Noted scholar Joseph Campbell succinctly summed up the consequences of giving up our vision when he said, “Hell is living someone else’s life.” Although living someone else’s life and burning our own dreams and talents on the pyres of fear or obligation may sometimes appear to be succeeding, it never does on the soul level.
No matter what our life has been like up to this point, it is never too late to be who we are meant to be. Be inspired:
Each of us arrives in this life with special talents, aptitudes, and dreams, which we add to, augment, and refine as we mature. These aspirations and yearnings are the visions of our souls, the blueprints of our very being. It is our sacred assignment to actualize our personal visions as best we can, both for our own fulfillment, and as gifts to the planet and humankind. If we sacrifice our dreams or denigrate our gifts out of fear or as a concession to others’ desires, we set ourselves up for a life of disappointment and resentment.
Although living someone else’s life and burning our own dreams and talents on the pyres of fear or obligation may sometimes appear to be succeeding, it never does on the soul level. At the level of Essence, we are being called to be a unique prism through which the Divine can be reflected. In response, every fiber of our being is magnetically drawn toward becoming who we were meant to be. Anything less is hell for our spirit.
Living our own life does not make us selfish and self-centered. Quite the contrary. When we actualize our vision, we become centered in our hearts and connected to our spirits, which naturally makes us more loving and less selfish.
What are your special gifts and talents? Do you feel comfortable about how you are expressing them? If so, great. If not, what one small step can you take today or tomorrow to actualize your unique vision?
Adapted from The Woman’s Book of Spirit, by Sue Patton Thoele (Conari, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Sue Patton Thoele. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from The Woman’s Book of Spirit, by Sue Patton Thoele (Conari, 2006).