Introducing Spark Notes, notes to spark conversation within ourselves and with others. Join the purpose conversation.
The Spark Lens of Purpose
As a card-carrying member of the Rah-Rah Club of Motivation, being sparked really jazzes me! And yet sparked moments are more than snapshots of clarity, an aha or a time when we connect with our code of genius–if we recognize and leverage them.
What sparks you?
When you connect with a core truth it literally sparks you. Have you ever had an inspired thought that when it landed, you exclaimed, “that’s it” and that’s it turned into a flood a flow of creative ideas? Yes? You were sparked.
When we explore purpose through the lens of spark, spark is a verb that means ignite. And when we spark, we emit sparks that ignite others. Remember from the Lens of Oxygen, purpose produces.
If spark is a verb, then it is in action. As you consume your purpose diet of knowledge and practice, you will be sparked. When you are actively engaged in purpose activities and service, you will be sparked. When you are in close proximity to something vital to your purpose, you will be sparked. What is important about sparks is that they always lead to more.
Previously, we discussed the star formation as it relates to purpose. The star whose origin was dust, took millions of years to spark so that we can see its brilliance. But the story of the star did not end at brilliance! The star could provide direction or is part of a system or cluster of stars that tells a bigger story. This is how purpose unfolds. This is how your sparked experiences unfold.
In my book Divine Spark, I discuss spark moments leveraging the story of Mary and Elizabeth from the Holy Bible. The purposes that Mary and Elizabeth would bring into the world were so great that when they came in close proximity to one another without knowing of their miraculous pregnancies, they sparked and caused the babies in their wombs to leap!
Another aspect of sparked relationships comes from one of my favorite scriptures, Proverbs 27:17, “Just like iron forms iron, man forms man.” Iron sharpens iron and causes sparks and friction when it happens.
Some spark relationships cause friction and the purpose of the friction is to spark something anew that sharpens the insight, knowledge and understanding in one another.
What makes you come alive?
Have you ever felt that you were living but you were not alive? Have you noticed people around you that are so busy with life and are in movement and yet when you look into their eyes, they are dull? Perhaps I recognize it because I’ve lived through this version of existing. My life began to change when I declared, “enough with this existing, there has to be more.” Quickly followed by some sincere asks and quieting to really hear and receive responses.
What are your life defibrillators?
Note what it feels like in your body when you are sparked. My eyes widen. My pulse races. I actually feel a shock in my heart space. This experience made me realize this aspect of purpose is like a life defibrillator.
Defibrillators shock the heart back into its rhythm. Sometimes life and our responses to life events cause our hearts to function but not optimally. Metaphorically, we can have a heart dis ease that forms from disagreeing with an inauthentic aspect of our life. Purpose sparks and shocks our heart to begin to beat again with our natural rhythm. That rhythm becomes our authenticity litmus test.
Being sparked may be exciting or it may be disruptive depending on what is rubbing against our life to cause us to spark. Trust that being sparked is for you, whether it is easily understood or requires some sincere asks and contemplation for it to begin to unfold with meaning you can respond to.
Dena, Your Sister in Purpose & Resultant
Dena Wiggins is a transformational author and consultant. She takes an unwavering stand for your purpose. She supports individuals and systems of individuals in extracting insight, knowledge and purpose to leverage into Galvanized Results that spark, excite and move into action. Stay connected, join the conversation, take inspired action.