Work Versus Slavery

By: Robert Elias Najemy

Work Versus Slavery

Do you enjoy your work? Are you effective? Are you able to attune yourself to your work environment? Are you able to put your creative self into what you do or do you feel like a slave, who is selling his or her soul for money?

WE CANNOT AVOID WORK

Work is the basic activity of our incarnated lives on this planet Earth. We cannot avoid activity. It is our nature. Even if we are independently wealthy and do not need to earn money, or have retired after many years of hard labor, our physical nature does not allow us to remain idle. We feel the need to do something. Whatever we do, from building a home to drawing a design, from cooking a meal to solving a crossword puzzle, from running a business to taking care of children, from shopping for groceries to solving mathematical equations, from teaching to gardening, it can be done consciously, creatively and joyously or it can be done begrudgingly, mechanically and unhappily.

Any act can be performed as an expression of the creative divine potential within or it can be performed as a mechanical act that must be done because we need the money, because someone is obliging us to do it, or because we are bored and want to be occupied.

Our work can be an opportunity for growth, self-knowledge and emotional, mental and spiritual evolution, or it can be an unconscious repetition of automatic movements while our minds are focused elsewhere or nowhere at all. Work can be an offering of love or it can be something we do just in order to get it done, or because we fear being rejected if we do not do it. It can be also something we do in order to gain attention, affirmation and acceptance from the others. There is a great difference between doing something with love and doing it to gain love from others. Work can also be an opportunity to perfect our abilities or concentration and physical dexterity to create something that nears perfection. It can also be something we do as quickly as possible, giving no attention whatsoever to the quality of what we are doing.

A LOVE OFFERING OR SLAVERY

Work is the means through which the soul expresses its infinite divine potential here on the earth level.

Let us look at some of the traps that we fall into that prevent us from enjoying work to its highest potential. Some of us may fall into one "category" of worker, while others may fall into various categories. Also, the quality of our consciousness and work will depend on various external factors, such as the type of work we are doing, our coworkers, our own mood and our level of energy. Let us look at some of the types of workers and ways of working.

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