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3 Tips on Living a Congruent Life

To live a congruent life simply means to be living in space that you have consciously created for yourself. A space that serves a great purpose and acts as the foundation upon which you manifest excellence into your life. This is a space where you’ve taken delicate care to tend to, always making sure it’s neat and tidy and ever-expanding.

If you are sitting there asking yourself if you even have such a space, don’t worry you are not alone. In fact, most of us don’t consciously take the time to give ourselves one moment of relaxation at the end of a full day. Somewhere along the line, it’s as if new software was installed in the psyches that told us life always had to be hard; and that if it wasn’t, then we were doing something wrong.

Often times, along with such core beliefs that have taken root deep within us, other beliefs that don’t always serve us start to form and grow as well. We might believe that only when we struggle do we deserve happiness; that it must always come with a price. Or even worse, that we are unworthy of happiness (or love) at all.

And perhaps that is the key to it all…which reminds me of every old 50’s romance tune…love is all you need, right? But is that enough? Well, yes…and no. See, love in and of itself is not out for itself. It just IS. And perhaps that is it’s the greatest lesson to soak in from dancing on the edge of it’s madness to falling into it’s most frightening and dark depths of another human soul. But there must be consciousness behind the love for it to have meaning. Meaning, we as our awesome human selves, determine the level at which we can experience love, by the amount we are willing to give love, be vulnerable, and open to taking some indefinite leaps of faith. Image result for congruent living quote

Love leads us to some intense and scary places sometimes, and yet collectively we continue to innately know that to have love in our lives, is to have peace in our hearts. And that, I believe is the first step to true happiness, or what I like to call, “congruent living”.

From years of studying the connection between the heart and the mind, as well as the principles of Quantum Mechanics, I can comfortably say that anyone, no matter the race, gender, creed, nationality, etc. has the capability to manifest peace within their own hearts. Even in the direst of suffering, this noble act is not some mystic’s tale. In fact, it is often within suffering itself that we are lead to the conscious awareness of the true amount of control we have over the quality of our lives; merely for the fact, we have control over the quality of our thoughts…

Overall, there are 3 major pieces to living life congruently:

The first… would be that the consciousness must be present that the power to bring peace to one’s heart resides within oneself. This can manifest in many different ways for many different people, but usually accompanies a major event of some kind ranging from a near-death drowning or car accident, or losing someone close to you. Getting a reminder that nothing is trivial and all we truly have is this moment is the quickest and shortest route to gaining this conscious awareness. But it doesn’t have to be that serious all the time. And by that I mean, if you learn to listen to the subtle messages of the Universe, it will gently whisper in your ear instead of taking a proverbial 2×4 to your head when you choose to ignore it. 🙂

Once you can find peace within your own heart, you have just taken the “For Sale” sign off of that space I mentioned earlier on. You’ve allowed yourself to make perhaps one of the greatest investments in your overall health because now you have a “go-to”. Some people get to their space through breathing exercises, or simply taking a moment to close their eyes and imagine their favorite vacation beach or how they become a casino winner.

And yet other people will think of loved ones or anything that ignites a sense of inner joy, gratitude, connection to the Source of life. Basically we are by-passing the logical brain often lead by the ego that convinces of we aren’t worthy of stepping into these higher vibrational states of living.

Image result for congruent living quoteThe second way to master living a life of congruence would be to always be pushing yourself to step more and more into your greatness. Meaning, do more of what makes you feel alive, do what you’re good at and what you enjoy sharing with others. This is true giving of yourself and of your gifts and the more you do it, the greater you expand your space. Think of it as an interior upgrade or like putting an addition onto the house.

The third and final masterful activity would include welcoming not only the “good” stuff but not avoiding the “bad”. To always see the lesson in the pain is true sight. To be able to view yourself and your life without judgment, but always with conscious movement towards embodying our most true selves, is absolute congruent living.

When you look at your life and see the balance amongst even what some might call “chaos”, is to have expanded your vision into the realm of “anything goes” when it comes to manifestation. Allowing yourself to be open to the opportunity for growth and expansion as your inner roots climb deep down into the dark, is what gives the fruits above the life-source to bloom and blossom. And as my mentor always says, “The deeper the roots, the sweeter the fruits.”

Have a most fruitful, congruent week everyone! <3

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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How to Survive the Post Festive Blues

How to Survive the Post Festive Blues

Post Festive Blues and Reds

Let me paint a picture:  I’m sporting my husbands black wellington boots, it’s a whopping 107°F (42°C) outside and I’m armed with talcum powder.

Why?

Ants. An army of the most vicious, biting-bastard ants. When they sink their mandibles into you they cling on for dear life and inject what must be acid into your feet and legs — this results in red marks all over your pins. It’s not inspiring to say the least.

Why am I telling you this?

I have nothing else to write about…no, only joking — there is a point.

