Let yourself be drawn by the pull of what you really love. - Rumi

For thousands of years, people have wondered why they are here and what they are here to do.

Follow the golden threads of your life and they will give you hints of the deeper call inside.

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Living into the Hi-Story

How many of us have a story we’ve told about our lives that has somehow become “the story” – unchangeable because those were the facts and that is what happened and that is how it impacted me or others around me. End of story.

Except that’s not the end, or it doesn’t have to be.

You may also have encountered another place of finding something reassuring about the story, perhaps there was a moment of forgiveness, or a gift offered in hindsight. A hard moment that then led to an unexpected opening. The cultivation of compassion for others who have had a similar experience.

Those added bits can help soothe us and be very healing and heart opening. And that doesn’t have to be the end either.

There is another place that’s a bit difficult to articulate sometimes, a place that takes everything about the stories of our pasts and puts them under a different kind of lens, bringing life mission into focus. Questions like: who would have had this experience and why? what would be important for them to develop in themselves in response so they could move closer to their life’s mission?

This third version doesn’t take away from the damage, though it does put it in a perspective that makes space for the person living through the experience to live into the hi-story of their experience.

And here we meet the Golden Thread, a thread that weaves through all the stories, good and bad, right and wrong, correct and incorrect, outrageous and normal…weaves through our judgements, disappointments and highlights, as if on a mission of it’s own volition to follow the note, the chord, the pattern to the tapestry that exists within us like the oak seed, already ready to grow into the oak tree.

The Golden Thread traces through our hearts and minds, through our empathy and outrage, our collections and traditions, all the way to the core of why we are here, what we are here to do and who we are here to become.

In this weaving, nothing is left out, though we are asked to suspend for a moment our ways of looking at the detail of the weave, allowing not just other or different truths, but something deeper and more true.

This takes listening, a sincere effort to listen… not just the voices that want consistent airplay, and not just the ones that are regularly silenced. To listen to a voice that may not yet have words, on the edge of awareness, where presence is the great alchemist that can bring this voice alive. A voice that is inherent within us, and still needs room and space to learn how to speak and articulate from the core, the life mission seed.

Once this bloom happens, and the voice is able to speak, cradled a language and context, scaffolded by assurances from fellow pilgrims, a remembering begins to flow from the inside out, the kind of remembering that creates an internal clarity about where to do next and what to do at the cross-roads of life.

Ah yes, this is where we find ourselves now, at the cross-roads, looking for the articulation, searching for it in others, in our pasts, in our futures. The call is there, waiting, searching for us too. Listening for the dear, deep, intimate articulation of our own souls coming to light. And from this place, the cross-roads have a habit of dissolving into knowing, life mission comes into focus and all of life takes notice. And when life takes notice, things begin to happen, sometimes gradually, sometimes with thunderous force. And the thing  to do is to stay in the inquiry, the articulation, the movement one step at a time.

Excerpt from The Caravan of Remembering:

Looking at his life from my side of the fence, I thought there was a higher story than he was seeing. I could feel a shift in perspective around the edges and sensed something might come of it when he suddenly stopped, and stared out and over the towers of the Chicago Loop. He just stopped. As if something in him was saying, “No more.” He shrugged his shoulders, tilted his head in the way he used to disarm people, and said he’d better get back to work. I wondered still, however, if something would change about the way he told his story to himself. What I knew was that my own story about him had changed. I still didn’t want him to use my tools, and I wasn’t angry with him anymore.

Walking homeward through Wicker Park that night I wondered how many of my neighbors had stories like Arist’s. As my mind moved to the coach house, moments away, my thoughts returned to what it could tell about me. Practicing, I asked myself what the highest story of my life would tell me about my life mission. The scent of sage mixed with frankincense and copal stopped me and I laid down my portfolio.
Verity called . . .

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Discover the Golden Thread that Leads to your Life's Mission

We are all storytellers, of our own lives. Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly telling and re-telling our stories. When we begin to tell our stories more consciously, we may move toward the most empowering, most life-enhancing, most meaningful version, that hints of the "why" of our life - the Golden Thread.

If you would like a little taste of telling a higher story, try out my interactive 7 step process by clicking the link below.

If you are sensing it's time to follow the Golden Thread of your Life's Mission, connect with me and I'd be happy to walk with you.


"My vision of possibility is that anyone, anywhere, anytime, under any circumstance who remembers enough to want to know why they are here and have some help in doing it, that there will be a way, a vehicle, and a person to help them with that."

- Daniel Goodenough

More about The Golden Thread of Your Life's Mission

More than ever, people of many generation, from Boomers to Millennials are seeking to connect with an impulse to find and live their unique and highest purpose. Yet the path to finding that evolutionary through-line that resides within each of us is often obscured, leaving seekers of that “golden thread” unfulfilled.

Finding that thread and weaving a beautiful tapestry is what founder Carissa Kazyss does with grace and precision for her clients.

Rooted in the Caravan of Remembering, an enterprise dedicated to the embodiment of life mission, Carissa serves as a Guide to help people draw on their wisdom, experiences, and inner knowing and set them on their higher life path. Using a highly individualized approach, Carissa creates an accepting and exploratory space for you to follow the threads that have most meaning to you, so you can align elegantly with your life's mission. Carissa brings a Master's degree in Integral Psychology, has been training with Daniel Goodenough for over a decade and works with others as a Guide in small groups and individually for many hours over time. Weave your golden thread tapestry with Carissa today.