From a kid, I was a wondering energy. Confused about the contradictions in life I saw in the experiences of the beings around me. The adults, politicians, community leaders, elders and religious heads that graced pulpits, stages and the television waves spoke one thing and lived lives opposing. Friends and neighbors holding onto religious ideologies and at the bottom of the food chain hoping for the truth to one day prove itself to be real and lift them up from the struggles of life. Never seeing it happen, wishing for it in the bye and bye. And yet, these flawed philosophies were expected to inform me of my own belief system about me. I would find myself questioning humanity, religion, life itself. The answers to my many questions, I could not find in the divergence of life playing out before my young eyes. The antagonistic existence and inhumane norms I did not see change much throughout my life.
So I allowed my mind to give me answers that made more sense than those given to me from the outside. When I say my mind, I mean my spirit. Also known as God or the Universe. He nor I care what it is called. Names are limiting and worthless in context. I will leave the fight of naming to those seeking to be right in the fight of inconsistency.
I studied this humanity I was a part. Despite its established hierarchy, I was able to see greatness in the weak and weakness in the great. I found love in those identified as unlovable and judgment in those considered full of love. This confusion of this upside-down world led me to study further. However, the hate and anger toward those that dared be different made me study in silence and not speak of what I assessed. I did not believe my research findings as a child, would be pleasing to peers or adults alike. The search outside of my mind for answers and lucidity ceased the older I got and the internal conversation intensified. This is where I found freedom and my purpose. Inside of me. No one was able to give it to me. No one was able to discover it for me. No one was able to touch it, no one but me.
I had a hard time accepting my eccentricity in a world that honored compliance and traditionalism. I held that celebrating originality was not standard. When discovered, there is always one looking for a way to destroy it in public view and quash all others fire. So, like many of you, I hid it and tried to live a conformed and normal life. Whatever normal is. The problem was when you are an idiosyncratic aware of your peculiar individuality; you become as contradictory and complex as everyone else around you. You become what you are fearful of becoming. Both you and the world; hiding, conforming, confused. Therefore, not living in authenticity. Trapped in relationships with illustrious invalidity.
I realized that I, as others, became defined by experiences, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, tradition and society. I decided to forsake the game life handed to me and walk in my own identity. I no longer desired humanities conscious effort to ignore itself and redefine me. I did not want religion, culture, society, ideology and the like to define, conform or inform me. I let go. I instead questioned every part of me and dug through the rubble of my identity to find myself.
There is an intrinsic truth we all hold waiting to be uncovered. If we allow it to rise to the top, our purpose will become obvious. Sometimes, your purpose is as simple as I am the one that wipes the eyes of the blind. Maybe you help the lame to walk. Possibly you are the one that questions man’s intention and action with discerning inquiring. Despite this likelihood, that unique insatiable vibration that we hold within is killed to be accepted by the blind, the lame and the unquestioned. While the world remains in constant wanting, waiting for us to arise and shine in the full knowing of who we are. We fail them because we neglect to ask the question that I ask you to answer today – Man, who are you?
To help you answer this question, I will tell you one of the ways I allowed the answer to come to me. I close my eyes and stand in the darkness of my mind. In this secret place of my mind, I have no religion, no family, no country, no ideology. There is nothing. I am nothing definable. I am vibration, energy, a movement in the universe that holds an intention that is diminished by words. Yet, I can detect my place in this vastness. I examine my intrinsic nature that has remained constant and true despite experiences and life itself. I apprehend that I am a questioner that questions all things, and yet, I am the holder of answers. I question because questioning brings me answers that faith cannot clarify or quantify.
Since I have recognized and accepted this concept of myself, my life has felt freer and has more value. I am solid in who I am and my purpose. We all have our place and part to play. Without you playing your part, I and others, cannot fully achieve on our path. We benefit from your greatness.
With that said, what are the 8 questions to ask yourself right now to help discover who you are and gain clarity of your purpose.
1. What informs your definition of who you are?
2. Are you defined by life’s stories, traumas, tragedy, money, career, family, religion, race, ethnicity or something intangible?
3. Who do you say you are, what is your 15 second elevator pitch of you?
4. Is your speech about what you do, what you look like or something deeper?
5. What fear keeps you from being uniquely you?
6. What comfort is there in conformity that you believe is not present in arising and shinning as the diamond that you are?
7. If you could do anything in life for free and money was not an issue, what would it be?
8. What do you find yourself doing in every area of your life naturally?
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