The idea that people have dropped out of this course because they chose not to follow their bliss has been mentioned several times.
I wonder if the issue is not one of choosing not to follow their bliss; but rather, at least for some of them, a lack of plasticity.
In this post, I define plasticity as a personality trait that includes being able to open our minds to another way of looking at things, or another way of thinking about things. Sometimes, this is not easy at all. Haanel, Og, etc. often say things in a way that is not the way we are used to. At first, it can seem completely wrong, ridiculous, sometimes blasphemous, or complete garbage.
Plasticity allows us to take a thought or concept and turn it around in our minds like a piece of a puzzle, looking at different ways the piece might be positioned so it will fit. Since we are not robots, programmed to do things only in one way, it sometimes might require filing a few edges or reshaping the piece a little bit.
What plasticity does not mean is that you throw the piece away, saying that it cannot fit or be made to fit, and therefore the course is of no value. For example, in my case, the statement:”I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy” needed to be modified to: “For the purpose for which God has called me, I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” That not only resonated with me, but it is supported in Scripture.
Another challenge for me was the statement: “I am nature’s greatest miracle.” That just wasn’t going to work for me. Maybe: “I am one of nature’s miracles.” Even that was pushing it. So, how do you work around that? If you don’t agree with that statement, then try a different approach. What was Og trying to say? What was the point he was trying to make? Clearly, he was making the point that our existence is not an accident. Each one of us was put here for a purpose, has a role to fill, and a unique contribution to make that cannot be made by anyone else. That ties in with the emphasis on finding our dharma or DMP. Living with our purpose in mind changes the way we live. Finding our gifts and using them to help others is to work in harmony with the concept that each of us was put here for a reason. It also ties into St. Paul’s teaching that we are all members of one body, with each part of the body having a contribution to make to the successful function of that body.
In addition, there is no way to tell how each one of us will affect the people with whom we come in contact during the course of our lives, and how that influence will ripple out in waves. In that sense, we can fulfill a purpose without even being aware of it.(Of course, the downside of that concept is that it can go both ways. Think of the little creature shown in the beginning of the movie Ice Age!)