Call for Guest Journeyers: Align with your Purpose

Hello Everyone!

The Journey of Purpose was the first Journey created. It grew out of a feeling of being lost and drifting aimlessly through life. I had a job that gave me purpose, a loving relationship that gave me purpose, a family I loved (and still do!) that gave me purpose, but what is my real purpose? What is my purpose in the context of enlightenment, ascension, or finding and being my highest self?  Finding purpose in the relationships I have and the things I do is different than fulfilling and serving my highest purpose.

I (susanwithpearls) take these Journeys for myself, for you, for everyone– for we are One, and there is no separation. As I am lifted all are lifted. As each of us digs in to our Highest Purpose, we clear the path for others to do the same.

People who Journey with me– Guest Journeyers — are courageous souls who are adding their light on this path, adding their light to All, for the benefit of All. There is no monetary exchange; the exchange is lifting each other, combining our energies, and providing a service to All.

If your heart is speaking to you about depth and purpose; if you feel an inner calling to come to the aid of humanity; if you want to bring light to your life, your purpose, your relationships and all your affairs, I welcome your participation. Click here to go to the application to become a WithPearls Guest Journeyer. (See this page for recent Guest Journeyers)

The next Journey– Journey of Purpose –begins on February 25. This is a call for Guests to join me on this Journey.

You may use Journey of Purpose to

  • find deeper purpose or meaning
  • gain greater alignment or harmony with a purpose you know you have
  • extend what you found out on Journey of the Heart into your purpose
  • add a layer of depth/meaning/nuance for your purpose
  • whatever you come up with as your intention for it

The requirements to be a Guest Journeyer are:

  1. committing to doing the Journey (52 days, contemplating/writing for 43 of those days)
  2. working with me to add your contribution to this website

Fill out the application here. I look forward to working with you.

~SusanWithPearls

Why? (Steve) Journey of Purpose – 03.02.00

Welcome to Journey of Purpose! Today, we begin with Why? The first day is always a reflection about what this Journey is about for you. Why do you care about purpose? What does it mean to you? What do you hope to learn? What would you like to gain? What would you like to release? Below are Steve’s reflections on Why;  See mine here:

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Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Why? Why am I committing to participating in this Journey of Purpose?

In some respects, I have no idea what my purpose in life is. I worked for a living from the time I was a young teenager, until 2 years ago, when I “retired” at age 63. (I don’t like that word. I prefer to think of it as an opportunity to “restructure”).  While I was working for a living, that was purpose enough. Now, my time is less structured, and I have more time for walks, reading, doing some volunteer work. Exploring my spirituality, and how does that show up in my life. The question comes up, “what is my purpose in life?” I have no ready answer for that.

I hesitated committing to this Journey of Purpose. I’ve just  participated in two other Journeys, and felt ready for a break. And I worried for a time about what happens if I go on this journey, and don’t find my higher Purpose?

I came to realize that I wanted to do this journey of purpose. Not to “find” my purpose, but to explore the concept of Purpose, what does it even mean? My purpose changes moment by moment, to be awake, and available to live in life, to respond to whatever is needed in the moment, whether It’s washing dishes, cooking a great meal, helping a young person with their reading lessons. What do I call these purposes?

I am doing this journey to have Fun! I enjoy the process, and the commitment to the journey. I find there is purpose enough in the process of living, and taking on a journey of exploration. I want to have fun on the journey, and not get bogged down in seriousness. I want to give myself a break, and not buy into my self-critic’s judgments. I want to have fun with this exploration.  That’s why I am committing to this Journey of Purpose.

Why? (Susan) Journey of Purpose – 03.02.00

Welcome to Journey of Purpose! As always, I will be here for the next 41 days, sharing my Journey. Also for this Journey, Steve will be Guest Journeying–he will be sharing his thoughts and reflections daily, also. Meet Steve here. If you are so inclined to be a Guest Journeyer, it’s not too late! Just email me susan@withpearls.com. It’s helpful to others to see how you may approach and process the Journey, to see the variety of reflections. By sharing here, you are helping others.

Today, we begin with Why? The first day is always a reflection about what this Journey is about for you. Why do you care about purpose? What does it mean to you? What do you hope to learn? What would you like to gain? What would you like to release? Below are my reflections on Why; Steve’s will follow shortly:

SusanWithPearls

Susan

Journey of Purpose was the very first Journey I ever created. I was at a good place in my life; there was nothing “wrong”, yet I didn’t feel like I understood my higher purpose. “How do I figure that out?” I asked myself. “How do I always figure such things out?” “I ask!” I responded to myself. “I seek (and find) my answers”. That’s how Journey of Purpose was born. Every day for 40 days, I asked the question of my Higher Self: what is my highest purpose? What I discovered on that first Journey was that doing the Journeys was my higher purpose. Since then, I’ve completed a total of three Journeys of Purpose; this is my fourth one since 2013.

