Breaking the Chains of Limitation

“The entire physical universe is the body of One Universal Mind”

~ David Bohm quantum theorist

Are you open and receptive to something bigger than you?

Do you spend time in silent contemplation? Or are you like the masses endlessly seeking a “little bread and a little circus?”

Do you feel that you’re part of a greater whole?

Do you believe that there’s a Grander Plan and Purpose in play that you’re just unable to currently see in its entirety?

Do you know that you have a unique individualized gift to bring to the world?

Do you know exactly what your gift is?

Are you living it, breathing it, bringing it, and giving it… every single day?

The way you honesty answer these questions will not only determine your ability to connect with Principle Five of Innate Ability Development™, but also impact your quality of life and experience.

Just as a reminder, Principle Five is: Fundamental Creativity is the very core of both consciousness and spirit.

Fundamental Creativity comes from being open and receptive to something working in and through you; and then having the courage to act upon the impulses received.

But what is this Grander Purpose more specifically than The Triad of expansion, experience and expression?

Only when you understand, utilize and develop your own Innate Abilities can you truly live an inspired, meaningful and fully energized life

As we alluded to previously, the next step, once your spiritual purpose has been understood and assimilated (reference IAD 14-15), is to bring it into action with your unique physical purpose.

If we all have the same spiritual purpose (which we do, it’s what we’ve referred to as The Triad), then our physical purpose is uniquely ours… with one caveat.

The caveat being that we are all here in this life to serve. Period. No more. No less.

Your physical purpose is one thing only…

To provide useful service and value to the world in a way that only you can do.

So, that brings us to our next principle in Innate Ability Development. Since repetition is the second law of learning and transformation let’s recap the principles we’ve already explored:

  • Principles must precede practices. This distinction gives you both potential wisdom and understanding.
  • The only true power is a functional and integrated whole. Mastery is the synthesis of both Spirit and Form; Divinity and Humanity.
  • Life is all there is; and death is illusion. All is energy and energy can never be created or destroyed. It only changes form.
  • Purpose and Meaning are everything. They are Life Itself. The whole of life is purposeful and meaningful.
  • Fundamental Creativity is the very core of both consciousness and spirit. The Creator to even be a creator must create. All things are a reflection of the One Thing.

Principle Number Six: Know your Innate Abilities and utilize them to fulfill your unique purpose in the world

The way in which you serve should be dependent upon your own Innate Abilities; and the degree to which you understand these abilities, and develop them fully, will determine, not only your contribution, but your level of inspiration, engagement, and enthusiasm for life.

If your spiritual purpose tells you why you are here (which it does)… your physical purpose determines how you’re going to serve. In other words, what method and strategy you’re going to utilize to bring value and service to the world.

Let’s be clear… not one of us is better than the other. Some teach, some create music and art, some parent, some sell real estate, some wait tables, some write books… but all of us are here to use our unique gifts and talents to bring service to others and to the world. Ironically enough, the better we serve and provide value, the more we personally receive. The more you give, the more you get.

Most often when people are asking me to help them define their purpose… what they’re interested in (at least consciously), is their physical purpose versus spiritual purpose.

The soul longs to expand and experience. 

The personality longs to express.

As we discussed earlier, Socrates stated, “To be is to do,” and experience tells me he was spot on. Another great teacher stated, “By their fruits you shall know them.” ~ Matthew 7:20.

Let’s break this down:

Not by what they say.

Not by their attitude.

Not by their beliefs or what they espouse.

Not even by their actions.

But by their fruits!

In other words, the results they exhibit and produce in the world. In other words, the expression of their action.

Take a big bite out of that apple, chew vigorously, and swallow hard!

All those teachers who tell you that you “really don’t have to do anything” don’t fully understand that we must do. Action is hardwired into our very nature. For only action produces “fruit.”

And the fruit reflects the essence of the tree. Do you follow?

Anything you don’t act upon, you aren’t congruent with; and you aren’t committed to.

If you don’t act upon it… you aren’t it!

Please read that again.

