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How to Use Your Spiritual Power to Get a Job By Bennett Michael Roberts Copyright March 2012 Bennett Michael Roberts Smashwords Edition

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: First Steps-Examine Your Beliefs Chapter 3: Center Yourself before You Search Chapter 4: Identify Your Job and Search for It Chapter 5: Infuse Positive Energy into Your Resume & Cover Letter Chapter 6: Preparing for the Interview Chapter 7: It’s Interview Day! Chapter 8: After the Interview Chapter 9: Starting Your New Job Chapter 10: Final Thoughts Chapter 11: Book Club Discussion Questions

Chapter 1: Introduction

So you need a job! We’ve all been there. Everyone needs to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Unless you’re independently wealthy, you need to work for a living – to pay the bills, put food on the table, and enjoy the pleasures of life.

You may be feeling a variety of emotions as you embark on your job search: anxiety, loathing, excitement, reluctance, or even that pit-of-the-stomach feeling you get right before you throw up. Whatever you are feeling, accept the feeling as being okay, and know that things can only get better from here. As you read through this book, you’ll discover how to turn these emotions around, and develop a spiritual approach in your quest for employment.

You already know why you are seeking a job. Some of the reasons may include:

I just lost my old job.

I dislike my current job.

I just finished school, and am entering the workforce.

I currently have a part-time job, but I want (or need) a full-time one.

I have been out of the workforce for some time, and am re-entering it.

Does it really matter why you’re looking for a job? No, it doesn’t, because whatever your reason is, the job won’t magically appear before you. You have to take positive action to find it.

Here are some of the actions you must take to get a job:

Identify the jobs you will pursue. Look through the want ads. Prepare a resume and cover letter. Send these documents to prospective employers. Respond to employer inquiries. Prepare for and attend job interviews. Follow up after the interview.

Now this seems like “nuts and bolts” stuff, and it is. But have you thought about how to take each of these actions to the next level? How can you gain an edge over your competitors in getting a job? And what does spirituality have to do with it?

The answer is simple: You can take these actions to a higher level by infusing each step in your job quest with spirituality and positive energy. And that is what you’ll learn in this book – how to use the “invisible edge” of spirituality to maximize your chances of getting a job.

Here are some of the spiritual techniques you’ll use to get a job:

Positive thinking

Centering

Deep Breathing

Meditating

Creating a Vision Board

Visualizing

White Lighting

Volunteering Utilizing Affirmations Expressing Gratitude Living Optimistically

By adding each of these elements into your job quest, you’ll become a powerful force in the job market: indeed – you’ll become a powerful human being!

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Chapter 2: First Steps–Examine Your Beliefs

Let’s start by asking some basic questions. What is spirituality? And how does it differ from religion?

Many people were brought up believing in a certain religion, usually the religion of their parents. Whatever religion it was, it had a certain set of beliefs associated with it. For example, Christians believe in God and that there is a place called Heaven. Buddhists believe in Karma and Rebirth (aka reincarnation.) One thing that most religions have in common is worship – acts of devotion that are directed towards one or more deities.

Spirituality differs in that it is not tied to any one religion, and allows each individual to develop their own beliefs. For example, a spiritualist may believe in an afterlife, without labeling or describing it. He or she might believe in the connectedness of all things, instead of an all- powerful deity.

Spirituality does share an important commonality with religion though. If you believe something

to be true, but it can’t be proven in the material realm, then you are said to have faith. Faith is

basically just believing in an idea, and trusting it to be true. Some say that faith believes in a positive outcome, while fear believes in a negative outcome. But when you believe in something that is non-tangible or non-material, you have faith.

Spiritualists develop their own beliefs, their own faith, apart from the established doctrines of religion. Perhaps they do not feel complete partaking in a traditional religion, or simply want the freedom to explore the immaterial. Spirituality gives people the latitude to expand their awareness and discover their own inner being. They feel a connection to the universe, but don’t wish to be limited by the views of others. So they experiment and study the intangible aspects of life, to gain a greater insight into their own existence.

