The awakening mind and heart are increasingly aware that it is possible to live with a sense of purpose that permeates one's life and reflects the spiritual origins of being human. Generally, this sense of purpose is defined in terms of a comprehensive goal or direction that we wish life to take. And yet a sense of purpose must also, of necessity, reside in little things, in the ways in which we go about the ordinary activities of our days, for the larger goal contains the smaller events, holding these as building blocks of what shall be.
The sense of purpose is a bridge between the physical reality we know and the spiritual reality we are awakening to. Its presence reflects a deepening conviction that the spiritual world and the physical world interpenetrate each other and that both coexist, even in relation to the smallest, least significant actions we take. In relation to these, purpose becomes ‘intention', and is manifested in the ways in which we hold our decisions to act.
For example, suppose that we decide that at such-and-such a time we will call a friend and make plans in our schedule to do so. And supposing that close to that time, something else crosses our path that becomes time-consuming and we lose our way – we forget that we had intended to make the phone call at that particular time. And so we make it later on, thinking that there is no real difference between one time and another since in the end, we will have had the conversation that we intended to have.
From a practical standpoint this may be true. Nevertheless, from a spiritual and energetic standpoint, the situation is more complex. For there is a stream of spiritual energy that becomes liberated by a thought or intention to do something – even something as simple as making a phone call. Once the intention is established in our awareness, it becomes an imprint upon the universe of interactive energy in which all beings and all consciousness is connected. When we intend something, we create a mental and energetic link with this universal matrix of incipient life. Therefore, though it may make no difference to our friend whether we call one hour earlier or later and no real difference to the conversation itself, in terms of the law of energy and the ways in which we interact with the spiritual universe, it may make a difference. The flow of energy outward from thought to action, when smooth and uninterrupted, enables us to participate creatively in life and to manifest our intentions in a more effective way.
The effect of a flow that we set in motion by following through with a thought that then leads to action is powerful, creating greater effects than an energy flow in which intention is fragmented. This does not relate so much to time, for in many cases other activities may intervene in our accomplishing what we set out to do. Rather, it relates to consciousness – the degree to which we hold our sense of purpose with conviction and awareness. Such a conviction reflects a choice to participate in the matrix of life with full intentionality. This occurs not simply through the content of what we do or the arena in which we make a contribution, but also through the power of intention, translated into the ways in which we move from impulse to action.
For some people, a sense of purpose about small things is ill-defined, and many small things are deemed too trivial or unimportant to give much attention to. While this is a commonly held attitude even for ‘spiritual’ people, it is not the way of the invisible world in which all action ripples out with myriad effects, both seen and unseen. All action has vibration and may create consequences of vastly different proportions than the tiny point from which it starts.
For other people, a sense of purpose may appear to be in conflict with a wish for ease in life - a wish to not feel pressured by having to do things according to a particular schedule or expectation. In this context, responsibility for greater awareness in each moment may be seen as detracting from this ease. The attitude of letting go and letting be is, of course, a significant part of participating in God's reality. Yet, the flow of life is twofold. It is outer, in the sense that life brings to us circumstances and people with whom we may interact with benefit to all; and it is inner, bringing to us the initial impulses toward action that derive from our deeper spiritual center. These impulses, when present, ask of our embodied self that we translate them into physical reality.
To live as a soul requires attention to both the outer and the inner flow of spiritual causality. The flow of time and circumstance define the outer realm of causality; the sense of purpose and intention, generated by the soul, define the inner realm. Since we are here as co-creators with God in life, what we create happens through our ability to move gracefully with the flow of outer life, while giving expression to the flow of inner life, derived from the God-self within.
To be a co-creator is a sacred responsibility, for it involves recognizing the impact that we have upon the universe at all times. This responsibility can be held with a sense of peace, however. For peace is generated from within and is not based on the need to remain unconscious of our impact on life, but on the ways in which we hold our consciousness. There is the peace of inner silence and absorption in what is beyond time and space. And there is the peace that is generated by embracing the spiritual life coursing through us. To experience the first, the peace of the soul, no activity is needed, only being, only awareness. To experience the second, the peace of the embodied self, one must become a participant, with God, in the great flow of life, establishing the good that we seek to establish with utmost clarity, and taking our place within the family of man with a sense of purpose governed by the highest intention to serve the good of the whole.
Julie Redstone is a teacher, writer, and founder of Light Omega , a center for spiritual teaching and healing in Western Massachusetts. The purpose of Light Omega is to create an understanding of the sacred transition into light that the earth is presently going through and the changes this will bring to individual and planetary consciousness.