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DISCOVER ANCIENT WISDOM FOR A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE
staying on top of the latest fashion or technological trends. People who merely go through the motions each day but who can’t help wonder. rejecting traditional and "primitive" ways of life. addictions. making a lot of money. Paul Dyer Like many people in our modern world..Shattering the Illusion of Success & Happiness "The world is full of millions of unhappy people who are disillusioned with life. you're in the midst of an identity crisis. “Isn’t there more to life than this?” -. confusion. Whether or not you've "arrived" or are still trying to get there. helplessness. you are lead to believe that a life of fullfillment will come from climbing the ladder of success. Is this the life of your dreams? If not.Dr. . uncertainty. anxiety. shame or dis-ease. guilt.. you've found yourself stuck in a cycle of grief.
courageously challenge what authenticity. and feminism is a swear word.describe the sort of person you want to be.. But if I'm not the same. What is your vision for your relationships? . .. the next question is . What do you value about relationships. connections and compassion? profoundly renew your passion How far are you willling to go for life to face each day with to reclaim the passion and meaning and purpose. joy. work and life? your I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. time is money. Do you still believe in that You've simply forgotten. What is your vision for your work? . . REALLY WANT? What is your vision for your life? .. that's the great puzzle! – from “Alice in Wonderland” Excerpted from “Authentic Success: Essential Lessons and Practices from the World's Leading Coaching Program on Success Intelligence” by Robert Holden. spirituality is suspect.You're trapped in a dream that's not yours. enthusiasm and passion. Do you lay awake at night purpose and passion is an act wishing you could reframe the of remembering. the remnants of broken promises? WHAT DO YOU REALLY. soulful you've been told is real. gifts that were designed to fill you with inspiration. purpose who once envisioned? Or is your life mostly reflecting the woundedness of the past.describe a life well lived. go shopping. SHIFT HAPPENS You were born with gifts that were meant to be delivered to the world. It's the dream of a culture in which you're conditioned to believe that bigger is better.describe the contribution you want to make. you can grounded in simplicity. religion rules. dream? Wishing you could rewrite your life story to one Now.. dream? The passage of time and an individualistic culture are unwitting conspirators to your forgetfullness. when you're down. . Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. Making the shift to a life filled with meaning... 'Who in the world am I?' Ah. more than ever.
friends and family don't want to hear them. What you will find is that it is oftentimes a challenging. When you set out on the quest to remember your purpose. above all. you embark on a challenging journey of self transformation. Even if you have already begun the journey. You ask questions that are not easy to articulate. Take heart. a community. In short. You are likely to experience low self-worth. you will experience an identity crisis. “A person's purpose is energetically inscribed in their bones and its actual translation into work should agree with the message engraved in these bones. of a nagging sense of inner emptiness. uncertain journey. unless you understand the true nature of the process. Malidoma Somé . a lack of enthusiasm about what you are doing. You have the choice to stop now and remain in a world of safety. You feel ridiculed. where millions of ordinary and extraordinary people are silently transforming the world by questioning the status quo.Gaining New Perspective No one said it would be easy. the process of remembering is validated. and. familiarity and security. frustrated. encouraged and supported.' What happens when what you do does not align with who you are?' It means that you are betraying the very vitality that defines you and are thus inviting great pain into your life. you will easily fall short of going the distance. you are not alone! Remembering propels you into a new "wisdom culture". When you surround yourself with people of like mind and spirit. unsupported. The question is .
to take those first wavering steps unto the path. terrorism. you are now forced to reevalute what's meaningful in your life. You feel powerless. small voice. urging you to listen and respond with courage. What begins is a symbollic dying to the old way of being. W HAT M OVES Y OU ? • the civil rights movement • the environmental movement • the women’s movement • the jobs and social justice movements • the anti-war movement • the holistic movement • the spirituality and personal growth movement • the rights of indigenous people movement • the gay rights movement A d a p t e d f r o m .The Rite of Rememberance The process of remembering is a significant rite of passage. an initiation into selfhood experienced fruitfully within the context of community. T h e C u l r t u a l C r e a t iv e s : How 50 Million People are Changing the World. illness.death of a loved one. diminishing natural resources. not knowing how you can make a difference. abuse of women and children. by Paul H. What resonates as truth comes from within. It follows the path of ancient wisdom practiced by many cultures around the world. d. a still. When you are willing to reach above the superficiality of life. financial struggles. unravelling the layers to your authentic self. Remembering Your Purpose S TEPPING O UT The desire for authenticity is often a launcing pad to remembering.d & S h e r r y R u t h A n d e r s o n . It's time to step out. It begins when you realize the stories you've held as truth no longer serve you. poverty. Ph. Perhaps you're moved by one of the many global issues plaguing the world – AIDS. Sometimes it comes when you are facing a personal crisis . P h . the journey has begun. No matter what moves you. Ray. . generalized anxiety and uncertainty of the future.
D. journey. the people may all be different. You find your mind is racing with questions that you suppress or deny. T h e o l d s t o r i e s you've believed. The sights. for the freedom to live life as you You read. You explore paths you've never taken before. You face the critics.to being shot down by any kind of energy going around. doubt and uncertainty are constant companions. Ph. philosophies and ways of knowing. to not be initiated is to be a non-person. the sounds.Growth itself makes one forget about who one is. watch and listen to s e e i t . because that person will not be able to recall his or her purpose. friends. and a person's heart is open to anything -. Teacher. those around you. Without initiation. others like you. the bridge between youth and adulthood can never be crossed. to n e v e r b e t h e s a m e . and even your own cultural conditioning. You're going to need a new map to navigate this unknown territory. Dagara Elder Diving In As you open up to all your senses. In the village.Malidoma Somé. Welcome home! . This is why initiation is especially magical. Author. You feel passion and zeal for authenticy. no longer the countless stories of r i n g t r u e . no matter how old that person is. family. to lead a life filled with passion and It takes a village. a purpose. and you You are ready to stand on realize you are not alone. Your life will supportive community. the language. almost like landing in a foreign country. You've gained a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on the planet and your place within it.. familiar landmarks and guideposts prove to be useless on this stay the course. So a person who is not initiated is considered a child. Coming Home The return journey is like no other. why one was born.that is to say. So initiation is something that is designed to help one remember one's origin and the very purpose of one's occurrence on this side of reality -. there are obstacles. you'll find yourself diving into unfamiliar territory. As with any meaningful journey.. solid ground. other cultures. The old. . Resistance. You return with clarity of mind and purpose.
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