Creating right livelihood and the importance of being authentic and original
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Date: Sept. 30, 2000
Ask yourself this question, and try to give a truly honest answer: If you were not getting paid, would you show up at your job?
I believe that even before you can begin to address the question of right livelihood, you must get in touch with your deepest desires. This is the stuff that most of us lost touch with during the long years of schooling, obeying someone else's schedule for many hours every day, and studying things arbitrarily chosen for us, rather than the things we were passionate about.
If you could only do one more thing before you die, what would you choose to do? After you answer this, give yourself a second and a third thing, to form the triad of your deepest inner desires. As much as possible, your time should be spent moving toward these three things. You are truly blessed if you can find a way to receive all your needs through making these very same efforts. But if not, then try to reduce your physical needs down to such a level that a very minimum of your time is spent in meeting those needs, and the bulk of your time is free to pursue your deepest goals.
Getting in touch with your deepest inner desires, and then finding ways to pursue them, naturally leads to creativity and authenticity.
You see, when one achieves goal number 1, (or 2 or 3), one's goals change! Or one may realise that what you thought you wanted was not what you wanted at all! Is it trial and error?! And is the grass always greener, just over there???!!!
It is true that your goals do change over time; this is natural, especially when you have achieved one or more of them. Suppose you start with a relatively superficial goal and achieve it; the next time you ask yourself the question, you may reach a deeper answer. Continuing to reach for your first, second, and third (as opposed to the 4th, 5th or further down on the list) leads you to deeper and deeper levels of awareness of yourself. Spiritual and psychological growth are continuing processes, not endpoints to achieve.
If I were not getting paid, yes, I would continue in the same work. Perhaps I would do a little less of it and do more that taps my natural aliveness. As a right livelihhod coach I am honored to walk the brave path with clients as they seek to attract, discover and create the work they were meant to do. Buechner said that vocation is where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need. Are you engaged in work of your deep gladness? Is not now the time to choose it? Everyone has a unique contribution to make. If not now, then when? Tom Volkar Coresight
being authentic and original is our natural state,one that we rarely ever visit since we re to busy being someone else,from which we assume is who we really are because someone else said so who is also working from the state of what someone told him/her...
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