Finding Purpose

Tiger on the PathWhen I was learning Functional Medicine (FM), I discovered an interesting fact.

FM is an approach to medicine that emphasizes health, rather than focusing on disease.

One of the aspects of FM is adrenal health. As you probably know, your adrenals are your organs of survival (think adrenaline).

In ancient times, your adrenals kick into survival mode when facing an imminent threat. For example, walking through the jungle and suddenly a tiger jumps out in front of you on the path.

In modern times, you aren’t usually faced with tigers in the jungle. But you are faced with ongoing perceived threats to survival. These range from constant deadlines to interpersonal stress at work or home.

As a result, your adrenals activate survival mode much more frequently than in ancient times. Often it is there all the time.

What does this have to do with finding purpose? One of the deepest and most chronic stressors people face is what is called existential angst. Simply put, it’s the feeling of not having a purpose in life.

Understand that you don’t necessarily have just one purpose in life. I’ve noticed several over time in my life. But mostly my purpose has had to do with healing work.

However, recently I discovered the deeper purpose underneath that general purpose. This discovery came as somewhat of a surprise.

I’ve been doing deep meditation, clearing and reprogramming work with increased intensity this past year. Many old attachments have released. And many new understandings are emerging. These newsletter posts are part of that process.

Anyway, this past April, I was in Los Angeles for a reunion of students of Grandmaster Lew back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Some of these people I’d never met in person before. And some I hadn’t seen in 40 years. It was really interesting and fun to spend time with them.

Because I’ve been doing this deep inner work, I’m apparently primed for interesting experiences. At this gathering, one of my peers who I’d never met before is talking to me about his work. I tell him I admire his work and ask some technical questions.

Suddenly, and out of the blue, he asks me, “What are you here to to?” He isn’t asking why I am in L.A., but what my purpose is in this lifetime.

I tell him, “You ask good questions.” Then I wait to hear what the deep inner answer is to the question. A second or two later I have a feeling of upwelling emotion and deep knowing. I answer, “I’m here to help people reconnect with their spirit.”

This realization is at once both surprising to me and quite obvious. It puts words on something I’ve known at a deep level all my life. And it’s shaping the next 25 years of my work.

Your purpose in life doesn’t have to be some sort of grand, world-changing plan. It might be taking care of one person. Or creating works of art. Or writing a book. It might be being of service to a particular group of people. Whatever it is, it will give your life deeper meaning.

From my experience, finding your purpose can’t be forced. But you can create the internal space for it to emerge. And, it’s always associated with reconnecting to your spirit at a deeper level. If this speaks to you at this point in your life, contact me. I may be able to help.

All the best for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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