Creative Visualization Technique to Help You Manifest an Ayurveda Job
|July 2, 2012||Posted by Bill under Ayurveda Job Information, Visualization and Meditation||
When I stop to think about it, I’ve been doing creative visualization for most of my life but I never knew that’s what it was. We all have roundabout stories of how we entered the job field we ultimately work in. For people that want to land those hard-to-get jobs in Ayurveda, I’ll tell you how I ended up working in a job field that only has about 14,000 practitioners in the entire United States! The U.S. has about 313.9 million residents and is the third most populous nation on Earth. Only 0.000045% of Americans work in my job field.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be either an astronaut or an archaeologist. Guess what? I am an archaeologist. It only took me 5 years of my adult life to achieve my dream job and I’ve been doing archaeology for over 9 years now.
A Dream is Born
As a child, I was very curious about outer space and history. I guess you could say I was always gazing into the future or looking over my shoulder at the past. Reading was my favorite hobby and I consumed a large number of books on these two interests. My summer reading was split between learning about astronomy, astronautics, and space colonization, and finding out about ancient civilizations, dendrochronology, history, and human evolution. Some might say I was a strange child, but my love of reading followed me well into high school. My school didn’t have any classes in astronomy or ancient history, so I had to go out of my way to keep up with my two primary interests.
Towards the end of my junior year in high school, I took several aptitude tests that were supposed to help me decide on a career path. These tests indicated that I probably wasn’t cut out for either of my dream jobs. The school guidance counselor, in her infinite wisdom, recommended that I pursue the careers that best suited my personality and skill set; professions like architecture, bus driving, or culinary arts. These are all fine professions, but I just laughed off that advice. I was dead set on becoming either an astronaut or archaeologist and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way.
By the time I was 17, I had tested high enough to qualify for pilot’s school in the Navy but I wanted to take some college entrance exams just to see how well I could score. I didn’t do stellar, but I scored high enough to make me second-guess enlisting in the Navy. I figured that if I didn’t like archaeology, I could always start working towards becoming an astronaut again.
Hard Work towards My Goal
I enrolled in the university that was closest to my town and started working towards a degree in anthropology, which would allow me to apply for archaeology jobs. Once I started college, I never lost sight of the ultimate goal: becoming an archaeologist. I read all I could about archaeology, learned about sites around the globe, and talked with friends about human history every chance I got. I immersed myself in my studies and began imagining my life as an archaeologist. I daydreamed about it all the time. It became my passion. Despite the fact that I had to work full-time AND go to school, I never gave up on the idea that I would achieve my dream job.
Pretty soon after graduation, I realized it would be hard to land a job in archaeology without a graduate degree. This meant a few more years of college, but I didn’t mind. I was good at school and would use this time for more intensive study. Competition is fierce for archaeology jobs and there are hundreds of college graduates that finish school each year and don’t work a single day in that field. I knew I was fortunate and would have to give my all if I was going to impress my boss and continue working. I was able to land my first paid work in archaeology during graduate school and parlayed that work experience into a full-time position soon after I graduation. I’ve continued on that path ever since.
Creative Visualization for Ayurveda Job Seekers
This last month I’ve been reading Shakti Gawain’s classic book Creative Visualization. The book was first published in 1978 and I believe it was originally published by Gawain herself (which is an excellent example of what I explained in this post on creating information products). As I read Gawain’s book, I realized that many of the things she advocates are things I did to help me land dream job. Some of the visualization and energy channeling techniques are very similar to treatments recommended in Ayurvedic medicine.
Visualization is very important for job seekers because it’s extremely easy to become discouraged, depressed, and desperate during a long job hunt. Many of us give up on our dream jobs when get turned down frequently or can’t seem to find the right job. But you must always keep your eye on the ultimate prize- an Ayurveda job that makes you happy, covers your expenses, and allows personal fulfillment and creativity.
Here’s a simple exercise I recommend based on Gawain’s book and my own personal experience:
1. Close your eyes. Do a few minutes of deep breathing to calm your mind and bring yourself into the present. Meditating on calm clarity is even better.
2. Start visualizing what your dream work day looks like. Start the visualization from the time you wake up, your morning commute to the time you get to work, your entire work day, your commute home, and think of your evening after work.
3. Make sure the visualization is vivid and detailed. Search your feelings and immerse yourself in the emotions related with doing the job you’ve always wanted to. Concentrate on clear images of what your dream job looks like. What sort of people do you work with? What are your ideal tasks? How do you feel doing them? Focus on tactile feelings, emotion, and energies related to this job.
4. You can keep this picture in your mind as long as you like or you can focus on individual tasks and events from your perfect work day. Concentrate specifically on the feeling of having your dream job. Come back to this visualization at least two times each day. Writing the visualization down is also a powerful way to make it more real.
Simply taking the time to visualize what it will be like when you achieve your dream job is the first step towards making this dream come true. It makes it easier to keep on the Ayurveda job hunt when you have a clear idea of what you want from work in that field. The feeling of this visualization is also a powerful motivator to keep searching, striving, and working towards that goal.
Making a living in Ayurveda is as easy as you make it. A few millionaires have been made, but most Ayurvedic and alternative health practitioners are happy simply helping other people feel better and live at their highest capacity. Never let go of your dream. If you can’t find the perfect Ayurveda job, use the motivation in this visualization to motivate you to CREATE YOUR OWN PERFECT JOB IN AYURVEDA.
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