|Do you ever wonder about the purpose of life? Why are you here?
What would you like to accomplish in this lifetime? Dr. Wayne
Dyer, in his book, Real Magic (ISBN: 0-06-109150-2) points out
that our personal evolution occurs in three stages. In the first
stage, which he calls enlightenment through suffering, you feel
like a victim. You believe that only through suffering can you
achieve. At this stage you feel almost completely powerless. The
realities that manifest at this stage are reflections of a mind
that feels limited in its scope and power: fears and default beliefs
are dominant forces. Dyer notes that some people stay at this
stage their whole lives.
Dyer calls the second stage enlightenment through outcome. This
is the stage of the achiever. This is the person who can maintain
enough attention and effort on goals to conceive and achieve them.
This is the realm of beings we identify as successful. People
at this stage feel that if they only work hard enough, then they
can achieve their goals. It is a high state of being compared
to the first stage. Having surpassed victimhood, you master the
art of having exactly what you want. Some people stay at this
stage their whole lives. However, this stage is not the pinnacle
of human development. Dyer describes a third stage that most of
us can only catch a glimpse of.
Dyer calls this third stage of being enlightenment through purpose.
In this stage, you feel and know your life purpose and life becomes
effortless and joyful. Guided by intuition, you experience magic
and synchronicity in every day. The satisfaction of personal creature
comforts seem relatively unimportant. You desire to serve humanity
and your heart opens—life becomes effortless. In this third stage,
life becomes larger than your own desires and fantasies. When
you align your intention with the purpose of your life you operate
from a higher I (higher self). This I is no longer attached
to outcomes. From this perspective life is a game to be played
You reach this stage when you assume the broader perspective of
your higher self. You see the struggles of the world as a limited
game that you choose not to play. You reach this stage when your
natural response to the struggles of life is appreciation and
understanding. In this stage, you see the world without judgment
and in doing so feel completely free from its effects. You recognize
that you exist apart from it—that you are an eternal spiritual
It seems to me that our next evolutionary step is the step beyond
achieving to a life of service. For when each of us is serving,
we begin to live as enlightened beings whose respect for each
other and for all of life creates a civilization where suffering
and intolerance no longer predominate.
Both Mother Teresa and Princess Diana showed us we can rise above
personal concerns and give from our hearts. As we begin this season
of giving, choose to experience the part of you that has a higher
purpose. From that place, all the gifts of the universe are yours.
Publisher, The Holistic Networker
©1997, Tony Cecala