Purpose is not a singular block of matter that you put into your pocket or hang on the wall. It's more like a realm of consciousness and action that has many layers. At every layer of consciousness and action, you will find different aspects of purpose. All of these layers and activities emanate from a definitive core, which we can liken to the heart. Here is the deep teaching, however: You must live FULLY at every layer. Once you have penetrated that layer, mastered it or been mastered BY it, you allow it to fall off and die.
In the journey of life, you must prepare yourself to go from being an expert to a novice and repeat that process again and again. Remember elementary school? You finally reached 6th grade and achieved super star status. But it only lasted one year. Then, you were thrust into middle school and reduced to dust... Just like that! The same thing happened when you graduated middle school, and again when you graduated high school and then again when you graduated college. If you're committed to a meaningful life, this pattern of expansion, climax and dissolution will continue endlessly.
As you maintain your commitment to living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve, you will be drawn irresistibly into deeper and deeper layers of your purpose. Sounds cool, right? So why isn't everybody living the medicine? Because it HURTS like hell. The layers of consciousness and activity that I mentioned before are fond memories and loving encounters with great people in wonderful place. As they fall away and die, you will definitely feel hurt and varying degrees of loss. Most people stop there and settle into mediocrity. Don't let it happen to you!
Here are three practices that will help you experience how penetrating the layers of purpose is pleasurable:
Live the Medicine
Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.