Yet spirituality and religion can and do coexist. You can be a devout believer in an established religion, but incorporate spiritual practices into your daily routine. It seems counterintuitive to consider things like breathing and volunteering to be spiritual practices, but they can open doors that you didn’t even realize were there.

A more spiritual path can begin with small changes in the way you think. You’re probably

familiar with the phrase positive thinking. But what does that even mean? In its simplest sense, it’s about being hopeful and confident. But it is much more than that. Positive thinking starts with a commitment deep within you. It is a change in attitude, a change in the way you see things. Instead of responding to people and events in a negative manner, you look for the bright side in everything. For example, you wanted to go for a walk today but it is raining. So instead of getting down in the dumps about it, you choose another positive action. You’ll catch up on paperwork or read a book or watch a movie. Instead of dwelling on the negative, you’ll search within yourself for a positive alternative. Then you take action towards that positive choice.

One of the most important times to think and act positively is when you are looking for a job. At every step along the way, you must possess good energy, feel superb, and infuse the positive feelings into your actions.

You’ve probably heard of The Law of Attraction. It isn’t really a law; it’s a belief system, and is similar to positive thinking. The Law of Attraction states that you should A) know what you want and ask for it, B) feel, think, and act as though your desire is already yours, and C) be open to receiving it.

So now ask yourself the following:

Do I really want a job? Do I know what job I want? Am I behaving like I already have a job? Am I acting like a professional? Will I say “yes” if I’m offered a job?

Hopefully you answered yes to all or some of these questions. If you did, you’re already on your way to a positive mindset.

If you didn’t, it’s important to identify your mental state. Think about what it would take to answer yes to all of these questions, and what positive thoughts you can develop to get there.

Imagine your perfect job and believe that you’ll get it. Have faith that it is out there and you’ll find it. Ask for that job, out loud, and repeat your requests to the universe daily. Smile when you think about the new job. You’re on a new path now, a spiritual path to getting a job.

Exercise 1 – Start Your Spiritual Job Quest Journal

Open an empty spiral-bound notebook, or if you prefer, open a new document on your computer. You are starting a Spiritual Job Quest Journal. Write down your answers to the questions on the previous page. Explain your answers, as much as possible. No one will see this but you, so be completely honest. Answer the questions below as well. Examine your answers and look for places to improve, to adjust your mindset to be more positive.

Additional questions:

Why do I need a job? (Or, why do I need a new job?) What are my religious beliefs? What are my spiritual beliefs? How can my two sets of beliefs coexist without conflict? How can my combined beliefs help me get a job? What are my most positive beliefs? Am I open to new practices that will help me get a job?

Review your answers as many times as necessary, until you feel they are complete and honest. Take a day or two to examine your beliefs and answers, and know that you’ve just taken a positive step towards getting a job.

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Chapter 3: Center Yourself before You Search

Before starting your job search, it is wise to become centered. What does this mean? Being centered means focusing your attention or energy on something. For the moment, you won’t focus on the job quest. Instead, you’ll focus on yourself.

Centering is about finding the calmness that exists within you. You’ve probably felt it at some point in your life – a time when the incessant stream of consciousness inside your head slowed down (or stopped) and you were just able to exist, free and unencumbered from the rigors of daily life. Eckhart Tolle, in his excellent series of books, calls this “stillness”.

By slowing things down, both internally and externally, you allow your body and mind to recharge and regain the energy you need to move forward. And there are few times in life when this is as critical as when finding a job. Employment represents your survival, so it’s naturally a very tense and draining process. But it needn’t be so, and finding the calm place within you prepares you for the challenges that lie ahead.

There are many ways to focus inward and become centered. Let’s start by looking at some breathing exercises. How do breathing exercises help you? First, they help release and reduce emotional stress (which is pretty common when one needs a job.) Second, deep breathing relaxes the body, including slowing your heart rate. Breathing also increases energy flow throughout the body. These are just a few of the wonderful benefits that can be enjoyed through deep breathing.