The point of this scenario is that this is a really good example of why these Journeys are called Journeys. Even though I “found” one answer to my question, “what is my Purpose?”, I kept asking the question over the next 7 years, and I keep getting new answers. There is never one answer. Each time the question is asked, I am new and different, never the same person. Therefore, the answer I get is never the same. The more you ask, the more closely you hone the answer…but on this Journey of connecting with your Higher Self, there is no destination…or if there is, it’s way too far ahead for you to even imagine it!

Since I have done this several times, and have honed my Purpose more than someone just beginning, my Why is very clear and very specific:

I am doing Journey of Purpose to be my Highest Purpose, which is…doing the Journey.

I know…this sounds like I’m talking in circles, so let me explain. My purpose is the Journeys. I have been working on getting the Journeys out as books for several years. But, it has not yet happened and that is the next step for the Journeys. It now must happen.

Each day, my Journey is going to be working on the Journey books.

Yes, I will listen to/contemplate the Guiding Thoughts (more on this tomorrow in my commitment), but the writing that will happen will be (mostly) private, as it will be writing the books.

Final Reflection, Susan. Journey of the Heart – 03.01.41

Susan

When I began Journey of the Heart, I intended to open my heart in order to heal humanity. This stemmed from a mourning for humanity, and how far we have fallen into violence (that even Disney Movies now have violence as core plots).

Then, the Journey began, and I felt like my heart literally split open, broke open. It was a physical feeling, like someone punched me in the chest. The feeling did not go away for the entire Journey, and in the breaking open, there was release and renewal. It’s hard to explain, but it was like I was able to feel and experience new levels/layers of suffering in order to heal them. This was not just “for me” but for all of humanity, so I see this as a correspondence with my intention. (“you get what you ask for”)

With all of this going on energetically in my chest, I think that my head and my emotions were not up to thinking and feeling on a conscious level. Too much was going on energetically that I was unable to process much of anything mentally or emotionally.

The way I addressed this while drawing/painting was to find a way to paint so that I did not have to think or feel. I repeated a water color technique which produced very sweet little flowers. All I had to do was follow the technique, while listening to the Guiding Thought for the day. I found it relaxing and stimulating.

With this technique, I also gained confidence in my ability to produce or create something specific, intentionally. This is an unusual approach for me. I usually let my art come spontaneously, and just “see what comes out”. So, to intend to paint for a specific result was new. During the Journey, I likened this to the microcosm of learning to Create (capitial C) in the macro. That is: intentionally co-creating with my Divine Self.

This was an intense Journey for me, on many levels–especially that whole energetic thing with my heart breaking open. And, by the end, I was eager and excited to move forward with Journey of Purpose. Journey of the Heart helped me to really clarify how I want to approach Journey of Purpose.

And you’ll read about that a little later today!

Love to all. I am thankful for you being here, doing the work of becoming aware of and living from and through your Higher, Divine Self. See you again soon…

Journey of Purpose begins later today.

Final Reflection, Lita. Journey of the Heart – 03.01.41

 

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Susan (commentary)

After 40 days of drawing/writing/painting and connecting with the Heart, there are two final steps. 1) Relax, celebrate, and let yourself assimilate the (joyful) work of the past 40 days. 2) Reflect on the past 40 days and write a bit about how you feel now. Did you accomplish what you set out to accomplish (re-read your Why)? Did the Journey have unexpected twists and turns? How has your relationship with your heart changed? What about your relationship with other people? What have you learned? To what do you now aspire? These are just some questions to get you started…there are no “rules” to what your Journey means for you, or how you reflect upon it.

Between Feb 19 and Feb 22, you’ll find the reflections of the four Journeyers. Today is Lita:

Lita

Reflection

I began this journey with low energy and awareness of a rather tight and unexplored place – the back of my heart. What a pilgrimage this has been. I say pilgrimage because it was such a physical and tactile meditation, this Journey of the Heart. This pilgrimage of daily art is much like a walking journey, forcing emotions and memories to the surface with each and every step or stroke of my hand. In some circles this is considered to be an “extroverted” meditation, this art expression the journey asked of me and other participants. We all took sacred steps indeed.

I end this journey with more energy and a new sense of heart space. The back of my heart is no longer a place where dryness and neglect are the descriptions of the landscape. I truly feel the openness of space here, where energy can move and find expression. More important, I have appreciation for the timing of this journey which reminded me that I have access to play and creativity. It has been surprisingly restorative.

