Do You Follow Your Bliss in Your Work Life?
“Follow your bliss.” How many times have we all heard this famous phrase coined by the American mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell? These three simple words can invoke visions of living an ideal life of simplicity, abundance, peace, prosperity, or whatever that may be for each of us. I’m not sure there is a human being alive who doesn’t aspire to following their bliss in one way or another. All too often, however, such aspirations get buried in the complexities and challenges of day to day life. Dr. Myles Monroe once wrote,
“The WEALTHIEST and RICHEST places on this earth lie in the graveyards and cemeteries all across this globe. There lie companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.”
How many throughout history have reached
the end of their earthly life . . .
. . . having had dreams in their youth that were never realized, potential that was never reached, ideas in their minds that never came to fruition, all because they got caught up in life itself and never learned how to follow those dreams and fully reach their individual potential, never having realized that the one true goal in life is to follow one’s bliss. Each of us was put on this earth (or came here by choice, depending on your own personal philosophy or beliefs) with a purpose, but how many of us take time and remain quiet enough to listen to that still small voice deep inside us that is constantly trying to convey to us the directions we should take in order to discover that purpose? Admittedly, with the hectic demands of modern day life, that’s all too often not easy to do, but it is possible and absolutely necessary if we are to find true happiness, satisfaction and success in life.
Do you find satisfaction in your work . . .
. . . or are you simply living paycheck to paycheck hoping that one day something better will come along? Have you created a vision for your future while at the same time finding a sense of gratitude in your current life situation? Eckhart Tolle talks in depth about this in his teachings and in his classic book The Power of Now as well as in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.
Where does one begin?
There is an abundance of helpful tools available from many sources. Chris and Janet Bray Attwood offer an absolutely wonderful tool, The Passion Test, that has helped many individuals find and their true passion. I have taken the test myself and found it of such value that I have set a personal goal of becoming a certified Passion Test facilitator and Master Teacher.
Jack Canfield, in his master classes, suggests starting out by making a hand-written list of one hundred personal goals or things you would like to do or see in your life. Obviously it doesn’t have to be done all in one sitting, but it can be not only a fun exercise in dreaming and creating realistic visions for your life, but it can also spark new ideas for finding a new career or business endeavor that draws on your personal passions. The Passion Test, for which Jack is a certified facilitator, can help narrow those goals and passions down to a simple list of your top five.
You are very likely familiar with the concept of the vision board, made popular in large part by Law of Attraction author/teacher John Assaraf. A vision board is a simple tool you create by collecting images of things you’d like to see in your life and putting them together in a collage mounted on a board or poster of some kind and placing in a prominent place where you will see it on a regular basis. You can accomplish a similar goal by placing such a collage on your computer desktop or creating a screen saver composed of such pictures.
Ryan Higgins, along with partners Glen and Natalie Ledwell, have taken the idea of the vision board one step further by developing a fascinating software called MindMovies. In fact, they’ve just release their newest incarnation of the software, which provides an easy way to put your visions into video format along with motivation or inspirational music that all works together to embed those visions in your mind and thus help you bring those visions into reality.
What does all this has to do with my work life?
Well, when we begin to create visions of our ideal life and doing things to help us discover our passions, then we naturally become more open to opportunities that present themselves to us that we might otherwise miss or ignore. The Universe is constantly sending ideas and opportunities our way, but in our hustle and bustle and lack of being aware, most of them simply pass us by and move on to the next person who will take advantage of them. Opportunities are always there. It’s just a matter of putting ourselves in a situation where we become more aware.
I mentioned in a recent post the idea that most of us live our lives as if we are viewing a very small radar screen, while most of what is actually happening that affects our lives is constantly going on beyond the reaches of that radar, which presents us only with what we gather through our five senses.
When we find ways of opening ourselves to all the possibilities beyond the scope of that radar, we will discover whole new worlds that we never even imagined and will find ways of not only finding satisfaction in our current work and daily life, but will begin living a life of passion and purpose.
Here’s to living a passionate life ~