Since the passing of 2017 and the sudden surprise of 2018, I’ve been in a bit of a weird space. It feels like I’m not able to move forward and God only knows I can’t go back. It’s a no-mans-land feeling. It feels like the jolly old festive season flashed by in the blink of an eye (and I was semi-working over the period, so, it really zoomed by fast).

Back to Ant Story

So, I’ve been sitting on my couch pondering what the hell am I going to be all about in 2018? I’m not talking about new years resolutions or any of that stuff. The only resolution I make is ‘follow your excitement’ and I make that every day not once a year.

As I’m sipping my coffee, my husband asks me if I could brave the great outdoors today and water the garden as he is going out. I freeze.

I know what awaits me out there — a barrage of blood-thirsty ants (I’m not over-exaggerating here, honestly, these ants are Satan’s spawn!). I finish the last dregs of my java juice and slip into the wellington boots — in the blazing heat — armed with my talcum powder (short-term ant repellent).

I go out there guns blazing — take that! And that! It looks like a snowstorm in the outbacks of the South Africa Karoo desert. I get out the hose-pipe and manage to water the gasping plants.

The Moral or Possibly the Ant-i-Climax?

I did it. It took guts, determination and will. My plants are happy again. My pond is topped up so the birds and amphibians can drink and bathe. I have a sense of accomplishment against all odds (only 1 bite in tow! Not bad). And I have a story to tell, so, not bad for a mornings work.

“One step at a time is all it takes and with every step, you’ll feel a little more lighter and encouraged to take more steps.”

As I was raining water down upon my flora, I was considering the ants and my situation (micro/macrocosm stuff). The ants represented the things I don’t want to tackle.

With a bit of fore-thought (the boots and talcum powder), I managed to achieve the task and it really wasn’t that bad. I actually enjoyed being out there in my garden — even in the heat of the African summer sun.

I’ve taken this to mean that with a bit of planning, I can start to execute the things I need to do in order to set this new year in motion instead of feeling overwhelmed and impotent. It feels good to have a game plan and to tackle things accordingly.

Since, I have done a clearing of all my e-mails, filed a LOAD of things that were bugging me (getting photo’s off my phone and onto my hard-drive for one!) and answered and addressed a ton of messages and loose ends that were on the back-burner since December.

That alone feels good. Read related article: How to Define Your Vision, Goals and Intentions for Empowered Manifestation

Now, I’m venturing into the rest of this month feeling pretty good about things. I’ve cleared a slate that I intend to cover in all things joyful and creative. It’s a start!

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or even underwhelmed about the start of 2018 — perhaps it’s time to take a knee and ask yourself what you can do to make your life more exciting, adventurous and joyful. Then take some steps, even if it is a spring-cleaning, to get yourself in alignment with that.

One step at a time is all it takes and with every step, you’ll feel a little more lighter and encouraged to take more steps.

Read related article: Create More Peace & Happiness in These Challenging Times With This Healing Mantra

CRDCherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment — for article updates). She has an official art Facebook page (Cherie Roe Dirksen – for new art updates). You can also check out her Facebook band page at Templeton Universe.

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This article (How to Survive the Post Festive Blues) was originally written for and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author Cherie Roe Dirksen

 




Do You Really Have a Soul Calling?

Follow-Your-DreamMarcus T Anthony (PhD) is a futurist of the human mind, writer and spiritual adviser. His web site is www.mind-futures.com. The following is an extract from my book: Champion of the Soul, Master of the Mind.

Calling what?
In recent decades there has been a great enthusiasm for the idea of “following your bliss”. This is another subject I have written about in depth (in Discover Your Soul Template) and in the three years since I published that book I have contemplated and researched further on the subject area.

The essential question I have been considering is: “Is there any such thing as finding your calling?”

My answer is… it depends upon the individual, and also on how you define the term “a calling”.

For some people there is a strong urge within the soul to actualize an innate gift or ability. This may be true of piano players, football players or entrepreneurs, for example. It seems as though they were put here on this earth to express themselves through that innate talent.

Einstein took a non-demanding job as a patent clerk for several years simply so he could have the time to manifest his passion – to be a physicist. By the age of twenty-six he became world-famous when he produced his theory of relativity. The fame and fortune that followed enabled one of the great minds of modern science to explore the secrets of the universe with tremendous freedom.

Mahatma Gandhi was so convinced by his destiny to be a future political and spiritual leader, that when he was a young man and a stretcher bearer in the Boar War in South Africa, observers noted that he seemed to have almost no fear of death. This was despite the treacherous nature of life on the battle field.

Actor Jim Carey’s innate wackiness and comic genius was ideal for a career in Hollywood. He was well aware of this, and before he became one of the biggest names in Hollywood, he would drive his car up to the hills above Los Angeles and creatively visualise and affirm his future success in that hyper-competitive city.