“So James,” you might say, “How do I decide exactly what to do? What action to take?” This is where your Innate Ability comes into play. You probably already have a pretty good idea based on the answer to four questions:

  • What are you naturally good at doing?
  • What do you love to do?
  • If money were no issue what would you do with your time?
  • What will you do even for free?

The answers to these questions will give you at least an indication of your Innate Ability… as well as your physical purpose.

But let me tell you up front, that pursuing your physical purpose (much like your spiritual purpose) will not be easy. And by the way… it’s not supposed to be easy. If life were easy then everybody would be living in mastery.

“If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery… 

It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

~ Michelangelo

In his book “Talent is Overrated: What really separates World Class Performers from Everybody Else,” Geoff Colvin’s research finds that what great performers have in common is years of what he calls “deliberate practice.” Not casual or regular practice… but deliberate practice—and for years! He cites abundant research that shows the “Many scientists, artists, and authors produce their greatest work only after 20 years or more of devoted effort.

Which means that in year 19 they’re still improving!

Perseverance, while not that sexy or glamourous, is one of the fundamental characteristics of all high achievers. 

When you find your purpose, you don’t quit.

The sobering reality of perseverance above plays like a tennis player in concrete boots to the quick fix—instant gratification—let me just visualize—fantasy crowd.

Another important distinction is that being “naturally good” is different than being good by development and training. Any skill can be developed given enough time.

Natural abilities on the other hand are what you’re gifted with—your individual genius.

What’s Your Unique Genius? What makes you different from others? 

Michelangelo, given enough time and effort could have learned to play the cello… but that’s not why he was here. Are you thinking?

This is not to suggest that you don’t work to improve—you must improve! I only suggest that there’s a distinct difference between developing something that doesn’t come naturally, and that you don’t love, versus the opposite. Let me explain.

I have a dear friend who is really good at finance and accounting. Her Bachelor’s degree was earned in Financial Analysis. She’s been involved in this field for years holding numerous positions. But here’s the rub… her educated skill and ability are disqualified by questions number 2, 3, and 4 above.

  • She’s good at it.
  • But she doesn’t love it.
  • And if it wasn’t for the money she most probably would never look past her own bank statement reconciliation again.

Likewise, I have another great friend who studied graphic design in college. She’s currently a dental assistant. By the way, if this shocks you, this is more typical than not. Many never use their formal school training in life—or their Innate Ability and love—what does that tell you?

Something to ponder for your own life.

However, this same artistic friend will gladly stay up long into the twilight hours working on her art and design. While the monetary income for this activity is currently small… her psychic income is off the chart.

There are two types of income: monetary and psychic

Psychic pays more regardless of the money.

The vast majority are not doing what touches their heart and moves their soul because of our collective conditioning that we must “have a career.”

I say forget career! Find your calling!

Likewise we’ve been wrongly programmed that we “need to go where the money is.”

I say forget the money! Find meaning! Let the money follow your meaning.

Yes, money is a necessary medium of survival… but surviving is not thriving.

Please read that statement over and over.

Make it the focus of your meditation and contemplation.

Use it as a mantra for living.

Unfortunately in many cases we’ve traded money and materialism for meaning.

Not smart.

This trading money for meaning strategy is a sure fire way to ultimate frustration, failure and lack of fulfillment. Have you experienced it? Are you living it right now?

The undeniable fact is that like never before in our world history you have the absolute ability to earn a living while living your life. To build your living around your life… versus your life around your living. Big difference. Ponder it deeply.

There’s never been a time like this in history, in which you can build a world-wide 24/7 business, with little to no overhead.

The time is now to break the chains of social norms and conditioning; and take your life back. Live on your own terms. And bring your value and service to the world—not just your local market mind you—bring it to the world!

If you think this overly romantic… think again! I’ve seen it time and again; and I’ve had the distinct privilege to help many individuals do it for themselves. But it takes a new way of thinking, feeling and acting—you must go 3 for 3. (reference IAD16)

And it all starts with clearly understanding your Innate Abilities and your unique Purpose. This is principle number six. We’ve discussed, explored, and studied long and hard to get to this point. But then again… there is no quick fix in life now is there?

