the work realm, but it came back to bite me when I had my son: I went too far into self-sacrifice mode and wasn’t doing enough to take care of myself. And voilà: Instant service backlash.

I’ve learned to use my giving-receiving radar to help me stay on track with what’s working for me and what’s not. And sometimes I have to be reminded to do so — hence the opportunities created by my Life School = more chances to learn.

How your Life School is determined

Your Life School is determined by the number of a particular type of fingerprint you have to qualify for a particular school.

There are four Life Schools: Service, Love, Wisdom, and Peace.

(A funny side note is that I was initially so distracted by wanting to be in school of Wisdom that I hardly noticed how accurately the School of Service fit me! Can you say “blind spot”?)

  • The School of Service is designed to teach you the path of consciousness and about true, joyful service that is good for you and everyone around you. It requires that you master serving yourself before you can be of true service in the world. Whorl fingerprint types are associated with the School of Service.
  • The School of Love is designed to teach you the path of the heart, and about balanced, authentic emotional expression that stays current in the moment. Love students learn to value, trust, and express their emotions regardless of the perceived impact or response from other people. Loop fingerprints belong to the School of Love.
  • The School of Wisdom teaches you to honor the path of “thoughtful action” and the ability to take meaningful, conscious action rather than sitting on the fence thinking and analyzing endlessly or taking overly reckless action. The fingerprint type associated with the School of Wisdom are Tented Arches.
  • The School of Peace follows the path of the body and the physical, and gives you opportunities to explore what it means to feel safe in your body and on the planet and learn to neither rush around in adrenaline mode nor fall into a spaced out place. Arch fingerprint patterns indicate the School of Peace.

It is possible to be in more than one school, which results in a combined school. For example, someone with the qualifying number of Loop prints might also have one or more Tented Arch fingerprints, putting them in the school of “Wise Relationships.”

Remember, your Life School gives you the context for your Lesson and Purpose, and the tools you need to help you accomplish them. So while being an artist or writer might be your Life Purpose, your Life School will bring a unique flavor or theme to your work that will help clarify what you’re up to and why.

If finding your Life Purpose and Life Lesson interests you, I invite you to join me for one of my upcoming Life Purpose Breakthrough Groups or for a private hand analysis session.

Jill“I was amazed at the accuracy of my hand analysis with Jenna.”

“I was amazed at the accuracy of my hand analysis with Jenna. It really was uncanny how the reading mirrored me exactly! I’m moving in new directions now, and the timing of my hand reading was exactly right — it highlighted the major issues I’m dealing with and pointed out some I hadn’t identified yet. Knowing I am in both the schools of Service and Peace, and my life lesson and life purpose, is incredibly valuable for me in taking my next step toward Authentic Work. A truly worthwhile experience.”
~ Jill Winski, The Artist’s Nest, www.JillWinski.com

“During my hand print reading… Everything Jenna said felt true to my experience yet surprising and deeply insightful.”

“When I hear something that resonates with my inner being I get shivers through my body. During my hand print reading with Jenna last night I had dozens of shivers. Everything she said felt true to my experience yet surprising and deeply insightful. This was the exact right time for me to receive this information. I feel excited and inspired by the clarity and new paths that feel available to me now.”
~ Sherris Cottier Shank, Gem Carver, www.GemScapes.com

What is hand analysis, anyway?

So yeah. In addition to being a writer and a coach, I’m a hand analyst.

Many people assume that hand analysis is the same thing as palmistry and dismiss it without giving it much thought.

It’s not.

Hand analysis is a repeatable system of analysis created by a man named Richard Unger, author of the book Life Prints.

The fact that the system is repeatable means that — barring human error — two different hand analysts should be able to examine your hands, primarily your fingerprints, and tell you the same information. Many people therefore call it “scientific hand analysis”.

About 5 months before you are born, while you are in utero, your fingerprints form. They don’t change over the course of your lifetime. Therefore, the lifelong aspects of your “soul psychology” are determined from your fingerprints:

How I “read” your hands

When I look at your hands, I look for fingerprint markings, called dermatoglyphs, on your finger pads and on your palms. (Yes, really, you can have fingerprint patterns on your palms!)

As I examine them, I look to see what types of fingerprints you have and where they are located.

The primary types of fingerprint patterns are Whorls, Loops, Tented Arches, and Arches:

By first determining the number of the types of prints you have, I can determine which of the four Life Schools you are in (Service, Love, Wisdom, or Peace).

