"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
~ Pablo Picasso
Once a year, I focus my offerings on Dharma- what it is, how to find it, and why it's so important that you do. As the sacred time of Navaratri approaches, this is an ideal time to turn your focus towards the inner and your divine gifts, while also transforming and healing in the process.
My own dharmic path has been wrought with deep pain, struggle and turmoil. In fact, even jyotish wasn't able to help me (now I know why!) As a highly sensitive person, my challenges seemed to be extra intense and it seemed I had a lot fewer options than others. The pain and struggle of not knowing my life purpose, my reason for being alive was so challenging and dark, I lost my way over and over again. Drugs, alcohol, bouts of deep depression and suicidal thoughts were part of my struggle. Nothing was clear and I was terribly lost.
Years later, I can see the divine gifts in this darkness. In fact, these enormous challenges, I've discovered, are the only reason I can share my dharmic work with the world at all, and never take it for granted. I know the pain of being terrible lost and without a sense of purpose. My mission in life is to help others find their own compass and to spark a life of passion and joy.
Through my own difficulties, I discovered some very essential pieces for unlocking one's dharma. The biggest challenge with dharma is that every path is completely unique and different. It's mystifying and uncertain, vague and hidden in many ways. However, there are some vital resources and tools that everyone can use for greater clarity. These are the exciting and profound insights I have to share with you. Finding your dharma doesn't need to be agonizing or terrifying. But a certain diligence and some special tools will help you uncover your path with more ease.
Step #1: Planting Seeds
The first thing you need to do is think about your lineage. Who in your family was a healer, artist or extremely spiritual? Remember to look beneath the surface. Often our ancestors weren't fully able to express their creativity and gifts, but the seeds are there nonetheless. Your job is to notice where these threads are- and how they relate to you.
Was your grandmother in church every Sunday? Did she love to sing the hymns? Do you have a doctor or teacher in the family? A poet? These are important facts you want to write down. These gifts are within you and are waiting to be activated and shared with the world. But these lineage gifts will be offered in very unique and special ways through your own being. Your job is to invite this in!
Next, write down your passions. What do you love to do and what would you spend your time doing if there was nothing standing in your way? Again, these are hints and clues that must not be neglected. Keep an ongoing list of your favorite activities.
Finally, what tasks do you do everyday that you enjoy? What pieces of your life do you activate daily and find nourishing? Maybe you cook one great meal a day or keep track of your thoughts in a journal. Maybe spending quality time with family or friends is vital, or walking your dog. These are also very important pieces of your dharmic path. Consider them clues. Don't overlook the seemingly mundane tasks you do in your life. These are connected to your gifts and offerings. Keep track of all of these pieces and add to your list as insights come.
The Ultimate Dharmic Resources
In my previous Dharma article, I share the essential pieces of your jyotish chart that you must use to explore your dharma. Read it here.
Remember that the 9th house of your jyotish chart is the house of dharma. It is also the house of enlightenment, the evolution of the soul. Yes, there's an entire house dedicated to dharma in your chart! The rest of the chart can help you assess and explore the messages of your 9th house. You can also study your navamsa (a special divisional chart) which gives even more detail and precision for your path and purpose. Jyotish truly shares it all!
My podcast below shares much more about using jyotish for unlocking the wisdom of your dharma. But there's another essential piece of the puzzle you must not overlook: Your challenges and shadows. It's the place no one wants to look, but it's the most vital part of the dharmic journey. You must use your challenges and pains as resources for awakening. The truth is, the darkness in your life and on your path is always connected to your dharma. They aren't separate.
What are you biggest obstacles, challenges and pains? What has caused you the most suffering in your life? Put these on your resource list. You'll need them as we continue to explore the essential pieces that you must use to unlock the mystery of your dharma.
Use my podcast below for deeper insights. I share a basic overview of how to use your jyotish chart in order to refine your dharmic understanding. I explain the important houses to look at for refining your purpose and why the ninth house is so important in your dharmic understanding!
Get out your jyotish chart and follow along! Don't have one? Get one from me here.
My next podcast will go even more in-depth into awakening your dharma. In my next Dharmic Step, I'll be giving you some clear action steps in order to start refining and defining your dharmic path and life vision. Stay tuned and follow along!
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