Week 4 -The Road’s A Little Rocky

This has been a tougher week for me.

These last few weeks all we students have been refining our purpose for the course and for our lives. As I mentioned earlier, this is pretty heady stuff, not to be taken lightly.  After all, this is a six-month commitment that requires about an hour of work every day so, you bet I want to maximize my effort and make sure I know what I want.

We’re fortunate in this process by having a Certified Guide to light the way.  He’s been nudging me in no uncertain terms to demand more of myself.  This last week I was encouraged to take another look at my purpose; to explore further its ramifications.  This after I thought I had really refined it very well and I was feeling pretty good about it.  I have to tell you, I was not happy about his point of view.  I was in an uproar; I was protesting; I was … wanting to be right. Ouch!  That’s not who I want to be.  So once I had vented for a while I started the process of re-examining what the needs and desires for myself truly are.

I felt a little like the guy in Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.  There I was, pushed out of my comfort zone, forcing myself to look again at what is important to me and asking myself what is it I am avoiding and seeking answers from a source higher than my habit-prone, what’s for dinner, everyday self.

I was off balance. I was unpleasant. I was grouchy and I didn’t much like being me for a few days.  Then, I began to see more clearly.  The indistinct shapes of my purpose began to come into sharper focus and I have come to realize that my life’s purpose has never changed. I want to develop my awareness to the highest degree I can.  What I’ve been coming to recognize in the last few years is that which Haanel also underscores in The Master Keys: service to others is the highest form of spiritual expression.

So, in a nutshell, my purpose is to take care of myself so I can take care of others.

 

 

 

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Heather C.

I too have had my share of rough days! Always happier on the other side of them too!

Terrence G Neraasen

Great post Andrew. I am not sorry about getting you in an uproar, though happy to see you came through with flying colours. And Lisa’s comment is indicative we are connected and a true mastermind! You are doing an amazing job all round.

Lisa Louise Lindsey

Funny, we both used the rocky road analogy this week!

masterkeystevem

I know exactly how you feel Andrew. I think you expressed the sentiment very well. Love your last line

josette millar

Isn’t it through tough times that we grow the most? It seems to be clearly what happened.
Congrats.

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