Are You Doing Your Soulís Work?

I just took a workshop with†Sera Beak, the badass, spiritual cowgirl and author of†The Red Book. In the workshop, Sera asked us to do an exercise she learned from Katherine Woodward Thomas and Claire Zammit, and Iíd like to invite you to do a variation on the same exercise, because I found it so profound.

Exercise #1

Grab your journal or a sheet of paper and write down five things youíd like to achieve before you kick the bucket. Donít think too hard. Just write.

(Do this before reading on. Promise you will!)

Exercise #2

Now close your eyes and tap into your†Inner Pilot Light.† Take a few deep breaths and feel that Divine spark in you, that 100% radiant core essence of you, the part of you some might call your soul. Feel into that part of you. Let that part of you course through your blood vessels and embody your human form. Trust that essence. Fan your flames.

Now from that place, write down the answer to this question:

What does my soul (or Inner Pilot Light) long to experience in this life?

Exercise #3

Staying in that same tapped in, tuned in, intuitive, embodied space, answer the next question:

What does my soul (or Inner Pilot Light) long to express in this life?

Exercise #4

And finally, staying in touch with this essence of you, answer this last question.

What one actionable thing can I do this week to help my soul (or Inner Pilot Light) experience and express what it longs to experience and express?

What My Soul Longs To Do

Through doing these exercises, I got uber clear on the fact that my Inner Pilot Light longs to help other people experience and express their†Inner Pilot Lights. So many people seem to be floundering in this world, untethered, lonely, disconnected, out of touch with the authentic core of who they are. In my opinion, this soul loss is the epidemic sweeping our nation, resulting in divorce, spiritual disconnection, disease, and any other number of traumas.

For me, this is Sacred Medicine, this process of helping people rediscover their soul, learning to tap in, trusting their inner guidance, and recognizing that every one of us holds within us a little piece of Divinity, and because of this, we are all precious and perfect and worthy and loved.

Your Soulís Work

Thatís what came up for me. But what came up for you? Did you notice whether the second, third, and fourth exercises differed vastly from the five goals you wrote out in the first exercise? Are you really focusing on what your soul longs to do? Are you really doing†your soulís work in the world? Or are you being driven by your ego (who I call Victoria in my case and who you can read about here)?

Share what came up for you if youíre feeling brave. Tell us your answers to the four exercises in the comments below.

Soulfully yours,


Lissa Rankin, MD: Creator of the health and wellness communities† and†, author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013),†TEDx speaker, and Health Care Evolutionary.†Join her newsletter list for free guidance on healing yourself, and check her out on†Twitter and†Facebook.



Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga3 years ago


Lisa Lungul
Lisa Lungul4 years ago

Thank you for this exercise. I just realized that goals aren't necessarily something you want to "do" but rather something you want to "be". I've been stumped on this goal thing (aka bucket list) for years but now can stive to be better instead of towards something or go somewhere.

Rachel R.
Rachel R.4 years ago

strangely enough I found it hard to write 5 things, because all my inner self wants is peace & contentment and to express love and all it needs to do that is sit and find my inner quiet. At the moment that feels pretty easy so I could really only come up with two things on my list.

Valerie R.
Valerie R.4 years ago

Happily, my goals really do line up with my soul's work.

Valerie R.
Valerie R.4 years ago

Happily, my goals really do line up with my soul's work.

Robert Garvin
Robert Garvin4 years ago

One of the most important things that we all tend to forget and many want us to forget is that we do NOT have a SOUL we ARE that soul. Dust plus Breath makes a living soul. We come from dust and will return to dust. We are Children of the King of the universe. How about we start acting like we are. This information just given may be a good step towards heading to where we need to be. Understanding who we are. Thanks Lissa.

ANA MARIJA R.4 years ago

Thank you, Lissa!

Susan S.
Paul Stephan4 years ago

This came out differently from what I thought it would. Interesting. I'll have more to think about now that I did something without thinking--

Jaime  Alexande Alves
Jaime Alves4 years ago


Jaime  Alexande Alves
Jaime Alves4 years ago