Episode 12: Abraham Hicks on Your Lifetime Career

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“If we were talking to you on your first day of physical experience, we could be of great advantage to you because we would say, “Welcome to planet Earth. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have. And your work here—your lifetime career—is to seek joy.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

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Abraham Hicks on Your Lifetime Career

If we were talking to you on your first day of physical experience, we could be of great advantage to you because we would say, “Welcome to planet Earth. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have. And your work here—your lifetime career—is to seek joy.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

Love that. How’s that for a career choice?!? Where was the career counselor in high school/college who said, “You? Your lifetime career? Definitely to seek joy. Yep, that’s it. Seek Joy.” :)

I didn’t have that experience. (Somehow I wound up as an accountant out of UCLA. Huh?) Thankfully we’ve got Esther & Jerry to help guide us now. :)

Now, you might want to re-read that quote. And then take it LITERALLY. They truly believe that your PRIMARY job is to seek joy. Think that’s nonsense? Well… you might want to re-consider it.

Joseph Campbell and Carlos Castaneda come to mind here. First, Esther & Jerry have been deeply influenced by Joseph Campbell—the 20th century mythology guru who brought us the “hero’s journey” and the admonition to “Follow your bliss!” (See Notes on him, btw.)

Now, while he says “Follow your bliss!” they say, “Follow your joy!” Same thing. Here’s the interesting thing: Did you know where Campbell got his “Follow your bliss!” line? (Hint: It’s straight from Hinduism.) Campbell was a scholar of Sanskrit and here’s how he describes it in “Power of Myth”:

Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat, Chit, Ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked.”

(That’s hot.) Continuing this Follow Your Joy as the key to success business, Carlos Castaneda likes to say that any path is one of a million paths and that we shouldn’t follow a given path unless it has “heart”—that is, unless it feels good… unless it gives us joy… unless we’re following our bliss. He says, “But how will I know for sure whether a path has a heart or not?’ ‘Anybody would know that. The trouble is nobody asks the question.”

How about you? You asking the question? And do you have the courage to make a career out of living the answer? (Good. :)

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