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It’s All About Jobs – Part III

Thank a farm worker!In part I, I’ve addressed how to figure out your life intent so that the next job you bid on is in alignment with your Higher Self goals (step 1). In part II, I’ve discussed how outer influences of your geographic location influences your ability to create. Once you understand how you create a job or the lack of a job, you will have an intellectual understanding of some very basic reality creation techniques. Now, what I am teaching you here is not something that you even have to be taught – everyone does this day in and day out. Subconsciously, everyone creates their own reality and is a master of reality creation. You have to be to even engage physical reality. No, I am not teaching you anything you don’t already know – it’s just that prior to now you may not have heard these techniques expressed in literary style for your brain to chew on. Believe me when I tell you that it might help, and it could also worsen things. The best approach for me, at least, has been to not think about it too hard. Don’t over-analyze. It’s like when you are riding a bike and doing wheelies and then someone comes around to explain to you the various techniques you engage to do the wheelie. All of a sudden, when you try to do a wheelie, you fall off your bike! Why? It’s because you are for the first time consciously aware of every step you’ve taken to engage this feat and instead of just doing it, you analyze it to death and your mind won’t step out of the way to let you achieve what prior to now was a very natural movement. So, this part is now about understanding the beliefs we have about jobs so we can start to engage new aspects of the same belief systems to create a different reality.

What is a job?

Simple question, right? In fact, we have numerous beliefs about what a job is such that we even create graduated income structures based on what we think are “more valuable jobs” than other jobs. A pizza delivery guy does not make the same income as a database programmer. That is one influence of what we believe a job to be. At the very basic level, a job is a transaction between an employer and an employee whereby the employee trades their time and skill for money.  That’s why people who work for themselves are called “self-employed” and are not considered to hold jobs. There must be an element of transaction between employer and employee and it must involve a trade of skill for money and it falls under the relationship belief systems. If your skills are difficult to obtain, then an employer might compensate you more. If you have no training you are considered to have “few skills.” One of the oddest influences of this belief system of commerce is that people are born needing tons and tons of schooling and training just so they can be “skilled employees.” This, I believe, is the basic belief system we are addressing in a new economy. We are challenging the idea that we are born as “blank slates” that are only valuable as human beings based on whether we can learn some skill an employer finds valuable. So, the belief system of employment actually has various influences from personal value, self-fulfillment, achievement, education, money, and social organization structures, but usually in relation to some other person or entity. It is a relationship belief system.

The Alternate Reality

In order to create a different reality, one takes a belief system, like employment, and uses different aspects of it to “reconfigure” energy to create a new reality. It is done on a individual basis and the more people adopt different aspects of the same belief system, the more chance it has to end up being a mass movement. Consider for a moment that instead of going to school to learn the skills for a job, that you realize that you came into this incarnation with a specific set of skills you are already expert in – your job is actually to discover your talents not be trained to fill someone else’s job description. That reconfigures numerous aspects of the job scenario and intrinsically how you also relate to what you perceive as “other.” This is why learning your life intent is so important. It is you recognizing that you really did come in knowing all you needed to know to engage life. It does not mean you won’t want to engage conventional learning, if later you want to create a different reality that engages those beliefs. Next, and this is the toughie, you have to understand your choices in value judgment; your preferences that have limited your choices up to now. Every aspect of a belief system has a gradient of value from “evil to good” and depending on who we are, there are things we are willing to do and other things we refuse to even consider. The more we understand why we make certain choices, the more we widen our reality to include other choices.

