Joseph Campbell’s famous words are often offered as advice to those in search of purpose and fulfillment in life: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” People tend to read this as a promise that if one just does what she or he loves, then everything will fall into place. This is probably a great practice for setting priorities and goals — but I think it’s a mistake to equate goals with purpose.
Goals are beacons we project into the future, carrots on a stick forever inviting us onward and upward. Purpose, on the other hand, must exist in the present if it is to exist at all. Likewise, bliss.
Following our bliss isn’t about chasing after something that we might experience if we can discover it, get it right, and capture it. No, my loves! Our bliss, our purpose, our fulfillment, indeed the very meaning of our lives is forever within us, here and now. It’s a matter of our engagement with and our commitment to anything and everything we are doing and being. Instead of pursuing purpose in the prospect of being blissed-out, we would do better to practice blissing-in.
I can't wait to see you this Saturday at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Service at 6:00 pm with the superlative Sid Fendley. Wine & cheese at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew