I remember when I was in the depths of trying to work out what I was here to do I would look at other people who were living “their purpose” and assumed that they must have always known unwaveringly. Been 100% certain. No doubts. No questions. Smooth sailing. Let’s get this show on the road.
From the outside looking in, they made the whole thing look EASY. Like they got this singing telegram from God one morning revealing in minute detail exactly what they were put on this planet to do and were given a copy of it which they could refer to just to be sure.
They didn’t talk about the fact that they doubted themselves constantly, felt unqualified, fearful and never quite ready. Or how they spent months, years, sometimes even decades, secretly waiting for some kind of external validation or permission.
If you’re in that place where you are trying to work out what to devote your life to, or even how to start aligning your life towards it, here’s what I want to say to you:
Your soul is always calling you. It doesn’t call on the telephone and it rarely ever shouts. Your soul calls in whispers, in subtle feelings, niggles and yearnings. Your soul calls in enthusiasm, in jealously, in what pisses you off and in what makes you shit scared.
But the quickest and easiest way I know to find your soul’s calling is to follow the trail of things that light you up.
It sounds so simple and that’s because it is. The trick is to do it with no attachment to the outcome, without trying to figure out where it will lead you… To simply follow what lights you up and then lose yourself in the doing. Your mind will make you believe it must be much much harder than that. It will demand an instruction manual, an end destination and a step by step guide. But soul callings don’t work like that.
When you follow what lights you up and lose yourself in the doing two things happen:
1. You turn on your inner light (i.e. your soul and spirit is activated)
2. You light up the world in a way that only you can (because what lights you up will be completely different to what lights anyone else up).
When you follow what lights you up you are in your spirit. When you are in your spirit you are in flow with the Universe. When you are in flow with the universe your life is in alignment. When your life is in alignment you are living the life that you were born to live AND even better, the life that ONLY you can live.
The triple bonus: When you follow what lights you up you light up the world with your presence. When you light up the world with your presence you automatically inspire others to connect with their own inner light. I.e your light is contagious.
Work your light: So what lights you up? Let me know in the comments below.
It can be as simple as flowers or dancing or chanting or writing. Incorporate the things that light you up into your day so that before you know it your whole life is filled with things that light you up.
And if you feel called to serve the world by being you, check out my online course and community for writers, artists, speakers, creatives and soul-led entrepreneurs, Work Your Light, here.