Then I look to see which prints are your relatively highest ranking and lowest ranking:

  • Your lowest ranking prints are combined with their specific locations to comprise your Life Lesson.
  • Your highest ranking prints with their specific locations become your Life Purpose.

For instance, someone with high ranking prints on right thumb and right ring finger would have a Life Purpose of “Successful Artist in the Spotlight“, while someone with high ranking prints on their left thumb and left ring finger would have a Life Purpose of “Innovator in the Community“.

What does it all mean?

Nominally, there are 10 different Life Purposes and Life Lessons, but once they become combined in multiples and/or with palmar dermatoglyphs, the possibilities become endless. It is also possible to have one’s purpose or lesson dictated by one’s Life School, if only one print type dominates the hand.

On top of all this, there are also Gift Markings in the hands that lend additional information to the Life Purpose picture — these are the tools that help you implement your life purpose. (Again, more on this in a future article.)

A good hand analyst will help you put it all together in a way that both makes sense and gives you usable information about how to start implementing what you’ve learned.

I find that artists, creatives, and writers particularly benefit from understanding their life purpose because of the immense validation that usually occurs. Many writers are on the fence about whether or not they “should really be writing” (ditto with artists) and I find, more often than not, that there is some validation of creative expression in the hands that helps to melt away fears, doubts, and excuses like butter on a hot pancake.

If you’d like to find out more or have your hands analyzed, consider joining one of my upcoming Life Purpose Breakthrough Group sessions or booking a private Life Purpose hand analysis session with me. All sessions are held by phone. The next Life Purpose Breakthrough Group session will be held on Thursday, March 29th, and registration closes on Thursday, March 1st (so we have time to mail your hand printing kit). Details for the group session are here.

Grace“As you showed me what’s written on my own hands, layer after layer of fears and excuses floated away.”

“Yikes! No more hiding. As you showed me what’s written on my own hands, layer after layer of fears and excuses floated away, revealing a core of certainty that now steers me true. Without our session, my inner conviction would’ve been a ghost of what it is now. Since our session, pieces keep falling into place. I’m calm and focused and excited all at once. I know my story. Thank you so much for reading me to myself.”
~ Grace Kerina, www.GraceKerina.com

Miriam“It’s like a map, an easy to follow map when I get off track.”

“I am a curious person and so when I am offered a new way of looking at myself, I usually try it out. The hand analysis I received from you actually synthesized many of the things I already knew, and gave me strategies for using my gifts and avoiding the penalties of not using them. It’s all coming together. I’m kind of freaked out about this. So, it’s a good thing you gave me strategies. There have been like 3 things that I have had a sneaking suspicions about that you just nailed. Now I know what to work on and that is a relief. It’s like a map, an easy to follow map when I get off track.”
~ Miriam Ortiz Y Pino, Organizer, www.MoreThanOrganized.net

How to (really) live your life purpose

Life purpose is a Big Deal. It’s fabulous to know what it is, finally, but then what?

I’ve heard more than a few people say that knowing their life purpose feels like this huge thing they suddenly have to live up to, and it feels so far away and overwhelming. Plus, how do they even start to get there?

I’ve come to think of life purpose as something it takes your lifetime to master and grow toward. After all, if you were done, you’d be dead, right?

Therefore, I see it as something that we must move toward — and live — incrementally. It’s something that happens with one step after the other, moving toward a culmination — a critical mass even — of steps, actions, choices, and decisions that have us embracing a new destiny.

And LIVING your life purpose means taking those steps and making those choices on a daily basis to be in alignment with who you are here to be.

Making the Choices in the Moment

Here’s what I mean:

My own life purpose picture includes Success, Leadership, Family/Community and Mass Communications.

Yesterday, I received a somewhat jumbled email list of tasks from another parent to help our preschool dealing with the sudden death of one of their teachers. I was a little overwhelmed by it and was trying to figure out how and if I wanted to help. As I contemplated the list, it became clear to me that the reason I was overwhelmed was that there was no plan to get the results we wanted (success) and no clear authority leading the charge (leadership).

I thought, “This project needs a leader.” And then, “I’m a leader. I’ll do it.”

I checked with myself first to make sure I wasn’t just seeing a need and filling it, but consciously deciding how I wanted to participate so I didn’t fall into the School of Service trap of self-sacrifice. Then I went for it.

What was so fabulous about this was having an opportunity to use my organizational and online skills to create ways for our community to communicate, succeed at creating the outcomes we wanted, and to be a leader while doing so. And voilà, I was living my purpose.

