by Reb Gutman Locks @ mystical paths
The article “What Is Your Name” has led a number of readers to ask for help in discovering their individual purposes in life. Can there be anything more important than discovering and fulfilling your life’s mission? As the article stated, the name that you were given at birth indicates what the Heavenly-ordained hope is for you.
Beside your name, there are other places to look for hints. Look at the portion of the Torah that was read on the day, or week, that you were born. Read it carefully a few times, and you will start to see hints about yourself there. After all, nothing is by chance, and this is your Torah portion.
Add up the gematria (Hebrew numerical equivalents) of your name and add in your mother’s name. Then add your name to your father’s name. Now look in the gematria book[i] for all of the words in the Torah that share your gematria. For some reason, these words share the same numerical value as your name.
Study the people in the Bible who first had your name, and see what their outstanding character traits were.
All of the above will help you to discover the job that you have been sent to do, but even more importantly, look at the tools that you have been given. Imagine showing up for a new job and the boss says that he wants you to cut down a tree. He then gives you a pencil to use to cut it down. You would have to tell him that he gave you the wrong tool.
“Ah, you are right,” he says. Then he says, “Instead of cutting down a tree, I want you to write a book,” and he takes back the pencil and hands you an axe.
Again, you would have to say, “You gave me the wrong tool.”
So it is with us. G-d gave us the exact tools that we need in order to do the job that He sent us here to do. We say that G-d sent us, but in truth, our own prior deeds in our previous lifetime set up the waves of creation that caused us to come into this world as we are.[ii]
Look at the things that you are very good at, the things that you find yourself doing more than others around you, or possibly the things that most people like to do but you alone do not. Your uniqueness shows you the tools that you came into the world to use.
Now take your specific skills, coordinate them with your overall mission, and apply them happily in your life. Your overall mission is determined by your obvious birthright. Are you a Jew? A Kohen? A Levi? Were you born into a family that enjoys special privileges? Look objectively at the things that you have inherited, and set about using all that you have trying to make the world a better place. Then, when the time comes, you will return to the One Who sent you with a smile on your face.