My beloved friend doesn’t believe in God for this reason.
“God has never spoken to me,” he says. “So it’s been hard to believe in God.”
Me, I believe in many higher powers: the universe, nature, human connection. Despite the fact I don’t believe in any one religion’s God, when telling select colleagues about my recent decision to quit my job, I use their language:
“God was telling me I had to move on.”
It’s easier. It’s more convenient. They get it. And it gets my meaning across. Were I to discuss my gratitude for the Universe, I’d be met with blank stares.
I used to be practical and passive in my approach to the Universe and all higher powers: other forces….exist. Like the weather, like my birth circumstance, like traffic jams, there are forces beyond my control. All I used to do would be to deal with them as they came.
Yet my most recent path has taught me that the Universe moves in mysterious ways. My conscious relationship with higher powers, once untapped, has unexpectedly emerged this year.
Now, I live in an ongoing dialogue and relationship with the Universe and its ways. By “ongoing dialogue” I mean… the Universe speaks, and I’m trying to be a better listener.
If I could write a spiritual addendum to my post on “How to Quit Your Job,” it would be this:
(Side note: I once got angry at an ex for calling me a “hippie” because I meditate. Actually, my ancestors meditated and ate tofu for thousands of years before hippies even existed, I said.)
Meditation is an internal look at yourself in an externally-focused world.
Meditation is the path of self-awareness, and if you are risking your livelihood to find your dharma, self-awareness is the path you should be taking.
I am no meditation expert, but you can read a little more about vipassana here.
2. Ask the Universe for what you want.
Six months ago, I started telling my friends what I wanted my new job to be like. It was my way of asking for what I needed.
Two weeks ago, someone who had never heard me talking about my job — who had no connection to my friends — offered me a job. It’s a small one, to be sure, but opens the door into my new path.
One week ago, someone who I’d only met once in my life called me out of the blue and offered me another similar job.
My practical friend says, “Elisa, you say you are ‘asking the universe,’ but I’d say ‘You talk about it ad nauseum.'”
Asking the universe is not getting on my knees and praying for it. Asking the universe is indeed talking, ad nauseum.
Yet I maintain the universe speaks to me, via it’s representatives, the people in my life.
3. Listen for the Universe’s Messages (via your intuition and the people you know).
Here is a sampling of experiences that told me I needed to quit my job for good:
~ An empty, hollow feeling every time I got a compliment at work.
~ A relatively-unknown person in a position of power saying to me, “Maybe we can create the job for you that you are looking for.”
~ My friend wanting to start a new job venture with me (this gets vague, but I can tell you about it once I quit).
~ The aforementioned, 2 job offers in two weeks. And I hadn’t even applied for a new job!
4. Take the leap. It will not be easy, but it will be freeing.
I am still vibrating with the freedom of telling my boss I’d be quitting in June, which I only did last week. So take my excitement with a grain of salt.
It’s been a great job, and there was sadness that seeped into my conversation with my boss, who got a bit teary-eyed once I’d broken the news.
Yet I am grateful that I am moving on.
Thanks to my relationship with the Universe, I know without a doubt this is the right thing to do.
PS: Photo credit from here.