It’s time to realize that we do not need to be passive in our search for meaning –says Eric Maisel
It may seem obvious and yet it needs to be said: you need to know your life purposes and you need to be living your life purpose in order to feel emotionally and psychologically well.
This is as true for performers as well as everyone else.
Where does life purpose come from?
Most traditional books on life purpose argue that life purpose is a kind of alignment with the universe.
You discern what the universe wants from you—that information passed to you via books like the bible, via gurus or experts, via meditation practices, spirit quests or desert treks, via preachers and their sermons—and then you align yourself with that wisdom and knowledge.
In this model, life purpose is seen as something you must seek out and, if you are lucky, find.
This is our long-standing vision of life purpose and connects to all sorts of religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions.
Another way to life purpose
It is time to change our mind about this and make the profound paradigm shift from seeking meaning to making meaning.
If you believe in ideas like evolution and if you have a secular orientation, then it follows that there is no life purpose to find because the universe has zero life purposes in mind for you.
Nature is not interested in offering you life purposes or in commenting on your life purposes.
Rather, life purposes are decisions you make about what you value, what feels meaningful to you, what principles you want to uphold, how you want to represent yourself in life, and how you want to make yourself proud by your efforts and your actions.
Life purposes are decisions.
Once you make them, then you have the job of living them.
If you decide that one of your life purposes is to perform, then you have the job of helping yourself live that life purpose.
Getting help to live your life purpose
Part of that self-help is finding easy and effective ways of reminding yourself of your life purposes.
In Life Purpose Boot Camp I suggest creating life purpose statements and life purpose icons to help in that way.
I also suggest an idea that may really help you because you are a musician: using sound as a reminder of your life purposes.
There’s no reason why your life purposes can’t be associated with and captured by a sound: by the sound of wind chimes, by some notes of music, by a single musical note, by a train whistle, by a bird’s song, by a sound like “om”, by music that you love, by your own recorded voice, or in some similar way.
It can be as simple as one sound
Many of you responded to VoiceCouncil’s Facebook question , “what helps you keep your performing life purposes in mind” and you named artists that you love to listen to who inspire you, your own videos and recordings, and so on.
You got what I meant.
I would ask you to really pursue this idea and see if there is some sound or sounds that hold so much meaning for you that simply hearing them reminds you that you have as one of your life purposes a life of music.
If this idea isn’t quite clear to you yet or if you would like to learn more about how to make use of life purpose statements, icons, mantras, and sounds, take a look at Life Purpose Boot Camp.
Eric Maisel’s Life Purpose Boot Camp presents a systematic program for identifying your life purposes, articulating your life purposes, and making plans for holding your life purposes “close” so that you actually get to them on a daily basis. Growing up, you never learned these ideas, skills, or strategies. It takes a very different position from most books on life purpose and as a performer and as a creative person it may speak directly to you.