by Nick Andrea
I’ve been trying to understand my purpose in the world since I was, like, 16 – ever since I first awoke to there being something greater than myself. After so many years, however, I still feel no closer to the answer. Yet, this is not uncommon. The most incredible clinical massage therapist I know is 52 and still has no clue what he wants to do with his life.
There is one clue I have found, however, that clarifies it: the dawning of awareness within me. Awareness, also referred to as presence or consciousness, became my purpose the moment I first experienced it. When I discover something so wonderful, so liberating, I naturally want to share it with the world, because liberation is, after all, what I want.
My purpose, therefore, is to awaken consciousness in the world of form. While that may sound vague because it’s more abstract than, say, working with UNICEF to alleviate hunger in western Uganda, I feel it is actually very important to stay focused on the abstract goal. This is because the method through which consciousness is communicated belongs to the world of form, thus, it changes. So, the method is not the goal because the goal belongs to the formless realm, which never changes. Moreover, the method can even become a point of ego and attachment, which will distract from the overall goal.
So, I think if I stay focused on it the path will reveal itself before my feet, one step at a time.