Editor’s note : Part 2 of “How To Raise Your H.Q.” will be published shortly. This article felt more inspired in this moment, and stems from a quote I read today from one of my favorite authors, Abraham Hicks.

Questioner: Is finding my purpose in life more about asking what life wants from me, or what I want from life?

Abraham: It is what you want from life; you are the creator. And, really, the other part of it you can’t get wrong anyway. Because, what life wants from me — oh, such a good question — what life wants for me is talking about this non-physical energy that is really you.

In other words, who you were prior to coming into this physical body is still who that non-physical energy is (your soul). In other words: So, you came with intention. So, then as you stand in your physical form, you could accurately ask the question, “What does that part of me want from me?” And we would say, “What that non- physical part of you wants from you is new experience. New life, new contrast, new exploration; new conclusions…that what? New conclusions that that part of you can sink it’s teeth in; can vibrationally become.

There are a lot of people who are saying, “It is inappropriate to want.” And, sometimes we go there, as we visit, because we know, we hear it from many: that there are some philosophies that seem to take issue with the idea of you, egotistically, identifying anything as desire. And, sometimes, as we listen (and we always love to hear the conversations no matter what they are about, because people are earnestly seeking) and, after they talk about how desire is inappropriate and that they have been taught that if they can be desireless, that it will be better and we say, “And what is it that you will gain from this philosophy of letting lose of desire?” and they say, “We’ll be happier!” And we say, “And is not happiness a desire?

So, what life (God) wants from you, is joyful expansion!

And, what you want from life (God) is joyful expansion.

Although people tend to view materialism and spiritualism as polar opposites, there is really nothing in your life that is not “spiritual.” You are, by defintion, non-physical God Energy, in physical form. Everything that you do, think, feel, believe, and desire stems from your body, ego, and mind, but on a deeper level, your soul. The degree to which your body, ego, and mind are aligned with what your soul wants is the only variable.

While some religious philosophies tell you that it is wrong to desire anything, this logically does not make sense, as why would a non-physical soul come into physical form in the first place if it did not want to experience life? And to experience and live life, one must have desire. God (or the energy of all that is, that you are also a part of), does not judge your desires. You were born with the intention to experience contrast, draw new conclusions of what you wish to create next, and expand as a result. As you expand in your thoughts, knowledge, and love, the Universe expands with you. That’s the purpose. That’s the game.

The key is not to not have desires (God doesn’t label himself or herself as an “anti-materialist.” God is just pure, positive Energy). The key is learn how to have a desire, and then learn to align your thoughts, feelings, and Energy with that desire so you feel the happiness of the desire as well as the happiness of its fulfillment. It’s learning to happy in the moment, in the gap between your wanting and receiving. The paradox is that the happier you get in the moment (regardless of the manifestation of what you want), the faster what you want comes into being.

As you expand through your alignment with Non-physical Source energy, the Universe expands with you- it literally experiences itself through your physical experience. Being your authentic self is profoundly spiritual.

Spirituality, then, is simply allowing the Universe to experience more love, more joy, more creation, more everything – through you.