Posted by: Zane Maser | December 6, 2013



We rise to great heights
by a winding staircase.
Sir Francis Bacon

Imagine what it would be like to grow up in a gentle, slower-paced culture that lives according to the rhythms and provision of Nature. Let’s say it’s an indigenous culture wherein every newborn child is celebrated as a blessed arrival. The sanctity and beauty of the individual is thus intimately connected with the group—each soul welcomed as an equal contributor in completing the whole. Their personal gifts, as expressions of uniqueness and truth, serve the tribe. Aptitudes are neither used for self-interest or glory, nor with motives to accumulate a vastly greater amount of power or goods than others. A person’s sacrifice is given willingly for the collective good and well-being of all the people.

In such a unified culture, the young boys and girls are carefully observed, but more so by the grandparents (usually most keenly by the maternal grandmother). What is the natural temperament of the child? What are their obvious traits, inclinations, capabilities? Does the child gravitate toward certain individuals of the tribe who share the same aptitudes? Because the child’s natural vocation is readily apparent for those with spiritual eyes to see, the child is taken at the appropriate timing and age and placed under the tutelage of that tribe member who can masterfully teach this skill set. Given the proper training early on, each child’s innate abilities become an integral role within the circle of the tribe. Every role has its special place. Every person’s sacred duty plays its invaluable part—not greater, not lesser.

Western culture, in stark contrast, tends to promote a head-centered, fragmented approach to life. We seem to have lost the heart-centered threads of continuity and meaningful integration, of each person living out their purpose toward significant contribution. Otherwise, so many of us would not struggle in the mire of one of our current-day pathos—the lack of clarity around our soul purpose, variously described as life or higher purpose, destiny-path, soul destiny, soul calling, or sacred contract, to name a few.

Many people do not seem to know the unique gift they can contribute for the betterment of life on this planet, and thus appear confused about what they were born to do or even what they really want to do. Therefore, in an attempt to find their “special place in the world,” many search for external answers in the voluminous materials offered continually on how to access their soul’s purpose—a topic perhaps in the fore more than on any other. The answer can only be found in the silent stillness of an insightful heart.

Here’s a typical example from the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment, which is meant as a guidepost for those who are seeking direction: “To discover clues to your own life’s purpose, ask yourself these questions: What makes my heart sing? When in my life do I feel a sense of wonder? In what ways do I feel called to be of service to others? When do I feel closest to God? The Cayce readings suggest that we are closest to living our soul’s purpose when we feel joyful, when we are in awe of the wonder of life around us, when we are being of service to others, and when we are deeply aware of our connection to God.”1

For such a cerebrally oriented culture, we are trained and encouraged to spend the better part of our time in our head, alienated from our true self, and with virtually no time spent quietly alone, actually getting to know thy self. Yet, to stop long enough to connect with Spirit is to hear the note of our soul and the sound of the Universe—Aum, Aum, Aum, Aum, Aum, Aum—the Divine Broadcast speaking to us when we move deeply inside, rising above the false, competitive cares of the outer world. Here, “we know we know,” as Dr. Michael Beckwith put it.

We soon discover that our true purpose is within us. It’s not an outer thing or attainment. It is not doing, although purpose manifests through action. It is an internal sense of worthiness and completeness. It is when our essential spark and sparkle are activated. It is being—our Real Identity of Beingness. And the only place purpose occurs is now, now, right now in this instant through a kind act or word or smile. In this very moment of heavy snowfall, making sure the birds have enough available millet, sunflower seeds, suet, and water. In sending a card of encouragement. In driving a friend to a doctor’s appointment after her back surgery.

It need not be of cosmic magnitude to make a difference, because there is value in all experiences, lessons, chosen paths, and cycles of stagnation and upward growth. All contains its own excellence, if we perceive it so. Then, what if our actual spiritual purpose is this on-going moment of reverent doing whatever we are doing as though we are in worship?

Purpose is an indivisible part of our life, as is our indivisibility from Divine Guidance. We take ourselves with us wherever we go, so what we are internally externalizes wherever we are. We don’t have to go somewhere to find our livelihood, path, or calling. Purpose is something that evolves with each step, as we attain more skill, experience, and insight—watching and listening for clues and helpers, like the voice of our guardian angel. “Look, turn right here. There is someone important for you to meet in order for the next door to be opened.”

Follow your own Star.
Your name is on it.
You are what you choose to be.
Decide to shine,
and so you shall.


Related Posts:

• Casting Outward, Casting Inward

• Apply! Apply! Apply!

• Soul Note

• The Timeless Trek

• The Divine Broadcast

• Silence Is Power

• Listening

• Insignificant Significance

• The World is in our Neighborhood



We all speak glibly about being on “the right path.” But how do you know when you are on it or not? Astrology, if we read the symbols honestly, can give you that reality check—and 95% of the time, that information will pass the heart-check as well.

Steven Forrest, evolutionary astrologer

Text © by Zane Maser, 2013. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. All rights reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my delightful husband.

If you are interested in an astrological consultation and/or a specific question answered by a horary chart, please visit SunnyCat© Astrology.

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