These three men’s lives are typical of the dream scenarios that we read about in magazines and in biographies of the rich and famous. Such stories also get write-ups in popular self-help and new age books.

But there is a catch here of course. Nobody ever writes the biography of those who went bust in Los Angeles without having “made it”, or those who got shot up in a war last century and were never heard of again.

So we have to be a little careful in extrapolating that all of us have this kind of “calling”.

There are two major distinctions to note here.

The first is that – and sorry to tell you this – not everybody is destined to be rich, powerful and famous.

Secondly, many people – perhaps most – do not have a specific calling centred around one skill, ability or profession.

The good news is, though, that this does not have to stop you being passionate and joyful in your chosen field of work.

If you are a person who cannot readily identify a passion that can be easily expressed as a money-making profession, it might “pay” you to stop thinking of a calling as a specific destiny involving one profession. After all, if you cannot identify such a calling, it is logical to consider the likelihood that there may no bleedingly obvious single destiny for you! If “God” had such a purpose for you I suspect that she would have made your destination a little clearer.

In fact it is common for people to try several different career paths before they identify something that they are passionate about. And the research into this area is very revealing. People generally become passionate about work they are good at (or become good at), and where they have a strong sense of responsibility and control. And these things tend to increase with time on the job, as long as the right mind-set is adhered to.

Steve Jobs’ famous Stanford commencement speech has nearly nine million hits on Youtube. This talk, where Jobs implores his audience to follow their passion, is often cited when the idea of living your dream is discussed.

However, as Cal Newport has pointed out in So Good They Can’t Ignore You, it is interesting to note that Jobs’ early life indicated little of his ultimate destiny as an entrepreneur and Apple CEO. Jobs attended Reed College, a well-known liberal Arts school. We can assume that he was initially passionate about literature, poetry and physics, because that is what he studied – before dropping out. He was also intrigued by the spiritual dimensions of life, experimenting with LSD and travelling to India on a pilgrimage.

Later Jobs combined wits with a more capable programmer, Steve Wozniak, and they set up Apple Computers in Jobs’ parent’s garage. Cal Newport suggests that Jobs’ early life indicates that Jobs’ destiny at Apple was effectively ad-hoc, a result of random experimentation with the world. Such an analysis misses the obvious point that Job’s had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and was passionate about both design and human potential. Throughout the ups and downs of his career at Apple – and his decade away from the company – he stuck to the ideals of beauty, simplicity and functionality. These values were effectively an expression of his soul.

Nonetheless, my perception is that these values – and Jobs’ passion to go out in the world and create-  could have been expressed in a number of different ways. I doubt that before his soul entred this realm of existence that God had ordained that “Though shalt found Apple computers and crank out the iPhone, iPad and iPhone for mass consumption!”

What this means for your calling
For many of you reading this book, your “calling” is more likely to be found in a general domain related to your innate passions, rather than a divinely ordained career as a butcher, baker or candlestick maker.

For example, you may love writing, but you may not be quite certain what line of work to pursue which can express that passion.

Perhaps you want to teach, but the precise expression of that skill may not be obvious to you.

Or maybe you love math and physics, and nothing else fills you with such excitement, and are wondering how to turn that into ongoing professional work.

It is perfectly possible that there may be no precise love or calling that is “meant” for you. My strong recommendation is for you to follow your intuitive pull to train in a profession or practice that is related to your passion, and which has a strong value in the market place. Build skills and reputation in that domain before you jump headlong into any very narrow specific work that may not have clear value to others. In the end, you have to be of service to society, or you do not have a “calling” – you have a pastime.

A higher “calling”
There’s yet another important distinction that I would like to introduce to you that is vital when thinking about the idea of living your bliss. It is the failure to realize the importance of this point which leads to a lot of misunderstanding.

When contemplating your calling it is helpful to focus upon being true to your soul. This means fully honoring and expressing the innate beauty and courage that lies within you. And this happens naturally whenever you are present to life. You don’t even have to try. In fact “trying” to be present retards presence.

In practical terms, this necessitates that whatever career or work you are currently doing – or plan to do in the future – you look for opportunities to express your innate power and beauty.

So, an alternative to seeking your calling might be to ask the following questions of your current life and work situation.

• In this moment, how can I bring joy to what I do?
• What is it that brings me great joy??
• Can I bring such joyful activities and skills into fruition in the world of money and markets? Or perhaps merely as a hobby or service that is for free?

Love the one you’re with…
Perhaps it is, though, that you cannot do your preferred work at this time.

This could be for any number of reasons. Perhaps you need to wait some time while building up skills and reputation before you quit your job. Maybe you are still figuring out how to monetise your passion and have to dabble in it part-time while working the night shift. Or you might not yet know what it is you are really passionate about.

In such a scenario I have the following suggestion.

