Her second episode was about mission statements, specifically regarding one's personal spiritual explorations. Companies, organizations, even school clubs all have a mission statement, but shouldn't your spiritual life have a mission statement? I realize that a spiritual mission statement might be a bit more vague than, "Increase customer base and improve sales by a margin of 20% over Last Year," but shouldn't we have some kind of direction on our path?
I love this idea. So many people in 2011 are the Book Store or Wikipedia pagans, blithely looking up random bits of information for what seems like sport. (Tangent: This is also what I refer to as the Index Pagan, who wants to know all about love spells so they look it up in the back of the book, but forget to read all the bits about proper spell-casting and such. It just makes for lazy spiritual education.)
Look, we're not curing cancer or anything, but we are attempting to better ourselves and possibly understand the infinite, which is something I have talked time and again about doing with fervor. 'Seek God like a man with his head on fire seeks water,' says Elizabeth Gilbert.
But we cannot all run around with our heads on fire, wildly dashing about trying to find the nearest pool of liquid and hope it's not gasoline. A mission statement is a statement of purpose. What is YOUR purpose in spiritual study? Do you want to lead a calmer life, using spiritual practice to vent the ick from your mundane life? Do you want to understand deep mysteries and learn to work magic? Do you want to be all unique and cool and practice some weird, esoteric form of eastern mysticism just because it freaks people out and you also get cool bonus points for getting to scoff at how tragic all of us muggles are?
What is it YOU want?
Of course, a post like this wouldn't be complete without a contribution from me. I wrote this mission statement (of sorts) about 4 years ago. Yes, I wrote it while rereading Eat Pray Love, and yes it is a bit...airy. But, I still like it and it still works for me, so poo on you. One of the interesting things about it is that it is an acronym. That's not interesting. What is interesting is that I did not intend to create an acronym. In fact, it wasn't until I'd written it all down that I looked and realized that it had accidentally become an acronym. I suppose one could say that this falls in the realm of No Accidents, in which I sat down to write what I wanted out of life and told myself I wanted to LAUGH. (Full text below.)
Share YOUR mission statement in the comments section below. I'd absolutely love to read it! Since tonight is a full moon, if you're participating in the Do The Stuff challenge tonight would be a good time to write a mission statement if you don't already have one!
Love and Lyte,
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Let your devotion to the All, and Its aspects the Goddess and God, permeate your existence until you cannot tell where you begin and They end.
Allow yourself to be content with your place in this life, realizing that while you are no better than anyone else, you should never put your Spirit under someone else’s feet.
Understand the power and weight of your words, never interrupting others, or hurting, belittling, self-promoting, lying, or otherwise injuring yourself or others with them.
Give of yourself, even if you have not been asked, for you were not always where you are now, and one day you will need others to give to you.
Have faith that you are never going to have all the answers, and that all of the time it’s ok to ask for help.