Here are a few different exercises. You may like one or two better than the others, or you may like them all. Try doing a different one each day, or a specific one at a certain time each day. Whatever you prefer, it is important to incorporate one or more breathing techniques into your daily routine, to help you get centered and stay that way.

Exercise 2 – Breathing Exercise – Accepting & Releasing

The first breathing exercise is called “accepting and releasing”. Sit down in a comfortable chair, and close your eyes. Focus on each in and out breath you take. Notice the rising and falling of your chest. Just keep inhaling and exhaling, focusing on the rhythm. Then, with each in-breath, say to yourself “accepting.” With each out-breath, say to yourself “releasing.” Continue this cycle for many minutes. As you do, you’ll notice your respiration rate slowing down. You’ll notice that the breaths are becoming deeper. Stop after 5-10 minutes, or whenever you feel comfortable. Observe how you feel more relaxed, both mentally and physically. This is what centering is all about – focusing your attention on one thing until it slows you down.

Exercise 3 – Breathing Exercise – Breathing from the Belly

Here is another breathing exercise. Do the same as in Exercise 2 – sit down in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. But this time, focus on your stomach, not your chest or lungs. With each inhale, push your stomach outward, and with each exhale, pull your belly inward. This has the effect of sucking more air into your stomach and lungs. Continue this breathing technique, and you’ll automatically be breathing deeper. This floods your body with oxygen, and shortly you’ll feel superb!

The above technique is actually the proper way to breathe – from the abdomen. Ask any doctor and he will confirm this. “Breathing from the belly” is the most natural way to breathe, and you see children doing it all the time. But as we grow older and the stresses of life consume us, we gradually breathe shorter and shallower. This is lung breathing as opposed to belly breathing. Sadly, this deprives us of exactly what we need the most – life-sustaining oxygen.

Exercise 4 – Breathing Exercise – Nostril Breathing

Now try the above breathing technique again, but this time with a slight variation. Inhale and exhale from your abdomen. Keep your mouth closed, and breathe through your nose. Now use a thumb to keep one of your nostrils closed. Notice how the airflow is immediately reduced. This may feel uncomfortable at first. If it does, that’s okay – just release the closed nostril and use both. Then keep the one nostril closed for only a few breaths. Keep practicing until you can use only one nostril comfortably. Observe how slow, deep, and steady your breathing becomes. Sometimes it feels like you are breathing through a straw, but it is an excellent exercise in mental and physical control. By focusing so intently on one specific task – breathing – you are filtering out everything else and becoming centered.

After performing Exercises 2, 3, and 4, note in your Spiritual Job Quest Journal what you liked or didn’t like about each technique.

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Breathing is a good place to start the centering process. But meditation can take you to an even deeper spiritual level. What does meditation mean? Like centering via breathing, meditation is an inward focusing. It is a deep relaxation, a clearing of the mind, and an enhanced awareness. Meditation has been practiced for over 5000 years and even today there are some who dedicate their entire lives to studying and mastering it. Yet it can be practiced by anyone, and comes in many forms.

Take yoga, for example. Yoga is a meditative technique that is used to attain a higher level of consciousness and awareness. It has numerous health benefits and is taught and practiced throughout the world. The stretching and breathing of yoga helps you improve your flexibility, strength, and stamina, while fomenting mental calmness and reducing stress. Yoga is a great way to become relaxed and centered before starting your job search.

Exercise 5 – Yoga Exercise - The Easy Pose

You’ll want to wear loose-fitting clothing for this one. Take your shoes off and sit down on the floor or a comfortable mat. Cross your legs, and place your hands atop your knees. Then turn your palms up so they are facing the sky. Sit up straight and hold your head level. Close your eyes. Now breathe naturally, while holding this position. It may feel uncomfortable since your body is not used to sitting like this, but with repeated practice it will feel better. Remain in the Easy Pose for several minutes or as long as it’s comfortable, while continuing to focus on your breathing.

