Are You Doing What You Came Here to Do?

A Normal Girl’s Journey to Becoming a Contemporary Mystic



I spent most of my adult life living someone else’s idea of who and what I should be. I believe that “someone” was the media, or pop culture, or whoever created the super woman syndrome complete with the notion that women should try to emulate men in the workaholic professional world, while simultaneously being the perfect wife, doting mother and home maker extraordinaire. I gave it my best shot, but somehow it never quite seemed to be a good fit.


I started out as a “normal girl” who went to school and got a job in corporate America.  I held positions in retail store management and eventually became a fashion buyer.  (I gotta tell you it never felt quite right … Try to get an empath to negotiate hard core business deals, in the totally superficial fashion industry nonetheless.  Crazy!?!?!)  Fortunately during the mergers and acquisition of the 80’s, I was downsized.  I decided to look at this as an opportunity to try something new and innovative.  So I created Ready-To-Wear Review, a trade publication for executives in the retail fashion industry, which eventually became a renowned international trade journal. You might say I was the “go to” girl when it came to retail fashion trends. So I did what any “type A” Capricorn would do, I authored several books on the subject as well. I covered all the emerging retail trends of the time from “Electronic Commerce: How to Sell on the Net,” to “Resort Retail, Attracting Today’s Busy Woman,” and “Capitalizing on the Billion $$$ Airport Retail Market.”


And then I WOKE UP!  Literally, I woke up one day and said out loud, “Hemlines go up, and hemlines go down. And in the scope of life, it really doesn’t matter. Nobody dies from it, but if I have to write another story about fashion, I might die.” Hmmmm …. Fifteen years of blood, sweat and tears … and I just couldn’t anymore??? What does one do with that???  Ahhhhh, enter the Dark Night of the Soul …. Severe clinical depression, burnout, chronic fatigue.  Let’s just say I spent a year on the couch and it wasn’t pretty.  Clearly I wasn’t living my life on purpose.


Then I stumbled upon a magazine with an article on Lightworkers and whatever that was; I knew that I was supposed to be a part of it. Even though I had no idea what a Lightworker was, it was as if someone flipped a switch and a light bulb (pun intended) went on. Somehow I just knew.  It was then that my Spiritual Awakening began … I was intrigued by anything and everything even remotely spiritual …  from reiki, to astrology, numerology, tarot, and even angels …. I just couldn’t get enough.  You see during that “dark night of the soul” period I had asked, no I begged God, to show me what I was here for.  And as soon as I said YES to being a lightworker it was like the flood gates opened. All the right books, authors, teacher, mentors, etc. just fell in my lap.  It was wonderful!



Somewhere in there I started channeling angels and during one of those channeled writings, I was told to become a Spiritual Life Coach.  OMG how perfect!  I had always wanted to be a therapist (but in my family “good girls” didn’t go to college and get masters degrees, they got married and had babies … ).  So here I was twenty years later with something even better … Life Coaching.  I had just barely started my Life Coach Training and was still completing my Spiritual Psychology program, and I already had paying clients. So cool! On top of that my teachers were referring clients to me.  I was thrilled. Clearly I had finally found my Life Purpose, my true calling, my reason for being.  Or so I thought … until one fateful day when I met a wise Shaman, Chief Robert TallTree.  Much to my dismay, he told me that I was quite mistaken … it was only part of my purpose.  


Chief TallTree was doing readings for all those gathered that evening and let me tell you I did NOT want one. Not even one little bit!  I just had no desire for him to discuss the details of my personal life in a group setting.  Somehow I must have known this wasn’t going to “go well.”  But avoidance is a moot point around most Shamans, and this one was no different.  After he had read everyone else, he asked me if I was going to finally stop moving around the room and sit down.  There was no wiggling out of this one, so I sat down.  As I did, he asked me what it was I do.  “I have the best job in the world!”  I declared.  “Really,” Chief TallTree asked, “ And what is that?”  “Well I’m a Spiritual Life Coach!” I replied.  “And what makes that the best job in the world?” he asked. “Simple,” I responded, “I get to help people find their joy.”  “I disagree,” was his oh-so- pointed response, “What about your joy???”  He informed me that while I was helping others find their joy, I was not in touch with my own.  Needless to say I was dumbfounded. 


Being a bit of a stubborn Capricorn, I chose to ignore all of this.  After all, he didn’t say “what’ it was I should be doing.  So I continued coaching and teaching and, you guessed it … struggling too.  You see when spirit wants your attention that’s generally how they get it.  They make things a bit difficult. This went on for months. Until one dismal Wisconsin January afternoon, when nothing I was trying seemed to be working, I went back through my divine guidance journal to see what pray tell I had missed.  It had to be something, as nothing seemed to be working. And low and behold, nearly every channeled-writing I had done in the preceding six months contained a message to DRAW. In fact the angels had begged me, no they pleaded with me, “Draw Lori, please DRAW!”  But, I had chosen to ignore it. “Draw what?” was my constant question. That made no sense to me at all… so I’d simply move on and ask another question.


Today I’m no longer living someone else’s version of reality; I’m living mine … and it is, as the Shaman said it would be, filled with joy!


Well that gloomy January day, I decided to humor them. And then it happened … I sat there in front of my altar with a blank piece of paper and the angelic messages started pouring in … they told me what colors to use, what to draw, where to place it, what it meant. It was the most incredible thing I’ve yet to experience in this lifetime. The angels told me to use this medium to bring forth their messages in both pictures and words.  By opening to this process I have seen magic occur before my very eyes.  Plus, with no formal artistic training, I have created art that’s been so well received it has found homes in over twenty countries around the world. Now that’s magic in and of itself. 


Today I’m no longer living someone else’s version of reality; I’m living mine … and it is, as the Shaman said it would be, filled with joy!


In closing, let me leave you with these thoughts … Are you you living your version of reality? Have you fulfilled your dreams? Are you doing what you came here to do? The question that will haunt you when it’s time to take your last breath, is not how many people you pleased, but rather, “Did you do what you came here to do?”



Lori Daniel Falk, Author/Artist


As a Spiritual Life Coach, Visionary Artist, author and public speaker, Lori Daniel Falk is often referred to simply as a Contemporary Mystic. She has been gifted with a new artistic healing modality that enables her to communicate with, and share, the wisdom of the angels in both pictures and words. These Angelic Message Portraits™ Lori has the honor and joy of creating with the angels; bring a feeling of wonderment and inspiration to all who view them. To date they have found homes in twenty countries around the world. One of her greatest joys is working with the angels. Her recent book, “What the World Needs to Know NOW, Wisdom of the Angels”, along with her line of Angelic Message Products can be found at Lori is available for private consultations, life coaching and custom portraits.





If you like this article and would like to work with me because you are ready for profound personal growth and spiritual transformation, consider an Angelic Message Portrait or Spiritual Life Coaching, where we will work together to help you find YOUR life purpose, YOUR passion, YOUR reason for being … Together we will uncover your limiting beliefs that are preventing you from obtaining your goals and fulfilling your dreams ~ and heal them, once and for all.

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