Each of us long for meaning, purpose, direction and connectedness in our lives. Today’s blog continues to explore how Authentic Freedom Ministries serves to help you find the fulfillment of this longing, specifically as it relates to your search for purpose and direction. Call or email Lauri today if you are interested in setting up a one-on-one session. (920) 230-1313 email@example.com.
Each and every one of us has been uniquely gifted to reveal and to be God’s love in the world in service to God and for the betterment of humanity. And…..each of us are called to be this love through our own unique set of life experiences, gifts, talents, passions and charisms.
To learn more about this truth along with effective tools for embracing this truth and uncovering your own gifts, call Lauri for a private session (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or…..purchase my book.
While we may intellectually agree with the possibility that we are each uniquely gifted and somehow participating in God’s plan for a better earth, we don’t really believe it. Or, we absolutely DO NOT and CANNOT even consider the possibility that we have anything to contribute to this world. Instead, we feel worthless, depressed, insignificant, undeserving of the joy one experiences in naming, claiming, cultivating and generously sharing our gifts. This is where Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Practice come in.
If you believe that you are unworthy, undeserving, insignificant and have nothing to contribute, call Lauri TODAY for a private session (920) 230-1313 or email email@example.com. Or…..purchase my book.
Spiritual Direction, Discernment, Spiritual Practice (not necessarily in that order!)
Discernment is the process through which we discover our PURPOSE and the DIRECTION to, into and through that purpose. Through discernment, we are able to distinguish the true, authentic, expansive and loving voice of God vs. the fearful, constricting, imprisoning, false voice of the ego. It is through our Spiritual Practice (meditation, contemplation, prayer, movement, creative endeavors, etc.) that we are able to be open to listening and hearing the voice of God in our lives. Spiritual Direction brings it all together. Because we are often too emotionally invested, too afraid, too resistant to the voice of God within us, we need an outside, objective party who can help us recognize the truth in our words or the truth beyond our words. A good Spiritual Director, through compassionate listening and attentive presence provides a safe place in which your deepest, most authentic truths can find their way to the surface and into your life and will be able to help you to move through the fears and resistance that naturally surface when we and our truth come face to face.
For help identifying your purpose and life direction, call Lauri for a private session (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not For the Faint Of Heart
A note of caution: This journey toward purpose and direction are NOT for the faint of heart. As Gloria Steinem says, “The truth will set you free, but first it will kick your ass!” Oh man is that true! When we discover our PURPOSE and the DIRECTION through which we are called to live that out, we are required to CHANGE. And there is nothing we fear more than change. Once we identify our truth and how we are called to live it……a flood of fears, resistance, excuses all show up. It is for this reason that I say I PARTNER with you because I can’t do this for you…..but I will do it WITH you. For every fear, there is a spiritual practice that helps us to move through that fear. For every resistance, there is a mantra to help us be courageous in the face of change. For every excuse, there is a Spiritual Director kicking you in the butt saying, “That sounds like an excuse. Get off your butt and MOVE through that fear!” While the journey to our purpose can be hellish, the invitation is to JUST KEEP WALKING and a compassionate and loving Spiritual Director will help you to do just that!
If you are looking for the support to MOVE through the fears that are blocking your way to your PURPOSE, call Lauri for a private session (920) 230-1313 or email email@example.com.
Now for a Few Examples
I want to close today’s blog with examples of some of the DIRECTION and PURPOSE questions that have surfaced with clients and the answers that we moved through together toward a life of greater contentment and joy for the client:
Q: Why can I never find happiness in these job(s)
A: I am called to start my own business in the field of my expertise.
Q: Why am I always being rejected?
A: I have seen the world through the lens of rejection and have now embraced the lens of love and now know that no one has the power to reject me.
Q: Why can I never find fulfillment with a woman?
A: In my heart, I really love men.
Q: Why am I restless in this job?
A: I am called to find a job that is reflective of my gifts.
Q: Why am I always feeling depressed?
A: I am in an emotionally abusive relationship and need to get out.
Q: Why am I having panic attacks?
A: My inner voice is trying really hard to get my attention. There is a truth I need to recognize in my life that I have been ignoring.
Q: Why am I always getting eye infections?
A: There is a truth I am supposed to see that I have been ignoring.
To learn more about yourtruth along with effective tools for embracing this truth and uncovering your own gifts, call Lauri for a private session (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or…..purchase my book.
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