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You may also wish to examine other forms of meditation like qigong (pronounced “chee kung”)

or tai chi (pronounced “tie chee”). Similar to the breathing exercises discussed earlier, qigong is another spiritual practice that focuses on breathing. Its objective is to help people maintain their health while improving their joint flexibility and expanding their range of motion. Practicing qigong also calms the mind and increases the energy flow within the body. Tai chi does the same, though it focuses on simulated martial arts movements in addition to breathing. There are many places that offer classes in yoga, qigong, and tai chi.

Another easily learned form of meditation is Transcendental Meditation. This is typically practiced 20 minutes a day, with eyes closed, and mentally or verbally repeating a word or phrase known as a mantra. This requires no special skills of contemplation or concentration, yet it allows the mind to quiet down and sink into a deeper level of consciousness. So picture this – you, sitting quietly in a comfortable chair, eyes closed, and repeating your own personal mantra to yourself. What might you be saying? How about “I am employable” or “My perfect job is coming soon” or “A good job is near”? You could even just focus on a single word like “employable” or “working”. Make your mantra something positive and your energy level will be higher by the time your session ends.

Exercise 6 – Combine the Easy Pose, Deep Breathing, and a Mantra

Now get into the Easy Pose, and begin deep breathing again. This time after you’ve gotten into a rhythm, start saying a mantra to yourself (or speaking softly) that relates to your job search. Continue this for 10-15 minutes or however long feels comfortable. This is a great exercise to do daily, and feel free to change your mantra in each session. Be sure to record your favorite mantras in your Spiritual Job Quest Journal.

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While breathing exercises, yoga, and mantras are beneficial, many people will experience even greater benefits by using an audio form of meditation. One such form of audio meditation is Holosync, a product offered by the Centerpointe Research Institute. By listening to the Holosync sound tracks using high-quality headphones, a person’s brainwaves are lowered from the normal waking state (alpha waves) down to the much deeper theta and delta waves. The benefits of doing this are many – you’ll experience extremely relaxing meditation sessions, improved memory and creativity, lower stress levels, enhanced personal awareness, and many other benefits. Much more information can be found at Centerpointe.com, and you can request a free sample CD. Holosync is an excellent introduction to the world of audio meditation.

There is no one best or right way to become centered before starting your job search. Try several of the aforementioned techniques and experiment to see what feels right for you. Take the pieces that you like best and incorporate them into your daily routine. Then by centering on a daily basis, you’ll have an edge over many of your competitors in the job market – a peace of mind and relaxed state of being that they don’t have.

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Chapter 4: Identify Your Job and Search for It

So you’ve been practicing your favorite breathing exercises and meditation techniques, and are now feeling really focused and centered. This is the ideal time to think about the job you want, and then take action to get it.

You already know your skill set and what you are qualified for. But have you taken the time to contemplate and write down what you really want? Most people don’t do this, but it’s a valuable exercise that can really help you define your objective. Get out your Spiritual Job Quest Journal now.

Exercise 7 – Create a “Don’t Want” List

You’ll make two lists. The first is a list of things that you don’t want or don’t like in a job. Label this list as “What I don’t want in a job.” Some examples of these are:

I don’t want a job where I work too hard for low pay.

I don’t want a nasty demeaning boss.

I don’t want a job with inconvenient hours.

I don’t want a job where my co-workers are unpleasant or lazy.

Write down as many statements as possible about what you don’t want in a job. The more

negatives you can write down, the better. But what does writing down all of this yucky stuff

accomplish?

Exercise 8 – Create a “Want” List

Now you’re going to take each of those things that you don’t want, and turn them into things that you do want. Take each statement you just wrote, and flip it around into positive statement. Label this list as “What I want in a job.” Some examples are:

I want a job with the right amount of work for the right pay.

I want a friendly, supportive boss.

I want a job with hours that fit right into my schedule.

I want a job with competent and pleasant co-workers.

What you have just done here is called “comparing and contrasting”. Most people definitely know what they don’t want. That’s why it’s so easy to come up with a big list of negatives. But most people don’t stop to think about what they do want – which is the list of positives you get when you flip the negative statements around.