A Case Study

For instance, I am an essence that has defined my life intention as “making the hidden visible.” Life intentions are generally wide and open-ended and not specific, however utterly simple. Practically every action I engage has this theme behind it. I engage actions that make and clarify hidden concepts, structures, beliefs, whatever, and make it visible so that others can gain insight. That theme is throughout not only all of my experiences, but encoded in my choice of body also. My DNA has numerous recessive genes that I bought to the forefront to make visible in my physical manifestation. I do not actually look like my family heritage, and yet it is part of that heritage, just hidden. I can engage that life intention in numerous professions, and I have. When I worked as an engineer, my work consisted of analyzing networks to reveal problems with their delivery system. When I worked as a computer programmer, I used hidden computer languages and converted these into new software applications that allowed others to decode the framework for their proper use. As a freelance writer, I have engaged that intention to educate and enlighten readers. As a teacher, I have used that intention to provide insight to struggling students. The intent is always the same, regardless of the title I hold. I don’t even think I could get a job that did not have something to do with my intent. However, none of those jobs would have been possible if I were not near where that job was available, whether that was physically or in virtual space. The most recent jobs were also not in my immediate reality prior until now due to my value system that I had to work 40 hours a week and make a certain wage to make “enough money.” After I addressed those beliefs, I engaged a different reality. I now actually work fewer hours, but I engage far more of my intent in very creative ways. I have a sense of self-fulfillment that is far more than when I worked in technical areas. I also make a similar wage on an hourly basis, although the hours are fewer. In fact, when I first started writing, I did not believe I could make a good amount of money, but later as I addressed to that value system, my income increased. I’ve also engaged new influences of old belief systems that have widened my opportunities. Have I destroyed any of my beliefs about employment or earnings? No. All I did was notice them and then shifted them into areas that were more productive for the area I lived in, which currently has a high unemployment rate and negative hiring environment.

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Who is in charge?

DSC00076-protest-wikileaksWe live in interesting times, and right now the rule of leadership is unraveling before our eyes. I am going to take a side-step here to notice some of the belief systems about jobs from a social perspective and then get back to how you can create your own job. It’s important to have a sense of humor about what is going on in the world, since much of what is happening is interrelated, but we just tend not to notice. So, get set to dive into some pretty wacky territory when I start talking about the concept of a boss. Remember that if you want a job, in the traditional sense, you are also saying you want a boss. Implied in your search for a job is the ideal of authority, contracts, and rules. However, something very strange is happening, and right now, it may not be the best time to want to be an employee nor a boss.

Leadership

The past’s ideals of leadership have become a true modern nightmare. While it is true that there is a certain amount of cooperation we need to feed and organize our societies, there is a difference between distributed leadership and hierarchical leadership models. The ideal of centralized authority took hold, even in jobs, and hierarchy was born which worked well for a while. There’s nothing wrong with centralized forms of organization, however, it is when they control the resources instead of merely managing them that they become mini-dictatorships. Think about any centralized board right now that was set up initially to just manage something, and you see gross abuses of power because of the power abdicated by members to these centralized boards. We get mad at banks for foreclosing but many seem to agree when homeowners’ associations do the same thing. Even if you don’t have a homeowners’ association you can still get sent to jail if a local city government does not like you growing vegetables in your front yard.  Workers in France have gotten so fed up with leadership abuses they’ve taken to kidnapping their bosses and threatening to blow up factories! Companies still want the same level of commitment and loyalty from their worker’s but they do not want to reciprocate in wages or benefits. Many companies will drop health benefits for their employees and pay the fine to the government rather than add mandated healthcare to their employee roster. Thus, a job is no longer what we once thought it was. It is no longer defined by a 40 hour work-week, compensation for good work, benefits, or even security. Instead, it is being completely defined by ideals of leadership and authority, which are crumbling left and right. As Facebook poster Mike Winters suggests, “it should not be amazing in a country where a woman can be involved in the murder of her 2 yr old and get away with it…this woman [with the vegetable garden in her front lawn] will probably get time in jail while casey anthony goes free…the world is all screwed up in it’s thinking.”

