In this video I take a look at the ‘Mansions’ of your life – the different areas you engage with – and why it’s useful to evaluate them from Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical perspectives.
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Life Purpose and Soul Purpose
Generally speaking, the word ‘mansion’ describes a large house, usually something quite special and splendid. Let’s keep that in mind when we explore ‘mansions’ as a metaphor for the perfect place to act out your life-purpose.
In my SoulSchool Gateway Grade course, Grounding your Life Purpose, I invite you to explore a series of twelve life topics that I call ‘mansions’. When you discover which mansion, or combination of mansions, call to your Soul’s purpose, you can begin to carve a destiny that is a perfect fit for you, right now. Why is the course about ‘life purpose’, not ‘Soul’s purpose’? Because you need to focus on this particular life – the one you are living in the 21st century. Your Soul has a purpose that will unfold over many lifetimes. If you put your attention on NOW, on this life, then your commitment will mean your Soul’s purpose will naturally be given space to evolve.
What is a Mansion?
Jesus tells us: In my Father’s house are many mansions… (John 14.2). This is the translation we find in the King James Version of the New Testament. Other translations substitute ‘dwelling-places’, ‘abodes’, or ‘rooms’ for ‘mansions’. The Greek word, found in the original text of John’s gospel, would be transliterated monay, which has the sense of an ‘assured residence’, or ‘assured home’.
The word ‘mansion’ came into English usage after the Normans conquered England and introduced French into our language. ‘Mansion’ is from Old French, derived in turn from the Latin noun, mansion, meaning ‘a dwelling’, from the verb manere, ‘to dwell’. Adopted into English, a manse was a property large enough for the parish priest to maintain himself, so not especially huge or very splendid. A mansion as we think of it would not be self-sustaining. Think of Roman villas, or English Tudor manor houses – they both needed lots of servants.
The word ‘manor’ comes from the same root – they were not just houses, but land. They were territorial holdings granted to a lord who would be assured of his tenure and not just for his life. He would have residency in perpetuity, which he could pass on to his descendants. In Britain today, much of the land is owned by aristocrats and royals, who have had the tenure handed down to them. Most of them claim their rights from the Norman invasion of 1066!
What have mansions to do with your destiny?
Think of the idea of an ‘assured residence’, or your ‘right of tenure’. Your destiny IS your right – you are entitled to arrive in this life and expect to feel free to express your purpose. (The deeds of a house are called ‘title-deeds’). When we use the word ‘mansion’ to describe the variety of topic areas we can engage with, we take on board the notion that there are topics, or themes, that will suit our Soul’s purpose during this particular lifetime. I was very pleased to discover the original word implied ‘assurance’, as this confirms the idea that there is a place for us that is just right, correct – comfortable. We must remember that Jesus would not have used the Greek word, since it is probable that his teachings were delivered in Aramaic. However, the gospel writers clearly attempted to record the general meaning of his sayings, even though they were writing in Greek. I think we can safely assume that Jesus was reassuring his disciples that there is a special place for them. But perhaps he meant in another world – in the ‘kingdom’ of Heaven?
Now, let’s visit the idea that what is above is reflected below… and vice versa. What we create in an earthly life will be a reflection of our inner, or heavenly life. Then, in turn, if we make conscientious efforts to hone and perfect our earthly ‘kingdom’, we develop a feeling of inner satisfaction, of integration. When we explore the twelve ‘mansions’, we discover our calling, our necessary home, where we feel most reassurance because the topic is a good fit for our Soul.
If you know anything about astrology you will have come across the idea of twelve ‘houses’. The houses are not the same as the twelve signs of the zodiac, named after constellations. The signs tell us about the style of delivery, rather than the subject or activity. The houses are a series of opportunities that we can experience during human life. If you get a natal chart set up for your time, date and place of birth, it will show the twelve houses and, with the help of a good astrology book (see my recommendation below) you can identify which life-topics are important to you in this lifetime.
The mansions I describe in Grounding Your Life Purpose are intimately related to the astrological houses, but you don’t need astrological knowledge to explore them. I explain the different life-topics in detail and then invite you to ask yourself a series of questions that are designed to promote insightful realisations. By asking these questions, you give your Soul an opportunity to speak to you directly. When we use an astrological chart, it can be likened to using a paper map when travelling. Diving deep to ask Soul questions is more like getting in touch with your inner navigator – just like birds and other creatures intuitively know how to find their way home.
By the way, this is not to dismiss the value of looking at your natal chart, or a road atlas for a long journey. Think of them as useful for confirming your intuition, not as replacements!
So many people ask me, “What is my real purpose in life?” and I often look at astrological charts to help answer this question. But when I point out the various topics likely to call to them, based on houses or mansions, I often get a response like, “Oh, yes, that feels just right!” That’s what these explorations are about – discovering your comfort zone. This is not just about feeling – there are other factors as well – but I’ll save that for the next blog!
Astrology: the wisdom of the stars in your everyday life
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