I admit that it used to annoy me, to be asked to explain how it is that I advocate for a transformation in the American workplace, when I don’t have a “job.” A new acquaintance took the questioning a bit farther when I replied that, “No. I don’t have a job. I create life.”
The reply to that was, “Oh, so it’s do what you say, and not what you do uh?” Mind you that I hadn’t explained anything, had not elaborated, not clarified, nor had I been asked to, on what exactly is entailed by “creating life.” Come on! How many times have you heard “I create life” in reply to the question of what do you do to earn a living? That response is often, without my intention for it to be so, an invitation to dialogue.
My response allows me to clarify, to put into words, to give myself, a visual of my transformation, the result of the broadening, expansion and exploration of the ideas that are beckoning me out of the entanglements of the separation matrix and into a life experience that reflects the adoption of new ideas. I’ll clarify, later, exactly what I mean by this. But first, allow me to engage you in my response to the statements, “you don’t have a job” and “it’s do what you say and not what you do.”
No. I don’t have a job. I have a purpose; I have a calling. I arrived at this juncture as a result of questioning, in a most thorough manner (and I am not saying that the questioning is over), the beliefs in separation. That questioning was initiated by my study of A Course in Miracles, and continued in receiving A Course of Love. As I began to release the beliefs in separation, having found them as false and unworthy of my focus and attention, I accepted that maybe, just maybe, something else, some life, may be going on that I have been unaware of.
The questioning of the story, the narrative that wakes us up in the morning, orders our days, telling us when to come and when to go initiates transformation on a grand scale. There is no such game on the planet where the rules include and allow for believing one thing and in experience (the knock on wood, everyday living) behaving according to the opposite of those beliefs. All belief systems ask for obedience in action; even though you do not like what you do to earn a living, even though you feel that there is something else that you are called to do, you forgo that calling, that desire, to have a job that pays the bills and puts food on the table. You pledge to uphold the separation between desire and reality. Those are the rules of the game. In terms of a job and work, the main rule to keep in mind is, your desires can’t pay the bills. Now get yourself to work!
Now do I have bills? You better believe I do: a mortgage, health care insurance, gas and electric, water, telephone, car insurance. Do I have to put food on the table? Yes! And good food, from Whole Check! Do I like money? I most certainly do! Can I live on the planet without it? That’s highly unlikely.
If I advocate for a shift where we created life instead of earning a living, if I suggest gathering in service to ourselves, our families and communities and then moaned and complained about my manager, made an eighty minute commute, back and forth to work every day; if I advocate transformation and remain embedded in the separation story of workplace misery, I would be a hypocrite. Responding to the call, advocating for a shift in how we work and play is an aspect of my new narrative, the unfolding of my own life experience. The choice to advocate for a new choice, a new way to live, orders the days of my life.
True, 90% of the time, I do not have a clear visual of how my life is going to unfold, what direction it will take as a result of making new choices; it always unfolds in ways that I could not have anticipated. New experiences inevitably follow new choices.
And I’m not always blissed out! When I’m not, it’s because I’ve looked back to the separation for some form of guidance; or a situation occurs that reminds me that there are still yet parts of me that are still playing the game of separation and those parts of me are brought to my attention so that I can reclaim them and introduce them to a new choice.
“It’s do what you say, and not what you do.” No, not at all.
I don’t tell people what to do. I do not motivate people to take action in the workplace. As a matter of fact, what I like to think is that I inspire disgruntled employees, miserable workers, by sharing the idea that a relationship exists between their experience in the workplace and what they believe. I inspire Americans to imagine and explore a new choice about work and play, a new choice not promulgated by the separation.
I ask that those who may happen upon my advocacy, by reading the blogs and ezine (electronic magazine) that I create, the tweets that I design, to consider creating a new narrative where their identity shifts from being a reflection of someone being moved along life by conditions and circumstances, determined and dictated by genetics, race, sex, economics and politics, just to name a few. I suggest that not only should we consider our own agency in the creation of our life experience, but consider that that agency can in fact create a new experience. What I do, I do to inspire, to awaken, the God in us, the All That is, the great Mystery, the No Beginning, No End. I know that we are all unique expressions of God and that we are poised for the creation of a new earth that is in alignment with the eternal expansion of the Universe.
I put my energy where my knowing is. I know that there are no superfluous desires. Where there is a desire, a need will be met, in the expression of that desire. This is the idea behind the creation of the 30-Day Workplace Challenge. That challenge is not about “doing as I say.” It’s about those who are feeling hopeless, angry, miserable, and powerless becoming aware of well-being, of peace, and joy that naturally flow from following, listening to and trusting in the heart’s desires, even if that desire makes no sense within the narrative of the separation. It is a challenge that reveals that the narrative of aloneness is not true, and that looking within, rather than lamenting about what exists without, is a new choice that will create the ways and means, in short, the conditions, for the expression of that new choice.
I and many others are creating the new paradigms, new models for living, planting the seeds, being examples of the new way. We are not special. We’re at the leading edge of the return to who we truly are, being of service by providing examples of courage and trust, demonstrating that getting out of the separation is not only possible but imperative.
Finally, my life is not unlike any other. My car breaks down, the roof can leak; the internet goes out just as I am in the middle of a tweet. Sometimes my house is a wreck. I love spending time with my children and grandchildren, but it doesn’t always happen. Managing my time to create more art is often frustrating. I have projects and collaborations that require my focus that I might have to shift to securing a technician to repair my washing machine.
What I am saying here is that I am grounded in the physical experience.
And, not but, I am also aware of my origins and grounding in the spiritual realm, an in-severable relationship with God, the source of, the embrace and allowance of my physical experience.
I do not apologize for not having a job, and I do not, and see no reason to advocate that people walk away from the ones they have.