Make Your Job More Spiritually Rewarding!

Traditionally, humans have not worked exclusively for a paycheck; there is a sense of purpose in their career, providing nourishment for the soul.

With the seemingly endless movement of workers in and out of employment, one of the biggest hurdles facing professionals today is a growing sense of estrangement. Workplaces become more automated by computer programs or robots, and massive layoffs are making organizations increasingly dehumanized.

Everyone is affected by this trend-both those inside and outside the office place. Traditionally, humans have not worked exclusively for a paycheck; there is a sense of purpose in their career, providing nourishment for the soul. Encouraging relationships are formed, and there is a sense of meaning through their occupations.

But all that is changing! What is happening is a measure of soullessness, transforming workers into mindless robots, replaceable as parts in a mighty machine.

There are ways to reverse this troubling trend, and to bring back the joy in your life through meaningful work.

Employment and Spirituality

Humans have always lived for a purpose. Having goals is the primary way to influence someone’s life, through personal growth. We are also highly spiritual beings, and most of us believe that there is something greater than ourselves; we search for an Ultimate Truth.

Spirituality must not be confused with religion; we do not necessarily look for a superior being, only for deeper meaning to our lives. It is a common quest-the search for a reason why.

Religion is a vehicle for spirituality, not spirituality itself. In fact, it can sometimes get in the way of achieving enlightenment. The rules and constraints of most of the world’s religions can be barriers to true understanding of nature, where a pressure to conform plays to the lowest common denominator.

What we need for proper spirituality is to listen to our own hearts and minds. Carefully examine this self-reflection, because we all have a responsibility to ourselves to connect to the universal. It is the foundation of spirituality.

Engaging work can be a spiritual experience. That is why we refer to it as a “calling.” It raises us up from the ordinary and mundane, gives us encouragement and fills our soul with value. Nourishing our soul is an inherent need; it is the meaning of life! Unfortunately, in today’s society this is discarded when we work exclusively for a paycheck.

Finding a course that is relevant can be difficult, especially in this economic climate. Priority is now given to pure economics, and it is increasingly becoming the only reason to work.

How many people do you know that answer, “I only work for the paycheck.” I am sure it is significantly more than in the past.

Yes, it’s true!

We are becoming an increasingly mercenary workforce. In this transformation from enthusiastic service to economic mercenaries, we have given up an essential part of ourselves. It leaves us empty inside, and makes itself known through frequent physical complaints. Insomnia, anxiety, physical and emotional trauma are all on the rise in society. Some people already predisposed to health problems for a variety of reasons-such as African-Americans-are particularly at risk of work-related ailments.

Amount of money does not make it any better, either! It may even make it worse.

Remedies…

How can we work at something that is free from harmful energy, and nourishing to our spirits? The answer could be exceedingly easy. Deep inside, weknow what needs to be done, but somehow we wait. Here are a few suggestions get you started:

  • Look back to a time when you were engaged in your work. Even if it was just a flash, try to remember when there was a joy to your employment history. Is there a common theme or structure? It may be a clue.
  • Identify what gives you a sense of pride in your current job. See how those tasks can be reorganized so you can do them more often. Find your calling… so to speak.
  • Set an appointment with your immediate supervisor, to see if a reassignment can happen. Prepare a business plan and outline any changes that can be made. Make sure you shape your choice so it benefits your organization; you have to prove it as a win-win environment for them. Explain it clearly!
  • Make sure any current projects or workload is completed quickly and satisfactorily. However, if you make your case well enough, you may have some latitude. Your employer may set you up quickly. Remember, you are shifting gears!
  • Once you sell your employer on your redefined job description, look to be assigned more jobs in line with the changes.

If you are not successful in convincing your boss, look around your company for other opportunities-such as a transfer to a different department. If that is not possible, begin searching outside your company.

Don’t blame your job for a lack of spiritual fulfillment; it is not your employer’s position to give you wisdom! This is a sign of victimization, and is entirely counterproductive.

Take control of your own spirituality and check your destiny. If changes need to be made to make your job more rewarding, don’t wait-do it NOW!

Science and Spirituality Emerge – The Attunement With All That Is

Attunement is a concept well known in Yoga philosophy. It was first introduced to the western world by Parmahansa Yogananda in the 1920’s.

Attunement simply means the ability of an original system to attune itself with, and have access to, a particular form of energy.

The better our attunement with Tachyon, and its inherent perfect potential, the more likely we are to evolve ourselves into higher levels of physical, mental, and emotional order and balance. Spiritual growth is the reason we are here, in this body.

Tachyon supplies our system with the pure potential which translates to our experience of attunement with All That Is.

This applies to the reorganization of just a cell, to DNA, to one particular molecule, hormone, gland, or organ in our body, and to our entire body-mind-spirit complex.

Tachyon is the key element that enables everyone, regardless of his or her level of spiritual awareness or background, to become more attuned to the universal Life Force and inherently perfect intelligence of the Zero-Point Energy Field.

The biggest difference between Tachyon and subtle energy is that the effects of Tachyon are unlimited. Of course, the results produced by Tachyon are directly influenced by our own body-mind-spirit complex. How dramatic, transformative, and deep the effects go depends on both our willingness to change and our readiness to reach a higher level of order. We cannot forcefully accomplish anything through Tachyon. This is a big advantage because it reduces the possibility of unwanted side effects.

Therefore, Tachyon is something totally different and cannot be compared to any other form of energetic medicine or subtle energy amplifiers. Tachyon reorganizes the entire body-mind-spirit complex on higher levels of order and balance. It is the source energy that connects us all.