We Need Social Leadership Models

There is a paradox in business right now. Management is actively trying to recruit employee participation, but the only thing left in their arsenal of persuasive skills is the word “job.” Jobs are scarce, right? Maybe they are not so scarce,  instead think of scared. Jobs and bosses, in terms of authority and leadership, are scared. Large companies that they thought were rock-solid have vanished into Wall Street dust. What’s left of other companies is being scavenged by the corporate government and con artists. People in other countries are rising up and taking back their own industries. It’s not a good time to be a boss. The incentives used to motivate good behavior have disappeared. The incentives for bad behavior have increased and the penalties are almost non-existent. What’s left are organizations where bosses instill insecurity so they can control their resources (employees) better hoping to make them more scared than they are. They are hoping to keep them from doing the inevitable in such a situation. However, the paradox is that this tactic never ever gets participation, it instead triggers revolution or complete non-participation and their subsequent demise. Positive participation only happens when both sides have something to gain by cooperating, in which case it is no longer a boss/employee relationship, it is more of a relationship between equals. I bet that the Founding Fathers understood that principle quite well.

It’s All About Jobs – Part II

World mapThere is much to this subject, and it has plenty to do with reality creation. In part I, I went over matching intention to your job search. However, that’s just the start. If we are all Powerful Creators able to create what we want in life, why is it that 15 million people are unemployed and probably another 10 million are underemployed? If we really understand YCYOR that statistic alone would tell you that there are plenty of variables in creating a job, and we’re not that good at it! It’s not as simple as creating mashed potatoes, or any other recipe, yet that’s exactly the approach we’re given to “find a job.” My questions, which many unemployed people share is: “How can you FIND a job when there are none available?” The obvious answer is that you can’t. You can’t “find” mashed potatoes in your reality if there are no potatoes in your area, no matter how much you beat empty air. To find a job, one has to be hidden, but available in your immediate area. The same is not completely true if you are creating a job, however, it does influence its appearance.

Hot Potato

Finding a job can be like a game of hot potato. Someone has to have that potato before you can take it from them, but you’re standing in a circle with seven other people hoping for that potato and the intent of this game is to not only find it, but keep it. If you were in Ireland during the Great Famine, odds are it would have been pretty hard to come up with some good potatoes. However, maybe if you lived in Peru, you could still find some good potatoes. Similarly, there are different patterns of job scarcity all over the United States and elsewhere. China has numerous jobs becoming available, while the United States is hemorrhaging jobs. Now, if you are in the United States and jobs disappear, what happens? If you were in the Great Potato Famine, you would most likely hoard potatoes when you had them so your own family wouldn’t starve. If you were a farmer, you would sell the potatoes you did get at a higher price or demand more for them, since they are scarce. Or, if you really got sick of this Hot Potato game, you’d emigrate to a better place – like the United States – and forget about the famine all together. In other words, if you want to “find a job” you had better be willing to move to a place where it’s easier to “find.”

Location and Job Creation

Now, if you create your own job, you won’t have to move – but it may still be beneficial. Why? It’s a question of influences. Everyone around you is creating their own reality and if the mass consensus is that jobs are scarce, you will have to engage numerous influences of that belief system and unless you are a reality creation ninja, any one of those influences can become your next obstacle. They may not be a part of your belief system, but working with others mean you engage these influences via their energy projection in your immediate vicinity, and if your energy is moved by these influences, you end up creating obstacles. You will have to spend an enormous amount of focus and attention on remaining neutral, yet accepting; a very delicate balance that even a trained Buddhist monk would have trouble doing. If you simply move to an area with different cultural and social beliefs, you eliminate negative influences working in contradiction to your energy flow with far fewer effort on your part. Another way to do it, is to stay in the area you are in, but find a group of people who are creating the way you want to create, and engage similar belief systems and influences, so that you can create a vortex of protective energies in a hostile environment. It’s the difference between sailing with the wind or sailing against it. If you really have to sail against it, you’d better have a really good team to help you navigate the bad weather. You can still create your own job regardless of your immediate environment, it just may simply take more “work” on your part and far more awareness of how the wind (energy) moves. Of course, if your intent is to show others how to create despite negative influences, you may find yourself unable to move because it does not align with your Higher Self. Instead, you may find that you are constantly challenged to create positive thing in the worst of conditions. So, consider where you are as well as what your intent is to create your next job.

