Why are you here in a physical body living on Earth? Asked another way, what is the spiritual purpose of your life…or mine, for that matter?
I recorded the YouTube video for this post as I prepared to travel to New York to visit my mother one final time. For two years, I’ve thought each trip to my childhood home would be my last chance to see her alive. This time I knew that was the case.
She was dying, and I wanted to be there when her soul transitioned out of her physical body.
Both this week’s video and blog post should have been published seven days ago. However, my mother died three days prior. Understandably, I did not write or publish this post on schedule, but the topic still feels essential. So I finished composing it (and processed the video).
Why Are We Here?
As I thought about life—and the end of life—I pondered that question: Why are we here? What are we doing here on Earth?
I’ve often written about the fact that humans are spiritual beings having a physical experience. Indeed, we are, and we have a spiritual purpose.
Death is simply the transition to our original form or essence. At the moment when the heart stops beating, the soul, which is eternal, returns to its true home—the energetic field we call Source, Creator, or God.
But why do we come into physical bodies at all? Why bother? Every spiritual or esoteric tradition says we choose to do so despite knowing the experience will be difficult.
Unquestionably, we come to learn and experience the physical realm. We become human beings to evolve and grow as eternal souls.
Additionally, I believe we enter the physical body at conception with a spiritual purpose. Actually, we have two inherent spiritual missions.
Purpose #1: Express Yourself Fully
We all have the same purpose, and that is to express ourselves fully and authentically. When we do so, we can achieve our human potential.
In other words, you are here to be your essence—to express your soul. However, to do that, you must remove all the layers you have placed atop your authentic self to cover up who you really are. These layers prevent you from expressing your essence and fulfilling your potential.
Life on Earth gives you many reasons to protect yourself. And you do so by covering up who you are. This allows you to:
- get approval
- avoid feeling hurt
- receive love
- become accepted
The layers then become what others see and experience as “you.” Additionally, they become your identity. But you know as well as I do that your outward expression is not who you are—even if you believe it is. Inside, you are someone different.
Plus, your identity shifts and changes with your roles. You are:
- a mother
- a writer
- an entrepreneur
- a son or daughter
- a husband or wife
- an employee
But those titles are not who you are either. Instead, you are a soul within a body, a spiritual being housed within a physical container, which allows you to express yourself in a physical realm—Earth.
Purpose #2: To Impact the Physical and Spiritual Realms
There is another answer to the question, “Why am I here.” Your spiritual purpose is to impact the whole—the physical and spiritual realms.
Your eternal soul is a spark of divinity or part of Source. It connects you to the Creator. Yet, your soul cannot express itself on the physical plane without a human body. Thus, it needs your physical form to achieve its purpose.
Beyond expressing authentically, you are here to impact humanity. That may seem like a massive job for one person, but consider how many individuals raising their consciousness affects the whole. For instance, studies show that when many people around the world or in one location meditate, they lower crime rates. Some speculate group meditation even helped bring down the Berlin Wall.
We are all part of the same energetic field. Therefore, it makes sense that your actions or vibration impact humanity.
Additionally, we each impact the spiritual realm in a similar manner. There’s an often-quoted mystical saying first mentioned by Hermes Trismegistus in The Golden Tablet: “As above, so below.” It means that the physical realm corresponds to the spiritual realm and vice versa.
That’s why the quote is often extended to say, “As above, so below; as below, so above.” Therefore, what you do on the physical plane impacts the spiritual plane and what happens on the spiritual plane impacts the physical plane.
Trismegistus’ quote goes on to say, “as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul….” Indeed, your emotions, thoughts, and general vibratory state create your outer world just as the outer world impacts your internal state (if you let it). And, since your soul is part and parcel of the Universe or Source, it makes sense that one impacts the other.
Whether you are aware of this interconnection or not, it exists all the time. The more conscious you are of this fact, the more you can choose to positively impact either realm.
Don’t Regret Not Expressing Your Soul
At the end of life—whether you die from old age, getting hit by a truck, cancer, or something else—you don’t want to have regrets. That’s why it’s so essential to live fully while you are alive. Also, live a life that is in alignment with your soul. I call this a life that feeds your soul.
One way to live in soul alignment is to follow Don Juan’s advice, as shared in Carlos Castaneda’s books. He suggested living with death on your shoulder.
In other words, live as if any moment could be your last. For example, if you knew you could die at any moment, would you make the same choices you are making now? Would you change your career, relationships, location, or habits?
To me, living with death on your shoulder—the reminder that your life could be over today—necessitates a constant life review. And it requires making new choices that align with who you are and want to be and how you want to live your life.
With death on your shoulder, you are pushed to find ways to live more fully. As a result, you live a life with no regrets.
Your Life has Meaning
With all of this in mind, it’s evident that our lives have meaning. Each of us has an important role to play in this lifetime.
Indeed, we are here for a reason. Knowing this makes you more likely to use your days on Earth to fulfill your purpose.
If you are like most people, you go through life unconscious of how you choose to live. However, when faced with death—yours or someone else’s—you typically become more conscious of your decisions and how they impact you and others.
With that consciousness, you can decide to live so you positively impact the higher and lower realms. One way to accomplish this is to allow your soul to express itself through your physical being. Your true soul expression elevates all.
Life is Short
Life is short. Even if you live to be almost 99, like my mother, you are here on Earth for a relatively short time.
Your body is a rented space, like an apartment. Your rental agreement is for a specific period, and when the lease expires, you are kicked to the curb. At that point, you go back to your natural “home” in the spiritual realm.
Before that happens, you must fulfill your purpose. If you don’t do that, your life will be for naught.
In the time you have here on Earth, live fully and express who you really are. Do the things you feel passionate and excited about because when you express positive emotions, you make a difference. The vibration you emit impacts absolutely everything.
Jesus said it well, “Be in the world but not of it.” Remember who you are and why you are here. With that consciousness, you will likely put your life to good use.
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2 thoughts on “Why You Must Fulfill Your Spiritual Purpose in this Lifetime”
Where did you originally get the idea that we must fullfill a purpose in life? There are things that are self evident about our lives of course but why do you think there is a “must” to them? How did you get the idea that we have an obligation to change or improve our lives?
Kind regards, Philip
I simply believe this to be true…that we are here for a reason. That reason is our purpose.