Finding your soul’s purpose

by Polly N on December 13, 2012

Guest post by Dawn Paul, Shamanic Healer, Spiritual Teacher and Author

In my shamanic healing practice I regularly hear clients complain that they simply cannot find their soul’s purpose and indeed I understand this all too well from my own very frustrating spiritual search as you can see here.


However, from working with clients over the years I have noticed that there is an assumption that their path will be along the same sort of lines as mine – that they should be some sort of healer or therapist,or save the world in some way, and a judgment is made over what is “spiritual” and what is “not spiritual” – this I find is their biggest mistake. I once had a session with a client who told me that in her heart, she had always wanted to be a comedian. She then got onto the spiritual path, judged being a comedian as “non-spiritual” and decided that she should instead move abroad  and sink all her money into an organic cosmetics company. It was a complete disaster, everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, and she ended up on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Why? Because she did what she thought she should do, instead of what was in her heart. She went against the nature of her own soul. But really, what could be more spiritual than making people laugh?  Similarly I have clients who have been healers for years, who are exhausted, disillusioned, and feel empty, realising that they have not received the fulfilment from the work they thought they would do. Our goal should be to become brighter lights in the world ourselves, and to shine that light upon everyone we meet and the world.


The fact is that we ARE spirits having a human experience, not the other way round. Therefore, everything we do is spiritual, even the hoovering! It doesn’t matter what we do, it matters how we do it. To me, the spiritual path is about how we live in each moment, it’s about finding out who we are and being that person. So, if your passion is baking cakes, bake cakes, put your love into the cakes, and bring your light to your customers who buy your cakes. If it is what you are meant to do, you absolutely will be successful, because you will be working in alignment with your soul’s wishes.


Good questions to ask yourself are:-

  1. If I won £20million on the lottery, what would I want to do with my day?
  2. What work would I do for free?
  3. What do I absolutely love to do, what am I passionate about?
  4. What have I always been interested in?
  5. What did I love to do when I was a child?
  6. What natural abilities do I have?


If we start to worry that we will not be able to earn as much from our passion, then this is where the lessons of trust and faith come in. My income reduced by 75% when I left the bank, but I trusted, and I have always been looked after. We may need to move, to change our lifestyle, to buy less things and go on less holidays – but we will be happier and more fulfilled, so it will all be worth it!

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peter December 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

tremendous advice.

I wanted to be on stage when I was a child, now I am a bigger child I also thought that I should be a yoga teacher / healer / good egg / help others etc…

This has really helped me to know that I should be in drama school :) Thank you x


Alison December 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I’ve often heard that to identify who we really are, think back to loves and passions at 11 years old…I’ve often done this. At 11, I wanted to design – I drew blueprints of homes and fashions. I remember having to draw the lakes of Michigan, and I loved completing that assignment. Art, I believe, was my passion. I also loved teacher guides from school and playing school with my younger siblings.

I became a teacher, and after seven years left because I was exhausted and ready for something new. Now feeling so far away from who I really am (the question, what do you love, now stumps me – I can’t remember when I’ve really been immersed in an activity, loving it), I go back to the art and will explor how to first make this a part of my life. I guess that’s a starting point…


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