Continue to Part III

It’s All About Jobs…

painting dayPresident Obama recently had a Twitter forum on jobs and the economy. Anyone from the Interverse could log in and ask the President a question and he would reply. Did it create a job for anyone? Can the President of the United States create jobs? If we believe that You Create Your Own Reality YCYOR philosophy, no one can create a job for anyone else, no matter how politically powerful. The job must be something the person creates for themselves and also loses for themselves when the appropriate time comes. Yes, people do get fired and laid off, but the YCYOR philosophy states that underlying that movement is a greater subconscious movement of learning that instigated that person to fire or lay you off in cooperation with your own personal choices. There are no victims, there are only volunteers. So, the question is not how do we create jobs, it’s how do I create the job that I want, regardless of the economy or political forces?

People Want to Know

I am not a job counselor. I can’t tell you that crafting your resume in a certain way will get you to the top of the pile. I won’t have any advice on what to wear to your interview or what to say once you are there. I do train people for added skills that can get them into other jobs, but again, it is up to the individual how much they learn and how they apply those skills. Yet, despite this, I can’t tell you how many people have asked me how to get a job or at least work like freelance writing that can give them sources of income. The answer I give them is something they don’t expect. You don’t look for a job, you create it. Then, they want to know how to create a job. The answer again is not that simple. You can have 20 years of experience in Information Technology (IT) and I still won’t recommend that you go out and wallpaper IT companies with your resume. It’s a pointless approach because you still haven’t addressed the reason you don’t have a job. Do you know why you don’t have a job? Odds are, you don’t. The reason you don’t have a job is because (and please don’t shoot the messenger) you haven’t aligned your energies properly to create your new job – it has little to do with the economy or the President. Your job only appears when all your energies are properly aligned. If you hate IT and you are convinced you can’t get another well-paying job in any other profession, you keep engaging behaviors to try to get a job in a field you don’t even want to be in, consciously and subconsciously. You keep bidding on IT jobs and the likelihood of generating another IT job is minimal until you find that you appreciate your IT skills more and that choice more. This is not all conscious reasoning, unfortunately. The higher Self has an agenda and it may want you to go somewhere else, but you are so focused on one path that you don’t listen to what your inner guidance says, and you lose opportunities.

Start with Your Life Intent

One woman who asked me for advice wanted to know why she couldn’t get another retail job as hard as she tried and with the experience she had. I told her it was because she had constantly told me how much she hated retail work and it most likely did not align with her life intent. People forget they are here to realize an intention and the more you uncover about your life intention, the more you work in alignment with the higher Self goals. I gave her an exercise that I had received from my own teachers to discover her life intent. It’s simple.

  1. Review your life from your first memory to now – not just your previous jobs.
  2. Find a common theme throughout ALL your experiences.
  3. What do you think you are attempting to learn or do via these experiences?

That’s your life intent and that is also your point of power. That’s where your next job lies. For this woman, she said all her experiences dealt with many different people in a specific function and role. All the time. Yet, that role was not available in retail. The only thing that matched about her life intent in retail was the fact that she was interactive with many different people, a part of her intent but not the whole story. So, we discussed other jobs that might suit her life intent more, she went and applied for them and within a week she was employed again at better pay and in a position she actually wanted. Why? She consciously went out and created that job in alignment with her higher Self goals and the Spirit said, “Now, that’s what I’m talking about!” You may find that your ideal job is not what you had before or even previously envisioned, but there is no doubt that everyone has the ability to create their own job, as long as they are in alignment with their Higher Self. It may not be as simple a skill as posting your resume on Monster.com, but it is a skill that will get you at least moving in the right direction. It is not the only step towards creating a job, but it is definitely the first step.

