The “Funemployed”

June 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm (Finances, Good Vibes, Law Of Attraction, LOA, Uncategorized, www.plbenson.com) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Wealthy Freelancer

Meet the New Generation of Freelancers: The “Funemployed”

“I’m looking for the least possible amount of responsibility.” What a great line from the movie American Beauty.
In this scene, Lester Burnham, a tired and overworked 14-year advertising executive (played by Kevin Spacey), has just quit his corporate job.   He’s tired of his life at home and his dead-end career.   And upon seeing a “Now Hiring” sign at the local fast-food joint, he decides to really simplify and start all over as a burger flipper.

This scene came to mind when I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about high-powered and highly educated single young professionals who have recently lost their jobs. The article talked about a trend called “funemployment,” where many young professionals are opting to stay unemployed indefinitely.

Basically, these individuals gave their careers everything they had.   And after years of sacrifice, they suddenly find themselves unemployed…and tired of the corporate BS.   So instead of looking for another job, they’re taking advantage of the opportunity to do all the things they’ve been putting off for years.

Some are traveling the world. Others just want to hang out at the beach and drink margaritas, take road trips to see friends and family, or play golf every day.

To me, this is just more evidence that we’re about to see a massive paradigm shift in the way we view work.   The current “work them to death” model in corporate America is broken.   People are tired of sacrificing everything for their career, only to get a pink slip at the end.

And we have a new generation entering the workforce that has a very different view of what the right work-life balance should be.

That’s why I’m confident that a large percentage of these “funemployed” will come back (when their severance and savings run out!) as freelancers and solo professionals – not as corporate execs. They want the high pay, but they’re not willing to compromise too much to get it.  Which means that in many cases they’ll have to settle for less until they build their solo careers.

But I think most of them will be OK with that. The freedom to design the life they want and live by their own rules will be the biggest reward. And it won’t be long before many of them are earning more (and doing more of what they want) than they did in their corporate jobs.

What do you think?

When you talk to friends and colleagues, are you sensing the same attitude changes about work?

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Control Your Vibration(s)

June 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm (Law Of Attraction, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I love this quote from Abraham –

You don’t have to worry about what their vibration is if your vibration is one of connection. Because if your vibration is one of connection — you’re going to dominate the vibration. This is the way you learn your relationships. The thing that most people do not understand, is that you get to control the way you feel, because you get to choose the thoughts you think. Most people think that they only have the option of responding to the circumstances that surround them. And that’s what makes them attempt the impossible, which is to control the circumstances around them, which only feeds their feeling of frustration and vulnerability, because it doesn’t take very much life experience to discover you can’t control all of those circumstances. But you can control your vibration. And when you control your vibration, you’ve controlled everything that has anything to do with you.

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Letting Go

June 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm (Law Of Attraction, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Ever since I first learned about the power of intention, I have been experimenting with it in my life, in terms of using intent to bring into my life that which I would like to have in my life. I must admit, the results have been, at times, frustratingly inconsistent. When it comes to manifesting small things that I would like to see happen in my life on a daily basis, I have been overwhelmingly successful. But, on the other hand, when it comes to manifest the “larger” things in life, I have often found those things taking a much longer time than I intend for them to take before they come into my life. It is only now, after many years of experimenting with intent that I have come to understand why this is.

Ordinarily, when people think about praying for or intending certain inconsequential things to come to them, they are detached from its manifesting. For example, if you are intending to manifest a small amount of cash in order to be able to see a show or go out on a date, then you are relatively detached about receiving that small amount of cash because you realize that being able to do these types of things (concerts, dates, etc.) aren’t really so relevant in terms of the more pressing concerns that we all face in life (bills, gainful employment, adequate transportation, maintaining your health, taking care of loved ones, and so on). Thus, when it comes to attempting to manifest these things, there tends to be a sense of attachment to these things manifesting, as we perceive them to be somehow more important than the smaller things of life like, for instance, concerts and dates. And, it is this very perception of difference of scale of different experiences that life has to offer to us that ends up being the impediment to us receiving those “larger” things in life. If only you would learn not to “sweat the big stuff” you would find those things flowing to you more easily and effortlessly.

What I am saying here is that the emotional attitude of attachment functions as a type of resistance or dam to your highest good flowing to you. If you understand that, as human beings, we function like magnets that magnetize things to us based on our predominant emotional attitude or vibrational frequency. Thus, all that I am really saying is that the emotion of attachment is a lower vibrational frequency, and therefore attracts to you lower vibrational experiences. Going back to the example from my own life of being able to manifest “small” things into my life easily, this is simply because the emotion of attachment is seldom present in my envisioning of these things coming into my life. Whereas, in attempting to manifest those larger things into my life, there is again, there sense of attachment to the outcome because of the illusion of grandeur. That is, there is a great illusion within human beings, one that I have often succumbed to myself, that somethings are grand and others, small. In truth, all experiences are equal in the eyes of the Creator, and thus, will be granted onto us without discrimination, provided that we ourselves, learn to not discriminate between some things we have taught are small, and those things that we are taught are large.

