Creating RAW Purpose

Believe it or not, you are intensely important, and just because life hasn't worked out for you up until now, does not mean your future can't be transcendental. After all, that's why you were created... to be transcendental (of or relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm). There is a powerful force in the heavens that created you as insurmountable inertia set forth into the expanding cosmos.

Every creature, every creatively created creature ([CREATE]: late middle English; 'form out of nothing', used of a divine or supernatural being; from Latin creat- 'produced', from the verb create), is made for a purpose- a divine purpose ([PURPOSE}: from Latin proponere, 'put or set forth' and Old French poser 'to place'). It is through discovering this divine purpose we connect to why we are here. Just as our divine creator creates/ produces, we too become divine and perfectly transcendental by producing our own divine purpose.

To begin this possibility, it is important to understand the divine creator's definition of each of us; every human creature is compromised of Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength. We cultivate these to fulfill the measure of our creation. This 'measure' entails two parts: our Inner Purpose and our Outer Purpose. Our Inner Purpose engulfs the heart, mind, and strength, which equate to our soul (to clarify, the spirit= heart + mind). Whilst developing heart, mind, and strength into this so-called 'ship', 'might' then becomes the 'wake' we create with this ship, thus- outer purpose.

Heart: Desire

Mind: Understanding

Strength: Ability

Might: Influence

Consider the eloquent words of John Taylor:

[Man] stands erect on the earth in the likeness of his great Creator; beautifully constructed in all his parts, with a body possessing all the functions necessary for the wants of humanity; standing, not only by right, but by adaptability, beauty, symmetry, and glory, at the head of all creation; possessing also mental powers and the capacity of reflection upon the past, with capabilities to reason beyond cause and effect, and by the inductive powers of his mind, through the inspiration of the Almighty, to comprehend the magnificent laws of nature as exhibited in the works of creation: with the capacity also of using the elements and forces of nature, and of adapting them to his own special benefit; and by his powers penetrating into the deep, ascending into the heavens, rushing with mighty velocity across the earth, making use of the separate or combined forces of nature with which he is surrounded and subjugating them to his will; as, likewise, by his intelligence, he has dominion over the fishes of the sea, over the fowls of the air, and over the cattle.
— John Taylor

How then, do we take this inspiration and better produce a transcendental life in these four categories? By understanding the essence of God's intention for us, we naturally summarize the meaning of RAW philosophy. We must become more RAW.

RAW is the catalyst to helping see more clearly what our specific purpose entails. Anything RAW is simply in it's natural state, as God intended. RAW is entirely wholesome and is its most authentic true form. By taking a step back and examining every RAW creature created in its authentic state has the set forth ability to create as God intended- Life with Life. For example, consider a humble apple in its RAW state: as God intended it to be eaten, in its whole and true form. An apple also creates more apples; life with life.

Every creation on this earth has the ability to create. More specifically, as we are made in the like image of the Divine Creator, we also have the ability not only to create but to become divine creators! This entails that we are spectacularly creative as to our specific purpose. 

This life is simply a training, as we are God's in training... embryonic Gods if you will. As children of God, we "did not originate from a chaotic mass of matter, moving or inert, but came forth possessing, in an embryonic state, all the faculties and powers of a God." - John Taylor

The more RAW we are, the faster we can excel and grow into our transcendental future.

It is evident from the scriptures that the Lord wants us to use the raw materials He has so abundantly blessed us with.
— L. Tom Perry

RAW Heart: Pure, Love, Charity, Vulnerability, Courage, Trust, Humility, Contrite, Repentance, Meek, Faith, Personality

RAW Mind: Enlightened, Clean, Aware, Ready, Wise, True Belief Systems, Strategies for Achieving Desires, Reading Others and Their Intentions, Presence, Vocabulary, Conscious Thought

RAW Strength: Health, Body Renewal, Service, Repentance, Obedience, "Your body is the instrument of your mind and [the] foundation of your character.", Conscious Expression

RAW Might: Service, Power, Administer Relief, Attend to the Needs of Others, Potential, Accomplishments.

Come join me in the journey towards creating RAW Purpose.


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Emily Shay is a certified Master Herbalist and has been a Wellness Counselor for 5 years. She enjoys being a full time mother and wife. While her baby sleeps she loves illustrating, writing on her blog, and making a dent in her stack of books. Emily is a Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) and is striving to align her mission with God's will. She hopes to ignite a worldwide Rawvolution in helping people create RAW purpose. You can follow her on her blog- LadyRaw.com