A map has a starting point so we will start from where you are right now. When you are asked to introduce yourself, you would normally state your name and what you do. But this doesn’t tell people who you are; it only tells them what your present occupation is. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional and cultural status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. These insights can only be gained through a process of introspection. People are different—and they respond to different situations in different ways. The personality analysis given in lecture two of module one of the Home Study Course is extremely in-depth and will help you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your own temperament so that your relationship with yourself can be improved and your relationships with others can be better understood.
Your vision relates to what sort of a person you want to be. This is why it is important to know your temperament and the qualities of the temperaments so that you can have a clearer idea of who you want to be and the traits you want to change into the opposite polarity, whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination or what you want to do should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. If you are following a spiritual path, you probably will want to be in the field of service to humanity.
Your mission is the means by which you can reach your destination. It is your vocation in life. To some extent, your mission depends on what you know about yourself and the talents you have inherited so that you can make the wisest judgment in your choice of service. Many people during this time are wanting to work in the alternative health field or in some aspect dealing with “saving the planet.”
Your knowledge, skills, and attitude towards people and life all play a part in determining if you need a professional degree or some other qualification to help you achieve your vocation. This will determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you will need to gain along the way. This assessment will give you insights on your measures of success.
If you have constantly tuned into your Higher Self and asked for guidance, you will find doorways opening for you to achieve whatever you have listed as needing. In planning out your soul blueprint or life chart, you also need to have certain landmarks and a route. These landmarks will indicate your measures of success along the way. These measures must be specific, able to be accomplished, realistic, and within a certain time frame. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a degree in science and studying for an art degree in the same period. You need to choose which one is the highest priority for your main function in life, even though both might be appropriate for the type of work you wish to do.
Your soul blueprint was organized before you came down into incarnation. If you are successful at making contact with your Higher Self, you will usually be able to map out your soul blueprint quite successfully and fulfill your function while you are here on the earth plane.
The purpose of trying to create this blueprint is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way, or send you off in a totally different direction. This blueprint is already inside you, encoded into your faceted structure. So you inherently know what it is you have to do albeit on a subconscious level. Sometimes your plans may be modified along the way due to delays, and other situations beyond your control. Like in any path, you may encounter turns, detours, potholes, and speed bumps, and you must anticipate them and adjust accordingly. Delays and other situations can often be karmic, so it is no use complaining or wishing it were different. Instead, put all of your energy into making it the very best that you can. Then you will begin to live out your soul blueprint here on Earth.