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Follow Your Joy

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

The Earth is currently populated by over 7.6 billion people. Every single one of them has a purpose to fulfill. Every single one of them has a unique way to bring Love to this planet. Every single one of them has the ability to fulfill their highest potential. How many of them are actually doing that? Definitely not enough.

A crowd at night with flashlight light on cellphones

Which is why it is so important for you to start living your best life. We need you to find your creative purpose and start living it in the world. We can’t fix what’s wrong with just the correct policy, diet, exercise program, law, environmental plan, health care system, or meditation. We can only fix what’s wrong every person lives as their true self creating their most authentic life. The rest will quickly follow.

Yes, we all have a purpose. It’s hard to see from inside this mess we're in, isn’t it? It seems like everything is off the rails and going downhill fast. That’s because there are a number of forces at work here. Many people have a basic understanding of these forces because they show up in many spiritual and religious teachings. One force is Love. Love wants everyone to live their purpose and create heaven here on Earth. Another force is Fear. Fear likes things to stay exactly as they are. It is pretty happy with the mess and works hard to keep us firmly mired in it. The final force at work is human free will. We are free to do whatever we want. If we prefer to make our own path through the world outside Love, we are free to do that. If we prefer to be cowed by Fear and stay stuck in our misery, we can. If we want to overcome our fear to become our true selves and live our purpose in the world, that is also an option. We are the deciding factor in the trajectory of the world.

If we line up our free will with Love, that’s where the magic happens. When they work together, the result is a life that fulfills its highest purpose of bringing more Love to Earth. This looks different for each one of us. For most of us this won't involve mansions or mega yachts. It won't involve fame or glory or your name in lights. Your highest purpose will be filled when you are living your most authentic life.

Jumping for joy

Finding your most authentic life happens by discovering who you really are. Not who society says you should be. Not who you think you should be to be successful. It’s about finding what brings you real joy and living that. It's about creating the life that fits you best. You see hints of your authentic life when you daydream about your perfect future. You feel it when you get in touch with your heart’s desires. All your dreams, wishes, desires, and feelings of joy are clues planted in your heart to guide you toward who you are supposed to be in this world. The things that you most want to do in life are also the things that you are supposed to do.

That’s mind-bendingly awesome, isn’t it? You can actually have your cake and eat it too!

So living your best life can create the kind of joy and love that changes the world. When you make a conscious choice to step into Love, you are also making the commitment to becoming more yourself. You are finding those seeds of who you really are and giving them permission to grow into the person you are supposed to be. You aren’t trying to conform yourself to some external standard, but are turning inward to discover the unique blend of talents you bring to the world. This is both freeing and utterly terrifying! It requires that you get real about who you are and what you want. It requires that you do some work to release your fear. It also means that you need to dig deep and heal those things in your life that are resistant to change. Things like habits, relationships, limiting beliefs, rules, or stuff.

This is why the only way to change the world is by working on yourself first. Only by working on yourself can you heal your broken bits. Only by working on yourself can you be figure out what brings you joy. Only through your own work can you learn to live your life’s purpose in the world. Once you have started on the road to your own authentic life you then open the door for others to work on themselves, find their own purpose, and actually create some real change.

"OK Katie, that all sounds really pretty and fluffy, but I just don’t see that happening. I live in the real world. I gave up my dreams long ago to face reality. You are some privileged white girl sitting in your nice house writing about rainbow dreams that aren’t really possible."

All just criticisms. Ones I used to use myself. I read books and blog posts by other people and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to have their nice, easy life when things magically just work out.” That’s a legitimate point of view. However, the root of it is fear. Your Fear desperately wants to keep you where you are in life. It doesn’t want you to find your life’s purpose, or live your dreams, or find your passion. It's just too scary. The easiest way to avoid all that is to make you believe that it isn’t possible. If you believe that reality won’t allow you to follow your dreams, then you won’t even try. As far as your Fear is concerned, that’s awesome. The fight is over. It has won. The rest of the world will have to get along without you.

