Living in Manhattan, I know several people who have recently lost t
heir jobs. Most of these people are smart, educated, driven, great in their careers…and many of them have families, mortgages, and a ton of responsibilities. Understandably, they are scared.
What makes the present situation even more terrifying is the underlying sense that something is very different this time. We are seeing breakdown after breakdown within many of the socio-economic realities that we have taken for granted as being ‘safe and sound’ for so long.
Many of the newly jobless will have a tougher find finding employment in their line of work…and many will see the industry they toiled for so long completely disappear.
From the 30,000-foot level, we have to realize that this is OK…as the ‘unsustainable’ is finally showing to be, well, unsustainable. And amid all the breakdowns there are, and will continue to be, many fantastic break-throughs that will literally transform what it means to be a human being in this world!
But this can be extremely difficult to see right now as we are smack-dab in the middle of it, directly in the thick and dense processing phase where it is so easy to get lost in fear and anxiety.
The question naturally arising in SO many is: “Well, what should I do”? This is the 100 Million dollar question right now, and it’s a good one. And I am not going to propose any universal answer in this article.
Rather, my purpose is to simply shine awareness on what is happening, and to get your mind stirring whether you personal world has been shaken or not, because ALL of us are being affected by the massive transition happening on this planet right now.
ALL need to be vigilant and aware, and to allow ourselves to be guided (as gently as possible) to the next phase of our evolution.
The writing is on the wall, our biggest systems are breaking down, greed and separation do not work. Rest assured, there IS hope for a better tomorrow…and much of it depends on how we deal with the challenges today!
So, What SHOULD I Do?
Begin to realize that when things in the external field become chaotic and stressed, our minds like to pull us even more externally searching for answers.
But the answers are not ‘out there’. They are within you, and when times are tough we need to be even stronger and cultivate the ability to look within for solutions.
As hard as it seems to do, NOW is the time for powerful self-reflection, stillness and patience.
Yes, I fully understand how this sounds. Life is throwing all kinds of challenges at you, things need to be dealt with, handled, and brought to some kind or order…and this blogger guy is telling you to meditate and not do anything.
But that is not the case. Being patient and still, and moving slowly and thoughtfully throughout your day creates the necessary space for greater wisdom to come to the forefront.
It may take time, but the answer to the question ‘what should I do’ is always there. Another great thing to do is constantly gain perspective on your life situation. Try this exercise:
Get Great-Grand Perspective
We so easily lose sight of the fact that our lives as human beings are fleeting, microscopic and meaningless. Think about your great grandparents.
Many of you may have memories of some (or all) of your grandparents…but very few of us can remember anything about the next generation back.
Close your eyes and try to imagine the lives of your recent ancestors…these people who lived and breathed at one point, and who are your family. You may or may not know something about who they were, but just try and think how important everything must have seemed to them.
I know my great grandparents came from Hungary and Russia, and came to the United States in the early 1900’s and raised my grandparents.
How much they must have struggled and stressed…living through World Wars and depressions…and how much joy they must have had, experiencing a new country, new possibilities, and new way of being in the world.
When you take a moment and really go back, it is amazing to think about.
But your great grandparents are gone. Forever. Dust in the wind. All the stress and anxiety they felt amounted to nothing but a forgotten history. All the successes and triumphs they achieved mean nothing today.
And how often are these people thought and talked about? Not much, if ever.
You must realize that one day your existence will suffer the same fate. Everything in your life that you take as SO important, everything that is SO real to you will not matter and soon be forgotten as if it never mattered at all.
Yes, in a very real sense your life (our lives!) are totally meaningless and void of any value in the greatest scheme of things.
But What About ‘The Real World’?
When I say things like this to friends and family, the response is usually “OK, I get it, but what’s the point of saying that? Does that mean I should sit around and do nothing if it all meaningless and purposeless? Should I never go to work, have relationships, raise a family, and try to get ahead in the world”?
Of course not! These questions are simply missing the point. Knowledge of our meaninglessness is freedom; freedom to explore the life that you were meant to lead; freedom to see the places you were meant to see; freedom to interact with the people that you were meant to interact.
The ‘real world’ can often be like a prison, incarcerating you in all of the heavy expectations that were ingrained in you as a young person. Realizing the absolute non-meaning of your life is lightness, freedom and joy!
Imagine living with no limitations, and having pure unadulterated liberty to allow your inner most soul uncover itself moment by moment! This is the blessing that was granted to you upon being born….yet it is SO easily forgotten.
And attaining perspective of our purpose-less existence does NOT mean that you should ‘sit around and do nothing’. On the contrary, truly experiencing this breakthrough leads to powerful and swift action.
The action you take becomes determined by intuition, purpose and love as opposed to fear, stress and external circumstances. You become free, featherweight and empowered to lead the life you were meant to!
SO even though times seem tough, and the world as we know it appears to be disintegrating before our very eyes, constantly bring yourself inward, give yourself perspective, and have awareness that new realities are being born that will make ALL of our lives extraordinary!
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