There is no greater perfection than being who you are, and no greater purpose than expressing who you are.
But who are you? That is the question that needs answering. That is the urge from the soul within that prompts us to keep exploring life. Every thought, desire and action arises from our depths as ways of discovering and expressing this reality.
Often we miss the mark because we identify more with the characteristics of our personality than with our essence which is soul. When we identify who someone truly is, we are implying their essence. Essence is soul, and soul is that eternal reality manifesting in bodies with temporary conditions.
Soul is characterised by Beauty, Truth and Goodness, not by psychological conditions like fear, anger or prejudice, nor by personality traits such as good looks, intelligence or status. This confusion has led to some distorted understanding about what it is we need to express.
We need to express who we are, because that is our value and that is why we have incarnated. Our purpose in life is to express who we are because that is the finest contribution we can make.
Purpose is always about contributing to the well-being of the whole or of what we are part of. Our purpose is never self- gratification, although we will feel deeply grateful and fulfilled when we make authentic contributions to life around us.
Another way of expressing who we are is to understand that we must give ourselves to others.
Again, it is not our personality that we give but the Beauty, Truth and Goodness that we essentially are. It is this reality that then resonates the soul within the other and evokes its expression in the lives of others, creating soulful relationships in society.
Become aware of the thoughts you have about who you are. When you are feeling angry or afraid, for example, do not think that is who you are, but that you are experiencing those states as a temporary condition because you are not soul centered at that moment. Those types of emotions are reminders to identify with the eternal, peaceful, tolerant, loving, beautiful dimension of yourself.
Become increasingly aware that what others need from you is your love, your empowerment and your understanding as the expressions of the soul within you, and as a reminder to them of the soul within themselves.
Reflect often on who you are. Meditate on the inner truth of your being. Let your consciousness of who you are steadily grow and become a dominant influence in your thinking, feeling and acting. Share your essence with all you meet. Your presence then becomes a real blessing, and you fulfill your purpose.