For those of you who have not been following this blog, I have been posting about the Essene Gospels. The books are currently out of print, so I have been taking the liberty of posting quotes from them.
A practice of the Essenes was to each day honor an "Angel" (you could use the word "messenger" or "essence" if you don't do well with Angels) in the morning and the evening.
Past posts have gone from Day One up to the Angel of the Morning for Day Five. I am resuming with the Angel of the Evening for that day. You may do a double-take on this one -- it is the Angel of Work! But hold on! This provides a great opportunity for us to reconsider our personal perspective as well as the predominant belief of U.S. culture (where I live).
It is rare that we hear of people who really love their jobs. When that happens, they may not even particularly care how much money they make because the gratifying factor is either the pleasure of what they're doing or the service they provide others, or their happiness at being able to do something that they truly enjoy doing. The difference, to me, is that between, "I'm so fortunate to be able to do my being" versus "I gotta put in another day at my job so we can pay the bills."
The Essene Gospel doesn't consider the second possibility noted above. It does consider "idleness," and addresses that with,
"He who eats the bread of idleness
Must die of hunger,
For a field of stones
Can yield only stones.
For him is the day without meaning..."
Yet consider the promise of a "day well-lived," (as stated in a Sanskrit proverb whose saying is much in line with the philosophy of these Gospels):
"For the honest work of humble hands
Is a daily prayer of thanksgiving,
And the music of the plough
Is a joyful song unto the Lord....
.... The man of God who has found his task
Shall not ask any other blessing."
Isn't that last line inspiring? If we do the work we love; if we feel we have found what we are meant to do and engage in it with the fullest expression of our being that we can, it is a blessing! A blessing for us, and a blessing to others who benefit from beholding that which we create.
If you don't already do something that really excites you, could you possibly consider a change? The world is waiting for the blessing inside you to come forth and grace us all.
Susan C. Moyer, MSW
Is a sound healer and transformational coach. She has 25+ years experience in using alternate states of consciousness to access deeper healing on all levels: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.