Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millman

Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millman
Additional Reading
No Ordinary Moments
Everyday Enlightenment
Course catalog
Laws of Spirit
Life you were born to live
Bridge between worlds
Fourth Purpose: Attending to the arising
moment pay close attention, make each
moment count
Life is a series of moments
"One moment can change a day, one day
can change a life, one life can change the
No such thing as a future decision
observe what you do
All you have to decide is what
you will do right now
You only need to make a
decision in the moment you need
to make it
Decisions get clearer the closer
you are to having to make them
Whereever we go is now
Challenge of attending to the
present moment
Can you learn to love the present moment?
Can you develop the capacity to show each
arising moment the same attention you might
give a friend or a lover?
Highest practice of all
practice everything in every moment
How can I do this better
Difference between doing and practice is striving
to refine or improve whatever you are doing,
regardless of the task
Your life becomes your art form
Here and now, breathe and relax.
practice that in all that you do
What is my purpose in this
arising moment?
Third Purpose: Discovering your life path -
understand your hidden calling Follow your
higher potential
Life purpose system
1. Creativity
2. Cooperation
3. Expression
4. Stability
5. Freedom
6. Vision
7. Trust
8. Recognition
9. Integrity
Insight isnt enough. At best it provides a
map, but we still have to make the
Second Purpose: Find your career and calling:
Choose Satisfying work, earn a good living,
provide a useful services
Career: services you perform, trading your time,
effort, attention, knowledge, skills and
experience for salary or income.
Calling refers to a personal interest, attraction,
inclination, drive or passion that is usually
(although not always) of a higher order
Isn't just something you want to do, but rather something you
need to do, somthing that captures your imagination, touches
you deeply and absorbs you, whether or not you can explain
may or may not be a career
Can take the form of an art, craft or creative
endeavour such as writing, painting or playing a
musical instrument.
Volunteer service, teaching, working with children,
Make a difference in community or
larger world, politics, military,
often associated with serving others
If you love your career so much you
would do it for free, then it has become a
Know Thyself self
awareness/knowledge informs all our
choices and decisions
We strive to understand ourselves
There is no best career, only the
one best for you at a given time in
Until you choose a satisfying
vocation, just get a job
stay open to new opportunities
Talents, Interests and Values
Where career and calling intersect
What are my talents?
Never assume limits until you have tested them
What are my interests?
Look out for social pressures or
parental expectations
Do what you love then get
someone to pay you for it
What are my values?
location, relationship or career
Career criteria: trinity of needs
Do I find the work satisfying?
Satisfying work
Fulfilment lies not in the work itself
but in the quality and care you bring
to it
meditative absorption
Can I make money?
fair remuneration
Its easy to devalue work if we provide a less-creative
service like doing data entry. Such
works connects us to others and helps our world
Does it provide a useful service?
Time travel with conscious mind
6 step decision making process
Decide to decide
act with full force of your being
remain committed unless have
compelling reason to change
Faith is the courage to live as if everything that
happens, and every choice we make, is for our
highest good and learning.
Career Notes
Committing to excellence
Always aim to be excellent, no
matter what the job
Be good at what you do
Be good at promoting what you do
Leadership qualities
Inspire by example
offer support where needed
motivate by pointing out a higher purpose
Appreciate the value of mistakes
encourage collaboration rather than competition
empoower others
Your workthe service you provide, no matter how
humble it may be connects you to the larger
community. Never take you or your work for
Stand up for yourself. Lead by example.
Practice the quiet courage of everyday
First Purpose: Learning Life's Lessons:
Smarten Up, Grow Up, Wake Up: Required
1. Foundations of Self-Worth:
Getting Out of Your Own Way
2. Roots of Will: The practice of self-discipline
Transforming knowledge into action
3. Well-Being: Approaches to Health and Vitality
energising and healthful lifestyle
4. Money and Values:
Establishing stability and
5. Exploring the Mind: The
Nature of Your Inner World
6. Introduction to Intuition:
Accessing subconscious
Discoveries come from flashes if intuitive insight
imagination is more important than knowledge
7. Nature of Feelings: Achieving
emotional freedom
We dont need to feel
Compassionate etc, just need to
behave that way
We have more control over our
behaviour than our feelings
Fundamentals of Courage: Confronting our fear
9. Knowing Yourself: finding
wholeness in the shadows
Embrace our humanity and open
to genuine growth and
Your Sexual life: Understanding
the pleasure principle
Awareness, trust, balance, openness,
honesty and courage to achieve true
11. mastery of Love: Awakening the Heart
Capacity to show loving-kindness
to others even when we dont feel
like it
12. Service and Meaning:
Completing the circle of life
For others and act of self-transcendance -
anything we do without regard to self-interest
Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millman