In 1999 I made a determined effort to find what was ‘missing’ in my life. For over a decade I fumbled around in the dark. I didn’t know what I was looking for. The more I searched, the more unhappy I became.
Finally I found a body of work by Dr. John Demartini – an authority on human behaviour – which for me was the turning point.
I discovered Demartini, when I was attending a personal development event where he was the keynote speaker.
By listening to several more of his lectures and reading a couple of his books, Demartini taught me that your ‘values’ are the things that inspire, energise and excite you. That your ‘highest values’ reflect who you really are, at your core. But most importantly I learnt that the key to living an inspired and fulfilling life was through living a life centred around your highest values.
Inspired, I worked through Demartini’s method for determining your highest values step-by-step (refer to Page 47 of his book The Values Factor – The Secret to Creating an Inspired and Fulfilling Life). This only took a couple of hours and by answering the thirteen questions that make up this exercise, I learnt something critical about myself.
It confirmed that financial security was important to me. That I was passionate about beautiful, elegant, intelligent design and expressing creativity through the use of my hands. Passion however does not equal life purpose. What was consistent across every single one of my answers was the need to find life’s spiritual meaning and to help others live their fullest potential.
Completing this exercise revealed that this is my highest value. That it is my main driving force and my reason for living. What a sense of relief. It was liberating to know that what I needed (what I was craving) was to create a life that embodied this value and to live a life centred around it.
In the next chapter of my journey, I learnt how to create a vision of what my life would look and feel like if I were to live according to my highest values.Chapter 2
The Values Factor: The Secret to Creating an Inspired and Fulfilling Life is Dr. John Demartini’s most comprehensive work to date about his concept of values. It explains in detail his definition of values and includes a process with comprehensive guidelines for discovering your highest values, known as the Demartini Value Determination Process. It also provides examples of how historical geniuses lived in accordance with their values in order to achieve their highest calling and offers methods on how to integrate these notions into your life. Read More