Ruminating

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If you’re anything like me (ie. human) you’ve probably gone through intense (or, um… rather boring, long, drawn out, ughness) moments of introspection in which you feel as if you’re at some major crossroad in your life but can’t quite figure out which way to go. You could take the path that’s been traveled extensively, by millions before you. Heck, it’s probably something you’ve already done before – again and again. It’s familiar. It’s easy. And, it’s so ever disappointing, isn’t it? We were made for something greater and inherently we know this in the depths of our souls. You know I’m right.

These moments of what I like to call “ruminating” are awash with an overwhelming sense of that inherent greatness. Sometimes, they’re overlaid with anxiety or a million thoughts and ideas coming into you all at once. Sometimes, they give a feeling of discontentment, or even of deprivation, due to not knowing where to start, which way to proceed, or even confusion over what you are truly meant to do in this world.

I’ve been reading or hearing much on the Millennial generation recently in regards to changing their lives (job switches, lifestyle changes, etc.) and there seems to be a running theme: how to make their life mean something.

I’m not a Millennial, and yet I’ve had this calling all of my life. I’ve fought against the status quo, while being of it; struggled against the “voices of reason” who say I need benefits and a 9-5 job in an office with four walls and no window; and essentially attempted perfection of the self so that no one could fault me, all the while being miserable.

The standards, the structures, and the status quo systems that we have in place are not cutting it anymore. The Boomers wanted to destroy it from the inside out but instead seemed to have assimilated themselves into it and can no longer understand why the younger generations want no part of it. Generation X didn’t care about the structured organizations enough to destroy them, just didn’t wish to be a part of them, and yet most of them also assimilated to a degree (at least on the outside.) Millennials, seem to be similar to Gen X-ers but appear to be pursuing their ideas with greater clarity of vision and, perhaps, at a much faster rate.

But, forget the generational issues. We are in an age in which great change is happening, whether or not we wish for its coming, whether or not we wish to be a part of it. And, that change is apparent in every soul on this planet, whether we choose to acknowledge it, or not. The Ascension Handbook by Serapis (channeled by Tony Stubbs) was written in 1991 and spoke of a great upheaval happening, one of great destruction. He said the Law of Karma was no longer valid and as a consequence (with the new Law of Grace being put into place instead,) the world would be shedding all the negatives without the usual balance to intercede. This may seem off subject perhaps, but with this upheaval, it allows for a new structure to be built and established. For that to happen, destruction of the old needs to happen. This reminds me of how I try to view the wind, when it’s annoying the hell out me. Wind creates movement, erodes, disperses, raises, destroys. In a sense, it clears the way for something new. This is what the Lightworkers are here for – to go into those areas the wind is eroding/dispersing/destroying and find a brilliant new, creative, and organic way that not only incorporates an earth-based connection but one that is a reconnecting with Spirit, filled with joy and love.

There is company based in London called Sane & Able that launched a program in 2012 called Creative Swap. This program offers a week long swapping of creatives to any company wanting to incorporate new ideas into their workforce, but can’t seem to accomplish this from within. Out of a random drawing from their creative consultants, they send whoever is drawn, be it a graphic designer, financial guru, or any other careerist, and inputs them into the company for a week. The idea is that they will be able to see things from a completely different point of view and inspire, not fix, a regeneration of wholly unique and creative marketing schemes, designs, etc. I have worked for a variety of companies, and can see in the job market, that most U.S. based companies are trying to find inspiration from within. They hire people with the idea that they desire creativity but when they don’t look beyond their own restrictions, all they’re finding is the sameness. As an example, let’s look at the potential for hiring artists within any non-art-based company. Traditionally in our society, artists are viewed as independent, unreliable, uncontrollable, flaky, unconventional, and even unfocused. And yet, overall, their list of skills are wide-reaching and fairly all-encompassing including, but not limited to, extreme focus, detail-oriented, creative, money-management, design, ability to see things from different angles, filled with new ideas, propagators of creativity, love to work in teams that create and exchange, information and design organization, and project management. (Check out this list I created on what artists offer here.) When I apply for a job outside of my own field, do I list my artistic background? Usually not, because of the American version of artist representation. But what if all societal organizations allowed into their ranks those from other fields? Can you imagine how great, future-oriented, creative, and far-reaching they could be? Our government, healthcare, educational, and financial systems are at a standstill, and can even be seen as failing due to the lack of creativity that is prevalent and running rampant. This is what I like to call the “Yawn Effect.” As we all know, when you yawn, everyone around you that’s paying attention will yawn as a consequence. This yawning repetitiousness can continue into perpetuity unless something or someone comes along to shake things up, or you fall asleep. The American systems are asleep at the helm.

Instead of going along with the status quo, adhering or perpetuating the systems that are in place, try instead employing the Socratic Method, mastering a new talent, or asking a kid how s/he’d do it.. The Socratic Method, I wrote about here. Basically, make the presumption that you know nothing and ask the “why’s.” Secondly, mastering a new talent, one that is outside of your chosen field (vastly different) has a tendency to expand your creative thought process by allowing you to see unique ways of looking at things and doing things, things you may already doing. And, lastly, yeah, ask a kid. Children can be great inspiration, sometimes coming up with the simplest solution or perhaps the craziest. There’s always something there to inspire.

Or perhaps, for something a bit weirder, play a little game with yourself, one I’ll call Figurative Descriptor. The basic idea is to look at the problem, question, or assignment from a completely different angle. Perhaps you work in marketing and have to design an ad for a new product. Keep in mind the specifics, of course, such as who is your audience. Instead of coming at it, however, from what would your audience like, ask the weird questions: if it had a scent, what smells would that entail? If it could sing or talk, how would the voice, dialect, language sound? How about taste? Or, perhaps, if it were to have a heartbeat, how would that affect your own soul/feelings/thoughts/heartbeat pattern? By asking the weird/stupid/ridiculous questions, you can actually derive a more well-rounded, organic, creative, fun, enlivening, and soulful solution to the problem.

Have a blessed day and don’t forget to be awesome!

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