Life Purpose: Personal & Global

by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.

Every individual has a Life Purpose. This is the mission that you agreed to prior to your incarnation. There are two parts to your Purpose: a personal one and a global one. Your personal Purpose involves a particular characteristic that youíre trying to develop in this life, such as patience or compassion. Your global Purpose involves discovering, developing, and using your natural talents and interests to help other people and the planet.

Some people have a Purpose that just affects a few, while others are spiritually contracted to help thousands of people. Just like in an orchestra, every player is equally important. The piccolo player and the first violinist are both crucial to the musicís orchestration.

Your Life Purpose: Making the World A Better Place

In the same way, God and the world are counting on you to remember and work on your Life Purpose. Deep down, you probably know that youíre here to make the world a better place. If you feel that youíre not doing so, your inner self begins to nudge you. This nudging can take the form of anxiety or a sense of time urgency. If you ignore the inner nudging, you may begin to feel empty or depressed. If you believe that others are blocking your urgings, you may blame them and feel angry or ripped off. If you feel unqualified to help the world, you may collapse into low self-esteem.

Each person has a global Life Purpose and a personal mission. The global mission is the overarching, or umbrella-like Purpose that youíre engaged in. Your personal mission is the specific form that your Life Purpose is to take.

Indigos and a New Age of Peace

Indigo Children all share a similar global Life Purpose: to help usher in the New Age of Peace.

The Indigo Child is a boy or girl who displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes, revealing a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before. This pattern has singularly unique factors that call for parents and teachers to change their treatment and upbringing of these kids to assist them in achieving balance and harmony in their lives, and to help them avoid frustration.

                           -- Lee Carroll & Jan Tober
                                The Indigo Children

Hereís how Hunter Zinkle, a 21-year-old Indigo Child, puts it,

"I know that my purpose is to help the human existence run a little smoother. I try to do my best with everyone I come in contact with, to help their lives seem a little easier and less convoluted. With a lot of my friendships, I feel like Iím opening the flower of life for them. With other friends, it seems like Iím their guide to life."

Hunter is a happy and well-adjusted Indigo Child because he knows his Purpose and is actively working on it. He knows that you donít have to wait until you get paid money for your Purpose before you begin working on it.

Spiritual and Scientific Principles

In the following section, Iíll delve into the spiritual and scientific principles behind oneís Life Purpose. Then weíll take steps so that your Indigo Children can more specifically discover what their personal mission entails.

Helping your children understand what their mission is helps them fill up the emptiness that comes from feeling like they donít matter. Most Indigos have received plenty of messages that theyíre "weird," "donít fit it," "are disordered," "are bad," "lazy," "not really trying," or "crazy." Their self-esteem has taken a real beating by the time they reach adolescence. Yet, despite this form of abuse perpetrated by teachers, parents, and/or other school kids, Indigos still feel compelled to help others. What they need, usually, is some guidance on how to channel their altruism.

Lemurian Roots of the Indigo Childís Purpose

The role of Indigo Children in the world today has ancient roots. It begins with a land called "Lemuria," which once existed in the Pacific Rim. The Hawaiian islands are remnants of Lemuria, which was a lush, tropical paradise. The Lemurians ate the tropical fruit that grew naturally on the islands without having to worry about getting food each day. Perhaps because the people didnít have to compete for their sustenance, the people were peaceful and loving, and they communicated telepathically with each other.

Intuitively, the Lemurians got the message that their land was sinking. They quietly and peacefully began walking westward to the regions that now form the Pacific coast of North America. Others went to higher ground, to the area that is now occupied by the islands of Hawaii. Because they followed their inner guidance, the Lemurians escaped the mass deaths precipitated by Earth changes.

The Lemurians continued their peaceful existence as natives on the islands ó the areas now known as Canada, the United States, and Mexico. When settlers from Europe arrived, they began teaching the generations descended from Lemurians some new and unnatural skills, which included relying on spoken and written language instead of nonverbal communication, eating processed foods, inhumanely raising and slaughtering animals, and basing their spirituality on externals such as a separated God, religious rules, and ancient texts. As the Lemurians adapted these unnatural practices, they lost many of their spiritual abilities.

