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Tuesday 25 February 2020
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Resistance and also the Shadow Career

Greater you attempt to disregard your nat­ural existence – to disregard what you imagine doing, to disregard the life-style which should come eas­ily and nat­u­rally for you, to disregard the gifts you need to tell the planet – the greater your nat­ural existence will stand out in small, some­times frus­trat­ing, but always bril­liant and illu­mi­nat­ing ways.

Your nat­ural existence will stand out within the day­dreams you explore, within the hob­bies you decide to spend some time on, within the books you want to read, or perhaps in the films you want to watch. In history wisely spent looking after natural, authentic a part of you.

Glimpses of the nat­ural existence may also stand out within the profession you have cho­sen to fol­low. Whether it’s the entire-on, flat-out, this-is-what-you-were-meant-to-do lifestyle career filled with adven­tures and risk, or even the frustrating-almost-but-not-quite-what-you-were-meant-to-do safe and com­fort­able career. Steven Press­field, in the bril­liant book Turn­ing Pro, Tap Your Inner Power and Cre­ate Your Life’s Work, describes these “safe, com­fort­able careers” as shadow careers:

“Some­times, when we are ter­ri­fied of embrac­ing our true call­ing, we’ll pur­sue a shadow call­ing rather. That shadow call­ing is really a metaphor for the real career. Its shape is sim­i­lar, its con­tours feel tan­ta­liz­ingly exactly the same. However a shadow career entails no real risk. When we fail in a shadow career, the con­se­quences are mean­ing­less to all of us… “

Steven Press­field, Turn­ing Pro, page 13

Shadow careers provide us with the oppor­tu­nity to not need to face our fears, or our self-doubt, or our shame. They provide us a secure home in, to cover in. But safe and com­fort­able aren’t always the best place to be, especially within the lengthy term.

Some­times, frequently, safe and com­fort­able consist of frus­tra­tion or bore­dom or depres­sion or know­ing that there’s some­thing else available that is ideal for us. Our daydream arrived at existence. Some­thing bet­ter, something simple and easy , authentic – if perhaps!!!

Resis­tance is definitely the afterthought.

Our day­dreams pro­vide us using the orig­i­nal ideas of who we’re able to be and just what our existence might be like. We spend some time lost in visu­al­iz­ing who we may become. The minds, the dreams, the visu­al­iza­tions come first.

Then resis­tance creeps in. The always present after­thought. Our lizard voice or grem­lin voice remind­ing us to become afraid, to face up to, to doubt our­selves, to sab­o­tage our­selves. Therefore we remain ama­teurs within our own lives, hid­ing within the shadows.

To leave the shad­ows and into our nat­ural existence we have to try to acknowl­edge resis­tance, to under­stand our fears, to feel safe in fac­ing our self-doubts, and also to become self-supporting rather of self-sabotaging.

So… are you currently an ama­teur in your existence, liv­ing inside a shadow career considered lower by resis­tance and fear? And have you learned how to be a pro­fes­sional in your existence – to ben­e­fit in the training and gifts that resis­tance and fear have to give you to be able to fol­low your true, nat­ural path?