Wondering what your life purpose is supposed to be? Not sure if you’re on the right track? I’m with you. I tell people that I’ve had a mid-life crisis every year since I was a teen. That is, until I came across Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss.
Between Instagram and FaceBook, I use to always compare my messy behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s flawless highlight reel.
How did an ex’s new girlfriend seem to have it all together? How can people afford to travel the world and stay at luxurious hotels?
The anxious inner debating committee going on inside my head finally came to a stop after reading Sacred Contracts. According to Myss, each of us is guided by a Sacred Contract that our soul made before we were born.
What's in our Sacred Contract?
Our Sacred Contract contains a wide range of agreements, to include what lessons we are intended to learn in life and what kind of work we do.
It also comprises our key relationships with the people who are to help us learn the lessons we have agreed to work on.
Each of those relationships represents an individual Contract that is part of our overall Sacred Contract. When it comes to our free will, we can exercise our freedom of choice at any time.
Our Contract may provide us with an opportunity for growth. It can come in the form of dealing with office politics, devastating breakups, and so forth.
Whether it’s a breakup or job frustrations, I find myself referring to Sacred Contracts to gain a sense of grounding in the midst of chaos.
In my journal, I wrote numerous quotes from the (very thick) book. Below are are my 20 best quotes that I love referring to when the going gets rough. I categorized it by different life challenges...
Why do “bad” things keep happening to me?!
“Each of us has a dark side, along with our own grace and light. The extent to which we can acknowledge the former while maximizing the latter may determine how we choose to fulfill the terms of our Contract.”
“By learning to identify your energy patterns, you will be able to gain a much greater vision of the meaning and purpose of your many experiences and relationships.”
“When you do not seek or need external approval, you are at your most powerful.”
What’s my purpose in life?
“All we need to do is to strive to realize our fullest divine potential. That may not be the same potential as the masters but it’s our potential that that’s all that’s expected of us.”
“You’re often given more than one opportunity to complete a learning process. Each time you try to avoid an opportunity or challenge, the consequences become more severe.”
“Spiritual growth occurs in stages. The stages generally overlap and continue to unfold throughout life as we grow or develop a skill or insight.”
“Stages aren’t strictly linear progression but rather a continuous process of growth and unfoldment that you may go through a number of times as you encounter new challenges or circumstances.”
How to I let go of an “unforgivable” [boss/ex/friend/parent]?
“Trust that everything meant to come your way will arrive in due time, that you’ll be with the right people at the right moment and the divine guidance endlessly flows into your soul.”
“We manage our contracts, the Divine takes care of the Sacred.”
“Your contract allows you countless chances to grow and change, dependent only on your willingness to pick up on dreams, intuitions, apparent coincidences and ‘chance’
How to I decide if [fill in the blank] is the best choice for me?
“We are each following different routes along the same general path that leads us all to the same final task.”
“Throughout life you encounter extraordinary opportunity and challenges that require continuous transitions and adjustments.”
“You’re given ongoing tests that ask the question: ‘Which world will you choose to follow, that of Divine or the earth?’”
How can I be sure everything will work out?
“All materials or energy that are essential to the completion of your task will be provided.”
“Although you have everything you need within you to fulfill your Sacred Contract, you won’t be provided everything you want.”
“In a Sacred Contract, your payment is in spiritual capital - insights, purpose, self-understanding and the attainment of spiritual attributes - compassion, selflessness, faith.”
How can I live a happier and more fulfilling life?
“Events take place by design. Our life is laid out in steps and stages arranged in such a way that we always have the opportunity for spiritual transformation.”
“Spiritual transformation results when you move from seeing things strictly in physical, material terms to seeing that there are reasons why things happen- that there’s a greater plan behind them.”
“We’re in control of nothing other than the moment when, or if, we can finally trust that our contracts are governed by a force of wisdom much greater than our own.”
“Learn your strengths and capacity to push yourself beyond your ‘apparent’” limitations.”