The famous psychiatrist Victor Frankl was a believer in «Logo therapy» from the two Greek words “logos” (reason) and “therapeia” (Therapy). He believed that if a person could find a reason to be well, a reason to live, a meaning to his or her life, then he or she would come into harmony.
The following questions may help us find our life purpose.
Questions For Connecting with My Inner Voice
1. When I was a child the things (activities, hobbies, interests, ideals) which were most important to me at various ages were:
a. Before 9 years old b. between 9 and 12
c. 13 to 15 d. 15 to 18 e. 19 to 21 f. 21 to 25
2. If I were told that I would die in 5 years, and that I would be healthy and active until that moment, I would live my life in the following way:
c. Personal time
d. Social life
e. Spiritual life
3. If I had to give three messages to the people of the world which for me were the most important guidelines for them to live by they would be…
4. If I had three wishes from a genie, who could give me special powers, what powers would I ask for:
a. If they were for myself?
b. If they were to be used to help others?
5. If your children asked you why we live, why we are on this planet, what is the purpose of life, what their goals should be in this life, how would you answer them?
6. What are your talents, and abilities, which come naturally to you, which are inherent in your personality?
7. In which situations have you felt the greatest satisfaction, fulfillment or sense of comfort with yourself and the world around you?
8. What kinds of activities or situations bring you the greatest joy?
9. What is it that you think you are best equipped to offer to your fellow man?
10. What talents, abilities or character traits would you like to develop further at this point in your life?
11. If in fact you are an instrument of a higher universal power (consciousness) which is governing all activities on the earth, seeking to manifest its latent potential in physical reality, through all beings as physical instruments of its expression, what could be the roles which you (as one of those physical instruments) have incarnated to play in the cosmic drama?
12. Describe here exactly how you would like your life to be, if there were no limitations whatsoever. Remember to describe all aspects of your life: physical, mental, social, professional, family, personal, spiritual, etc.
Study your answers to these questions for greater clarity concerning what you have really incarnated to do with your life.
Having discovered what is important to us, we then need to make a list of actions and changes, which will bring our lives in closer alignment with our highest ideals and goals.
Then we will need to become aware of any obstacles, which until now have obstructed us from remembering and living our life purpose.
Obstacles Toward the Fulfillment of the Purpose of Life
A. What would be the changes or actions you would like to make so as to be more in accord with the purpose of your life?
B. In connection with these, think if there are any the following obstacles: 1. Are you concerned about what the others will think?
b) What do you believe they will think?
c) Why do you mind that they will have these thoughts?
2. Do you have some financial insecurity in connection with these changes? What do you fear?
3. Do you have attachments to some comforts, which stop you from living your life more in accordance with your goals or ideals?
a) Which comforts?
b) What will you miss if you do not have them?
4. Do you have attachments to exterior sources of security, enjoyment of affirmation, which stop you from moving on toward your life purposes?
a) What are these attachments?
b) What will happen if you do not have them?
5. Do you fear that you will not succeed at or complete what you want to do?
6. Do you lack self-control and will power?
If so, what can you do about it?
7. Do you perhaps have lack of faith in God, in the soul or in spiritual life? If so, what can you do about it?
8. Do you perhaps believe that you are too old for changes and that you have missed the opportunities for change?
9. Do you have conflict of needs?
Note here some of the conflicts:
One part of the self wants to But another part wants something else
C. Based on our answers to the above questions we are likely to find our answers falling into these four categories.
1. Fears of
b. What other people think
c. Economic insecurity
d. Success (yes – fear of success)
e. Not making it in the world
f. That I am too old to make changes or start new things
g. That if I change, others may not accept me
h. Others____ specify____
2. Attachments to:
b. Easy way of life
c. External forms of security
d. How others perceive me
3. Lack of discipline
a. I lack energy
b. I lack concentration
c. I want to move on to something new
4. Various need conflicts