In 1990 David Wagner invented the Tachyonization process. The patentable process restructures natural materials at the sub-molecular level creating permanent Tachyon antennas. With this breakthrough, the process of attunement has been catapulted to a new level. Everyone, regardless of background, now has the opportunity to balance almost any natural process.

We have utilized various energy modalities with great benefits. The addition of Tachyon has been a major advancement for us and our clientele. Used in conjunction with other energy modalities or as a stand alone therapy, the benefits are very rewarding.

Tachyon = A New Paradigm In Holistic Wellness – Are you ready to experience complete wellness in body – soul – spirit.

Tea, Spirituality and The Japanese Tea Ceremony: An Interview with Michael Ricci

Michael Ricci was weeding the Tea House garden when I arrived for our interview. We sat in front of the little tea “hut” at Buddhist-inspired Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where in just one hour I would scoot through the tiny doorway on my knees to participate in my first Japanese Tea Ceremony along with his students and other newcomers.

Michael found the Tea Ceremony (Chado) through Japanese Zen Buddhism. “I started reading about Zen and I kept coming across references to tea. I called up Naropa and they happened to be offering their first class on it through the extended studies program. There was one position left. I came and immediately fell in love with it.” He adds, “It seemed like the perfect way to understand more about Zen and start doing something contemplative alongside my meditation. It was a spiritual path that made sense to me.”

“Everything the Japanese do turns into an art, and that’s the way they treat tea. Keeping the tradition alive is serious, and the rules are very important to them. The Japanese Tea Ceremony incorporates almost all of the traditional Japanese arts–flower arranging, calligraphy, laquerware, ceramics, bamboo, wood. I’m an artist so I just fell in love with all of it.”

Michael spent two years studying Tea with Hobart Bell, head of the Boulder Zen Center before being accepted to study at Urasenke Headquarters in Kyoto under the guidance of 15th Generation Grand Tea Master of the Urasenke lineage of tea, which is the largest practicing tea lineage in the world. Here he was immersed in traditional Japanese culture and etiquette, learning all facets of Japanese Tea. But he had only scratched the surface after one year of study, so he stayed another year and a half. After that, he says, “I moved into a Zen Buddhist temple and trained alongside the monks. I didn’t take vows, but I lived the life of a monk for 6 months.”

It is from this humble state of mind that Michael shares his knowledge through his tea classes and his art.

“There are two ways to enjoy tea between host and guest. The first, Chaji, is a formal several-course meal that can last four to five hours. The abbreviated version, called Chakai, is simply a sweet and a bowl of tea.”

Michael was teaching the day I was there, so each of his students performed the short version tea ceremony one by one over four hours’ time.

There are no distractions inside the teahouse. Michael explains, “You’re sitting on your knees in a very small room for 4 hours in a very intimate atmosphere. The dialogue is stripped down. Everything is designed to keep focus on the moment and to completely forget about the world outside of the teahouse.”

“The little door, called nijiriguchi , was designed for everybody to bow their heads as they enter the tea room. Shoguns and Samari might be sitting next to peasants. They would have to take off their swords and leave them outside, bow their heads and humble themselves because inside the tea room everybody is the same.” Nowadays, he says, we take off our rings, jewelry and watches. “Anything that says ‘This is Me,’ or that takes us outside of the tearoom. Tea Ceremony is a timeless realm in a bottle.”

The ceremony is an expression of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility through each deeply symbolic gesture–a graceful choreography between host and guest.

Koicha is abowl of ‘thick tea,’ made with a lot of Matcha (powdered green tea) and less hot water. One bowl is shared between all 3 to 5 guests. The host serves the tea to ‘First Guest,’ (who is not a beginner and can model tea etiquette). First Guest bows to Second Guest and says in Japanese “Excuse me for taking my tea before you.” Second Guest bows, too. First Guest drinks their share, turns and wipes the bowl’s edge in a specific way with a paper napkin, and then passes it to Second Guest. Michael says, ” Koicha is the most intimate part of the gathering, sharing the bowl like that.” An initiation of sorts, I thought.

‘Thin Tea,’ Usucha , is more water and less tea, but only about three and a half sips. “It’s just enough to quench your thirst. It’s powder and it’s not steeped. It is whisked,” Michael explains. ” During ‘Thin Tea’ the host makes each guest a bowl of tea from the same bowl. They each take turns first eating their sweet then drinking the tea.” First Guest receives the bowl of tea, drinks it, passes it back to the host who wipes it, cleans it, and gives the next guest their bowl of tea in that same bowl. A watery sweet made of bean paste was served to refresh us that summer day.

Soon each guest in turn examined the utensils–scoop, bowl and whisk–and inspected the bright green valley in the bowl from which a portion of Matcha had been skillfully scooped by the host when the tea was prepared. As the host retreated to the tiny kitchen, the conversation between guests turned to appreciation of the warm weather, the tea, the teahouse. My body tingled with a feeling of wellbeing. Was it the L-theanine in the green tea? Or a result of paying close attention to every movement?

My mind arrived at stillness, like tea leaves settling on the bottom of a cup.

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Michael Ricci is a tea practitioner who teaches the Japanese Tea Ceremony and its related arts and cultural influences. He studied the art and craft of making tea utensils in the traditional Japanese pottery style called Raku, invented in Japan over 400 years ago specifically for the tea ceremony. He makes tea utensils from clay, bamboo and wood, which you can see during one of his classes or special event tea ceremonies. He has lectured and held demonstrations at pottery studios, universities and art organizations along the Front Range in Colorado, USA. Contact Michael at (970) 530-0436.

copyright 2005 Terry Calamito