Eckhart Tolle talks of our life purpose as being in reality two life purposes – a primary life purpose and a secondary life purpose. The primary purpose is to awaken; to awaken from the illusion of this world of the mind to the true reality of being; to be able to recognize thoughts as being separate from the Self and to know the source of those thoughts – mind or Presence; to know who we really are at a deep level of awareness.
The secondary life purpose is wherever we are drawn to be of service in whatever manner, be it artist, lawyer, homemaker, light bearer, or any other of the myriad opportunities available to us.
It’s easy to search only for that which we are here to do from the secondary perspective and it’s also easy to identify only with that purpose. E.g. I am a … teacher/businessperson/mother/doctor etc. But that is just a role we are playing at this moment in our planet earth experience. Some people know this secondary purpose very early on and others seem to spend their lifetime searching without being aware that what is most essential is first awakening from the dream of illusion and discovering their true essence. Going out into the world to discover and/or do the secondary life purpose then becomes very difference experience.
A secondary life purpose that is not rooted in Presence cannot have the same fulfillment that being rooted in Presence brings. It becomes easy to get caught up in challenges and obstacles and everything becomes a big struggle. You will still have challenges when you are rooted in Presence, but you are more able then to see them from a detached perspective as opportunities to learn and grow.
A life purpose that is rooted in Presence and the awareness that Life Itself is the true creative spirit, will dispel the moths of darkness to the farthest corners. It is an amazing experience to empty your mind of all concepts of how things should and shouldn’t be, and to then allow Presence to flow through your mind, your eyes, your actions and to know the dynamism that Life Itself brings.
As you shine your light, in whatever form it takes, moths are drawn to that light. They will be extinguished by that same light if they get too close. Moths are the dark issues of the ego, both yours and others. Sometimes, the clearer we become, the uglier the moths seem to be. Yet that is all they are, those dark issues; they are moths and light will dissolve them in its brilliance.
Knowing who you really are shines a brilliant light of clarity out into the world. If you did nothing else but shine that light, you could find perfect fulfillment in your days and nights. Then whatever actions you are drawn to, that light will flow through those activities and you will know yourself in action in entirely different ways. The world needs clear, powerful light in order to find its way out of darkness.
So too are others drawn to the light – all kinds of others. It becomes your job to shine that light in such a manner that those drawn to it can light up their own lives just a little more. And this is what becomes your secondary purpose, the manner in which you shine your light.