Instead of waiting for your passion to find you, bring your passion to your work by being passionate about it!

In this case be present with – and love – what you do.

To take from an old song, “If you can’t have the job you love, love the job you have.”

Almost any act of creation – including any “job” – can be an act of love.

Again, the key to this is mindfulness. In any job, no matter how “mundane”, you bring divinity to the moment by being fully present. The shelf-stacker at the supermarket brings light to his soul and that of the customer when he joyfully guides that inquisitive person to find the mint sauce in aisle three. The teacher brings divinity to chaos when she is fully present and forgiving when she enters her year eight lower-stream class, last period Friday afternoon. This may include being forgiving of her own anger and fear at her powerlessness to discipline a rowdy group of hormone-fuelled teenagers. The street cleaner brings love to an unkempt street as he passes his humble broom back and forth across the dusty pavement, smiling at passes by.

Presence illuminates the darkness. In the end, your calling is to light the darkness in your own soul. For this in turn is what helps to enlighten the world, little by little.

To accept such a calling necessitates becoming a champion of the soul; and in particular a champion of the inner child. You honour your highest self and express your calling when you simply embody your true love and power.

Notice that there is nothing in this job description about actual nine-to-five duties.

By all means, seek to do work that is intrinsically joyful to your nature. I believe this is for the greater good of all. But even more important is bringing your joyful nature to your work.

 

Love the boss too
It is mostly the layers of pain contained within the emotional body – including the layers of distracting stories and false beliefs – which occlude our light. This is what clouds our days at the office.

It isn’t the boss’ fault.

Nonetheless, because life tends to reflect back to us the innate beliefs and stories that we hold within our psyches, the boss is likely to be a reflection of your soul story. Yet even if he or she is a psychopath, that reflection offers an opportunity for you to see yourself at a deeper level.

I’m not suggesting you need to hang around a toxic work environment and get beaten up for ten years to learn a soul lesson.

Perhaps you need to trust the universe enough to let him go and re-enter the job market.

Champion of the SoulBut be careful. The universe can be a harsh mistress. If you try to run away from a situation that is merely a mirror to your soul, that scenario will most likely reappear in your life story, and in short time.

Ultimately there may be an opportunity to transform your relationship with Psycho Boss by stepping more fully into your soul power, and without turning the whole episode into a huge drama – as so many do. This is where being a champion off relationships is of great value. Having advanced social intelligence and great spiritual maturity, you may be able to subtly “work” your boss.

If the story that your mind is bringing forth is that “The boss is a bitch and I’m a victim!”, chaos and suffering will quickly evolve and you will not learn a great deal at a soul level.

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The True Cost of Following Your Bliss (1)

By Marcus T Anthony, PhD, author of Discover Your Soul Template.

So you want to dive in at the deep end and get into this alternative philosophy business? And by “business”, I do mean business. Perhaps you have had a few personal experiences which have led you to deeply question the way dominant science and education represent the human condition. You might have had a spiritual experience or an intuitive foretaste of something extraordinary – a glimpse of what have been labelled the “supernatural” or “paranormal”. After such revelations the wise words of the American transcendentalists and Eastern mystics have no doubt been jumping out at you from behind metaphysical corners that you didn’t even know were there.

It could be that things have begun to gather momentum for you – not so much like a giant snow ball rolling downhill, but a great wave of mystical light cascading from the heavens. Reading a few books about things like “spiritual business” and “the law of attraction” may have begun to stir creative juices within your mind. You could be forgiven for starting to think of the possibilities. What if I put all that spiritual knowledge into this idea??

So now you are all set to go, full of excitement at the journey ahead – as a writer, public speaker, social media expert, researcher, healer, entrepreneur… Those famous words of perhaps the greatest of the American transcendentalists, Henry David Thoreau, never felt truer.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

So it all looks pretty good from your current perspective, doesn’t it? Success seems almost divinely guaranteed. But before you step off onto the road less traveled, before you take that first step on the journey of ten thousand steps, you might like to consider the price.

“The price?”, you say. “What price? Everything’s cool!”

Please allow me to backtrack a little. Let me give you some advice from a traveller of both mystical and worldly waters. Permit me to return to where it all began for me…

Twenty years ago I made the big decision to resign from my job as a secondary school teacher in Warren, a tiny, remote town in western New South Wales, Australia. I had had enough of the mundane world of chalk and talk. My decision had been initiated a few months earlier when I had stumbled across Wayne Dyer’s new age tome You’ll See It When You Believe It in the local newsagent. Reading that book gave me the courage to quit. So I packed my stuff into my car and headed for greener shores – quite literally. I landed in Coffs Harbour, a nice little town on the north coast of the same state. As I outline in my book Discover Your Soul Template, my newly acquired mystical proclivities then led me to join a meditation group fronted by Lesley Halverson, a middle-aged woman with some obvious intuitive gifts. One evening after her meditation class had wound down, Lesley announced that she had dreamed of UFOs the previous night; and based upon that dream she predicted that UFOs would be observable at around 2.00 am that night. Although it seemed preposterous to me that anyone could predict such a thing based upon a dream, I challenged myself to get up at that ungodly hour and take a look around.

