When I started my first business 8 years ago, everything went just as planned: My employer became my first client, more soon followed, and I always made more than enough money to cover all my living expenses right from the start.
Within a year, I built the kind of business that most start-up entrepreneurs dream of. I was known as one of the go-to experts in my niche, my clients loved me and my work, and I also had a lot more freedom than I had ever had before in my life. I got to travel more, take time off whenever I wanted, work on my sunny balcony in the summer months (which I absolutely loved).
But … I had one problem. No matter how successful I was, no matter how much money I was making every month, and no matter how satisfied my clients were with my work: I wasn’t nearly as happy as I pretended.
Something was missing. I was feeling more and more empty inside, unfulfilled, burned out. And I knew: Something had to change.
My search for new joy and meaning soon opened up an entirely new path. At first, I explored passive income as an alternative and more creative way of making a living. Finally, one day, as I was brainstorming topics for an e-book I wanted to write, I had the idea to start a blog about angels. That’s how my journey as a spiritual teacher began.
I knew right away that whatever had just happened was going to be life changing. And it was. I was the happiest I had been in a long time, feeling truly free for the first time ever, and my new path was filling me with so much joy and passion I had no doubt I was on the right track.
Later though, the same thing happened again. While I was traveling and starting fresh in a new country, it seemed as though my entire life was falling apart. I spent several years questioning my purpose, searching for the “right thing”, constantly changing directions, starting from scratch over and over again.
At the same time, I learned a lot about myself, really got to know who I was at a much deeper level, I polished my skills and explored new ways of expressing myself, and eventually, I broke free from my cocoon, took everything I had learned on my journey, and turned it into the kind of business that now fills me with so much joy and gratitude every day.
While working with clients, I discovered that I was by far not the only one struggling with questions such as:
☽ Who am I?
☽ Why am I here?
☽ What is my gift?
☽ How can I turn my gift into a business that really works for me, that is both profitable and truly and deeply fulfilling?
And, I discovered that there is a very specific reason—namely that when we speak about purpose, we are often not clear what exactly we are talking about in the first place.
In my studies, I have found that our life purpose can be described on (at least) three different levels which can all give us valuable clues about the big picture, all of which need to be aligned so we can live our fullest potential of joy, freedom and abundance in life and business:
The 3 Levels of Your Life Purpose
1. Global Mission
On the highest level, living your purpose simply means being who you are as an embodiment of the Divine Creator. Your challenge is to remember who you are, explore and express your divine gifts (e.g. creativity, love), and inspire others to remember who they are in the process.
In these times on Earth, this is the purpose that connects all lightworkers. The common goal is to raise the consciousness of the collective to create peace and unity, which I believe is the essence of what some of the biblical writers described as the “New Earth” (a new golden age).
2. Individual Soul Purpose
Your soul purpose is closely tied to the above, but is more unique to you as an individual being. Every soul has its specialties, its unique wisdom, experience, interests, and talents.
Based on your specialties, you may be cut out to be a healer, an artist, or a teacher (and so on)—and you may have a certain preference as to whom you most enjoy serving. For instance, you may be a protector of nature, or perhaps it is your soul mission to assist others with their physical healing, to help empower the divine feminine, etc.
Many souls have one primary purpose, but some also have two or three. In order to live our fullest potential in life + business, we need to embody them all (although, to avoid any confusion here, not all of these need to be part of your money making activities if you are a business owner).
Realizing that my soul had chosen three distinct purposes for this lifetime (not just one) was a big aha-moment for me, and it helped me understand why searching for just “one” thing was truly a futile quest. Once I knew what was missing, I quickly found ways to integrate each of my purposes with ease.
For example, part of my purpose has to do with restoring the natural beauty of planet Earth, and more specifically, promoting “green” living. It’s not so much part of my business, but when I planted my garden last year, I could sure feel the difference. I was happier, I had a new sense of purpose, I felt more connected to my “inner fairy” (= joy + magic), and I also felt healthier and more energized, which certainly affected my business in positive ways, too.
