Posted July 16, 2009
Is Your Spirit Trapped by Your Job, Business or Life?
Loretta Love Huff
Last week, as I returned home from my morning walk, I spotted a tiny bird egg that appeared to have been discarded by it's former inhabitant.
It reminded me about the Easter exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry I frequented as a child and young adult. Every Easter, the Museum would bring in unhatched chicken eggs and place them under warm lights. As the embryonic chicks matured, the crowds could watch them peck their way out of their shells into daylight and a new life.
This egg I encountered on the street got me thinking about the process one must go through to emerge from the safety of an egg. It occurred to me that the pre-born chick was probably unconscious to the life that awaited; probably even unconscious to the life it was living. Yet, something in its DNA made it 'wake up' one day and say to itself...
GET ME OUT OF HERE!
So the pecking began. It was hard work from what I observed at the Museum. Little beaks would peck, peck, peck, then stop - to regain strength I assume. The hatchlings would wriggle and struggle trying to push their tiny weak bodies out into a new unknown world. Eventually they would emerge and begin a new life.
So back to the title of this article, is your spirit trapped by some metaphorical egg? Is it quietly screaming "Get me out of here!"? Are you ignoring those yearnings opting instead for the safety of your egg?
It feels safe and comfortable in that egg for a while and we justify our inaction against some increasingly intolerable situation by saying, "I don't know what to do" or "It's hopeless" or "It's better in here anyway". And so we suffer, perhaps quietly. Perhaps just putting up with situations we wished were better.
Don't do that!
As Marianne Williamson said in in Return to Love, "...we were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone."
Last Saturday, I attended a lecture by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. He spoke (among other things) about a human embryo/baby. He suggested that in the womb, most of our faculties (like sight) are not in active operation. They aren't needed at that time. He said many of the things we need to survive are 'turned on' at birth.
I translated that to mean we don't have what we need until break out of our shell (or womb). If we're waiting for the right feeling or skills to take action, we've got it backwards. We need to take action (break out of the shell) THEN our skills will appear and develop.
That's how I got into the speaking profession. I felt trapped in my introvert shell. Life wasn't bad. It just wasn't all that I knew intuitively it could be. I sensed I had more to give the world, yet wasn't sure what it was. Rather than wait until it all became clear and I was 'healed' from my introvert nature, I continually thrust myself into venues where I had to speak to crowds. I sought out and accepted opportunities to speak even though I was scared out of my britches. But I acted.
That's the key...ACTION.
So if you're feeling trapped in an intolerable (or even comfortable) shell or situation (job, business, life) waiting to feel differently or have abilities before you break out, don't wait. Break out. THEN you will discover the skills you need.
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