We sometimes think of a life path as one long super highway that takes us from birth to death with no stopping for exit ramps, crossroads and certainly not the road less traveled.
We're told we're supposed to jump on this life path as soon as we become adult, and keep driving until we retire.
We're told that the result of this early knowing of What We’re Supposed to Be Doing and Then Doing It , By Gosh! will give us a kind of serene clarity… and maybe, if we’re really lucky, it will elevate us to some kind of “success” in our lives. Fame, Fortune, Power… what we're told we should want.
That this steadfast drive on the superhighway, one direction only, FORWARD! will give our lives meaning.
I say... it's just not true.
There are many ways to experience a lifetime.
THere are many ways to get up the mountain.
There are many ways to experience soul growth.
Now, many of us do seem to know what we are going to DO with our lives, early on. Even as kids, we know we’re going to be a writer, teacher, doctor, builder… whatever it is.
But really... all that means is that we are clear on our TRADE.
It doesn't mean in any way, that we are clear on anything else, such as who we’re going to BE in our lives.
That's an entirely different question.
It's also true that many folks don’t have a clue what they want to DO. They drift from one thing to another, never quite feeling that it’s right, or never wanting to commit.
The problem with the first, certain path of knowing what we want to DO, is that with our nose to the grindstone, we may miss some very lovely siren’s calls that might bring us to experiences that will enrich our lives and expand us as souls.
The problem with the second, drifting, non-clear path of not committing to what we want to DO is that we waste a lot of time. Once we figure it out, we don’t have as much time as we’d like to build something.
But again, in both situations, the question is about what we are going to DO.
Whereas, instead, the question must be about who we are going to BE. How we are going to BE. What our Way of Being in this life is going to BE.
As souls, we are here to have EXPERIENCES. These experiences, these lessons, these moving from one level to the next, are what soul growth is all about.
Don’t worry so much about your life's path, your trade, or about your DOING or your not DOING. Trust that there is a certain mix of SuperHighway efforts, and lovely long rambings on wild roads through woods and meadow that are both necessary, in order to provide the soul growth we need.
And… let's also realize, it’s not all about forward momentum, moving from birth to death to next birth in next lifetime.
We can also move backwards in our consciousness, mining the rich ore of memory, of what we felt and experienced at different ages. We can move back into past lives.
We can also move sideways, up and down, into the different layers and levels of consciousness, where our guides and helpers stand at the rest stops of the Universe, offering us coffee and cookie, to keep us going!
If you’re on the SuperHighway right now, take the next exit and have some downtime experiences.
If you’re on the rambly non-directional path, take some time to figure out how you might build something with more structure.
There’s grace in both. Because as we all know, every path leads to the same place, eventually.
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