My naive mystical worldview was well rewarded, for that cool and starry winter’s morning I witnessed two very different UFO phenomena – one a great ball of shimmering light that glided silently across the sky, and the other a flotilla of disc-like objects which flew over my head at a distance of a few hundred metres.

You can imagine how this event forever changed the way I viewed life, science and education. No longer could I buy the dominant western worldview which depicts human beings as biological meat machines trapped without meaning and purpose in a mechanistic universe. Nor could I continue to commit to a nine-to-five mundane existence in my home country. Instead I embarked on a long journey of self-discovery that saw me live and work in five different countries. It also included exploring exhaustive spiritual disciplines and emotional healing that necessitated enormous courage and commitment.

Throughout this period I explored the mystical and spiritual realms via meditative and mindful practice, shifting my new worldview from a “belief” into lived experience. My innate intuitive abilities expanded and I developed cognitive capacities that had believed to be science fiction only a few years prior to that. I found that I could sense the future, channel creative energy, interact with spiritual dimensions and tap into consciousness fields of both individuals and groups.

During this time I did not ignore the more “rational” side of human experience. Eventually I earned a PhD, developing the concept of “integrated intelligence” – the idea that the human mind is not limited in space and time, and can draw upon non-local information. In my thesis I argued that consciousness is not confined to the brain, nor even to physical systems. Thus the notion of integrated intelligence was developed from both personal experience and formal research.

I kept working in mainstream education to pay the bills, even as I developed my esoteric and intuitive proclivities. Eventually I established a niche for myself as a researcher, writer and speaker. I became the futurist with a passion for Deep Futures, speaking and writing about how an unnecessarily delimited model of cosmos and consciousness was retarding human social and spiritual development. I published widely in magazines, newspapers and journals and successfully published my doctoral thesis. I was elated when I also got my first mainstream book contract.

Some fifteen years passed between the time I left my first teaching job until I published Discover Your Soul Template. In many ways it was a time of incredible excitement. I was following Thoreau’s advice and pursuing my dream. Success seemed to come easily. As I travelled from country to country I managed to earn a very good income, taking jobs that were high-paying but undemanding. This is what allowed me to pursue my doctorate and to write and present at academic conferences and in public domain.

It is not that there were no challenges during this period. Perhaps the greatest was acknowledging that I carried a huge amount of pain and self-limiting belief structures within my psyche. Working with that energy was often excruciatingly difficult. But overall I can say that everything fell together in what seemed to be divine perfection. As my wife noted, things just kept getting better and better.

Perhaps it was that this success had created a little naivety within me. I had conveniently forgotten something that Lesley Halverson had told me all those years ago when I had attended her mediation group. For one day she had passed on a message to me “from spirit”. It was the most simple communication imaginable.

“Remember that there is a price to pay for everything,” she had said.

That was it. The words had been spoken seemingly out of the blue in the middle of a meditation class. They were directed specifically at me. I suspect Lesley has probably forgotten about those words, but somehow they lingered in the back of my mind.

It took me many years to appreciate what they mean. I’m a slow learner.

So let me get back to my story. I haven’t quite finished yet.

It was only after I completed my PhD that I began to experience setbacks in my professional and personal life. The first and obvious problem was that my impassioned focus upon researching and writing about the spiritual and mystical had become a roadblock to my academic and public career. No university or academic institution would touch me. I got hundreds of rejections. I looked on with an increasingly despairing gaze as I saw some of my futurist colleagues (who did their doctorates in more mainstream fields) snap up university jobs with little or no effort. My papers were rejected at many academic conferences; and when I attended such conferences at my own expense, I often saw rather robotic and soulless presentations by professors who were just going through the motions of the academic system. I sat there thinking, “I know I could do a much better presentation than this!”

It was frustrating. It was disheartening. I felt angry and abandoned by the system.

When I returned to Australia from Asia things got even worse. Not only was I getting rejected by the universities; suddenly even public high schools would not hire me. My CV was a confusing mishmash of mundane public school teaching combined with extensive, self-funded academic qualifications and publications. I recall one interviewer looking at me with a rather puzzled expression. “It seems like you have even living two very different lives,” he said. I laughed. But the smile soon faded when he turned me away.

I experimented with different approaches. I submitted CVs leaving off all forty or so of my academic publications and erasing the PhD. But that just made me look like a middle-aged school teacher who had been too lazy to invest in career development for the previous twenty years.

