I want to briefly revisit the thoughts of Deepak Chopra on pursuing your purpose and passion in life, following the immediate comments of some of my readers and friends. Feel free to skip down halfway if you’ve already read the first quote.
“For me it is not so much about seeking ‘success.’ Rather, it is about, “How do I fit into this web of life?” What is my unique talent? How do I express my unique talent?
In Eastern traditions we call it the law of dharma, which says there are no spare parts in the universe. Every piece fits, its like a big jigsaw puzzle which we are a part of. And if you were to ask me, “How do I know what my part is?”, I would say:
If I had all the time in the world, and all the money in the world, what would I do?
How would I express myself, and how would I use that expression of myself, to serve the needs of the web of life of which I am a part?
Furthermore, Deepak goes on to suggest that this will have the following effect:
When I do that, I will end up having all the money and time in the world.
Start from, what would I do if I had all the money and time in the world, Do that, and you Will have all the time and money in the world.
This is very much like the law of attraction or manifesting our realities. We can see it from the perspective of a mindset shift — thinking that I have all the time and money in the world, and then doing only what I care about — and this manifesting what I had envisioned: Having all the time and money in the world.
OR we can suppose that perhaps, when we imagine that we have all the time and money in the world, and thus stop STRIVING through our action to get success or recognition — then that action will come from a place of purity and purpose, unsullied by the need for validation, and its own power will make itself known in the world.
Then the power of that kind of action will draw people to it like shavings to a magnet, the world will not be able to resist loving and appreciating your action, and will ultimately reward you financially for doing it.
These are beautiful ideas, but there is a chance they might not work out. We do not have evidence beforehand that they can. Indeed, it may seem like wishful thinking to think that all the “time and money in the world” may simply come to us from doing what we simply Love.
That said, perhaps we can entertain the notion that, once we are really on our purpose and doing what we Love and have a Passion for in this way, that all the time and money in the world will no longer matter to us.
For what was time but the allotment of minutes hours or decades to do that thing that we thought we had been put on this earth to do?
And what was Money but the tool and potential to allow us to live comfortably on this earth, and fulfill our true purpose here?