Almost three years ago now this question prompted a complete change of trajectory in my life. At that time I was happy enough but I just couldn’t connect with the words. I had an inherent inner knowing that there were possibilities beyond my current experience that could be even more fulfilling. What exactly at that point I didn’t know but what I did know was that if I wanted to bring about change I needed to set the intention to do so.
What followed was a series of synchronistic events or happy accidents, some painful, some joyful. It was like a winding road that had unexpected twists and turns, the destination clouded by mist. There were many times when tension rose up in me, my warning system going off to alert me that I was in danger. How clever and also limiting our human condition is. As I continued to stay true to my path my inner compass grew stronger. What started as a whisper became clear and then loud. It felt exponential at points where the energy and momentum was carrying me forwards. Then just when I congratulate my path finding skills I fall into a ditch I hadn’t seen coming. I’ve learned quite a few things along my journey:
It’s not about force – I have an inbuilt tendency to want to push. Believing that I have to make things happen through will and effort. I recognise that this is somewhat dysfunctional and that by being in the creative orientation the actions come from a place of power rather than force. I don’t mean sitting back and doing nothing, there is still action to take. When I’ve shifted my focus in this way things unfold naturally.
Intention – it all starts with setting the intention, building the energy from there and holding the end result through to completion. It’s knowing what you want as an outcome without being attached to the way in which you get there, or exactly the specifics of what that outcome might look like. By allowing breath and expansion into what I’m creating I’ve been able to bring about new opportunities and experiences that are beyond what I could have expected.
Remaining true to my heart – there have been times when I’ve been conflicted about what I think I should be doing, what I think other people think I should be doing, and what my heart is telling me to do. At those times it can be really confusing as to what to do for the best. What I’ve found is that if I can quieten the inner chatter long enough to connect with my heart then it becomes clear. By remaining true to my desires and aspirations and my true purpose I have inner confidence that despite the conflicting thoughts, I’m on my true path.
It’s not about falling off the path, but about getting back on – one of the best decisions I’ve ever made is to have a great coach. We all suffer from the human condition and we all have blind spots. The greatest challenge we all face is getting back on the path when we fall off. Having a great coach absolutely helps with getting realigned and back on your way.
Find your tribe – it takes vulnerability, courage, will, and focus to do the deep inner work that brings about an awakened consciousness. Inevitably on that journey we are going to face our shadow, and whilst that is part of our growth, it can be incredibly uncomfortable. Find a tribe of people walking that same path and somehow it just gets that little bit easier and a little bit less lonely. I’ve met some amazing open-hearted, big loving people on this journey and feel incredibly grateful for the deep connections I’ve made.
For the past year and a half since Joyful Mind’s inception I’ve been holding space for my mission to emerge, to become clearer. I do now have greater clarity on what that is.
I create soulful spaces where magic can happen. What I mean by that is spaces where people are able to connect with their spiritual soul and express their true nature and purpose to live in an aligned way, and in doing so become transformed in some way. Whether that be individually in coaching, in a group in circle or ceremony, or in organisations (where I support others to do so).
I’m sure that this mission will continue to grow and evolve as I do. We are always changing, always vibrating, always in the ebb and flow of life. When I say these words it feels pretty bold and yet I also feel it in my bones, the way that truth has a ring to it.
I invite you now to ponder on the question, is your mission your passion?