In Peace, Love and Healing, Dr. Bernie Siegel says: “Whatever your age, if you learn to listen, your inner voice will speak to you about your path... your ‘job on earth.’ This wisdom that is directing you from within is your birthright... an inner message, an inner awareness, that says, ‘This is your path, this is how you can be the best human being possible.’ If you follow it, you will achieve your full growth and full potential as a human being before you let go of the Tree of Life...”
I know Dr. Bernie is right, because I see the power of the inner voice daily in my clients, in my friends, and in my own life. But, how does a seeker access that voice, that wisdom, and get one’s feet started on the path?
It's easy for any of us to get discouraged when we become aware of the suffering throughout the world: racial prejudice; addiction and self-destruction; political oppression in its many forms (starvation, war, torture, misinformation, imprisonment, denial of rights of speech, health and human dignity, and just plain bigotry and nastiness). My own reaction, years ago, was despair. “I can't stand it! So much suffering! So many issues! There's nothing significant I can do.”
Gradually, with the help of wiser people, I came to realize that I wasn't supposed to do it ALL. I just needed to do a part. But what part? Through the next couple of years, I began to learn about my inner wisdom, my unique birthright, my own peculiarities and talents.
Since each of us is unique, with different genetic mixes, different fingerprints, different gifts and personalities, let's suppose that there must be a reason for our uniqueness; a Plan. Included in the Plan is a special place for each of us, and we have been designed, by a Super Intelligence, for a special task within the Plan. Supposing that Plan exists, what is your part in it? What were you designed to do? What's your “job on earth?”
If you feel confused or overwhelmed by life, or if your life seems to have no meaning, no important reason for your existence, spend some time pondering the Plan. Try reading God’s mind a little: Imagine—If you were God, and you had created the human being that is you, what would you have created that person for? It's an interesting puzzle, and the clues are in your unique characteristics. Are you a good listener? Then maybe counseling is your intended “job”. Are you a mathematical whiz? A musician? An artist? Can you make people laugh? All of these talents can be used in unique ways to make the world a little better. For example, if you like to make people laugh, and you enjoy elderly people, perhaps entertaining, volunteering, or working in a senior citizen’s center is your special place. Or if you are a survivor of abuse or illness, perhaps your life work lies in helping others survive.