Generally our work life is often in situations that might seem spiritually constrained or at least inhibited by a variety of factors. Workmates that have no spiritual inclination or perhaps are even negative about spirituality, a boss that is severe or even ruthless in his or her demands on our time, work that we may not particularly enjoy – are some of the multitude of reasons we perceive that might make it difficult for us to live our spiritual life in work situations.
This is obviously the major challenge each of us faces, living our spiritual life amidst the hustle and bustle of a world that is not particularly understanding or even interested. The great majority of people in our world may not be trying to live with the spiritual intensity of which we are striving. This doesn’t make it wrong, it just necessitates more certainty.
Man's Unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite. - Thomas Carlyle
So given these challenges. the one thing, the major thing, we need to remember is the secret awareness we have, that we are all the time living in heaven. That this place is constantly empowering us with infinite love and infinite potential and even more infinite capacity. Contemplate this for a moment, because it is really simple, but crucial. When we are in our highest consciousness we realize that we are actually not doing anything, we are just more or less the vehicle for the universe or God to work through. Our meditation at its highest is effortless; we just shut up and allow the energy of heaven, of God, to inundate every aspect of our being.
Do you see where we are going?
The reality is that we have the potential for the force to power everything we do. Remember the exact nature of heaven is that it is flooding us with love and infinite capacity and more than this it will actually power every action if we allow it. Contemplate this for a moment and consider the words of great artists or athletes or sports people, they all speak of their greatest moments being effortless – as though they just connected with some higher power – that allowed them to break that world record with very little effort.
How is this possible?
It is not only possible but exactly inevitable when we allow the Force to be channelled through us. The great miracles of the prophets of the past have one thing in common, they themselves claim no credit, yet, the laws of physics, of time and space have been not only broken but completely transcended.
The kingdom of heaven is within. - Jesus
How does this apply to us?
Simply, within you is the infinite power of the universe. Open yourself to it and you can channel into anything you do. This is your natural place, your normal power, the heaven that is within you.
That man is great, and he alone,
Who serves a
greatness not his own,
For neither praise nor pelf:
Content to know and be unknown:Whole in himself.- Lord Lytton (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton)
The highest work is effortless
No matter the nature of work, whether it is cleaning the dishes or being the Prime Minister or perhaps working for world peace, the highest action is alway effortless. It doesn't mean to say that it does not require physical exertion but in our consciousness, we will be centred and calm and effortless. You will also know the action is the right for you at this moment in time, by your consciousness of it being effortless.
So, if you are working under stress, or pain, or too much effort, relax, shut up the noise and allow the infinite power of the universe to do its work.
The same truths repeat themselves over and over again, that spirituality is easy and natural and effortless. Whenever you are feeling uneasy or disconnected, simply relax, express your gratitude to God or the universe or the Force for your privileged place and awareness and simply shut up the noise, meditate in silence or in action and rejoice for heaven is here, now!