Another important part of my soul purpose is sharing spiritual truth and helping others remember their divine magic, which is a part of me that I had been running from. There was a time on my journey when I literally wanted to bury this aspect of myself. As a result, my business grew more and more out of alignment, and even though I was making money, I often felt as though I was “playing small” and being inauthentic, and everything felt much harder than it needed to be. Also, I was doing my clients a disservice by not embracing my strongest gifts. Once I gave myself permission to lead with this aspect of my work again, I literally created my dream business over night. I was much happier, much more clear about my path, more motivated, marketing my services with much more passion, and attracting clients and money with much more ease.
My third soul purpose is to help create financial freedom and empowerment, which I was already embracing in my business at the time, but feeling that something was “off” about my message because I was focusing too much on the physical. Reintegrating the spiritual aspects of my work helped to bridge that gap, and again, I was much more in love with my business, I really found my voice in my marketing, and attracting clients was no longer a struggle, but a natural by-product of doing what I loved.
3. Physical Expression
While the essence of our soul purpose is usually quite stable over a long period of time, meaning an entire lifetime or even lifetimes, the physical expression of our spiritual purpose can change many times in a lifetime.
There is literally an infinite number of ways we can express our spiritual essence. And the thing is that the soul loves to explore, so looking for just “one” thing we are meant to do for the rest of our lives will seldom lead to success.
Our natural gifts, talents and passions are part of our purpose, but the physical expression of our essence also changes as we grow and evolve on the human journey. Often, and this is especially true for us healers and teachers, our purpose is shaped both by our life experience (the challenges we’ve mastered and can now help others overcome) as well as our current soul lessons, the things we are passionately exploring at present, and what we desire to learn more about.
Nothing ever stands still.
On my own journey as well as in my work with clients, I have found that the #1 reason for a sense of confusion around finding our life purpose is often a false understanding of our purpose as something static and unchanging—something we are “supposed” to be doing for the rest of our lives.
The truth is that there are no “shoulds”. We are and will always be explorers, and our path is our choice, not meant to be dictated by some kind of outside force.
We can be natural born writers, but we can also choose to express this talent of writing in many different ways, including writing books, blogging, being a professional copywriter, journaling for fun and self-nurturing, etc.
We may be natural born healers, which can mean being a medical doctor, giving energy healing sessions, counseling, working with clients 1:1, or creating art, writing poetry, teaching about healing, etc. (and again, the focus can change over the years).
Some Tips to Help You Uncover Your Purpose
In my practice, I mainly work on two levels to help my clients step more fully into their purpose:
1. I receive intuitive insights about their soul history and purpose, often working with their “magical soul archetypes” as a fun and easy way to get in touch with their primary soul gifts and to reveal any soul level blocks that may be holding them back from fully embracing their calling.
(» Take the quiz here to learn more about your primary soul archetype.) :)
2. I ask questions to help my clients connect more deeply with their heart’s true desires, which, in my experience, is often the #1 key to unlocking our life purpose with ease.
Some Questions to Ask Yourself
♡ What are some inspired ideas that have been coming back to you again and again and that you haven’t allowed yourself to pursue out of fear?
♡ What would you do right now if you were completely free?
♡ What is totally unique about YOU? (What do you do that no one else does?)
♡ Where and what are you hiding?
♡ What are you most passionate about sharing with others (e.g. what topics do you enjoy teaching)?
♡ What are you doing mainly to please others vs. truly following your heart?
All of these questions hold important keys to your life purpose, and should help you get back into alignment quickly whenever you feel you’ve fallen off track.
Now, I’d love to hear from you …
Do you know what your life purpose is? Where do you feel your business is currently in/out of alignment, and what are some ways you could embrace your purpose more fully to create more ease, joy + abundance? Please share in the comments!