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The Soulpurpose process invites you to know your self. Each of us has our own path to walk. We may have lost track of it over time or let it take a back burner, but it’s always been with us. If you stop and notice what you can’t help doing, or being, or having, you will step that much closer to defining and being aware of what you value: who you already are, have always been and in what direction you want to keep going moving. As Martha Beck wisely said, “The way you do anything is the way you do everything”.
We often automatically focus in on what we “do” and specifically what we do for a living to define who we are. It makes sense that we default to this parameter since our culture gives it so much emphasis. When we meet someone often the first question we ask is ‘what do you do?’
An interesting and often new perspective to reframe who we are is to focus on how we approach anything we do. I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking about finding or uncovering purpose and following our life path, and this way of viewing ourselves allows us dig a little deeper and get more of a sense of our essence as well as helping us define our values and real passion. You can be doing anything – banking, cooking, raising a child, leading a company, answering phones – and you’ll approach what you’re doing with your own style, values and, well, brain.
Or, as I did for such a long time, you’ll use a lot of energy to show up the way you’re expected to, trying to be something you should be. Which won’t work in the end and will inevitably lead to suffering. As an INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, feeling, perceiving type on the MBTI assessment) working in the American business world, which I can almost guarantee as a culture would be assessed as ESTJ (extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging), which are exact opposites: the former being a very right brained style, open and intuitive style and of course the latter very extremely left brained, or linear and factual. There is nothing wrong with either style, and it’s important to find balance with both. At the same time, we need to begin with who we naturally are and work from there. To fit ourselves into a box that’s so far from who we naturally are takes a great deal of energy that we could be using to share our gifts with the world.
There may not be room for who you really are to thrive in a certain environment and that’s okay. It’s scary to step outside the boxes (of careers, occupations, and things we do that result in being paid and supporting ourselves). It may take time to figure out how to work out the logistics, or you may have to wait until you’re in a position to make a major change. But there’s plenty you can do now, outside of or in addition to what supports you, by expressing and getting to know who you are, engaging as often as possible in what you know you can’t help doing and being, shifting your job and career to align as close as possible to who you are, and keeping your passions alive in your life any way you can.
This is where your Soulpurpose path comes in…
Working with and playing on the Soulpurpose path provides an essential map for becoming the most unique and joyful version of ourselves that we are all capable of becoming: living our own lives and not someone else’s idea of who we should be, experiencing the joy of doing and being exactly what we were meant to do and be, and living balanced, embodied, authentic lives filled with joy and contentment. Within the framework of the Soulpurpose transformation process, you will discover and follow your own version of the Soulpurpose path.
There is so much within you waiting to be discovered and known!
The great thing about the Soulpurpose approach is that I’ve condensed it down to the core of what works, what’s fun, and what will move you forward. The Soulpurpose process is based on a rich foundation of ideas from psychology, spirituality and personal development, as well as current brain science, trauma and attachment theory and using approaches such as somatic expression and art therapy. Why do you need to know all these concepts? The good news is that you don’t need to learn any specific theory or approach in depth, but it helps to have an idea of the foundations of the work.
If you want to know more, please take a look at the rest of this page and read my blog. I’ll be continuing to post more on these topics so please take a look and check back often!
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The Soulpurpose path of growth:
The tree is a symbol of strength, immortality and the union of male and female energy, wholeness, spirituality and potential. Jung chose the symbol of the tree to represent his idea of individuation which is the term he used for the process of connecting and balancing all parts of ourselves to become whole.
This journey involves working the three parts of the psyche, represented in the Soulpurpose model by three stages: awareness, expression and transformation, each containing 3 out of 9 steps as shown in the diagram below.
The soulpath model is influenced such models as the Joseph Campbell’s hero(ine)’s journey, Jung’s view of the psyche and process of individuation, the MBTI and Enneagram personality systems and the chakra energy within the body from the tradition of yoga.
The 9 steps of the Soulpurpose path of growth are grouped into three stages:
Awareness (consciousness): grounding, passion, strength
Expression (personal unconscious): action, heart, self
Transformation (collective unconscious): voice, vision and soul.
We could apply these stages to anything we want to bring into the world, from a new partner to a spiritual intention to a business idea.
To learn more, continue exploring each of these three stages and 9 steps below.
Awareness (consciousness): The ego, everyday reality, the familiar ‘waking’ world we live in.
Expression: (personal unconscious): Contains one’s individual story, drives and complexes, often repressed and unavailable to the conscious mind.
Transformation (collective unconscious): An instinctual blueprint inherited as humans, influenced and experienced by all cultures.