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Excerpted from Your Authentic Self by Ric Giardina. Copyright © 2002 by Ric Giardina. Excerpted by permission of Beyond Words Publishing.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
 

"The more we realize that our work is a valuable source of life lessons and learning opportunities, the more we begin to operate from the perspective that work is an ideal conduit for the expression of good."

  Ric Giardina, Your Authentic Self, Part 1

It is no accident that you have chosen the work that you have. It is no accident that you are working in your present organization or that you are working with and for the people you do. All of this has been arranged by you – by your Higher Self – to give you as many opportunities as possible to learn and to grow spiritually. At the same time, all the lessons of your present circumstances give you the ability to express more of your Authentic Self.

The more we realize that our work is a valuable source of life lessons and learning opportunities, the more we begin to operate from the perspective that work is an ideal conduit for the expression of good. If you come to understand that your work – regardless of what it is, where it is, or who it is with – is exactly what you have created, with the assistance of Spirit, for the purpose of having the opportunity to do good in the world, doors of opportunity will open to you for exactly that purpose.

As you develop and grow spiritually, you will start to identify opportunities to do a tremendous amount of good – "good" in the most powerful metaphysical sense – for yourself and for others. And all of this can occur within the context of your job. By being open to those opportunities and seizing them, you create a channel that allows good to pour through you, from your Spirit through your Authentic Self to the world around you. This is what becoming a channel for good is all about.

You begin channeling good by seeing your job as a means to an end – but I do not mean by that getting your paycheck into the bank in time to pay the rent. The end I’m talking about is the ability to see your job as a means for achieving your Life Purpose. See your work as a natural expression of your spiritually-based Authentic Self. Start asking difficult questions about your work and its role in your life: Is your job supporting you in your spiritual growth and development? How is your work contributing to the fulfillment of your Life Purpose? Are you aggressively seeking and seizing opportunities to do good in your job?

It is easy to assume that we have no right to ask these kinds of questions about our work or to expect our work or our employers to satisfy our spiritual needs. After all, don’t we get paid to do a job and, if the job fits in with the employee’s Life Purpose, well, that’s a plus. And if the job either does not contribute to fulfillment of the employee’s Life Purpose, or even flies directly in the face of it, well then, that’s tough! Most of us have bought into this philosophy that since our employers pay us for our time at work we must do almost anything we are asked to do, regardless of how it impacts our spiritual development or our authenticity.

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