The Difference between Destiny Karma and Soul Purpose

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: What is the difference between Destiny (Pralabdha) Karma and Soul Purpose? I’m not sure what arises from each of them.

A: Pralabdha Karma arises from the unconscious mind. It operates from your genes to influence physiological conditions, and from your life matrix to influence psychological issues. Your experience of destiny karma is that it operates outside your ability to control it using the intention of your attentional principle, the volition of your Self or your Soul, or the wish of your spirit. It appears to operate independently from the areas of your life and consciousness that you perceive are a part of you and that you direct using your conation.

Soul Purpose is communicated to your Self at the core of your personality as guidance through the intuitive stream coming from the your Soul; as support and encouragement from its unconditional love stream; and as concrete direction from its transpersonal will.

This is conscious cooperation between the Soul and the Self: the two form a willing partnership to enact the aspects of the Soul’s Expressed Purpose. While the Self may sense that a higher aspect of the Mind is expressing through it and using the aspects of the personality, it is a voluntary submission—the personality realizes that the Soul’s activity is both benign and necessary.

The Self’s encounter with Pralabdha Karma is not voluntary: it notes that some aspect of the body-mind operates autonomously. This discovery may lead to your attempts to fight against these patterns to eradicate them. It may guide you to seek out guidance and counsel to find out where these patterns originate and how to overcome them. It may inspire you to solicit help from spiritual agencies—many people’s spiritual quest has been sparked from their desire to overcome some intractable personal problem. It may bring you to accept these patterns as a part of your nature you cannot control and you realize that must live with them.

Pralabdha Karma arises from your unconscious mind; Soul Purpose comes from your Superconscious mind. Both function outside the parameters of the Metaconscious mind where your Self dwells.

While both come from outside the confines of the personality, their operation is different. Soul Purpose guides you develop yourself so you can enact aspects of its mission; Destiny Karma makes you undergo experiences of reward and retribution based on karma you generated in this or former incarnations.

We encourage you to contemplate which aspects of your nature arise from Pralabdha Karma and which are the whisperings of your Soul Purpose.

We teach you how to meditate on the causal body center of the Soul’s essential vehicle to tease out what your Pralabdha Karma comprises in the Karma Workshop, which is available in our Public Access webinars under the Public tab.

We go into greater depth as to what is your Soul Purpose in the Purpose Workshop, which also is available under the Public tab.

For those of who wish to know what is written in their four quadrants of Karma, and who do not have the current facility to meditate on their Soul’s causal body, may opt to do a Karma Reading. In this reading, we elucidate the major themes of written in your karmic reservoir. Those of you who may wish to know if current psychological issues stem from events in your previous lives may wish to obtain a past life reading.

To the degree that you plumb the mysteries of Destiny Karma and Soul Purpose, they will cease to be mysterious to you. You will come to know, accept, and cooperate when appropriate with these influences arising from your unconscious and Superconscious mind.

Perspectives on Purpose

By George A. Boyd © 2017

Q: When I try to tune into what is my purpose, I get conflicting voices that each tell me something else. How do I discern my true Soul Purpose?

A: As we have discussed in the Purpose Workshop, there are several orders of purpose. You have to penetrate to the core, where you can ascertain your Soul’s genuine purpose. We recommend that you take this workshop, which you can purchase from our Public Webinars page on our website, to help you tease out what is the Soul’s purpose from the other levels that each play a “purposive role” in the expression and concretization of your Soul’s Great Work.

As an example of some of these perspectives of purpose, let us consider what purpose looks like from several different vantage points.

  1. Ego – From the standpoint of the ego, purpose looks like survival of the body and fulfillment of desires and needs
  2. Self – From the viewpoint of the Self, purpose appears to be the creation and completion of goals that promote career success, personal fulfillment and growth. For individuals who take the Third Planetary Initiation, this purpose changes, and takes the form of carrying out the directives of the Higher Self.
  3. Life (Expressed Soul Purpose) – Life is seen in this view as the expression of the Soul’s gifts, its love, and its wisdom in everyday living—in relationships, in career, and as its active ministry and service to others.
  4. Spiritual Destiny (Intrinsic Soul Purpose) – This is the track of the Soul’s development plan, which comes into view in the higher unconscious behind the Soul. It aims for completion of spiritual evolution, with the actualization of all spiritual and personal potentials.
  5. Mastery – This takes the form of service to other living beings from a universal platform: to uplift their awareness into the state of enlightenment and Realization, initiate them into spiritual practices, empower them to use their abilities and gifts, guide them on the inner Planes, teach them about their spiritual laws and the content of the Path, counsel them, heal them, purify them with the Divine Light, and actively transform their Souls along their track of spiritual evolution.

You discover your expressed Soul Purpose through dialog with your Soul. You discover your spiritual destiny through meditating on the higher unconscious behind your Soul to discern the track your Soul must travel, and the nodes of ministry and mastery that are embedded on that Path—the thrones, stars, crowns, wheels, and forms that become visible as the Soul transmutes and integrates the karmic accretions that veil them.