Continue to Part II

Reality Creation and People

WavesI’ve always wondered that if it’s true that we create our own reality, why is it we can’t make people appear and disappear when we want them to? The desire to change our environment is integral to our suffering, it seems. I’ve had the strangest life and this has been one of my biggest questions. If we create our own reality, why is my reality so haphazard? What in my energy makes for abrupt starts and endings? My teachers would say that it is karma, that something in my energy in the past created this slide show of meaningless relationships. Oddly, though I’ve come to realize over the years, that someone I meet in one moment, influences another moment way down the line even though they are no longer there. In this way, I’m not sure we’re ever disconnected from the people that come and go from our lives. There is meaning, but it is spliced over different time frames and I may not know one moment from the next what gift this person brings later. It’s the way distributed systems move, that sometimes when we try to make sense of it in a hierarchal fashion, we fail miserably. The whole thing is a vast illusion of separation until we realize that even the smallest act can have much larger significance, not just for one individual, but many.

One Choice Among Many

Recently, I had a water heater break on me. It’s a standard 40-gallon gas water heater that is located centrally and distributes how water throughout the house. I called the gas company to come and give me an estimate  ($1300), which they did. I then scheduled them to come and replace the water heater and all of a sudden when the second people come, I’m told the water heater can’t be replaced due to improper venting. That I can’t put it where it was before and my only other option is to place a tankless hot water heater somewhere else, costing me thousands more due to some new regulation on gas hot water heaters that did not apply to the old one. Of course, I turned them down. I decided to look at a different system and started with solar, moved to electric, and then realized: “Why do I even think I need a central hot water heater?” The house is small, it’s pretty much just me and an occasional visitor and I don’t need gallons and gallons of hot water heated day and night. It’s overkill. What I need is a distributed system that heats only the water I need when I need it. Come to find out there are point of use mini tankless heaters I can use that will work fine for my needs. They cost about a couple hundred bucks. Instead of having one central heater, I am opting for multiple tiny heaters around the house. Why? It’s less expensive to install and replace. I would never bother repairing, just switching out. When one dies, two others would still be working, hopefully.  There would no longer be a huge tank  somewhere ready to rupture at the worst possible moment – making me shut off all the water to the house because of a faulty shut off valve. It’s the idea that a distributed system is going to be far less expensive, and much more robust for the minimal needs I have, easier to repair, and far less dangerous or destructive.  Just as I reasoned that out, I understood why we are now establishing connections all over the world on the Internet. Distributed systems are far more practical for sustainable living and we’re mirroring that in all aspects of our lives, even friendships on Facebook or Twitter.

The Effect of Distributed Systems

So, what happens when we start to adopt a distributed system in some area of our lives? For us, it can change our preferred patterns of behavior. If someone else notices, they might mimic your choice. If enough people notice, and choose a distributed system, like mini tankless hot water heaters, the gas company’s very existence is threatened. We might begin to wonder about our furnaces next. When we choose a distributed social system, instead of hierarchal we begin to move in ways that are healthier for us and the planet. We stop thinking we have to listen to the experts at some company because we’re all experts. We generate more creative solutions and begin to figure out that the idea that our choices are limited is a fallacy. They’re only limited if we’re tied to systems that limit them. If we opt  into newer systems, we generate greater freedom. When we friend someone new, we’re opening new avenues of creativity and potential. Every person is a treasure to be discovered. Even our ideas of family are changing. It is no longer just who birthed up, it is also more distributed with step-families, adopted families, and friendships that are completely virtual, at times.

Are We Really Standing Still?

Our movement on the planet appears to be slow. The Great Recession has felt very stagnant for numerous people, with movement into new jobs and new opportunities appearing limited. However, it’s probably a mirage. If we are truly opting out of hierarchal systems to a more distributed approach, what we need to look at is micro-movements now, not major shifts. It’s not about whether one large company falls – it’s bound to as things get more and more distributed. Those systems will appear stagnant and broken, however, underlying that there must be a literal foaming sea of movement as individuals create distributed lives that are far more sustainable in their very micro-movements. Maybe it’s a tiny movement like opting out of central hot water heating. Maybe it has to do with opting into something like Twitter. The pattern of our very lives are changing, but not in physical structures, it’s in a movement of choice and awareness. Once you start to realize that, you realize that world is literally vibrating with excitement and new choices as every individual takes up a Creator role.