Don’t Fall Into the “It’s Too Hard” Trap

Living your life purpose is about making the smaller choices on a daily basis and seeing them through. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to pull off the whole shebang at once. Yes, you’ll want to aim for that ultimate outcome of your purpose, but you’ll also want to be living it along the way.

A little bit at a time will be just fine, thank you very much.

Your Turn

What does this inspire for you? Let us know on the blog.

 

 Jenna

Coming Attractions

~> Ongoing. My Protection & Grounding Jewelry is on close-out. Only a few items are left. Find them here.

~> January 23rd, 2012. The next session of my Writer’s Circle starts. Sign up here. Get my Free Writing Tips series too, and receive a coupon for a savings on your first 4 week session.

~> February 2, 2012. Start the new year fresh with your life purpose clear in your mind. My next life purpose breakthrough group session in on February 2. Details. SOLD OUT.

 

What I'm Up To

~> Ongoing. Writing in the ProSeries class at ScreenwritingU, which was just named the #1 screenwriting class by InkTip.

~> Daily and especially Fridays. Sacred writing time. The Do Not Disturb sign is up.

~> Getting back into the swing of things after time off. :)

Align your day job with your creative destiny

Being trapped between a “day job” and your true creative destiny can be awkward.

It doesn’t have to be.

All too often, having a “day job” or “support job” looks like doing work you don’t enjoy in the name of paying the bills, while you pursue your true creative calling on the side.

In a more optimal scenario it looks like doing work you enjoy, ideally closely akin to your creative work.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to be a “real” writer. You probably know that already. *grin*

And for a while it felt like my coaching business was preventing me from doing that.

What I’ve since learned is that I was the only one stopping myself from pursuing my creative writing, and I had to make a few adjustments to change my relationship with my business to make my writing life a priority.

Inner & Outer Adjustments

Here’s what I mean:

  1. I had to start seeing myself as a writer and believing that my creative destiny and future success lies in that direction.
  2. I had to reorganize the structure of my days and life around my writing.
  3. I had to start thinking of my coaching business as my day job — luckily one that I like very much, and fully intend to keep doing — but one that is not the only center of my universe.
  4. I had redesign my business model to be more in alignment with my writing so it didn’t feel like such a departure from my own creative work (hence my Writer’s Circle and my focus on creativity over sensitivity, though that’s still part of the mix).

Ideal Support Job Alignment Checklist

Some things to take into consideration:

  • Make sure your support job pays well. Support jobs are Good Things, because they give you breathing room, usually financially, so you can pursue your creative destiny free from needing to rely on it to keep a roof over your head. (Not setting it up this way = a recipe for feeling creatively blocked if I ever heard one. I made this mistake when I first started my coaching business.)
  • Make sure your support job leaves enough time and energy that you feel like you have the bandwidth left to pursue your creative work. Support jobs are Good Things only when they work for you, so check to make sure your “day job” is truly supporting your creative work. If it is draining and deadening you, it’s time for a recalibration. Having a good support job that feels good to you can make all the difference in the energy, spirit, and passion you’re able to bring to your creative work.
  • Ideally, make sure your support job is aligned with your creative work. In an ideal world, your support job will match or resonate with your creative work. If it’s not, can you make any adjustments? Your spirit will be so much happier.

Your Turn

What about you? If you have a “day job,” is it working for you? How well is it aligned with your creative destiny? Are you inspired to anything shift about it? Let us know in the comments.

 Jenna

Coming Attractions

~> December 26th, 2011. The next session of my Writer’s Circle starts — come rain, come shine, come holidays! Sign up here. Get my Free Writing Tips series too, and receive a coupon for a savings on your first 4 week session.

~> January 26th, 2012. Start the new year fresh with your life purpose clear in your mind. My next life purpose breakthrough group session in on January 26th, time of day TBA. Details. Registration deadline: December 29th.

 

What I'm Up To

~> Ongoing. Writing in the ProSeries class at ScreenwritingU. Still critiquing (and learning tons!)

~> Daily and especially Fridays. Sacred writing time. The Do Not Disturb sign is up.

Listen to Dreamification Radio: Claiming Your Creative Identity

Here’s the audio link for listening to the recording of my Dreamification Radio show on claiming your creative identity.

We covered some great topics and questions, including:

  • How to create sacred writing time for yourself
  • How to being sensitive and creative can be intertwined
  • How to find a big enough “umbrella vision” for your creative work
  • Getting your creative work into the world
  • Dealing with naysayers and finding a circle of support.