Metaphorically speaking, I am grateful for the opportunity to have done some of the necessary cleaning and pruning this heart space required. And I am grateful for having done it with a group. You all (those of us posting as well as those who have done it privately) have been much like a work party who show up for a good yard clearing. We are all making space for Love.

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of Love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered Fire.”  Teilhard de Chardin

 

 

Journey of Purpose begins February 25, 2020

What you can do to prepare: 

Reflect on how you see yourself living your highest purpose.

Think about where you want to be five years from today.

How can you serve Humanity and the Earth with the most benefit?

Call for Guest Journeyers

See the homepage for more information.

Final Reflection, Steve. Journey of the Heart – 03.01.41

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan (commentary)

After 40 days of drawing/writing/painting and connecting with the Heart, there are two final steps. 1) Relax, celebrate, and let yourself assimilate the (joyful) work of the past 40 days. 2) Reflect on the past 40 days and write a bit about how you feel now. Did you accomplish what you set out to accomplish (re-read your Why)? Did the Journey have unexpected twists and turns? How has your relationship with your heart changed? What about your relationship with other people? What have you learned? To what do you now aspire? These are just some questions to get you started…there are no “rules” to what your Journey means for you, or how you reflect upon it.

Between Feb 19 and Feb 22, you’ll find the reflections of the four Journeyers. Today is Steve:

Bent HaloSteve

Reflection

There was so much Heart in this journey! There seemed to be a magic, working through all of us, as we created separately, yet together, our individual expressions of love, from our hearts.

It reminds me that although we all walk our own paths, we all have the same destination. We are one.

This kept resonating with me throughout the journey, We are One.

We are walking each other home.

I started this journey wanting more Peace and love in my life. As I reflected on each guiding thought, I often had a struggle to come up with something. That’s just being honest. I think it was a struggle twixt heart and mind.  When an idea came to me, I often found that the drawing, painting, or picture was enough. I did not need to add any analysis from my mind.

I appreciate the non-verbal aspects of this journey. Words can be limiting (they can also be evocative). It seems like drawing or painting can tap into our inner selves, and express broader aspects of who we are, what we are feeling and experiencing.  They can help to open our hearts.

What did I learn from this journey?

We are One. (And sometimes I can actually experience that). I learned to trust my heart more, and to appreciate the support from everyone on this journey, including many who don’t even know they were on this journey.  I learned to trust my creative abilities more, and especially to appreciate the creativity expressed by others.  I learned that love flows between us all.  Thank you, you are all amazing!

A poem, by Ikkyu:

Many Paths, single moon

Many paths lead from
The foot of the mountain,
But at the peak
We all gaze at the single bright moon.

 

 

Journey of Purpose begins February 25, 2020

What you can do to prepare: 

Reflect on how you see yourself living your highest purpose.

Think about where you want to be five years from today.

How can you serve Humanity and the Earth with the most benefit?

Call for Guest Journeyers

See the homepage for more information.

Final Reflection, Mary. Journey of the Heart – 03.01.41

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan (commentary)

After 40 days of drawing/writing/painting and connecting with the Heart, there are two final steps. 1) Relax, celebrate, and let yourself assimilate the (joyful) work of the past 40 days. 2) Reflect on the past 40 days and write a bit about how you feel now. Did you accomplish what you set out to accomplish (re-read your Why)? Did the Journey have unexpected twists and turns? How has your relationship with your heart changed? What about your relationship with other people? What have you learned? To what do you now aspire? These are just some questions to get you started…there are no “rules” to what your Journey means for you, or how you reflect upon it.

Over the next four days, you’ll find the reflections of the four Journeyers. Today is Mary:

Mary

Perhaps I “should” be doing a piece of art for today. But that’s not what’s on my mind in reflecting on The Journey of the Heart. We are heading out to the ocean for a few days. What I’ve packed is quite different from all previous trips.   Yes, I’ve got the usual clothing and music.  But I’ve also packed things I haven’t even considered taking in the past: sketch paper and pencils, a book on how to draw, water color pencils and paper. I have learned to think art for an outing such as this. I’m also taking the love and support of my fellow Journeyers along. The oneness of heart I feel for those openly journeying with me, and all those who have been cheering me on and encouraging me is amazing. I have a different level of confidence in “doing” art, or in trying anything at all that’s new to me. I feel loved and supported and lifted in a new and joyful way. While I’ve participated in other Journeys, THIS Journey of the Heart has opened my heart and life in ways I can’t even articulate. I face each day with new levels of joy, openness, love and gratitude. Thank you with all my heart to the Journeyers, the encouragers, the Devine that led me to Susan With Pearls. As I closed Day 40 of this Journey I left a blessing here, a blessing that moves me every time I hear it.  I’d like to repeat my wish/blessing for All in the form of “The Long Time Sun” especially the version sung by Jai Jagdeesh.

