A few weeks ago I received an early morning phone call from my niece who asked my advice in dealing with Levi, her six year-old son. Although I love children, nobody in their right mind would ever confuse me with the good doctors Laura and Phil – or even Seuss, for that matter.
Promising to give it my best shot I asked what the problem was. Levi, I was told, is greatly distressed by the insensitivity of people around him and is feeling increasingly alienated. He shared with his mother that he really missed the loving surroundings of his original home – where he says he lived before coming to this planet. Yet he knew that he had come here for a specific reason. His question for me was uncommonly direct: “How do I find my purpose in life?”
This is not a question one would normally expect from a typical first-grader. But, as you might have already surmised, Levi is not ordinary in any sense of the word. He’s part of the advance contingent of super-kids that some people like to call indigos and crystals. I knew who he was the first time I saw him as an infant so his question came as no real surprise.
Still, it is one of the most important questions any of us can ever ask. A Zen master might consider it an unanswerable koan, like “what is the sound of one hand clapping?” Somehow, I gathered Levi was expecting something considerably less abstract from me.
“Levi, that’s a wonderful question. In fact, it’s one of the most important questions anyone can ever ask. Unfortunately, there’s no person – even your parents or teachers – or book that can give you the answer. Your true purpose lives inside of you and, when you’re ready, you have to go inside and find it. Nobody else can do this task for you.”
“How do I find it inside of me?”
“Finding your true purpose is actually easier and a lot more fun than anyone ever imagines. But most people think it’s so difficult that they give up before they even try.”
“Not me, I really want to find my purpose.”
“OK, here’s all you have to do. Whenever you find yourself in any situation in which you see one person being mean or less than loving – the way it was in your other home – notice how it makes you feel inside. This is called, “learning to listen to your body.”
“But my body doesn’t know how to talk.”
“Yes it does, Levi. Only instead of using words, your body talks through feelings, like a tightening in the tummy or a change in the way you breathe. You have to learn to understand your body’s language. It’s actually talking to you all the time because it has stored within it the full picture of what your mind only remembers in tiny pieces. Your body remembers who you really are and why you’re here on Earth.”
“How can I get it to tell me those things?”
“Think of it like a game, Levi. Remember playing hot and cold with your mom? She would hide something somewhere in the house and your job was to find it. As you went in one direction or another she would give you clues like “you’re getting colder” when you moved away from the prize or “you’re getting warmer” as you came closer. And when you were really close to finding it, she would let you know by saying, “now you’re boiling hot!”
“That’s a fun game to play.”
“Then, you’ll enjoy searching for the answer that’s kept hidden in the very heart of your being. Each person’s purpose has a very unique frequency that’s like a personal song that carries the message of who you really are. As you go through life you will have many, many choices. What you decide with each choice determines the kind of life you get to live. Most people you will meet don’t listen to their bodies and so they never discover the real truth about themselves and why they’re actually here.”
“What do I need to do?”
“Every time you have a choice to make, listen your body. If you’re about to make a choice that moves you closer to your true purpose, your body will tell you by making you feel better (warmer) inside; if the choice you’re considering is taking you further away (colder) you will notice a tightening, like the feeling you get when people are mean to each other.”
“How will I know when I’ve found my true purpose?’
“You’ll be living it.”
I asked Levi’s mother why she called me, of all people. “Levi said you were the only other person he’s met that wasn’t from here either.” It’s comforting to know that more of us are asking the right question.
Jean-Claude Gerard Koven is a writer and speaker based in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. He was a featured weekly columnist for the UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum and is the author of Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense, recipient of both the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award and the USABookNews.com Award for the Best Metaphysical Book of the Year.
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