The low point came when I had used up all my savings, and could no longer even afford to rent a house. While I was receiving an income stream from books and publications, it was nowhere near enough to live on. My wife and I were forced to move into a single room, sharing a house with three others.

I had to make a choice. Would I give up all that I had invested in my soul journey? Would I recommit to a mundane life of nine to five?

I’ll let you know what happened in the second part of this article, and I’ll also share with you some of the key distinctions I have taken from my setbacks.

Marcus

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Marcus T Anthony, PhD is the author or Discover Your Soul Template. He is a futurist and spiritual life coach. His website is www.marcustanthony.com.




Powerful Reminder to Follow Your Calling and Do What You’ve Come Here To Do

Source: Infinite Waters (Diving Deep

Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) reminds us that a 9-5 job can be very unsatisfying and lead to stress. See what happens when you follow your calling.




Are You Living The Life You Want To Be Living? Here’s How To Get On Track

Sarah | Collective Evolution

“Follow your bliss. 
If you do follow your bliss, 
you put yourself on a kind of track
 that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living
 is the one you are living. 
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
 who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. 
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open
 where you didn’t know they were going to be. 
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell

Following your bliss is not about seeking extremes of joy and happiness. It is about following your heart and doing what is right for you. It’s about noticing what gives you energy, and doing that thing. It’s about noticing where your energy gets sucked away, and not doing that thing.

For me, following your bliss is finding your own special path in life and then having the courage to walk that path. And while we may find guides along the way to offer advice and some direction, it is ultimately a solo-journey as we each discover our own unique way.

A World Of Many Distractions

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find that path or even to stay on it once it’s been found. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and lost in today’s crazy information-overloaded world. Our senses are on high alert as we are bombarded with the latest news from our TVs, computers, phones and newspapers. Advertising messages yell at us in the ad breaks, squabble for our attention on our computer screen, and even hit us from our phone apps. And even our friends seem to be screaming for our attention as the multitude of social media forums constantly ping us with messages and updates.

And it’s not just information-overload that we’re all struggling to deal with, but it’s also some of the crazy expectations we’ve picked up from our overly striving, overly competitive society.

  • Do you own an amazing house (read as – have you been sucked into having a huge mortgage)?
  • Do you have a nice car (read as – do you have the right stuff that fits your image and will impress others)?
  • Do you have a great job (read as – are you a doctor or a lawyer or someone who works in an office, but not a photographer or something creative we don’t really understand)?

These expectations take up our time and energy, and distract us from finding our true purpose. They may be something to focus on and strive for, but they are not ultimately satisfying and are not what leads to a fulfilling life.

Getting Off Track

Sometimes things just happen that push us off-track. It may be that we spend time working in a toxic environment, and instead of taking the hint that life is giving us and changing jobs or careers, we stay in that negative environment and persist with it, hoping that things will get better. We know in our heart that we are off-track as our health suffers and our energy levels decline but we don’t do anything to change the situation.

Whether we are off track due to society, information overload or something unique to us, these distractions tend to put us on the back foot, making us forget that we are unique and that we have our own special path to follow. I know, I’ve been there.

A Way Forward

When I decided to quit my twenty-year career in advertising to find a life more fulfilling and more authentic, something magical happened, and my life shifted up a level.

But first, let me explain my journey briefly. For me it was a simple three-step approach:

Step 1: Quit my job.

Step 2: Sell my house.

Step 3: Spend a year traveling and doing all the things I love to do.

When you break it down like that it really doesn’t sound too daunting – just three simple steps. And yet for many this sounds super dramatic. But for me it wasn’t, it all happened naturally and easily. And do remember, this is my journey and doesn’t have to be yours. We each have our own unique path to follow – we will each transition in different ways.

For me, taking one year in the possible 90 years of my life to find my own path was a no-brainer and has been the best decision of my life. It has allowed me to explore the possibilities of what it means to be truly and completely me. I’ve never been more satisfied in my life. As Joseph Campbell suggested, all of a sudden doors opened in directions I could never have dreamed. My life is now one of magic, joy and bliss. I am in flow.

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Finding Your Calling in Life: Why Taking the Road Less Traveled Will Take You There

Luminita Saviuc | Purpose Fairy

“…it sounds like life is calling you to do something BIG and you haven’t picked up the phone.” ~ Manifest Your Potential .com

When I first started writing on this blog, I had no idea what I was doing and whether anyone was going to read what I was writing. I just knew that I had to write and so I wrote.

My mind and many of my old friends kept telling me to cut the nonsense and get a life because I had no right to talk about the things I was writing since I wasn’t an “expert”. But my heart kept telling me not to pay attention to those self-defeating thoughts nor to those people and just write. And that’s exactly what I did. I continued to write.

I wrote about all the things I personally needed to know more about and the more I was writing the more I was learning. You know what they say, you teach that which you yourself need to learn. And I desperately needed to learn about all of the things I was writing.

