by Tanis Helliwell
“Life is a journey, not a guided tour.”
During our work years, from approximately age 18 to 55 or more, we spend more than half of our waking hours at work. Many people begrudge this time and live for the hours they are not working. What a waste of a life that is. Every job we ever do affords us wonderful opportunities to meet new people, to experience new things, and to learn from challenges we encounter. It is not what we do but how we do it that is the critical factor.
Do you think the universe has made a mistake giving you the work that you have? There’s a sure way to check this out. Apply for another job and see if you get it. If you do, great. Then you can learn lessons in the new job. However, if you try to get another job and you are unsuccessful then accept the universe’s message and learn from your present situation.
The real goal in life is self-transformation. Our work, relationships and in fact everything that happens to us is an opportunity to grow. So let’s co-operate with the process and find joy in whatever work or life situation that we find ourselves. Here are a few keys that might help.
1. Change as an Opportunity
The Chinese character for change has two characters. One represents danger and one is opportunity. In the western world we too often see change only as what we will lose and not as what we will gain. Every change to our worldview offers us an opportunity for personal transformation so rather than resisting ‘what is’ learn to reframe unpleasant situations to view them as growth opportunities.
2. Irritation that Encourages Transformation
It is easy to be spiritual in isolation. Working with others and rubbing up against our differences may cause irritation, but this often is the piece of grit that leads us to create a beautiful pearl.
3. Celebrating Each Other
Pain and difficulty must be offset by joy and celebration in order for growth to continue. Otherwise we are in danger of erecting barriers for self-protection. Therefore, we need to model in our work environment acceptance, compassion and celebration of the many positive qualities of ourselves and of others.
While interacting with others offers us many ways to stretch to encompass their points of view, we must always maintain our own centre and equilibrium or we lose our focus and goals.
5. Time Out
Many years ago I learned a wonderful song called “Let go and let God.” On a daily basis we need to take time out from both our inner questions and outer world to enter silence. This time out allows us to let our worries dissolve while new energy and inspiration surfaces. Meditation and walks in nature are just two examples of how to enter silence.
So much of our energy can be tied up in holding on to negative feelings about others and the nasties that they’ve done to us and also in not forgiving ourselves for failing to be perfect. Do you know anyone who is perfect? I don’t. So forgiveness of self and others releases stuck energy that can then be utilized for positive movement.
7. Establish Common Goals
In order to be effective we must feel that our goals are aligned to those of our organization and people with whom we work. Common goals create a sense of shared purpose and this builds trust so that little interpersonal differences don’t needle us. Therefore, find ways to seek common goals with coworkers.
8. Trust in Synchronicity
Opportunities come our way when we are aligned to universal energy. Look for clues, both small and large, that tell you where to go, what to say and what to do. We have a sense of rightness when we do this and it increases our flexibility and sense of trust in the universe.
Surprise yourself by doing something different each day. This breaks up old programs and patterns. It could be driving to work a different way, or reading a book outside your interest, or perhaps speaking to a stranger on the street. Surprise is a treat for our soul. It wakes us up to fully experience the wonder of life.
10. Saying Good-bye
When we feel that there is no longer alignment of our deepest goals to that of our organization it’s time to celebrate what has been learned and find a way of leaving with grace. If we stay in something after it’s time to leave, our energy will diminish which is helpful neither to us nor to our relationship with others.
Tanis Helliwell, a mystic in the modern world, has brought spiritual consciousness into the mainstream for over 30 years. Since childhood, she has seen and heard elementals, angels, and master teachers in higher dimensions. Tanis is the founder of the International Institute for Transformation (IIT), which offers programs to assist individuals to become conscious creators to work with the spiritual laws that govern our world.
Tanis is the author of Summer with the Leprechauns, Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns, Embraced by Love, Manifest Your Soul’s Purpose, Decoding Your Destiny and Take Your Soul to Work.
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