Why Are You Here?

Ask yourself, Why am I here? Write down the first thing that comes to mind. This question is open to many interpretations, so jot down whatever thoughts it triggers. Donít worry about the writing itself. You donít even have to use complete sentences.

Then pose the question again: Why am I here? Write down a new response. Do this 20 times. Keep looking for different ways to interpret the question so that each answer is unique and speaks to a different facet of the question.

Now look over your responses. What did they tell you? Do you see any patterns or progression in the answers? What does this tell you about how you see your life?

You can see your life as a series of external and internal events, but you can also learn to see these events as connected to each other and with something more spiritual. When you do that, you will begin to see your life as an opportunity to share the special gift you alone can bestow upon the world. Thatís the one answer to the question of why you are here. Having that kind of clarity of purpose will help you focus your intentions.

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2003).

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Zee S.
Helen Porter3 years ago

Many Native American tribes predicted that Mother Earth would be in the condition she is in right now.....

It was predicted that we, Rainbow Warriors, would come forth from every nation, color, creed, to save our planet. Check the internet for much encouragement. It was predicted that we will succeed.

We are the Rainbow Warriors. We serve under many different banners, Care2, PETA, Change.org, Green Peace and many more, Yet we are united. We are farmers, teachers, writers, factory workers, doctors, scientists, teen agers, mothers and a few politicians. We are the old and the young, the rich and the poor. We are the people of Earth.

We are the Rainbow Warriors. We have come. We are here.

Remember who you are.

Zee S.
Helen Porter3 years ago

I'm here to help save Planet Earth.

A call sounded throughout the dimensions: Come help planet Earth. The lower dimensions are in trouble. The call went throughout the planets from which Earth is quarantined -- Jupiter, Uranus and two not yet noted by the Scientists. Through the quantums the call reverbrated.
Come help planet Earth.

And so I came.

Did you?

Or have you forgotten?

Cheryl I.
Past Member 3 years ago

Sometimes I ask myself the same question.

Laurie Greenberg
Laurie Greenberg3 years ago


Janice P.
Janice P.3 years ago

I am in this life in order to do something productive and meaningful, which leaves this world a better place than it was before I was born. Whether my contribution adds to the life of a person, a group, my community, my state, my government, or to mankind in general does not matter. Scope and weight do not matter. All that matters is that my life will have had some meaning, no matter how small, and that I will have been of service to some purpose outside of myself, when I leave this life. I believe that anything less than that results in a fruitless, narcissistic life, lived only for the self - and one which is a waste of a magnificent gift, which had so much unused potential for good. That is reason for true sadness.

Donna B.
Donna B.3 years ago

I am here because... I was born! My mommy gave birth to me. Simple as that. Thank you.

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Interesting, I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

Gwynethrose F.
Gwynethrose F.3 years ago

My best friend and I have been doing something similar for years...every day, we get up and write three pages...of whatever...anger, sadness, happiness, stress, depression, love..as I said, whatever...and then we put them away for a week...a week later, we take them out and shred them or tear them up...it helps.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago


Heidi H.
Past Member 3 years ago

Wonderful advice.