Except that we can't get along without you. We need you! We need you to fight your Fear, overcome your limiting beliefs about what is possible, and be who you are supposed to be! So stop assuming that this type of dream is just for the rich, the talented, the perfect, the unbroken, the popular, or anyone but you. It doesn’t matter how damaged or messed up you are, you have something to bring to this world. You can make the choice to dig deep, work on your own healing, choose Love, and watch the magic happen.

It’s the journey of a lifetime. It will bring you joy and purpose. It will change you and change the world. Are you ready to begin?

The first and most important thing you need to know is the path to your highest purpose in life will be found by following your joy. All the clues you need to find your true self are planted inside.

Your heart knows what your head has yet to figure out. Trust it. Shannon Kaiser

A great place to begin is to start rediscovering what brings you joy. Following the clues in your joy will guide you toward the person we need you to be. I guarantee that your purpose in life will contain many of these things that bring you joy. Get started by reading the blog post We Need You and downloading the free PDF about finding your joy.

Next, take a good look at your life. How many of those things that bring you joy do you actually practice in your life? How many other things are in your life that sap your joy away? Start to consider how to add more joy and remove some of those negative things from your life. This might need just a few tweaks to your life, or it may require a major reset. Either way, take steps toward making these changes today. Start small. Ask for guidance for big changes you may need to make.

Sign: more love, less fear

Start to work on limiting beliefs holding you back. I already linked to some excellent articles above that will help you start to work through this. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Reiki are two energy therapies that are excellent at removing limiting beliefs quickly. They are most effective when you use them with the support of someone who can help you identify the thoughts holding you back. It is often hard to see your own messed up thinking. I use and teach these both in my practice.

Set yourself from Fear trying to block any change. I spent years trying to break away from Fear in order to start living my dreams. I found that as soon as I noticed Fear holding me back I'd simply say “Please heal my fear-based thoughts.” This is a simple form of energy work that will create huge change in your life. Use it 100 times a day if you have to. Don’t let fear keep you stuck.

Remove energy blocks keeping you from healing and becoming your most authentic self.

Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET®) is designed specifically to help you discover and live your life’s purpose. This energy work clears out blocks that are keeping you from becoming who you are meant to be. It also helps you accept Love into your life and overcome Fear holding you back. IET® is one of the energy therapies I practice and offer to all my clients. It was after working with an IET® practitioner that I was able to see through my fears, leave my reliable teaching job, and strike out into the great unknown.

Healing is all about becoming more yourself and through becoming your true self you are able to heal. I can say from personal experience that discovering my life’s purpose hasn't always easy or direct, but it is exactly what I need to do to heal myself. A little over a year ago I left my 16 year teaching career to discover how to find a more joy-filled life. I’ve spent countless hours reading, meditating, and soul searching to get very clear on who I am and what brings me joy. I’ve worked diligently every single day to remove energy blocks, limiting beliefs, and fears holding me back. I still don’t have all the pieces of my purpose figured out, but I’m getting there. Following my joy includes doing energy work and helping people find their own purpose. It also includes hiking, gardening (lots of gardening), outdoor work, travel, teaching, writing, speaking, yoga, and more. How does all that fit into my life’s purpose? I’m really not sure yet! Starting Harmonious Renewal is one piece of the puzzle for me. I hope that other pieces keep falling into place.

I tell you this because living your life’s purpose is not a destination. It’s a journey. A wild and crazy journey that will last your whole life. You will continually learn more about yourself. You will fulfill dreams and discover new ones. You will learn to trust more and worry less. You will always find some new way to share Love with others. If you chose to find your true self, you will heal and change and grow and love in all the ways you are supposed to. In all this, you will live your life’s purpose. In all this, you will help to change the world.

So are you ready to start today?

Contact me if you'd like to talk more about how I can help you become more yourself.

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