I started writing about forgiveness, about how to be happyhow to love everything and be attached to nothing, about the things that are holding us back in life, how to find your purpose and calling in life, and so on. 

I started writing about all the things my heart and Soul were thirsty and hungry for, and by doing so I was able to resuscitate my Soul and bring my true self back to life. I was able to discover who I really was. I was able to find my calling and purpose in life.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs

If I would’ve listened to my mind and if I would’ve followed the “good” advice of those around me I would’ve stopped writing and my life would’ve been a lot different from what it is now. But luckily I didn’t. I was too tired to follow the crowd and live my life the way everyone else was living it and decided to do thing differently instead.

I took the road less traveled by, and that made a huge difference in my life.

“Unless someone can look into the core of your heart, and see the degree of your passion, or look into the depths of your soul and see the extent of your will, then they have no business telling you what you can or cannot achieve. Because while they may know the odds, they do not know you. Nor do they know the power of your angels.” ~ Sandra Kring

In life, people will try to convince you that what you feel in your heart is not what you should apply in your life and that to dream is to be naive. That you should look for safety and stability, always “behaving” and doing what everyone else is doing and it’s so important to stop for a little while, take  a few steps back and ask yourself: “What do I want? How do I want my life to unfold?”

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” ~ Albert Einstein

Everything changes so fast nowadays and those who are rigid, resisting change and clinging onto old and outdated ways of being/ doing things, will be left behind.

Things are changing, life is changing, and thank God they are because we can’t continue to live the way we used to anymore. We need to wake up and we need to start claiming, embracing and living the lives we are meant to be living and no longer the lives we were led to believe that we should be living.

If you feel you are being called to do something new, something different; if you hear your heart calling you, begging you to do things you have never done before and explore worlds you have never explored before, do it!

Your heart, your soul, your intuition, your inner gps… they are a lot wiser than you think and they know things that your mind does not. Dare to trust their wisdom. Dare to take the road less traveled because that’s how you will find your purpose and calling in life. Taking the road less traveled will take you there.

Learn to learn to listen to your own inner voice, to do what you yourself feel in your heart is right for you and not what the majority thinks you should do. If you follow the crowd you will go no further than the crowd.

Don’t be afraid to let go of familiar places and familiar faces to explore new lands. Don’t be afraid to take the path less traveled and do things that nobody else dared to do before.

Find the courage to take risks. To get out of your comfort zone and go the opposite direction from where everyone else is going. Simply because your heart is asking you too. 

Give up the need to live your life the way everyone else expects you to live, raising and lowering yourself to the level of their expectations. Start living life your own way. Know that it’s not the world you should try to impress but rather your own Soul, your own inner being and by doing so, you will effortlessly impress the world around you.

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Why Following Your Bliss is Bullshit

Chris Dierkes | Reality Sandwich

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

–Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss.

You’ve heard the saying before. It’s everywhere. It’s cited time and again as if it were simply the truth full stop. It’s not so much an argument as an assumption.

I’m going to try to convince you that this saying is wrong. In fact it’s very wrong and it’s causing people pain, confusion, and illusion. I realize in taking this stance, I’m going to be pissing a bunch of folks off and stepping on a whole lotta toes. I’m definitely swimming against the current on this one. But I think it needs to be said regardless.

The call to follow your bliss comes of course from the great Joseph Campbell. I realize by criticizing this statement I’m criticizing one with some strong history to it, articulated by a very wise man (one far wiser than I). I should say Campbell’s work on mythology, in particular the hero’s journey, has had a major, positive influence in my life. The Power of Myth series with Bill Moyers is one of the single greatest things I’ve ever seen in my life.

Nevertheless, I still think this saying is wrong. At least, the way it’s commonly understood is really problematic (and I think the saying has inherent in it a tendency to be misinterpreted).

Bliss
First off we have to look at the word bliss as so much of the statement hinges on the meaning of this word.

Now authors are no doubt free to define terms as they please. But I think Campbell’s choice of the word bliss was a particularly poor one and sets up an inevitable dynamic of misunderstanding. This misunderstanding leads inevitably to a shallow (mis)interpretation of Campbell’s words, with following your bliss becoming a simplistic slogan. This is where we find ourselves today.

Here’s a quotation from Campbell that unpacks what he means by bliss (from the aforementioned Power of Myth with Bill Moyers). Campbell is responding to a question from Moyers about whether life itself can be said to having purpose:

“Just sheer life cannot be said to have a purpose, because look at all the different purposes it has all over the place. But each incarnation, you might say, has a potentiality, and the mission of life is to live that potentiality. How do you do it? My answer is, “Follow your bliss.” There’s something inside you that knows when you’re in the center, that knows when you’re on the beam or off the beam, and if you get off the beam to earn money, you’ve lost your life. And if you stay in the center and don’t get any money, you still have your bliss”.

