So many of us go through our lives with the feeling that there must be more to life than this. As a result, we periodically have times when we are in search of who we are or what our purpose is in life. I prefer to refer to this as a search for My Path.
Throughout my life, I have found myself off of My Path more often than I care to admit. These periodic diversions often leave me feeling bewildered and asking myself:
- How did I get here?
- Where did I step off the path?
- What decision was it that changed my direction?
- Was it the job change, the vacation, the conversation with my wife or best friend?
- Was it even intentional?
This line of questioning is immediately followed by:
- How do I get back on my Path?
- What does my Path even look like now?
- Does that Path even exist anymore now that I have been off of it for so long?
- How can I tell when I am back on my Path?
I recently graduated from Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, a journey that I never would have imagined was on My Path three years ago. During my training, a teacher, Guru Singh, gave a lecture wherein I internalized an analogy he used:
We are experiencing our lives like a film, frame by frame. All time exists simultaneously, past, present and future and as time rolls past us, we watch it scroll by and interact with it.
At the time, that analogy seemed like an interesting idea but I didn’t give it much thought until this weekend when I realized how ideal that concept is for divining, “Are You on Your Path or Someone Else’s?”
Ponder that question for a moment.
Ok, now that you’ve thought about it, let’s consider this: In the past when I’ve asked myself that question, I’ve answered with great confidence: “I’m on My Path.” However, when I employ the idea of looking at my life in the past and present as a film or movie that’s passing by one frame at a time, the answers are dramatically different, especially when adding a very specific filter to my perception of the movie. The filter I began applying was, “Who is the star of the movie in this frame?” and WOW did the entire plot change.
When you are truly living your True Self, the Star of the movie is always You and the only time you are ever on your Path is when you are living as your True Self.
We have to remember that in the Movie that is our life, we must always be the Star. When someone else is the Star in our Movie, it is because we have stepped off our Path to become nothing more than the support cast, and in some cases, a character or bit actor. This isn’t to say that we aren’t a supporting character or bit actor as a part of our life, but we should only be playing those parts in the life movies of others, never our own.
Instead of asking yourself if you’re on your path or spending the time anguishing over whether or where you stepped off your path try this: Am I the Star of my own Movie? Am I the Star of my own Life?
If so, rejoice in the knowledge that you are living true to yourself and give thanks to the guru within that guides your path.
If not, rejoice in the knowledge that you can see it, give thanks to the guru within that guides your path, and give yourself permission to be your True Self.
Yogi Bhajan said, “Once you are you, all will be around you as you want. That’s the catch-22.”
Be the Star of your Own Life.
Be your True Self.
Settle for nothing less than Your Best
and Everything is Possible.