Those who complete one of our intermediate meditation classes, the in person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program are eligible to take the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation, where we guide you along the track of your Soul’s spiritual destiny, and show you that pathway behind each higher octave of being and point out its stage of culmination—the state of Liberation.

Those who have difficulties visualizing the content of their higher unconscious may opt to obtain a Soul Purpose Reading from us. In this reading, we can give you the details on the discrete stations on the Path ahead of you where the Soul has been given a form of service, and reveal to you where they are on the Path ahead of you.

Awakening Inner Gifts

By George A. Boyd

Q: I was wondering if you would be able to tell me which abilities my Soul has on the Temple of Art Subplane? Also, you mentioned something in a previous talk about past-life abilities coming up. Do you have any idea what these could be, artistic or otherwise?

A: In one of the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course lessons, there is a listing of different art forms that are encountered in this Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane. Perhaps even better than my doing a reading for you, however, would be for you to interface with your Soul and let it show you.

I would start by encountering each of these art forms. For example, you could go to a local museum to see paintings and sculptures, read a collection of poetry, listen to a variety of different types of music, or watch a show on dancing—or investigate these things through videos on the Internet. See if you experience a desire to express yourself in this way. The objective of this exercise is to trigger your native genius for art.

There are seven major ways you will uncover an artistic gift, or other ability your Soul has developed:

  1. Random or chance discovery – You discover the gift through coincidence or a serendipitous encounter. You stumble upon the gift. For example, I was talking to a friend in 1980, and our conversation turned to past lives. She asked me, “Who do you think I was in my past lives?” I responded, “you were this, you were this, and you were this…” I had this inner exact knowing that I had never realized I possessed. I have since concretized this gift as the ability to do past life readings for others, which I have done since 1983.
  2. Academic or vocational discovery – You take a class in school that lights you up inside, or you take a course at a vocational school or on the job training that makes you feel you were born to do this. I had this feeling when I took my first psychology class.
  3. Inquiry – You actively ask your Soul to show you its gifts and abilities. You establish a question and answer dialog with your Soul.
  4. Internal discovery – You meditate on the levels of your Superconscious mind and you encounter an archetypal form in the Temple of Art that represents your gift.
  5. Interest inventory – You take an interest and aptitude test to discover what interests you and what might be one of your strengths, where you might have existing skills and strengths. These tests are available online and at the counseling office of your local college.
  6. Asking for guidance and revelation – Here you might ask God to reveal your gifts. You could also go to a reader to tell you what these gifts are—someone who has the ability to recognize an archetypal form that represents a budding gift. I use this type of reading when I do my seed thoughts for meditation reading, for example.
  7. Spontaneous expression – Your Soul will just start doing the gift. For example, a visual artist will start obsessively doodling and drawing. A musician will start sounding out tunes on a piano or a guitar. A graphics artist will fool around with a graphics or paint program on their computer.

The sign you’ve kindled your artistic gift is that you’ll start imagining and thinking about what you want to create. You’ll find your unique artistic voice.

Past life abilities do not always have a place in your current life. Let’s say, for example, that you built outrigger canoes in a past life. You would have no place to use that skill in your current life. If you did go to the small island in Indonesia where you used this skill, the impressions of this skill might come back to you—you just wouldn’t have a use for it in modern Detroit, Michigan.

But other skills that you developed in past lives, you might continue to explore. For example, if you played a primitive three stringed instrument in a life you had in Africa, you might be attracted to play a guitar or vina in this life.

The Soul has a native genius. You bring out that genius through practicing the skill until you are proficient, and you develop a habit. Then you can innovate. Then you start gaining insights that enable you to do the skill at an advanced level. Finally, this gift becomes fully integrated into the Soul, and you can use this ability to express your Soul’s intent and vision fully.

There are many other areas that your Soul can express its gifts, in addition to artistic genres. Here are just a few examples:

  • Leadership
  • Military strategy
  • Public service
  • Diplomacy and negotiation
  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Business management, sales, and entrepreneurship
  • Meditation and stress reduction
  • Martial Arts
  • Yoga
  • Sports
  • Scientific disciplines
  • Research
  • Medical and Healing Arts professions
  • Philosophy
  • Psychic Intuitive Arts and Metaphysical Counseling
  • Ministry

Ask your Soul to show you its gifts and abilities in the area of art and each other area in which it has gained proficiency in this and other lifetimes. Examine the zone it has opened so far—so if your Soul has opened the Biophysical Universe, the Abstract Mind Plane, the Psychic Realm, and the Wisdom Plane in the Planetary Realm, you would inquire as to which of your gifts you have activated so far in each band of the Continuum that your Soul has brought into the sphere of its opened consciousness.

Realize that many of these gifts may be in a rudimentary or incipient stage of development. But once you realize that the gift is there, you can begin to actively develop it.

Gifts do not normally spring into full bloom like Venus rising from the foam, but if you have either started them in your current life or a past life, you may have already developed some proficiency with this ability, and you will develop it from there. But other gifts, once you discover them and become aware that this ability is part of the repertoire of skills your Soul must use to enact its Purpose, you will start from the beginning—and with much study and practice, you will hone this raw talent into an instrument through which your Soul brings forward its clearest vision and deepest passion.