The magic and mystery of work

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My theme for this week is the magic and mystery of work.  I guess before I go any further I should explain what I mean by having a theme for the week.  Long ago I discovered that my

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lessons seem to come in waves and one particular lesson may last for a week or longer.  Sometimes it turns into a month or

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even a year.  Whatever that deep spiritual lesson in my life at the time is, it seems to keep showing up everywhere I go.  Not only does it show up everywhere I go but it takes me deeper and deeper into a a sort of mystical understanding of whatever the subject matter is.  During these adventures I find myself more at one with my world and the universe on account of the incredible ways the same information keeps showing up everywhere.  As I started out saying my theme has shifted to the magic and mystery of work.

Early yesterday morning my mom, Brenda Toodle and I were talking.  The conversation

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went into what is the next move for her in terms of happiness and self-expression.  Whenever such things come up I think about ways of giving and ultimately work.  More than I think about the money, I reflect on the sense of giving and being alive.  Later that morning I spoke to my mom, Aleatha Kimbrough.  I am one of the truly blessed who has two moms and two dads.  Anyway, back to my story.  Mom Aleatha and I talked about retirement and how we must find purpose in life after retirement.  If we don’t achieve this, in my opinion, we either die early or die while still living.

Later that morning I saw Cheryl, one of the members of our meditation group, at a meditation meeting.  She had a blue book with her written by my param guru, Dr. Thind.  This was unusual so I asked her about it.  She said she wanted to read a passage from it during the meeting.  After my lecture Cheryl talked about having trouble finding joy in her work, and how the passage in the book reminded her that she must find joy in the work itself and not in the outcome and outer rewards of the work.  Last night, which is still the same day of course, I found myself watching the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Oprah is interviewing George Lucas, the man behind Star Wars.  He was talking about work and saying that you have to follow your bliss.  He reminded me of his mentor Joseph Campbell, the master mythologist, as he talked.  Just like Joseph Campbell, George Lucas also said that it can’t be about making money.  You must work because you love what you do, to truly be happy.  You must follow your bliss.  This morning when I woke up I found myself thinking about work and my place in this world.  I opened up a book by Russell Simmons, Super Rich, and he was talking about transitioning from doing work for money and survival to work you do simply to give.  As I thought about all the information coming my way,  I realized the magic of work is my theme for now and decided to be open to all it has to bring me.  In the next couple posts I will elaborate on memories and discoveries in this area.  For now I will leave you with this.  Your work is your way of giving to the world.  Even if you think you don’t like your work if you shift to thinking of it as giving and serving, the work will seem different.  One more note.  If you are still here, your work is not done. You still have some sort of work to do, something else to give. Get busy.

Peace and Blessings,


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