By George A. Boyd ©2013
Q: What are key passions that motivate people? What is it that drives them? What is it that gives them a sense of meaning and purpose—a reason why they are living?
A: These dominant passions come to dictate what we call their life plan. A life plan is the overarching schema that defines what is the key objective for their lives, and what guides or directs them.
Much of humanity—we estimate perhaps 97% of humanity—follow one or more of the following life plans during their lives. These life plans provide a sense of motivation and direction, and give them a reason to be alive.
- They follow the guidelines of their families or their cultures, and do not deviate from these directives.
- They follow the guidelines of religion, and do not deviate from these rules for living, and the moral codes inculcated in this religion.
- They seek pleasure, adventure, and entertainment.
- They seek to become wealthy, though legal or illegal means.
- They seek worldly power, and may go into positions of leadership in business, the military, or the political arena.
- They seek popularity, celebrity, and fame.
- They seek self-transcendence and spirituality, which they may pursue through the shamanic path of using drugs; through the religious path of prayer, worship, and invocation; or through the mystic path of meditation.
Another small group of humanity is inwardly inspired, and brings their Soul’s gifts into expression. Perhaps only slightly less than 3% of humanity is guided by their Soul in this manner. Unlike the life plans of the great masses of humanity, they are inwardly directed to bring forward the Soul’s visions and creations. These people are the visionaries, the intellectual luminaries, the inspired artists and writers, and the thought leaders of the rest of humanity.
Those that adopt this life plan must surrender, postpone, or sacrifice some of their personal dreams to allow their Soul the time to develop their gifts, and channel their inspirations, creations, and visions. Much dedication is required to enact this Soul-guided life plan; in some cases, the requirements of this life plan become too much, so that they individual retreats into addiction or madness.
The rarest group is those who are guided by the Divine Plan and Purpose. Perhaps less than one in ten million individuals enacts these Divinely inspired life plans—those that do, often become spiritual Masters or Avatars, Prophets, founders of new religions, spiritual recluses, or provide the impetus for world movements.
These individuals sense that they are fulfilling a spiritual destiny that they enact in their personal lives. It is not driven from the desires of the their personality or their spiritual longing; rather, it is sensed as an inner command (Agya) that the Soul directs the personality to carry out.
This life plan requires the highest surrender and sacrifice of personal dreams and desires, and complete obedience to the inner command. They sense the Will of God overshadows them, and directs what they are to do, what they are not to do, and when they are to defer action on something they have been directed to do.
As they enact the segments of this inner-directed plan, they sense that it is unfolding a track through the Superconscious mind. The personality does not dictate what it shall pursue here; rather, it is the Soul that commands, and guides the personality to enact this plan, which is written in the spiritual Plenum.
We encourage aspirants and disciples to meditate on these nine different life plans to determine which of them might be playing a current role in their motivation and sense of direction for their lives, and which might have formerly guided them in other phases of their life. Discovering these guiding passions will give you a clearer sense of what ultimately drives your life, and what gives structure to your desires and aspirations.