Who am I and what is my purpose, are the two most asked questions on our journey of self discovery and often we do not realize that both questions are really the same. Our primary purpose is to discover who we are and then express that. It is not enough to think of what that ideal should be as this way of thinking creates internal battles regarding the conflicts of how we feel, what we think and what we do. This self consciousness becomes our reality because when we judge ourselves for lacking in any sort of 'perfection' then that becomes our experiential reality. Religions, dogma or any institutional teaching that tells us to change ourselves are incorrect and only further entrenches us in the focus of the 'negatives' that we judge as our failings.
We cannot make changes in ourselves by naming them as popularly thought because that feeds into our focusing on the what we don't want rather than the vision of what and how we desire to see and experience ourselves. Instead we must realize that it is our concepts and beliefs about who we are that are needing change. Emotions are states of being, e.g anger, love, depression etc. so the key is to change our state of being and then it will naturally follow through into our outward expression of self.
All things in the lower planes of manifestation (3D) are subject to change with uncertainty being the only constant, and so a spiritual aspirant learns eventually that we should align with our soul which is unchanging in its awareness of its divinity and capacity for true unconditional love. Only then do we allow our souls light to be expressed. We do that through contemplation which is not the same as meditation. Contemplation uses the crown chakra and so transcends the lower awareness and transports our thoughts into the higher realms. This level of consciousness is not the same as imagination as we have created a bridge across the astral imaginal planes to access the soul planes of Light. That pure God / Source / Creator consciousness Light that does not cast shadows.
“The spiritual heart of man is the Heart of the universe, and, finding that Heart, man finds the strength to accomplish all things. He finds there also the wisdom to see things as they are. He finds there the peace that is divine. At the center of man’s being is the music which orders the stars—the Eternal Harmony. He who would find blessedness, let him find himself. Let him abandon every discordant desire, every inharmonious thought, every unlovely habit and deed, and he will find that grace, beauty, and harmony which form the indestructible essence of his own being.
Men fly from creed to creed, and find—unrest. They travel in many lands, and discover—disappointment. They build themselves beautiful mansions, plant pleasant gardens, and reap—boredom and discomfort. Not until a man falls back upon the Truth within himself does he find rest and satisfaction. Not until he builds the inward mansion of faultless conduct does he find endless and incorruptible Joy. Having obtained that, he will infuse it into all his outward doings and possessions.
If a man would have peace, let him exercise the spirit of Peace. If he would find love, let him dwell in the spirit of Love. If he would escape suffering, let him cease to inflict it. If he would do noble things for humanity, let him cease to do cruel things to himself. If he will but quarry the mine of his own soul, he shall find there all the materials for building whatsoever he will, and he shall find there also the central Rock on which to build in safety.”