Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The state of the economy - and what can we do as spiritual people?

This blog post does become more positive at the end, I promise ;-)

We all know about this subject, so I probably don't need to go into too much detail on it. I am going to share my personal views and outlook, which may not resonate with you in some ways, but maybe it's worth a read and I welcome your comments.

The way I see things from my somewhat limited understanding (and let's be honest, none of us can really claim to know the whole truth) - well to start with - surely we cannot rely on a job to keep us secure anymore, unless we fit the mould of the conventional workplace, which many people do, but also many people, including myself, do not. If anyone thinks that people are still going to be able to rely on pensions in the next 20-25 years .. all I can say to that is .. wake up, smell the coffee! I always thought the idea of retiring at 65 and then living off a pension was a bit odd anyway.

Many jobs that are available now are a recipe for heart disease or cancer later on in life. Work stress must be at a phenomenal level now. One person having to do two people's jobs is, sadly, commonplace. Companies are having to save, save, save and it means that the poor employees who are still fortunate enough to have a job can be really left in the shit.

Money rules ok in large corporations. Aggressive sales and marketing is thought of as acceptable (?!) Leeches like Costa and Tesco are trying to take over every town and large village. Banks, pharmaceutical companies, say no more. Sadly, the majority of businesses probably care little for anything except money these days. Whilst money is important, it was never intended to be this way.

The government is pushing us closer to become like America. (And, let's be fair, we should be grateful for some of the benefits we do have and have had). It is difficult.

Many of us did not know what we wanted to do, or if we did, we did not know how we would be able to make money for it. So we end up drifting into jobs we do not really want to do, but that help us pay the bills. Whilst that isn't an ideal way to live, for most people, it suffices. And it wasn't too hard to find a job 15 or so years ago, when I started working. But things have changed drastically - when I first moved to Leeds, I could practically walk into a job. Not anymore. Things are changing. There are fewer jobs and much more demand. We have to be prepared. Thinking outside the box as to what you could do is more important than ever these days. People will have to consider downsizing.

Let's be honest, if you look at this whole situation on its own, it would be easy to be depressed. Personally, I have nowhere I can really go within the corporate world. Having another dead end, mind numbing, stressful job is something I cannot do again. If I was to solely rely on finding a full time job, I could end up out of work for months again, which I do not want. The Jobcentre is one of the most depressing, low energy places on earth.

Fortunately, if we are on a spiritual pathway, we can look at things from a slightly different perspective. We can look at money from a different perspective. Perhaps most importantly, we can have hope that things do not always have to be the same, and that there might be a way that we can make money. I know several people who are doing spiritual work, I think full time. I think a lot of money is going to flow towards the spiritual and creative sector, and maybe in the next 10 years it will be one of the most popular places to work. There is a huge shift on this planet and people are awakening to the truth.

In terms of what we should do for work, I cannot put it any better than this quote from Julia Cameron 'What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.' This goes against the grain of what we have been taught .. but let's face it, why would we be created with a desire to do something if we were unable to do it? So it's time really to question our beliefs about work and money, and to move forward into what we really want to do, and trust that the Universe will provide, one way or another. And to keep being positive in the face of adversity. Hmmm, something I've not always been good at, how about you?

The question is where can we start or what can we do today? It might be simply asking yourself what it is you really want to do, because sometimes we are not clear. You may only able to take one small step today, but it's worth starting rather than not trying. As the saying goes 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'.

For me, I need to take things one step at a time, right now. I have some ideas about what I want but how to bring them into reality is something I'm not sure of yet. Whilst I would like to know the bigger picture, life doesn't usually seem to work like that. Baby steps towards the goal tend to be the way to go (and if anyone can tell me how to achieve goals quickly, do please tell :) ) And it's important to enjoy the process, rather than be so fixated on achieving your ultimate aims.

One day at a time, one step at a time.

Any thoughts?

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