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Where Does Our Mission Originate?

Most of the people whom I work with are driven by something greater than themselves. They feel a call deep inside to make a difference in the world. I am like this myself. 


One thing that I have noticed in myself is that there are two parts to this drive that benefit from being seen as distinct: my personal/egoic need to be something as a result of life influences (often because of damage) and my deeper soul’s calling to my true mission. Very often when I go to create something in the world, it is inspired by my deeper Self but driven by my injury. This very often leads to experiences that I see often in other people’s lives as well: varying results, frustration, being overwhelmed, and even burnout. 


As a result of these experiences, it is easy to ask the question, “Am I even on the right track?” And then, “What is Truth, and what is fantasy?” For some people, this is followed by, “Should I give up my dreams and do something ‘reasonable’?”—“reasonable” meaning whatever we have been told is the correct way to live our life. I have come to see this process—for those of us who are unlocking our true gifts and rising to our calling—as refinement. I have come to see this process as that of an old soul who knows better than to set up their life in a way that can get too far off track and who instead orchestrates things to play out so that the ego is thinned and the deeper self can truly shine through. 


And so I have learned to be grateful for the frustrations that show me exactly where I am aligned with the lesser aspects of myself. I choose more and more to see this and make the necessary shifts, rather than seeing the obstacles as a sign of my lack or inability and then judging the worthiness or potentiality of my mission. The answer for me is in letting go of the idea that my mission is an outcome and seeing it instead as a process—a beautifully unfolding evolution of a way of being that I cannot fully understand and of which I will never entirely know the impact.

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2 comments on “Where Does Our Mission Originate?
  1. Misty Funk says:

    Hi, Dr. Kate I know I experience a discrepancy between what my soul wants (to share love) and what my ego wants (to make money, to have someone like me, etc.) I relate to what you wrote because I often have to reconnect with my mission. When I do not, I can feel that I pull on others to like/share/buy something I create versus to simply share my gifts and talents without the need of approval or money. It’s a process to catch these things and to realign with Truth.

  2. Karin Green says:

    Kate this rings so true “I am inspired by my deeper Self but driven by my injury”. I see this in my self, and in so many of my coaching clients, how our shadows and limiting beliefs developed from our injuries are driving our behaviors and actions. as well as clouding our ability to tap into the authentic expression of our deeper desires. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and journey!

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