Work to Live

Four-Hour-Work-Week-Tim-FerrissThe first time I read this revolutionary book was back in 2010. Since, it has become a companion as I’ve adventured into the world of entrepreneurship and creating a business that is centered around freedom of time and place. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss is a spectacular take on freeing yourself to live a life that doesn’t leave you powerless and penniless.

In many regards, it is an anti-corporate world manifesto of how to DEAL with the hectic world of modern day corporate America by NOT dealing with it. His methodology is straightforward:

1. Define what you want to do (seems easy enough)

2. Eliminate what isn’t essential in all areas of your life that isn’t consistent with your definition from step 1

3. Automate your source of income, Automate your life

4. Liberate yourself from work so you can add more life

In a rather wry tone, Tim takes direct aim at the paper pushing, meeting making, last man standing type of corporate culture that so many find consumes 8+ hours of their life on a daily basis. Instead, he encourages people to aim for following their bliss, be it by becoming a professional traveler or owning a business that virtually runs itself, OR ideally by doing both.

It can feel at times in this modern era that most of us only live to work, and in that process we get mired down by other people’s agendas and goals, and increasingly forget about our own. In this book, we are passionately enticed by the possibility that we can in fact work to live.

The Only Map I Need

Map-Scale-of-Consciousness In my previous post, I spoke about the book by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. called “Transcending the Levels of Consciousness”. I’m writing about it here again because it so succinctly highlights some of the struggles that we go through in our journey through life. We often relate to life as if it is a linear progression of steps: the first leads to the second, the second leads to the third, and so on.

In reality, life is rarely so cut-and-dry, instead taking us two steps forward and one step back (or sideways). While we may be spiritually advanced in some areas of our lives, there are others where we languish, and yet there is always an opportunity to progress and move forward in any area of life that is important to us.

While this might sound like feel-good speak or mind games that we play in an effort to convince ourselves there is hope for us after all, I prefer to consider that life is a game and there is no harm in trying something out to see if it works for us or not. An adventure begins when we consider that we don’t know something and that there is also something new to be discovered. The worst that can happen is that we will realize that we already knew the answer and we can return to business as usual, but the best that can happen exists in the realm of dreams, of realization and of self-actualization…all realms that are difficult to imagine except when we actually experience them, and to experience something requires action.

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Neutrality

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I am an avid reader and practitioner of all things spiritual. For the past couple months, I’ve been resonating around the level of “Neutrality”, which is a level of consciousness characterized by inner peace and non-attachment to outcomes, akin to the saying “live and let live.” The level is denoted by the number 250 according to one of my favorite gurus. I took it as a sign that my Level of Consciousness had moved up when during a recent weekend to the beach the number 239 was written on my arm and later struck through.

The guru (and author) I refer to is named David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. He has written many books on the nature of the human ego, his consciousness research through applied kinesiology, and spirituality in general. His work is fascinating in that it shows the mechanics of the bridge between the physical and the spiritual realms of life, and how to transcend the levels. The levels of consciousness he talks about in his books and research are demonstrable and relatable. For example, as this summer began I set some intentions for the upcoming months. I picked up his book “Transcending the Levels of Consciousness” from my bookshelf and quickly identified my current level as the level he refers to as “Neutrality”.

Given along with the description of this level was information about the common roadblocks that are encountered when trying to move beyond it, namely being withdrawn or indifferent. With this information in hand, I’m continuing again to push forward with my work to witness the healing mind. I love watching others grow and overcome, and ultimately become. It’s beautiful…

In the end, we’re all just vibrating masses of energy. You, me, everyone.