Stories open doors and pave pathways into our minds. As a reader, we can step into a story and experience a fantasy. We can step into a story and experience a new journey. We can step into a story and experience the past, present, and future. We can step into a story and experience immortality.
We all have favorite stories and some allow us to step into different dimensions. Stories are able to transport us to other places and expand our awareness. The stories that express the author’s purpose and truth are often the most memorable.
Processing Your Experience
For many authors, the process of writing a story can become a cathartic experience. The creative process allows the writer to dig deep, uncover more, and then express their kernel of truth, purpose, and imagination. The process of writing allows the author to express their innermost thoughts, often peeling back layers of their memory and subconscious.
This process can be therapeutic; at the same time that the words heal the author, those very words become available to heal the reader. This relationship between the author and the reader is an organic thing. As the writer unveils their soul and shares their truth, it resonates with people. It either reflects the reader’s state of mind or impacts the reader with its authenticity. In that way, there is a reader for every written word.
Writing Your Story
How would you begin the process of writing your story, your purpose? Where does the author start? When a writer sits down to begin writing about her purpose, she must first determine her purpose. While your life purpose may take many forms throughout your life, there is usually a common thread woven throughout each rendition.
This is the essence of your purpose – the common theme. What is your life purpose? What is your common thread? What is your common theme? These questions warrant introspection and soul searching. Some people know, and have always known, what their life’s purpose is. Others do not.
Going Deeply Within
People, who have not been able to succinctly identify their purpose, often adopt a meditation or prayer practice – a great first step. Entering into a state of meditation or prayer, in which all parts of your being are relaxed, helps you to become focused and receptive to your purpose. The result can yield huge insights.
This is a process. Typically it does not yield instant downloads, but over time you access a state of awareness. When you refine your approach, practice mindfulness, and access awareness, layers of your purpose will often be revealed.
Creative people are usually in touch with their inner child and expressive self. Their ability to click into the creative groove is refined and often becomes their default setting. This creative groove is also where your free flow of ideas usually expresses themselves.
When faced with blocks or the inability to connect to your internal purpose, enter into your creative groove. The part of the brain that has to do with the subconscious becomes engaged, thus facilitating the runway of creativity. When you open up to this creative groove, the chances of you peeling back the layers of meaning to reveal your life purpose become enhanced.
It’s also valuable to evaluate your life, identifying life experiences that produced the most meaning and enhanced your sense of providing value to yourself or others. Even if you’re currently in a job that you don’t enjoy, what parts of the job have been the most rewarding?
- What tasks did you easily accomplish with your skill sets and strengths?
- What projects, roles, and relationships allowed you to experience meaning and depth?
- What experiences do you have wherein you feel like you are in your element, in the flow, and living to your ultimate potential and purpose?
- What strengths do you possess enable you to express your authenticity, your purpose?
What is Your Life’s Highlight Reel?
Once you have identified your purpose, or at least aspects of it, then allowing that purpose to shape activities, goals and, relationships will net the most gratifying experiences. The process of writing about your purpose, by weaving it into your story, further enhances and refines your relationship with life’s purpose. The cathartic experience gained when digging deep, exploring your life, and identifying your purpose will expand your mind and open up new horizons.
Your story matters and has value. Your story will likely echo other people’s experience and may inspire them. The purpose within you is a rare and unique gem that can beautify the world. Whether you hand-write, type or speak into a recorder, take the deep dive into telling your story.
Write Your Story
In ancient times, before written language existed, stories were written with hieroglyphics and symbols on the walls of caves and mountains. Then, man wrote stories on any surface he could find in order to express his story. Historically, men desperately wrote their story – whether upon
these earthly surfaces or later on parchment and paper – so that their lives, their stories could be written and would not be forgotten.
Many stories were also handed down verbally, from generation to generation, so that people’s history and legacy would not be forgotten. Documentation and archival practices eventually made an author’s desire to express their words to be less desperate and more practical. Their desire became a wish to impart faith that their words would live on.
Humanity’s desire to leave their mark on posterity continues to this day. This search for new ways to express your meaningful purpose and your lifelong experience will forever exist. Write your story so it can be unforgettable.