Build a relationship with yourself; a real friendship with the unconscious parts of you and with your knowing mind, to spark your deeper intuition and your connection to your highest self.
By Jamie Lake
A better title for this post might have been: “Your Dharma, Your Career, And Why You Hate Your Career”. However, my wife thought it was too long and thus I abandoned that title. You see I’m a Sagittarius on life path 9, she’s an Aries on life path 1 and you don’t go against that.
If you’re the 55% of the population who believes Astrology is Bologna, have no clue what life paths you are, and numerology to you is an algebraic formula, then you have no clue why any of that’s important.
It’s a part of my “Dharma”. Regardless of whether or not you’ve decided to subscribe to what the stars say about you, I know that you’ve noticed by now that you have an inherent nature. You are hardwired to be you and you make decisions because you feel like….. you. And that is a part of YOUR DHARMA………. Lets SAY it together………. DHARMA.
dhar·ma /ˈdärmə/ noun • 1. the principle of cosmic order • 2. the teaching or religion of the Buddha
Dharma can be a complex thing to describe. Buddha taught Dharma but it’s more than doctrine, it’s the nature of what is. The nature of you. Discovering who you are (your Dharma) can lead you to discovering your lifes purpose. Finding your lifes purpose is the what we all really want deep down. HOWEVER,DHARMA and CAREER often have nothing to do with each other, and is the root of so much unhappiness in the work place.
“When life purpose is connected to your dharma, it brings you joy and fulfilment. When disconnected from dharma, your purpose may feel confused and your efforts may feel thwarted.”
For Example: Bobby wants to be a teacher but his father is a doctor and will only pay for medical school. He decides he can’t afford his own tuition and becomes a doctor. Now every opportunity he has to teach anyone anything he leaps at it. He instructs anyone who will listen and constantly gives unsolicited lectures on the life cycle of the Butterfly. Bobby’s colleagues hate this. They don’t take him seriously because being a doctor is no always his focus. He is a great doctor and he gets paid extremely well but he feels absolutely drained and unaccomplished still. He spends most of his time learning interesting subjects to teach because It makes him feel energized and needed.
This is a simple assessment of why almost everyone wants to quit their job and find fulfillment in what they are doing with their lives. They know themselves enough to know their existence should be grand and fruitful but they’ve denied the nature of who they truly are. Regardless of why people decide to abandon the road to their life’s purpose the same can be said for most people. We all dream of receiving admiration and acceptance from just “being ourselves”.
If this is you, I offer these suggestions:
1. Start researching yourself. Whether you believe in astrology or life path numbers, find out what makes you tick. What are your strengths! Focus only on what makes you great and develop a more honest picture of what you do and why. Have fun while doing so. Laugh at your astrological comedy. Give yourself a personality test!
2. Build a relationship with yourself; a real friendship with the unconscious parts of you and with your knowing mind, to spark your deeper intuition and your connection to your highest self.
3. Abandon the state of mind that you owe it to others to be anything other than who you are. Accepting yourself is loving yourself. Loving yourself is choosing to write because you love, create because you think and so on.
Your purpose is within you. Below are a few links to get you started:
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