How to know what you should be doing with your life

Alright, this post is blatant rip off from Brazen Careerist. I read Penelope Trunk’s blog regularly, not because I’m always looking for business advice, but because I like her. She’s someone with just enough neurosis—and personality—to fit well in my own quirky family of renegade thinkers. For instance, she’s always telling us that to do well in business, you just have to be likable, not skilled. And because of her, I’ve decided that I’m not particularly likable. Though I am highly skilled.

Anyway, she posted recently about how to find your life’s work. Now, this is coming from a woman who’s written for yahoo business, and other fancy big-name sites. Penelope has also worked for corporations—as have I. She’s had start-ups. So have I. And she’s got young kids in the midst of it all. So do I. So I was curious to see her advice, and after I read it, I thought, Gee, what would I say?”

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Abraham and the Flow

The term “the vortex” first leaped to my attention several years ago when I was interviewing Stuart Wilde during a radio show. Then it again forced itself into my awareness  last year when I was teaching at a retreat with Denise Linn, when Denise led the group into an “energy vortex” as part of an exercise. Then, last night, as I co-hosted a two-hour online seminar with Esther and Jerry Hicks, the vortex was again forcing itself to my attention.

This is the second time I’ve hosted a program with Esther and Jerry, while Esther brings forward Abraham (a non-physical group consciousness). We sit in a studio for two hours with headphones, mics, and lots of blinking radio lights while Esther answers callers’ questions. It’s a privileged position to sit only a foot away while this occurs, and watch the truly joyful interaction between Esther, Jerry, and Abraham.

I first watched Esther from a similarly close viewpoint more than twenty years ago, in the 1980s, when a small group of us gathered in a hotel courtyard to watch Esther bring forward Abraham, when Abraham was far from well-known. My mother and I came home with a dozen hand-copied cassette tapes of Abraham’s teachings.  And now, here I am again, once more learning from them, through absolutely no effort on my part to have arranged it. I’ve often wondered at the complexity and foresight of my Flow, that it has maneuvered me into such a position.

It turns out that I’m not the only one who noticed the connection between the vortex and the Flow last night. Here is an email from my inbox today:

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Some people are just not going to like you

Some people don’t like you. And, they’ll never like you. And you can’t make them like you. And there is nothing you can do about it.

I took a yoga class this evening with a new teacher. We spent an entire hour doing what felt like a variation of the same standing pose, and the teacher was full of criticism. My butt was too high, my shoulders were drooping, and my feet were not wide enough apart. When I inadvertently stretched in between poses to unkink my aching arms, she scolded me, “We are not doing that stretch right now.”

Twenty minutes into the class, I wanted to leave. And twenty minutes later, I found myself thinking what an awful teacher she was, and how her rigid yoga philosophy was so unlike my own. Twenty minutes after that, I thought, “What is my Flow doing bringing me here?” and so I spent the rest of class thinking about the way I really disliked this teacher, while around her the other students were happily chirping that this was the best class in town, since you really got to learn each yoga pose so well.

Not long ago, I made the decision to finally begin teaching workshops in person.

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Oops! or excellent? Can you manifest unintentionally?

Here is the email that popped up in my inbox this morning.

“I have been listening to the Prosperity Challenge for awhile now. . . . And prosperity is starting to appear in my life!  . . . As of late, I’m listening to tracks from Prosperity Challenge at work, on the train, in the car, during emails, multi-tasking. I know it’s not the same as participating and creating in the Flowdream, but I feel your words and am sort of assimilating them thru osmosis. And it’s GOOD. I am much more self-aware of my thoughts, projections, intentions, possibilities than ever before.

My question is: Do we need to be careful when listening and multi-tasking? If I found I’m irritated by my co-worker or get impatient with something while listening casually, are these things going into my flowdream and creating more of that outcome? I feel I can go into the flowdream a lot quicker now than in the beginning so it seems easier to put any thought and feeling into the flowdream, even when not fully engaged. What do you think? Should one be careful with that?”

Here is my answer, Dina. I’ll share it as a story.

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What are you worth?

I feel like an egg that’s been cracked open, and all my gooey insides are running out. It has been quite a day…a week. To feel better, I did two things. First, I spent an hour on my radio show ruminating about how we create value — how we value ourselves, how money or talents are valued — and how we can confuse those two things so easily. And then I went shopping. (Yes, I really did. And I found a really great blouse.)

But I promised listeners of yesterday’s Flowdreaming show that we would continue this conversation about worth—especially self-worth. My own self-worth has been rocked pretty hard lately. And you know how things seem to happen at once?

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