We can see from this quotation that for Campbell bliss is closely related to a sense of purpose, almost conscience, a deep pull within an individual as to their life’s mission.

The problem, as I see it, is that by choosing the word bliss he immediately runs up against two more common understandings of bliss (one spiritual and one emotional) which run at cross-purposes to his intended meaning.

Let’s look at these two other meanings of the word bliss. From there we’ll see how the notion of following your bliss has become so corrupted in our day.

First the spiritual version of bliss. There’s a long-established tradition of translating the Sanskrit word ananda into English as bliss. Think of the famous author of The Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramanasha Yogananda (“The Bliss/Ananda of Yoga”) or Ramakrishna’s great disciple and bringer of the Eastern Light to the West Swami Vivekanadna (“The Bliss/Ananda of Knowledge”).

Ananda is the energetic state of awakening. It’s the energetic space that comes from the realization of pure release in the state of utter liberation.

Sometimes people will translate ananda into English as happiness, joy, or even elation. Joy, happiness, and elation are temporary emotional states (good ones no doubt!) but ananda they ain’t. Ananda doesn’t come and go like happiness or joy. Happiness or joy are meant to be in relation to other emotions like sadness, grief, fear, and anger. Ananda doesn’t have any such relations. There’s nothing to compareananda to. Ananda is not like happiness which we know as different from sadness (and vice versa). Moreover, it’s possible to experience ananda while also experiencing an emotional state of joy or sadness, boredom or elation, fear or contentment.

In other words, ananda IS. It’s an overwhelming realization of something that already is the case.

So applying that version of bliss to “Follow your bliss,” there’s a problem straight away.

Anadna isn’t yours or mine or anybody’s. There’s no ownership. The state of anandais precisely predicated on the dropping of the separate self-sense. The self is the only own who can claim possession of things (however ludicrous such claims might be…for example claims to owning land, sorry capitalism).

There’s no your bliss. If by bliss we actually mean ananda. And while Campbell clearly didn’t mean ananda it was also a well-established use of the term by the time Campbell articulated his understanding of bliss. As a consequence, there’s been a misinterpretation of follow your bliss–one that has led many to seek after and overemphasize the value of altered spiritual states of consciousness (bliss asananda). Such persons then claim ownership of such states (“my bliss”).

The other meaning of bliss is the emotional state of deep joy (bliss from the old English blithe). If instead of either ananda or Campbell’s notion of bliss we understand bliss as the emotional state of bliss then we’ve got the same problem in reverse. Rather than getting hooked on spiritual states, follow your bliss becomes a justification for getting hooked on an emotional state. Choosing any one emotional state as the answer to what we should be doing in life is really problematic. Emotions exist in an ecology and we need to learn to flow with and through all of them. Bliss as a state of elation or ecstatic happiness can be very wonderful. It can also be very addicting, particularly in a culture that does so much to deny the value of other emotions like grief, remorse, sorrow, or hurt.

Bliss junkies exist–whether their drug of choice is chemical, work, food, power, money, material possessions, or spiritual practice.

I’d argue that a heroin addict shooting up is precisely following his bliss. His bliss lies elsewhere–in a state of chemically induced euphoria free from pain. He doesn’t want to live with his pain, grief, and unexpressed sadness so he follows his bliss, which is  synonymous with his addiction (the very force destroying his life and his relationships).

(More prosaically, the spiritual junkiehood meme has gotten so bad I see people on Facebook wishing each other “blissings.” Please God if you’re reading this and you’re ever inclined to do not, I repeat DO NOT, ever wish me a blissing. Oy ve, I threw up in my mouth a little bit just now having to write that dreaded word.).

Our society, and in particular our economic order, are precisely built on possessiveness, being addicted to seeking the pleasurable at the expense of the painful, and believing that one magical thing will solve all our problems. By choosing the word bliss to describe his otherwise profound vision, I think Campbell left himself wide open to this form of misinterpretation and corruption.

So we’ve seen that the word bliss is easily misunderstood (and I would argue was a poor choice by Campbell). Bliss–in either the meaning of ananda nor as a emotional state–is not really possessed by anyone (it’s not “your” bliss). They are simply states of being–we may experience them at various points but they aren’t ours.

And then there’s the follow part of “follow your bliss.” It too has some problems associated with it.

Ananda simply is, so it’s hard to talk about following it. There’s not necessarily a direction to ananda such that one would follow it. There’s a way I suppose to talk about immersing ourselves deeper and deeper into the reality of ananda but I’m not sure that’s the same as following it.

And as just discussed, becoming over-identified with the emotional state of bliss and following it at all cost is the very definition of addiction.

I want to emphasize again that Campbell didn’t intend either of those meanings–he clearly defines bliss differently–but I think he should have chosen a different word, one that wasn’t saddled with these already established meanings.

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