A couple of years ago a mission statement formed for my life: “To fully explore, experience, and express creativity and insight.”
Right now my mission is taking me into the realm of leadership. I am inspired to guide others in the art of transformation. I have become an expert of transformation in my own life, though I know my strategies won’t resonate with everyone.
For an elite few, however, those strategies will prove highly effective at unseating obstinate willpower, allowing them to achieve an enduring sense of personal mastery in some or all aspects of their lives.
I am curious what your experience with transformation has been. You have undoubtedly achieved some degree of success in your life, yet I suspect there remains an intangible sense of restlessness that keeps you digging ever deeper for empowering answers so you can stand fully clear in your life.
If you ever reach a point where you feel you’d like some support or companionship on your journey, I do hope you’ll drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.
There are so many people suffering in this world: much of it is self-inflicted. From early childhood, we have been sold a bill of goods. “Keep reaching for the next bar and you just might be able to really relax and enjoy your life one day.”
The end of the mass economy is upon us. Gearing up to take its place is the empowerment economy. This revolution, if successful, has the potential to lead us out of darkness. If unsuccessful, it has the potential to ground us more firmly within darkness for another two thousand years.
We need to stop chasing our tail. We need to see through the lure of “sweets” these most skillful marketing mavens endlessly dangle in front of our noses. At the heart of the mass economy stands consumption. Is it mere irony that this word also describes a fatal disease?
The empowerment economy exists when we disengage from the smoke and mirrors of ideals and propaganda. We stand clearly in our own life, and step: not towards a “want”, but simply to experience the fullest possible expression of ourselves in this moment.
No longer swayed by cleaver “copy” designed to undermine our autonomy and distract us from discovering the very solution opportunistic marketers falsely claim a monopoly on, we turn and face our life, warts and all, and learn the true meaning of responsibility, fulfillment, and freedom.
Sentience is arguably the crowning jewel of life as we know it. Everything that came before has led step by step into this meta way of experiencing life. Everything that came before has been in preparation and support of sentience.
Can a crowning jewel have a crowning jewel? Is one even necessary?
Rather than holding fulfillment hostage in a misguided quest to make the surface of our life fit some idyllic standard, realize that our very capacity to seek fulfillment is the fulfillment of a process which predates sentience.
Releasing an innocent hostage is far more enriching than devoting our life to standing guard.
Releasing an innocent hostage from a cage without bars frees us to explore and experience ourselves in new ways.
Releasing an innocent hostage reveals our own innocence. We are now free to play once more.
Disengage from the futile quest for fulfillment. Stand clear and fulfilled as you are right now. The radiant sun will penetrate your very core, revealing the rich color that only you can bring to the world.
I’ve never had a single bad thing happen in my life. Some people would say that’s denial. Some people would say that’s deluded. I don’t expect anyone would believe me.
Don’t get me wrong: There have been things that have seemed bad at the time, but ultimately they led me to a higher understanding of myself and of the universe which I am an inextricable part of. That expanded understanding empowers me to step boldly into new arenas, allowing me to experience myself in new ways and disenfranchise long-held limiting conditioned thoughts and behaviors.
It took some time to integrate that higher understanding. There was some serious resistance and unhinging uncertainty along the way. But I trusted that new worldview more than I trusted my old one. Compassionately over the course of a few years my standing worldview shifted.
I’m in that same boat again right now. My worldview is shifting. It’s happening much more quickly this time, because I have discovered firsthand that the fear of “bad things” is the boogie man standing between me and the fullest possible expression of myself in this lifetime.
Something’s gonna have to give.
In order to fully express your life’s work, you have to be willing to sacrifice ideals.
The work will suffer if you try to make it play out the way you think it should play out.
If you polish a rotten apple and sell it, you won’t be in business very long. You can deliver more crisp, juicy apples in a shorter amount of time if you don’t stop to polish them.
All that’s required is to do the work: polishing is optional. Allow the work to stand by itself, raw and juicy. Only then will you stop alienating the very people who you are here to serve. Only then will they even be able to hear their voice within the work you do.
Unless of course your life’s work is polishing…then I suppose you should just carry on. ;)
Trying to gain a genuine sense of empowerment in our lives is a daunting, if not impossible, endeavor. We are pushed and pulled by forces that seem* unsympathetic to the longing within our hearts. When we try to take control of an aspect that we feel is undermining us most, like our health or our career, we often end up falling back into our old habits and berating ourselves for our lack of willpower.
My suggestion: Stop trying to change anything. Surrender to your life just as it is right now. Disengage from the battle. Follow its lead like a dutiful soldier. Not forever, just for a while. Just long enough for you to see how every element of your life is there because of a choice you made.
Aligning with our life reveals the subtle patterns at work within and around us. Because our creative energy is no longer bogged down resisting what pops up in our day, we are free to enjoy its ebbs and flows. An excited curiosity takes root where once there was only malaise. Tiny sparks of inspiration pop and crackle in preparation for the purifying wildfire about to engulf us.
Recognizing that our “burdens” arise from the choices we make empowers us to discover the misconceptions that led us to make those choices. Our choices now arise from a level of cause rather than effect. We are no longer a victim of circumstance, but a creator of worlds. A moment of feeling “put upon” becomes our cue to reconnect to this budding sense of possibilities as we learn the subtle yet powerful art of personal mastery.
Have an inspired day!
[*The seeming insensitivity of the forces around us arises out of utter compassion. The unyielding “finger” ruthlessly pinning us forces us to shed false idealism. Were these forces to align with our ideals, there would be no impetus for us to dig deeper and we would be cheated out of the opportunity to discover our authentic self.]
The fact that 80% of people do not like their job is not exclusively symbolic of the fact that 80% of employers suck.
The fact that Google is the “best company to work for” is not exclusively symbolic of the fact that Google is a dream employer.
The most significant factor determining whether you love your job or your life is your perception.
We are capable of loving our life even if it doesn’t resemble a fairy tale. The simple truth is that until you love your life just as it is, you will never love it regardless of what changes you make. “How can I love my life the way it is now?!” When the entire fate of your experience of fulfillment rests with you doing just that, how can you not?!
The most empowering strategy for creating a life and job you love is to love your life and job as they are right now.
Choose your life, warts and all. Life doesn’t become lovable simply because it reflects your ideal. Your ideal is what needs changing. Shifting your perception frees up a tremendous amount of creative energy that transforms your life in ways you would never imagine.