By Lynn Seiser

Beyond Mutual Exclusivity



One of the things I love most about Awareness is that it expands to include ideas that used to be mutually exclusive of each other. You can tell the higher states of awareness because they include, not exclude. Take the topic of this issue, Prosperity and Spirituality in the Workplace. We usually consider these subjects as mutually exclusive. In other words, it seems very hard, if not impossible, to combine the ideas or actions that express prosperity or spirituality in the workplace. Letís see if we can expand our awareness so they are not only mutually inclusive but are actually interrelated and dependent on each other.

Prosperity means a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition especially in financial respects. It also means to be of good fortune and to be happy. Spirituality is the fact or quality pertaining to the spirit or soul, usually distinguished from the physical or material level. Workplace refers to the place where one is employed or customarily does oneís work such as an office or laboratory.

Usually when we think of financial prosperity we think of it as diametrically opposed to the concept of spirituality. Most of us have been raised to think that poverty is next to Godliness, not prosperity. Believing it is better to give than to receive, we often give without ever receiving. We may even have some beliefs that other people only have prosperity through some underhanded method or luck. We may believe that we do not deserve to have or are worthy of prosperity. In a world that teaches us that cheaters never prosper, it appears that those who are honest do not either. Many business role models use unethical and unlawful means to gain their wealth, while the rest of us work for them or lose our life savings because of them. Besides, we have all learned that we will never get rich working for someone else, and most people work for others.

How do we limit our awareness so that prosperity, spirituality, and our work are kept separate from each other? We cannot let into our lives anything we do not believe we are not worthy of. We cannot let into our lives anything we would resent having. Somewhere, from our parents, our teachers, our leaders, or our society we learned to limit our awareness of who we are and what we are capable of. If we learned it, and surely it is learned, than we can unlearn it, and expand our awareness.

What if we thought our workplace provided us an opportunity to work on our own growth and evolution, which is everywhere? In addition, what if we thought of spirituality as an expression of our own soul and spirit in the acts of compassion and courage we express to all we meet? In addition, what if prosperity meant abundance, not just financially but physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually?

Think about it, what action could you take no matter where you work that could express and belief in prosperity for your customers, your co-workers, your company, and yourself? Do you give your best work to your employer? Do you give your best service to your customer? Do you expand your job skills so you can keep up with the changing fields? Do you believe we are all in this together and that we all win or we all will certainly lose? Are you aware that we are all worthy of abundance and prosperity in all we do? Are you aware that no ideas are mutually exclusive and the way you work is an expression of your belief in prosperity and spirituality?

Thanks for listening, for the opportunity to be of service, and for sharing the journey.

Lynn Seiser, Ph.D., MFT has offices in Long Beach, CA and can be contacted at (562) 799-1371 or at .

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