I was hoping to say this post is, a sort of conclusion, a sort of answer if we are brave enough to do it, to the issues in the previous two posts, but as it has progressed I realise there has to be at least one more post.
One of the major reasons we finish up in jobs we’re not happy in, whether high paid or low paid, going too often for the miserable but respectable position is because we listen too often to the voices of others, even if that is not conscious. We want to fit in so we go for something that will “use our brains”, make our parents happy, earn us “enough” money which will lead to a “nice” house, lots of leisure time during which we will too often continue the patter of doing things that are subconsciously put on us by external voices. Yet in all this we are being logical. We are looking at things with logical eyes. We are not listening calmly and quietly to our hearts. In fact we shut our hearts out and then wonder why we see increases in depression, anxiety, and various other things.
Interestingly the person I mentioned in the 1st of these three posts has quit the job that was making her miserable, is now doing a selection of other jobs, is happy and is writing again.
Interestingly for myself I’ve just taken on 2 part time jobs, which I felt in my heart were the right things to do. I am back to being as busy as I was before lockdown and yet I am finding that I feel more creative, more able to write within the spaces that there are in my day. Following my heart even though it actually looks a bit full on and illogical has released me to write more than when I was trying to do things that seemed right.
In the last post the question was posed firstly by Gus Seth, then by myself, of how do we over come greed, selfishness and apathy and bring about a spiritual and cultural transformation.
The answer I think is so obvious – let go of trying to figure out things logically. Stop trying to work out how to change the system. Instead find those things that block us from listening to our hearts, be healed/set free of them and just listen. Then I believe we would do the jobs we liked, want to do the things that were needed to keep this world clean and healthy. We would care more for the planet, and each other, because we would be hearing it more. But this takes time
As a Christian I love hanging out with God. But too often in too many denominations to fit in you do have to let go of the magical mystery of God and go with your logical mind to fit in. It is not that you give up your intelligence to truly meet with God but you do have to let go of your logic to really enter into that mystery. As God says in Ezekiel,
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.Ezekiel 36:26
This must be on my mind because I did a post about this only last year which you can read here. Following on from that I think that when one has a heart of stone it is when one is using logic and working out what fit right, what will work properly. But we have to let God/The Universe/our therapy move us from the logical to the vulnerable heart, the fleshy heart, the heart that often doesn’t do the things society expects but in the end changes things by the energy that they release.
I also think this is why people do not rush to go to churches. They do not need another logical, rule based, fitting in with others system. They need a place where they can be free to be their genuine selves, free to fly, free to make mistakes and be picked up after. I could rant away about this for ages, but …
I also think that this freedom from logic and being able to let go of the blockages that hold us back from hearing our hearts is not just for those who meet God/Jesus, but is open to everyone. I also think that those who go to church often have not worked on freeing those blockages.
With all of this there is no logical system that will work, whether in prayer or in anything. There is a hanging out, a trusting, a deep listening, and then a bravery to go outwards into whatever comes next.
Are we willing though to listen to our hearts and not our egos?
5 replies on “The System is Broken”
I am listening to my heart and plan to retire next year in the summer. I love what I do, but I want to take back my time, while I have some left, and maybe volunteer, work a couple of days close to home, travel, hang with family and friends and who knows? I’ll piece it together in a way that feels comfortable to me and adjust as I go. I told people last year that I plan to retire in 2024, and was quickly met with – ‘won’t you get bored? what will you do? why would you leave a job you enjoy? how will you have enough money?’, etc. I don’t know all the answers, but I see it as a positive move into the next chapter of my life, whatever that may look like )
I think sometimes the hardest thing when listening to our hearts is that we do have do like you’re doing and sometimes give up something we like not knowing what is round the corner. It is just that our hearts are “hearing” something we aren’t, I believe, and we have to trust and go with it.
It is interesting the comments from well meaning friends and family. What is wrong with being bored? And that dreaded “enough” word again!! I was single homeschooling mum for nearly 10 years and we always had “enough” to do what we wanted. Not just to get by but we also backbacked round Greece, did a working holiday in France, visiting friends in the UK regularly. There is always “enough” if one just listens closely to what one really needs, I think.
Go you and I look forward to hearing what comes from it X
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thanks for your support and you’ve really explained it all so well
I’ve made changes at a few different stages in a my life and it’s always turned out well )
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