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Shortly after recording this broadcast, I was informed that Radio Lightworker will not be continuing, so this broadcast is unedited (you’ll hear me mentioning that I’ll edit out some logistical bits, thanks for your patience with that). It’s also my last broadcast, at least in this form. :) Enjoy.

If you’d like support around claiming YOUR creative identity, I’m offering a powerful class next Tuesday, June 28th on claiming and integrating your new identity. This is a perfect support for anyone wanting to move into new behavior and stepping up into a higher vision of yourself and your life purpose. Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

One of the things I absolutely LOVE about doing life purpose work is that no matter where you go, there you are.

You simply cannot escape yourself, no matter how much you might want to. This is both hard news and good news, in my opinion.

Here’s why:

You cannot escape your lessons.

You cannot escape the challenges, struggles, and growth you signed up for. There will always be more opportunities to learn, to grow, to do better. To be a better human.

Similarly, you cannot escape your destiny.

You cannot escape the truth, beauty, wisdom, and power of who you really are. It will always find you.

You have the choice.

You have the opportunity to choose to meet your lessons and your destiny consciously and head on. You can make the most of them, or not. But there will always be chances to choose. When one door closes, another one opens.

 

I’m opening a door today if you’d like to walk through it with me and meet your destiny with your eyes wide open. There are still 2 spaces available in my Intuition & Inner Wisdom Group and in my Creativity Group for my Life Purpose Breakthrough Sessions. Registration CLOSES tonight, May 12th at Midnight Eastern Time. Register here to reserve your spot to find your Life Lesson and Life Purpose and find your way to where you belong in the world.

 

Free TeleCall & Chat: The Truth About Finding & Living Your Life Purpose

TOMORROW, Thursday,  May 12th from 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific / 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern, I’m hosting a free TeleCall and Live Chat to celebrate and share with you about:

* The Truth About Finding & Living Your Life Purpose *

On the call, I’ll be talking about what it means to find and live your life purpose, why it’s not the panacea it appears to be, but why it’s also one of the most inspiring and motivating pieces of information you can have in your life tool kit.

I’ll also be sharing 3 inspiring questions you can use to help you stay on track with living your life purpose, and a bit about hand analysis — the powerful technology I use to illuminate your Life Purpose — how it works and why I think it’s the best way to discover your Life Purpose I’ve seen (and I’ve explored many methods).

But most of all, I’ll be answering YOUR questions about figuring out your Life Purpose and getting back on track with what you were put here to do.

You don’t need to register to join in. Just call in at the right time and you’ll be able to listen to me sharing — and answering your questions — about how to live your Life Purpose.

Here’s how to participate:

Join the conference call by phone:

Dial: (712) 432-0075
Access Code: 182231#

Or

Join the conference call with Skype:

Step 1 Add “freeconferencing” to Skype contacts
Step 2 Click Dial to call the conference
Step 3 Locate the Key Pad and enter access code when prompted

Then

Join the live chat by going to this page on my website:
https://calledtowrite.com/livechat

To ask questions, and participate in the chat, you’ll need to enter a username. You’ll also need to have JavaScript enabled on your computer.

Here’s what to do in the meantime:

1. Mark this in your calendar so you remember to come at 10 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, May 12th (that’s 11 Mountain, 12 noon Central, 1 Eastern, 6 GMT)

and

2. Get ready with your questions about Life Purpose, Life, the Universe and Everything.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Warmly,

Jenna

p.s. The call will be recorded so if you miss it I’ll be posting it later on my blog. If you can’t attend live, you don’t need to do anything except check my blog for the audio a little later in the day.

p.p.s. To be fair, I also want to remind you that Thursday, May 12th (tomorrow) is the last day to register for one of my Life Purpose Breakthrough Groups, so if figuring out YOUR Life Purpose is on your agenda, you’ll want to sign up now at https://calledtowrite.com/lifepurposeoptions

Ending the Struggle and Facing the Fear

I’ve been thinking a lot about “ending the struggle against yourself” and “not being so hard on yourself” because that ranked so highly in my recent poll.

And as I was reviewing my morning pages today as part of an Artist’s Way exercise, it struck me that the struggle against ourselves is really all about avoiding our fears.

And from there I saw the massively, insanely clear connection between the ways I struggle with myself and my own life lesson, which is “Trusting my Creativity.”

The same thing is true with ALL the ways I struggle with myself. I struggle with myself around behaviors I wish I wouldn’t do — but they are all just creative blocks in disguise.

