True loss is for him whose days have been spent in utter ignorance of his self...

Baha'u'llah

Do human beings have a purpose? It’s a big question, it’s an important question. A question that philosophy, religion, entire civilizations have wrestled with for thousands of years.

​It is my belief, and I am in excellent company, that human beings need purpose and meaning as much as we need air, water, food, or shelter. Our sense of purpose or lack of a purpose influences every part of our lives, from our connection to our Creator, how we define ourselves, our world view, our relationships, how we entertain ourselves, our hobbies and our choice of career.

Yet, Life Purpose is also difficult to define, perhaps because it is both profound and mundane; collective yet specific; personal yet impersonal.

In the following paragraphs, and with humility, I offer some personal insights about Life Purpose  I hope these insights serve as a catalyst; that you take time to ponder what Life Purpose means to you!


Purposefulness is being aware that you are here for a reason. You value yourself by discovering the part you are meant to play.  2

At its core, Discovering and Cultivating your Life Purpose is a lifelong, spiritual journey that is rich, multi-faceted and evolving. Purpose is more than what we do; it requires that we ponder who we are, why we exist and how we treat ourselves and each other.

Cultivating our Life Purpose requires that we investigate reality and be willing to put aside preconceived ideas and detach both from what we attracted to or don’t like lest these feelings bar us from the truth. We must face our prejudices and be willing to ask difficult questions that don’t have pat easy answers. 

Our Life Purpose is also comprised of many interrelated layers and aspects such as: 

  1. Cultivating a relationship with our Creator
  2. Defining what it means to be a human being
  3. Developing our attributes and gifts
  4. Sharing our attributes and gifts in the wider world

How one cultivates a relationship with Creator or defines what being human means is a deeply personal journey, not addressed in a Hand Analysis Session. I work with people many religious and spiritual traditions and with those who consider themselves agnostics or atheists. 

However, you may find it enlightening to take some time and ponder  the following questions:

  • Do I believe in a Creator? Why or why not?
  • Do I believe I have a soul? Why or why not?
  • Do I believe I have a Purpose? Why or why not?
  • Why was I born in this particular time in history? By accident or design?
  • Do I believe humans are an accident or a divine creation?

Your answers to these questions may trigger other questions for example if I am an accident does it matter how I live, why should I be kind or compassionate? Why have humans yearned for connection to something greater since the dawn of time?

If we belong to a particular religion or spiritual tradition there are a different set of questions, for example how do we take mankind’s communal purpose, for example knowing and loving our creator, or serving others, and distill that calling through our unique purpose, personality and circumstances so we can live it?


Life Purpose and Hand Analysis

Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form When within thee the universe is unfolded?  3

The great news is that fingerprints and hands do reveal essential information about your potentials how you might use your gifts out in the world and naturally, this is addressed in a Hand Analysis Session!

Jungian psychologist, James Hillman, introduced an intriguing idea in his book The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling he named the Acorn Theory. 4  Hillman believes that every single person is born with a Defining Image, an innate uniqueness - which asks to be expressed in the life we are given. He emphasized that this inborn image was not an unavoidable fate, but serves as a spark of consciousness.

I visualize our Defining Image as Divine Light refracted through the prism of our souls. Though every prism refracts all the colors, no two prisms do so in the same proportion. Different prisms will refract more or less of the red, blue, yellow, or violet spectrum of light. Each one of us, through the prism of our souls manifests Divine qualities in our own special way.

Divine light through the prism of our soul

Richard Unger, founder of the International Institute of Hand Analysis, also teaches we are born with a defining image encoded in the fingerprints which he calls our Soul Psychology. He describes our Soul Psychology as:

...more than a set of values or accomplishing personal goals. It is not about having a perfect life, nor is it about matching your gifts and talents to the marketplace, it is bigger than that. Your Life Purpose is your reason for being. It requires developing a state of consciousness that naturally and regularly unfolds into your right life. Discovering and cultivating your Life Purpose is the most important thing you can do.. 5


Other Thoughts About Life Purpose

  • What makes life meaningful and brings joy, is the experiencing process itself, not a particular outcome, form or goal.
  • You will face challenges. One popular myth is that if you know your purpose never have a bad day or experience pain.
  • Living on Purpose is not a linear neat process. Sometimes you may feel as if you are taking one step forward and two steps back.
  • Since Living on Purpose is a spiritual process you never arrive, there is always more…

References

  1. Baha’u’llah. Tablets of Baha’u’llah. Wilmette, IL: Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1988
  2. Popov, Linda Kavelin, The Virtues Project, Virtues Cards
  3. Baha’u’llah. The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. Wilmette IL: Baha'i Publishing Trust 1991
  4. Hillman, James. The Soul’s Code: in Search of Character and Calling (New York: Random House Publishing Group, 1996) Kindle edition location 226.
  5. Unger, Richard, 2008 Life Prints Deluxe pg 19