“May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon you

All love surround you

And the Pure light within you

Guide your way on.

Sat Nam”

 

Journey of Purpose begins February 25, 2020

What you can do to prepare: 

Reflect on how you see yourself living your highest purpose.

Think about where you want to be five years from today.

How can you serve Humanity and the Earth with the most benefit?

Call for Guest Journeyers

See the homepage for more information.

Let’s Celebrate! Journey of the Heart, Day 40- 03.01.40

See below the “4 regulars” for a fifth Journeyer’s artwork! You can still send in your work! email to susan@withpearls.com

Guiding Thought:

My heart-love establishes my inner-peace.

Solidly grounded in my own inner-peace, I approach all of life with love, compassion, and wisdom.

I live as my Self, shining with the beauty of the Love I AM.

Guiding Thought Audio (plays in a loop) can be found here: https://wp.me/p9wKWQ-1g
Listen to the Guiding Thought as you paint/draw/create and connect with your heart!


Lita

Let the Beauty of what we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel kiss the ground.

Rumi

 

SusanWithPearls

Climbing vines. Heart leaves. Growth. Movement. Upward. I am READY for Journey of Purpose!

 

Bent HaloSteve

“The only path to inner peace,

Is not through the mind,

But, through the heart.”

-Richard Kirsten-Daiensai

I thought it would be fitting for the closing picture of this journey to include a painting by the Creator/God/the All in One. A summer sunset out our window.

What a journey this has been, and will continue to be. My heart has been opened, creative expressions have been shared, and I am the better for it. I am part of the One, and so, in some small ways, perhaps the world is better off, for our embarking on this journey of the heart. Love I AM, and Love WE ARE.

 

 

Mary

While on this Journey, I have dabbled in a variety of art forms that are new to me. One that is perhaps more craft than art is called diamond painting. Like a paint-by-number or a cross-stitched embroidery project, a pattern is provided and color placement is specific. Two of the diamond paintings I did were intended as gifts for others. While I know they will be much appreciated by the recipients, the crafting of them was a huge gift to myself. One in particular took many, many hours and many more carefully placed little “diamonds” than I had anticipated. Therefore, I spent much time hanging out with and contemplating an elephant-headed Hindu deity named Ganesh. Interestingly, Ganesh is known for removing obstacles. While I don’t consider myself to be a Hindu, clearly a major obstacle was removed for me while working on the Ganesh image and while walking the path of this Journey. I am no longer inhibiting the revelation of the artist within. My heart is much more open to free expression in this realm. As the first Guiding Thought in this Journey proclaims, “I am a willing and joyful student”!  An additional diamond image I completed is of Buddha. Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher in India, not actually considered to be a god, he was a spiritual teacher and a person who attained Bodhi, or wisdom. Through the Buddha’s teachings, I am (perhaps) learning to loosen attachment to false beliefs such as “I can’t do art”. Living in the Seattle area, in year past I have sometimes allowed myself to experience the winter blues, locally known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  During several winters I actually found it was necessary to fly off to Arizona, California, or Hawaii for a few days of sunshine. It was either that or hibernate under a blanket for a couple months. Not so this year. Frankly, I don’t recall EVER having such a happy, joyful attitude this time of year. I credit the Journey of the Heart – and art for the difference!   If you’re lurking here, or sitting on the fence about stepping into the next Journey, the Journey of Purpose, I encourage you to jump in with both feet. Publically or privately, I know from my own experience that if you participate fully you’ll have a life-enhancing Journey. I extend my deepest gratitude to all beings for helping me to see that it might actually be true that I live as myself and shine with the beauty I am.

“May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon you

All love surround you

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on.

Sat Nam”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annakje Grace

Annakje has been following the Journey, while doing her own Journey.  She says,

“I enjoyed following along and reading the entries along with seeing the art produced. I regularly received a jolt of joy when I saw susanwithpearls pop up in my news feed on face book and was excited to click the link. Other times there was an aversion bc of whatever state I was in, which allowed me to see that shimpa and embrace my aversion by clicking on the link 😁

I am an artist and have not been making [much] art recently. Following the Heart Journey has definitely opened up production… I have my paints out now and set up. I know I can use them and I do more often now…so thank you.  I will be a more avid follower bc of this following. Please feel free to share my pictures if you wish to do so.”