Here’s what I mean:

In my own case, a lot of my struggles with myself are around falling into feeling apathetic — a classic creative block. I feel like, “I don’t care,” or “It doesn’t matter,” or “I don’t really want to do it anyway,” so… I get stuck on taking action on my creative dreams.

But what’s really going on when I feel apathetic is that I am actually feeling the raw, naked fear — which to my body feels like a core survival fear — of going into my creativity and seeing what happens.

My fear has a lot of stories about what that might look like. (They aren’t pretty.)

But my heart and spirit have an entirely different story.

(I’m reminded here of my teacher Sonia saying, “Get a new story.”)

The story of my heart and spirit is this:

You are a writer.

You are an artist.

You are here to express yourself creatively and to be received for your creative expression.

You were born to do this.

If you are a creative soul struggling with creative blocks, perhaps you’ll take heart from my Artist’s Way and True Spirit Work inspired affirmation, “I courageously pursue my artistic passions, no matter what, pain, doubt, or terror I might face in the process.”

How Does This Play Out For You?

I’d love to hear from you about:

  • How do you struggle against yourself?
  • What fear are you avoiding facing?
  • What’s the new story you want to be telling yourself?

If you think you might just be in the eensy teensy tiniest bit of struggle against yourself, come and find out what your life lesson is (and your purpose!), once and for all. It’s like having the secret code that will help you unlock and unleash yourself from the inside out. Amen to that, sistah! Join one of my Life Purpose Breakthrough Groups (only one spot left in the Big Vision Group) and get your head on straight with what’s really going on so you can bust yourself on your blocks and get a move on with your Big Dreams. Finally. What a relief! Registration ends May 12th (that’s this Thursday, people).

 

Coming Attractions

~> May 10th, 2011. My Artist’s Way Accountability & Support Group continues. Details.

~>May 26th to May 28th, 2011. Attending Andrea J. Lee’s Wealthy Thought Leader event via simulcast.

~>May 28th, 2011. Next broadcast of my Dreamification Radio show on Radio Lightworker. Details. Listen from anywhere in the world to this Internet radio show.

~>June 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 2011. My brand new Life Purpose Breakthrough Group event series for getting you back on track with what you were put here to do will be happening on June 9th, 16th, and 23rd — but you have to register now (by May 12th). Three groups are available: Intuition & Inner Wisdom, Creativity and Big Vision. Only 4 spots available in each group. Is one of them yours? Find out more here.

 

The Secret Magic of Your Life Lesson

On your quest to discover your Life Purpose, do not overlook the magic that is your Life Lesson.

Your Life Lesson Is What You Are Here to Teach

I firmly believe in the adage that “you teach what you are here to learn.”

Your Life Lesson is the perfect insight to exactly what it is that you’ve signed up to master in this lifetime.

The skills, knowledge, and training that you need to help you overcome your own bête noir will masterfully support you to help other people with their own struggles, whether you help them literally and directly as a teacher or through another means, like through your creative work and how that work affects and heals them.

Your Life Lesson can and should be a central part of your Right Work.

Use Your Life Lesson to Unlock Your Life Purpose

Understanding your Life Lesson is actually the secret key to “unlocking” your Life Purpose.

What does that mean, unlocking?

Each of us is born to a certain task — a certain way of being and taking action in the world. This is your Life Purpose — the Big Thing, that when fulfilled, puts you in a place of true alignment with yourself and your inner Essence.

Once you discover what that is, you can set out on a course of pursuing it, of making it a central theme in your life, and of organizing your Right Work around it.

But interestingly enough, you’ll find that your Life Lesson will keep cropping up along the way, tripping you up, causing challenges, and generally throwing you off course, but when you “exalt” your life lesson, which means that you treat it almost as if it is your life purpose, you’ll find that it can become your greatest ally.

In other words, you want to discover what the inverse of your life lesson would be, and do that.

Here’s an example:

Deborah‘s life lesson is “Time, Money, & Integrity Issues.” The exalted form of that lesson is to become a Businessperson.

Her life purpose is “Visionary Healer,” but in order to fully embrace and develop her vision and her healing ability, she will not only need to clean up her time, money, and integrity responsibilities, but she’ll ultimately also want to devote some energy to becoming a masterful businesswoman as well.

That’s when her visionary healing abilities will really take off.

Exalting your lesson is what truly allows you to embrace your life purpose.

