Are you still asleep?
Do you have a clear vision, direction and purpose for your life? What life goals and dreams that you have for your relationships, your physical health, your spiritual life, your finances, your career? Are you developing them? Or have you not thought about them? Or worse, have placed them aside?
Sleepers are people who live their lives unconscious. Being unconscious doesn't mean just being asleep - they are physically awake, but they live their lives unconscious, unawake, dead. They are not aware of who they are, what they are doing and where they are going.
They look like us, but they really are human shells living their daily lives unthinking, in a fixed pattern, like robots, drones or zombies under the spell of an evil warlock. Have you seen such sleepers who have no vision or clarity of their own lives? They live on a day-to-day basis, never thinking about their future, what they want, who they are, where they're going. Just living and going through the motions of birth >> children >> teenagers >> young adults >> work >> get married >> maybe have kids >> grow old >> enjoy their golden years >> die. They go throug this cycle everyday, but nothing that they do is purposeful or has direction, thinking that whatever they do, partying, eating, working, is life.
I lived sleeping up till 2008. I was 26 years old. I was one of those kind who didn't think about the consequences of my actions and decisions. I was busy playing, partying, who didn't care. I worked during the weekdays to pass the time and get my salary. In between I would play computer games and spend time complaining to friends. I would dream of getting rich, but I would take no action. My relationships were terrible, and I hated my job actually. Until I woke up because of multiple life-changing events (you can read more here) such as the fallout with my family members, friends and then girlfriend, the realization that I actually hated my job and the things that I had been doing wrong about and in my life.
It was then that I had the epiphany of increased awareness, a sense of larger scale to life, a sense of connectedness and unity that I couldn't explain or fathom. Only as I kept living a more conscious life, my awareness and consciousness kept growing. I was still lacking my own vision and dream and purpose, then creating and building a private physiotherapy practice in Singapore, which had grown tremendously, focused entirely on serving patients excellently and growing the practice.
I only truly woke up when I asked myself if this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I asked myself to evaluate the actual purpose and meaning of my life, and the kind of values and person I want to be. As I looked at my own life, in relation to the bigger scheme of the universe, and God, I realize that short-termed, lower-level motivational needs are not important at all in the long term. They are a basic, but they are not important, nor are they permanent. They may be valuable right now, in the short term, as we all need to have food to eat, to have shelter over our heads, to have acceptance and intimate relationships that are rewarding, but that is not all that is important.
Slowly and gradually, I discovered my real life purpose, which is to help to directly and indirect the cause of humanity, to help others live more conscious lives, achieve their full potential and live their best lives. It becomes my life purpose and mission to help sleepers wake up, to help them realize the untapped potential they have inside. That is why NigelChua.com was created, as one of the platforms to reach more sleepers all around me.
No matter where I go, I see sleepers sleeping their lives away, going through the grind that they know as life. Some are in the rat race. Some living for others. Sleepers who don't know what their lives mean and stand for. Denying themselves of who they are, what they want, and where they're meant to go and be. It's both saddening to see such a situation but at the same time, it inspires me to reach out more to them.
When they wake up, I get very energized and encouraged. Sometimes it's because of life's transitions. Sometimes it's wake up calls. Regardless, when I see that happens, I know in my heart, mind and soul, that is what I am meant to do, and live for. I know that I know that I know, no matter what they do from there on, things will fall right into place.
Maybe you just realized you've been sleeping all this while. You may be shocked at how much time had been lost, or angry at not knowing earlier, or angry in denial. You may get depressed. It is reasonable.
Thing is, what will do from here on? Will you ignore what had happened, take it as a bad dream, and lull yourself back to sleep? Or will you choose to live consciously, and to muster The Courage to Live Consciously and live the life you're meant to live?
In the movie the Matrix, when Morpheus offered Neo two options in forms of two pills. One red, and one blue. The red pill is the truth. The blue pill will allow him to go back to his life as he had ever known it to be. The red pill will set you free and let you achieve your greatest accomplishments. The blue pill is to deny the truth and reality.
Understand that you have the power over your circumstances, your thoughts, your actions. You can start acting on it, today. Through living consciously, taking deliberate action, you can create the life you desire. Everyday, I make choices and decisions that brings me closer to my goals, and to the life I desire. You can do the same too. No matter where you are right now, how old you are, who you are, it is never too late to do what you're meant to do. In the bible, Moses led the people to the promised land when he is 80. Caleb fought giants and conquered mountains though he was 85. Colonel Sanders was building Finger Lickin' Good KFC when he was in his 70s. It is never too late.
Until and unless you choose to take action to where you want to go and be, nothing will change.
It is very easy to take the blue pill, shake off this epiphany, and to go back to sleep. After all, you've come a long way, and it may seem like such a waste. But question is, is that what you want to do, really? Is this what you're meant to do? Are you living your best life?
The path ahead will not be easy. It will be full of challenges. You may want to give up. But I can promise you, the levels of happiness will not compare to the life that you had led before, and the new life you live will be significantly more important, rewarding and fulfilling.
Helen Keller said when someone asked her what was sadder than being blind:
Having eyes and cannot see.
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