The world became more unnaturally based. Soon, science began doubting spirituality and related gifts. "Anything that you canít touch, see, or measure doesnít exist!" science proclaimed. Spirituality became an industrialized business in the form of organized religions, and some of them lost touch with their original spiritual bases and instead focused on controlling the masses. One of the largest organized religions even put people to death if they acted outside of church rules.

The fear of death or ostracism made many people comply with religious authority. They surrendered their own ability to talk to God, and instead relied on high-ranking members of their church or temple as their avenue for receiving Divine messages. The religious leaders said that God was angry and vengeful, and that the people must follow His rules or suffer the punishment. So, they naturally complied.

Spiritual Renaissance

From time to time, though, spiritual renaissances would occur. In the last days of the 20th century, many people opened themselves up to spiritual and/or religious concepts. Some of this behavior was sparked by a fear that the year 2000 was a time of spiritual reckoning, or the prophesied "Second Coming." Many people attending my workshops at that time told me, "I donít really believe that the year 2000 will bring about the apocalypse, but Iím getting my spiritual life in order just in case."

Fortunately, many scientists embarked on a study of spirituality and related topics during that time. Research on the effect of prayer on healing poured in from every leading university, and the studies tended to show positive correlations between the two concepts.

Quantum physicists also started to delve into the role of human consciousness and how it affected matter. For instance, these scientists discovered that whatever a person is thinking while peering through an electronic microscope affects the motion of the electrons under that device.

Psychic Abilities & Telepathy

Other scientists began doing research on humansí psychic abilities. Nearly everyone has a story to tell of some psychic phenomenon that has occurred in their life that they canít explain. Well, one scientist named Daryl Bem decided that all of the studies conducted on telepathy up to that point had been faulty. For one thing, the previous scientists were prejudiced in favor of proving psychic abilities, and their beliefs unfairly influenced the study outcomes, Bem said. A Ph.D. in engineering at Cornell University in New York, Bem decided to create the most tightly controlled study on telepathy ever done in order to disprove the notion of psychic abilities.

So, between 1983 and 1989, Bem took 240 randomly selected Cornell students and put them in two soundproof, isolated rooms. He asked one group of students to look at random pictures and to mentally project these images to the students in the other room. The other students were instructed to reveal whatever mental pictures they "saw," and researchers would compare those mental pictures to those that the other group was "sending" to them. Bem fully expected that his study would show no correlation between the pictures that were sent and those that were mentally received.

He was surprised when the results showed a statistically significant correlation between the pictures sent and received! So, Bem conducted the entire experiment again, using different students. But again, the results showed that the mental pictures "received" by the students matched the ones that had been sent from across campus. Bem conducted the experiment 11 times before conceding that there was significant evidence to support the existence of telepathy.

Telepathy: A Normal Human Behavior

Other pioneering scientists who are helping us accept telepathy and other spiritual gifts as "normal "human behaviors," include Dr. Dean Radin, formerly with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Radin has conducted a number of studies showing the invisible thread that connects us all, and which allows us to telepathically communicate with other people.

One of the most fascinating studies conducted by Radin involved two men who didnít know each other. One man (Man A) had a blood pressure monitor on him. The other man (Man B) was in a separate room, out of earshot. Man B was told to think a loving thought about Man A. At that exact moment, Man A immediately registered a drop in blood pressure. Then, Man B was told to think an angry thought about Man A. Immediately, Man Aís blood pressure soared, although he had no idea of the basis for the experiment. His mind wasnít consciously aware that Man B was thinking loving or angry thoughts about him, but his body knew. This same experiment was replicated, with the same results (using heart rate instead of blood pressure, though) in Japan.

So, telepathy may be a form of nonverbal communication based on the bodyís inner ears. Apparently, our body is sensitive to thought waves, although our conscious mind often tunes them out.

The following excerpt is taken from the book The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children, by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. It is reprinted with permission of the publisher, Hay House, Inc. The book is available at bookstores, by phone 800-654-5126, or via the Internet at or at Amazon  (link below).

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Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. is a spiritual doctor of psychology who gives workshops across the country on intuition, spiritual healing, and manifestation. Dr. Virtue is a frequent guest on such talk shows such as Oprah, Geraldo, and Sally Jessy Raphael. Her articles have appeared in dozens of popular magazines and she is a contributing editor for Complete Woman. Her website is She is the bestselling author of many books including: Healing With the Angels, The Lightworker's Way, Divine Prescriptions, and co-author of The Indigo Children.

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