The best way to illustrate this would be in that grand source of discrimination in our society, which is material wealth. This is not so much a sociological point that I am trying to make as much as a spiritual point. For example, we have taught to believe that there is a real difference between the awe of possessing a penny and the awe of possession one billion dollars, when, in fact, both of these extremes are but the contrast of experience available to us all on this plane of relative truth(i.e., the plane where we come to experience the absolute unity of all by experiencing the illusion of diversity of experience). In truth, all experiences are empty, with none of them being lasting or with substance. That is why the great Buddhist sages say that all is appearance-emptiness. In time, the entire range of experience will be known to you, and you witness as they all appear and then dissolve, only to appear and dissolve again, thus demonstrating all phenomena as empty of real substance.

So, when it comes to manifesting the “big” things in life, it is actually quite simple once you come to understand the empty nature of it, as well as the inherent emptiness of everything else. Once you come to understand that, you will literally come to order (your wish is my command) all the most grand experiences this Universe could ever offer with the ease, detachment, and sense of nonchalance which you would order a meal at a fast food restaurant. “I’ll have an order of a billion dollars, a gorgeous wife, a huge mansion, the most stylish car ever made, and all the other trappings of a king, please.” And the genie in a bottle that is the YOUniverse will certainly deliver this fast food to you in an instant. This is the true nature of the Universe. When we are told of the mythical tale of Aladdin and the genie in a bottle, we are being given a glimpse into the true nature of life. Life is such that all that we command (intend) will flow onto us in accordance with our belief. If we believe that some things take a long time to manifest, they will; if we believe that some things will manifest in a short amount of time, they will. Thus, the key to solving the problem of prolonged time in the manifestation of your desires is to let go of the delusion that some experiences are large and small. I say to you that all experience is inconsequential, appearing and dissolving in the blink of an eye, and thus you can call any of them (from a penny to a billion dollars) forth with out any effort whatsoever, and know that it will manifest because the Universe is indeed our genie in a bottle, granting onto us whatever it is we desire.

The way in which to apply this knowledge to your life is to write out a list of things you would like to have in your life is simply to write out everything you want in your life, in the form of “ it is my intention to…” (e.g. it is my intention to be a millionaire within one year of today) and state that intention to the Universe one time, and one time only. Sometimes, when people intend to experience certain things, they state that intent over and over again to the Universe, as if having experienced the things they intend to experience happen yet, they act as if the Universe did not hear them the first time. When, in fact, you only need to state your desire to the Universe one time, as unlike us, it is pure consciousness, ever alert, ever attentive, and thus, could never miss even a single thought we have impressed upon it. The Universe that we live in is fully aware and can act on the intention we impress upon it, the very moment we impress it upon it. Much like a lot of soil, we only need plant the seed in the soil one time (and not continue to dig up that seed and check on its progress or attempt to supplant that seed with some other seed) and the Universe will do the rest, nurturing and nourishing the seed into its fruition.

So, write out the list of intentions that you have for your entire life, read those intentions out loud to the Universe one time, and then let go, and let the nourishing soil of Spirit do the rest. Surely, that which you ask for will be bestowed upon you as it is spiritual law that dictates, “ask and ye shall receive.” And, of course, it is the dictates of that grand genie in a bottle that we call the Universe that your wish is its command.

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Trust Your Feelings

May 29, 2008 at 8:10 pm (Law Of Attraction, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Trust Your Feelings

Have you ever had one of those days (I know we all have), those days, first thing in the morning that you feel like you just need to stay in bed — not sure if the day is worth getting up for?

Well my friends — I am here to tell you that ‘yes’ each day is worth getting up for — it’s all in your mind. Yes, you heard me right — your mind is what you have been listening too — so why not listen to your heart and soul rather than your mind?

Your mind comes up with so much ‘stuff’ – you know that stuff which others give you – your old teacher, your old coach, perhaps a parent or friends – Don’t listen to that stuff — come up with your own stuff — make up your mind to listen to your heart and soul . . .

Once you do that – you are making a wonderful choice to choose how you start your day, and trust me — your day will follow you!

Yes, it might take some practice – (I can guarantee that it will take some time to retrain yourself) as your mind has been leading you for the past – 20, 30, 40, or more years . . . start training yourself to listen to you — follow your desires to be you and not your mind’s stuff!

Live life as you want to be now — make it a practice to think about how you would like your day to be (do this the night before and first thing in the morning) and then put your mind at ease that you are trusting your true self – your heart and soul!

Enjoy — keep up this practice for 30 days – journal your changes — let me know how your new journey is progressing!

Cheers – P.

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