I wonder how many we’ve lost along the way. How many started with good intentions but couldn’t see the journey through. No matter. You’re here!

And it’s time to really live!

Are you ready?

Are you willing to break the chains of social norms and live life on your own terms?

Then the time is NOW.

And the journey continues…

Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic,

james arthur ray


9 Responses

  1. I loved every word of that JAR! Your passion and energy seems to be growing with each installment! And so is mine!

    My answers to these questions are all Yes’s! But I think you knew that.

    Here is a quote that I wanted to share with you (but didn’t because I didn’t want to bother you, since I know how busy you are). It’s from way back 25 years ago when I first started my self-help book (which has now morphed into a deck). I found it in red ink (must have been out of black) as I was cleaning and clearing the old debris of my life to make room for the new. (I let go of two decks today and a box of books, and signed up to teach classes again! A good start, I think. 😀 ). Getting back to being me…

    As always I came across something that resonates with what we would later discuss.

    “Hidden deep in the heart of things,
    Though carest for growth and life;
    the seed becomes a shoot, the bud a blossom, the flower becomes fruit.
    Tired I slept on my idle bed in the illusion that the work had an end.
    In the morning I awoke to find that my garden was full of flowers.” – Rabindranath Tagore (Springs of Indian Wisdom)

    And now I will go produce some fruit!

    PS After reading today’s blog I feel better about all those readings I am compelled to give away daily – even though it is my profession. I think I will continue to do so, regardless of anything, not all of them for free – but the ones I am moved to, some of them – for all those people who need help. I never was in it for the money. And now I will go write.

  2. PS This blog seems to correspond to the 8 of Swords (reversed). Breaking the bonds of fear and self-imposed limitations. These teachings seem to have everything to do with with Tarot. Very interesting. :}

  3. Thank you James!

    Do what you do best. Delegate the rest….

    ‘When you find your purpose, you don’t quit.’ Suggests quitting means you must keep looking for your purpose. That too may become a habit. How do you know?

    Michelangelo worked at his mastery of painting… He also said, “If there is some good in me, it is because I was born in the subtle atmosphere …of Arezzo. Along with the milk of my nurse, I received the knack of handling chisel and hammer, with which I make my figures.” He produced the Pietà age 24 and the Statue of David age 29. Our culture suggests effortlessness be avoided and is somehow suspect, the arena of genius. I say all of us are genius taught ignorance. I find my greatest pleasure when effortlessness captures me for a time and the agony of the ‘lost chord’ does not happen afterwards.

    Leonardo da Vinci, a Michelangelo contemporary, wrote, “There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.”

    I suspect all of us have a gift in some areas, can find it in others with help and effort, and are forever blind in more than we care to admit. Do what you do best and delegate the rest.

    Discovering our gifts and ‘harmoniously’ sharing them with the world may be the hardest battle any of us can ever do. I wanted Raphael, da Vinci and Michelangelo to be ‘three musketeers’. They were anything but while each made a difference in their time and since.

    Nearly forty years ago, ‘Bucky’ Fuller held out for a world that works for everyone, with no one left out and no one left behind. The other team still seems to have the advantage. I know the ‘Fuller’ team will ultimately win.

    The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. – Michelangelo

  4. Thank you James!

    As usual, wonderful insights in this lesson.

    Just a little question, is it possible to produce different fruits? Can we have different gifts to share with the world? Can we have gifts in totally opposite activities? Or should we just focus on what field?

    I have changed in my life activities several times, I think I have produced good fruits in different activities and right now I am beginning to search for a new fruit to dedicate my time to.

    What do you think of this “change” process? Does that mean I haven’t really found my real fruit tree?

    Thanks in advance,

    Your friend always,

    1. Hey Hector! Here’s my experience. I think we often produce different fruits unless and until we find our true Innate Abilities and align them with our purpose. Once this occurs we’ve finally come home. Without knowing you or the details it seems to me you haven’t yet found your home and therefor you continue to seek. Hope this helps ~ JAR

  5. James – Wow! I could really feel your passion in this blog. I’m ready!

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