How to recognize your passion in life
We are all hurrying to get somewhere. We are aiming, achieving, trying and running, whether it’s towards something we want, or away from something we’d rather not face.
When we think about the things we do in our lives, there are many ways to test whether we’re on the right track. Are you headed towards your passion, or following the path you think you should be following?
One way to test this is to observe the distinction between push or pull in your life.
When you are pushed to do someting it drains you
I’m sure you have felft this way many times in your life. Feeling pushed to do something, which immediately feels like an obligation.
This can be a push from yourself to attend to your own standards in life, or it could be from external influencers telling you what must be done.
This kind of obligation takes energy and effort to complete, and also requires time to recover from. In fact, no amount of time is long enough of a break from it.
You know the feeling when weekends are always too short, and no matter how long your vacation is, it’s never long enough.
Push is something we do for other people, something we should do, something that may give us a reward, but the reward is external and ego driven (status, titles, you name it).
When you are pulled you are energized
Instead, when we feel pulled to do something, we feel an inner drive to do something. The motivation is completely different.
There is a burning desire within us, there is an obsession we cannot explain and a never-ending energy stream for our chosen field of love and interest.
You cannot wait to get started, you don’t dread Mondays because work is play for your anyways. You are doing the activity for the sake of the doing, and enjoying it because you feel joy and lightness.
This is when you are expressing your truest self, your nature as you are. And only when we are being true to our selves, when we are in direct contact with our higher self, we feel clear, calm, alert and joyful.
And we never run out of energy.
What we most love doing, loves us too
What we most love doing, loves us too. Isn’t this great news? What makes us happy, is the highest truth for us.
When Tony Robbins was asked how he can be energized for 12 hours a day, six days in a row during his events, he said it was easy because he was pulled to do it. Helping people is an obsession for him.
When he was asked how he decides what to say or do in situations full of raw emotion, he said “it just comes through me.” A true testament of being one with your higher self. A vessel for the Universal powers that operate through us.
You see, things get a whole lot easier when we are actually doing what we are called for to do. When we are allowing ouselves to act on our passion.
Yet we struggle, lay sideways on the tracks and protest because we think we know better (or, because we get scared).
We want the ego stuff, the things considered desirable by the standards of the given society we happen to be born into. Sadly these are rarely the things that truly give us long lasting happiness, peace and joy.
Releasing the struggle of effort
When I look at my life, many of my pull’s have somehow turned into push’es and I haven’t learned to let them go in time.
I have been hanging on for dear life onto things that were no longer making me happy, but instead took a ginormous effort to get done. But I didn’t want to let go, because I had been planning them and wanting (the idea of) them for a long time.
I didn’t want to let go, because that would have meant defeat, admitting I had possibly made a huge mistake, a wrong turn, and the thought of that was devastating.
So instead I kept on pushing, while I was getting more and more exhausted, irritated and frankly intolerable in the end.
Is it time to re-evaluate?
The difference between push and pull energy is very easy to spot, if you are honest. Push is heavy and sticky, and pull is exciting and joyful. Pull is something that has most likely been with us for some time now, something we keep brushing off because “it doesn’t pay the bills” or “it’s plain silly.“
But the truth is, if we want to become truly successful at anything we do, there needs to be this pull -energy behind it.
There has to be joy, excitement and motivation from within. After all, we cannot suffer our way to happiness, or push ourselves to peace. And we will never be truly successful at something we are pushed to do.
Unconditional love does not come from the person; it comes through them from the field and is therefore not draining upon their personal energy. If we feel drained, or like something is a lot of effort, it’s coming from our ego/mind construct and not the higher self.
-Michael Hetherington, “You Can Ask the Universe Anything
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