Finding our soul’s purpose is a big deal and it can often seem overwhelming when we’re unsure of what it is we really want. Rebecca Campbell, author of Light is the New Black, tells us how she tuned into her authentic self and discovered two important steps that will help you on your spiritual journey…
When I was little my favourite question was, ‘Where are we going today?’ Even then I was searching for this thing that I knew I had to find. Eternally looking for the perfect black-and-white answer to the question, ‘What is my purpose?’
To be honest, the whole soul purpose thing stressed me out. It felt like a big decision to make, the type that hangs over you until you do it. But I was petrified that I might miss my life, or get it wrong. The deeper I got into my career, the more trapped I felt. I searched all corners of the world for the ‘perfect thing’ for me to do in order to play my part in leaving the world a little brighter with my presence.
When I actually got pretty clear glimpses of what it could be, I longed for some external person to confirm that I had it right and to give me permission to get on with it. I was weighing up, pondering and questioning all the possible paths, petrified that I might choose the wrong one. I thought it was all about striving and doing, not being and embodying. Through my own disillusion, time wasting, and working with loads of women who feel the same I have come to the conclusion that our soul purpose comes down to two things:
1. Be The Light
To ‘be the light’ you need to follow the things that light you up, so you can show up in life filled up and whole. You don’t need a special job to ‘be the light’; in fact you don’t need any job at all. You can ‘be the light’ in the grocery store, you can ‘be the light’ while cooking dinner, you can ‘be the light‘ on the world’s most boring conference call, you can ‘be the light’ while updating your Facebook status, you can ‘be the light’ by being there for a friend or a stranger who needs a smile.
2. Be authentically you
There is no perfect path, only a perfectly authentic You – full of contradictions, uniqueness and gifts. It is your ‘you-ness’ that allows you truly to light up the world with your presence. Your ‘you-ness’ is lifetimes in the making. It is your flaws, your quirks, your weirdness, your ancestral history, your gifts, your humour, and your imperfections. Your light and message will come through you regardless of what path you choose.
Your authentic self emerges when you follow what lights you up, or in other words, when you do what you love. And then do it in a way that only you can. Our soul is always calling us towards what will light us up. Our ego tries to trick us into thinking that it has to be more complicated. It cannot understand how it could be so simple as following what lights us up. But when we follow what we love over and over again, we stumble upon our calling without even realizing it. When we lose ourselves in the doing, we step out of the way and allow the light to flow through us.
THIS COPY HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM LIGHT IS THE NEW BLACK: A GUIDE TO ANSWERING YOUR SOUL’S CALLINGS AND WORKING YOUR LIGHT, £10.99, HAY HOUSE PUBLISHING.
About the author
Rebecca Campbell is a grounded intuitive spiritual mentor, practical intuitive guide, inspirational speaker and teacher. She is also the author of ‘Light Is The New Black’, available to order at lightisthenewblack.com.