"You are altogether irreplaceable in the Mind of God.
No one else can fill your part in it,
and while you leave your part of it empty
your eternal place merely waits for your return."
~ A Course In Miracles ~
Each and every one of us is irreplaceable in the Mind of God and our unique part in this world can only be filled by us. There is, perhaps, no more beautiful spiritual practice than to discover and live out one's holy purpose for being. In fact, the wise and purposeful use of our life force is the most deeply satisfying, richly rewarding and worthy pursuit of our human existence.
This amazing quote from A Course In Miracles says that each of us has been entrusted with a special role, function and responsibility in creation, and all of creation depends upon us to play that unique part.
A thirsty, hungry, confused and suffering world waits for each of us, as the English poet John Keats once said,
"To enshrine within ourselves the presence of God
[and] to collaborate in making it available ...
We're called to be not just the heirs,
but collaborators or co-creators or co-healers ...
enabling the whole of humanity to participate."
Purpose is part of our spiritual DNA. When expressed through our human personality, it glows, and it radiates outward from us to join with the purpose of others in a harmony of action that is for the good of all.
Caroline Myss put it this way:
"Trusting in the unseen, ineffable spiritual purpose behind
our soul's journey generates a grace that illuminates the world."
This is one of the main indicators that you are living your soul's purpose: people are just naturally drawn to you and collaborate with you and support you in actions that come from your soul.
Outside my front door and my home office window the gifts of a flower garden bless my days with endless joy. The flowering plants and art objects I have placed there are intentionally set to soothe and surprise anyone who comes to my front door and everyone who passes by the house. In this small way, providing a burst of visual delights, I make a difference in my neighborhood and in the lives of those I am honored to greet and serve in my home.
Just as this intentional spot of beauty reaches out to bless the lives of unsuspecting passers-by, so too can the consciousness of peace within each one of us bring calm into the lives of those we interact with on a daily basis.
Peace in one of us brings peace to all of us. This is a promise in A Course In Miracles and something that is being scientifically studied and proven in the work of organizations such as the Institute of HeartMath (www.heartmath.org) and The Global Coherence Initiative (www.glcoherence.org).
When we are calm and peaceful, we not only change the vibrational patterns within our own body, we radiate the magnetism of our peacefulness to others too. In altering the energy within and around ourselves, we send out a signal that invites resonance with everyone else on the planet.
Does this sound too simple? Well it is often the things that are most simple which the reasoning mind likes to dismiss in favor of something complicated and unachievable.
I have personally witnessed the immediate and dramatic effects of the presence of peace upon those who are in stress or pain. I have watched as shoulders relax and faces soften when words of peace and sincere caring are spoken. Even the silence of a peaceful person changes the atmosphere in a room. The effects are often beyond what can be explained with reason but are never beyond what can be experienced in the heart.
Changing our world, shifting the course of our personal and planetary future, may be as profoundly simple as choosing peace above everything else; to breathe peace, to speak peace, and to act in peace every day.
Planting a garden of peace in our individual hearts is the starting point. Growing a garden of peace across neighborhoods, cities, nations, and continents is the work we are all responsible for.
Louise became a student of the Course In Miracles in the late 1980's. She started facilitating classes, retreats and discussion groups on Course teachings almost immediately, as a way to immerse herself and others in the life-changing principles of this beautiful and practical spiritual path. From there, her work blossomed into serving as a minister, life coach, retreat facilitator, author and presenter. Louise engages her students in deep spiritual dialogue that supports complete miracle-mindedness.