Your Life Lesson Is Your Blind Spot

Anytime you find yourself faltering with achieving your purpose or your Big Dreams, look to your lesson.

Your life lesson is your blind spot. You won’t know you’re doing it to yourself unless you really learn to watch for the red flags and be alert to the signals that your life lesson is coming on.

Even advanced students of life are still working on their life lessons. (Remember what I said last time? If you were done, you’d be dead. :) )

Here are some general red flags for you:

  • What do you often like to say you’ve already solved or mastered? Big red flag. “Methinks the lady doth protest too much.”
  • What do you find yourself getting pissed off at other people for? Again with the red flag. “You spot it, you got it.”
  • What repeated challenges do you find yourself bumping into again and again (and again)? Look carefully, there are variations on the theme that can LOOK like something else, but then wham, turns out it’s that same old thing. Another red flag. “Here we go again.”

Once you’ve had your hands analyzed, you’ll discover the specific red flags that show up for your particular life lesson (or combination of lessons), and you’ll be able to pinpoint it with an eagle eye, for ease of transformation.

Bottom line, remember the power and importance of your Life Lesson and how it can guide, impact, and unleash your life when given its proper due.

If finding your Life Purpose and Life Lesson interests you, I invite you to join me for one of my upcoming Life Purpose Breakthrough Groups or for a private hand analysis session.

 

What is Your Life Purpose?

If you’re like most seekers I know, you want to know what you are “supposed” to do. “Why am I here?” you ask. You want to know what will finally feel “right” and be truly fulfilling to you. You know you are here to DO something, but you can’t quite name it or put your finger on it.

If you’re like most creative seekers I know, you probably even have lots of ideas about what you could do, and you’re multi-talented enough to do them all. But every time you start heading down one particular path, you circle back around, not wanting to leave any one out, and not wanting to make a mistake. You want to “specialize” but you don’t want to miss anything.

So what do you do?

Discovering your Life Purpose (and your Life Lesson — more about that in a future post) is the most powerful foundation to establish when it comes to getting clear about who you are and to getting back on track with what you were put here to do.

But what IS a Life Purpose?

I define Life Purpose as what it is that you were put here to do. It is your raison d’etre — your reason for being. It is what you signed up to do in this lifetime, in this incarnation. It is the “thing,” that when fulfilled, will give you the greatest sense of life satisfaction and a deep sense of inner rightness.

In The Life You Were Born to Live, author and numerologist Dan Millman says, “People from all walks of life share an innate drive for meaning, direction, and purpose. This drive to understand our life purpose seems as important to our psychological growth as eating is to our biological survival.”

Millman also says, “Our life purpose — what we’re here to do — is not what comes easiest.” (I agree.) He describes the journey to our personal summit as one fraught with challenges and tests, but that when we reach it, we “experience the fulfillment of our personal destiny.”

Richard Unger, author of Life Prints and founder of the International Institute of Hand Analysis writes, “Knowing your life purpose means being clear about your big picture: what your life has amounted to so far and where things are headed. . . . your life purpose is your right life, your reason for being. Finding and living your life purpose is the single most important thing you can ever do.”

Unger also talks about how your life purpose is the consciousness you bring to your endeavors, as well as being a road map you can follow when making choices in your life about career as well as family and friends.

Your life purpose is:

  • Your calling to the highest level of personal expression you can experience and a road map to personal fulfillment.
  • A guide to the most meaningful way you make a powerful contribution to the world. Just imagine the planetary level of healing that would occur if every single person in the world were living their true life purpose.
  • Something you’ll work to fulfill through the course of your life. I like to say, “If you were done, you’d be dead.” A little harsh perhaps, but personally I like the notion that I have my lifetime to master this task. Takes a little of the pressure off. :)

Your life purpose is NOT:

  • A specific career or business (though it can point to one).
  • A way out of doing the work and facing the challenges you are here to face (but it can make them easier to unravel).
  • Specific to your circumstances — you can live your life purpose regardless of what you do, where you live, or what your personal circumstances are.

We are each designed to play a specific role. Knowing what it is will call you forth in a new way you have never quite imagined.

My experience is that when my clients hear their life purpose as I read it to them from their fingerprints, they say, “Ah. Yes. That feels right.”

It is as though they knew it all along (of course they did), but having it reflected to them from the outside is deeply validating in a way that is hard to experience through any other means of analysis.

If finding your Life Purpose and Life Lesson interests you, I invite you to join me for one of my upcoming Life Purpose Breakthrough Groups or for a private hand analysis session.