This is a guest post by Miruh over at Spiritual Healing Journey which is the only blog listed on my blogroll (so far at least). She writes as an insider on all things spiritual and healing, with care, sensitivity and internalized wisdom.

Do you guess I have some intricate purpose?
Well I have, for the Fourth-month showers have,
and the mica on the side of a rock has.

Do you take it I would astonish?

Does the daylight astonish? does the early redstart twittering
through the woods?
Do I astonish more than they?

This hour I tell things in confidence,
I might not tell everybody, but I will tell you.

Who goes there? hankering, gross, mystical, nude;
How is it I extract strength from the beef I eat?

What is a man anyhow? what am I? what are you?

All I mark as my own you shall offset it with your own.
Else it were time lost listening to me.

Taken from Song of Myself,
Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman

What Is Your Purpose

I was at a spiritual retreat where the retreat leader told  this story when people complained about having to pitch in to help out with doing dishes or cleaning:

There was  a club in which only the elite of the country could attend. To be a club member you had to agree to participate in all the various roles that allowed for the smooth running of the many parties that were hosted by the club. At each party the participants played a different role from the previous one. These roles included being the butler, the valet, the maid, the dishwasher, the cook, the bathroom attendant and the master of ceremonies. To ensure that each occasion was a success and that everyone was able to enjoy the evening, the participants who helped to host the parties took their roles very seriously. Although in their regular lives they never had to do the tasks they did at the club, they welcomed the opportunity to serve in the way that was assigned to them for the evening. Each person held an important position in their community, but at this club, it did not matter how great their standing, they did whatever was required of them, no matter how lowly, for the sake of the enjoyment of all.

I like this teaching story; this world is like the elite club as we are all great beings. What we do does not make us greater or lesser than others. For many of us, we wish that we had some special purpose in life. I like to think that everyone’s role is a special purpose. Even this blog is dependent on so many others.  I would not have the privilege of writing this post without the hard work of all the people who made it possible: the person who invented the computer, right down to the person in the micro-chip assembly department, the blogging software designers, etc.

In response to a question from a student who asked him if he should renounce his home, the spiritual master Ramana Maharshi said, “If that had been your destiny, the question would not have arisen.” It intrigues me when reading biographies of people who are famous that most often these people have felt driven to do what they have accomplished, and have had synchronistic experiences of being at the right place at the right time to meet the people who were instrumental in making their careers happen.

I believe in reincarnation and I like to think that if, for example, someone was a great leader in a past life, they  would welcome the opportunity to have some down time in the following one. So if you are fretting about your purpose because you have stirrings of past glory in your soul, a long to-do list, maybe it’s your turn to just take it easy in this life.

Perhaps our special purpose is the one right in front of us. Why not make it a special one for yourself and all those whose lives are connected to your purpose. The highest purpose of all though, is getting to know the truth of who you are, asking, Who Am I? Many of us who are asking ourselves what our purpose is, are also looking for our purpose in order to feel fulfilled from engaging in that. On the contrary, it is when we already feel fulfilled that we are truly able to serve from our highest potential. Getting in touch with our own truth, feeling fulfillment from within, is our main purpose.

Miruh is an acupressure therapist who lives in British Columbia, Canada. She writes about spirituality for a general audience. She synthesizes the wisdom teachings of eastern mysticism from her many years of study in meditation, Yoga and Buddhist philosophy. Her blog posts give insights on how to bring spiritual awareness to daily life. She relates stories from her own life and invites her readers to come to know the value of the spiritual healing journey to live life fully and joyfully.

What Is Your Purpose