Exercise 9 – Refine Your “Want” and “Don’t Want” Lists

Now let’s take this exercise a step further. Get out your newspaper and turn to the want ads in the classified section. Or alternately, get on the Internet and go to your favorite job site, like Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com. Examine the ads for your profession. Look for things you like or don’t like in each advertisement. Add these onto your respective “Want” and “Don’t Want” lists. You should be able to put quite a few more items on your lists. Be sure to add the

“Don’t Wants” to your “Want” list, after you’ve flipped them around into positives.

As you peruse these ads, pay careful attention to how you feel, and what is going through your mind as you read each advertisement. Especially look for things in the ads that evoke strong emotions. For example, you may see a job and say to yourself “I’ve worked a job like that before and it was bad news.” Or maybe a job posting will stir an old memory, one where you just hated the job and dreaded going to work every day.

Exercise 10 – Create a “Purge” List

Write down these strong feelings and memories in a new list. Label this list as the “Purge” List. Close your eyes and go deep into your mind, and try to remember all of the bad job-related experiences from your past, as many as you can. This may feel uncomfortable, but that is okay – just write them all down. Stop when you can’t recall any more bad experiences, or feel ready to move on to the next exercise.

Exercise 11 – Throw Away the Negatives

Now pick one of your favorite breathing exercises from the last chapter. As you go through the breathing steps, visualize the list with your negative job experiences and strong feelings, and see each item you wrote. Take one negative at a time and put it on an imaginary piece of paper inside your head. Then crumple it and throw the paper ball into a trash can. Do this on each exhale, with each release of your breath. You can even whisper “I release this” at the end of every breath. Continue this exercise for 5 or 10 minutes, or until you feel refreshed and invigorated.

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Now what did you just do here? This was an exercise in clearing, sometimes referred to simply as letting go. We all have negative emotions bottled up inside of us, and the old energy patterns sometimes block us and prevent us from moving forward. We have to release these buried conflicts and fears, but we have to identify them first. You listed some of these on your “Purge” List, but it is likely that many more linger deep inside you. That is okay too. You may identify more as time passes, and should add them to the list. You may also add negative people from your past to the list, and clear them as well by throwing their images into the trash can. Anything or anyone that represents negativity from your past is fair game to get tossed.

Repeat this exercise at least once a week. Getting rid of the garbage is an ongoing process and takes time. On most days, think about the positive statements from your “Want” list. Repeat those phrases during your inhales, during your “Accepts”. Turn your desires into mantras. (Remember mantras, from the last chapter?) This will feel really good, and you’ll look forward to it during your daily deep breathing practice.

You also honed in on exactly what you want in a job in Exercises 8 and 9. You’ll want to revise your “Don’ Want” and “Want” lists periodically, as you identify more likes and dislikes. This is okay too – your Spiritual Job Quest Journal is a tool you can use as frequently as you’d like, and you should refer back to it frequently. Take notes about the job quest process as your journey continues.

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Now how about one more thing to make you feel really positive during your job search? Most of us have done it from time to time, and we know how rewarding it can be. But if you’re out of work, are you still doing it? If not, you should be. What I’m talking about here is volunteering.

What is volunteering, and why is it important to your job search? It’s a giving of yourself, of your time and energy, to make your small slice of the world a better place. It might be serving meals at a homeless shelter. It might be donating blood at a local hospital. It might be visiting animals at a shelter or elderly folks in a convalescent home. There are thousands of ways to make a difference in the lives of others, if you try.

Volunteering can make you feel good in many ways. When you volunteer, you feel like you’re a part of something. You develop bonds with others and make new friendships. The recipients of your efforts will oftentimes smile and thank you. And when you smile back and say “You’re Welcome”, you’ll feel really good about yourself. Your self-esteem and self-confidence will improve, which is exactly what you need before meeting prospective employers.

Volunteering adds variety to your life. You may feel like you’re in a rut, going through the same motions day after day, but getting nowhere. Your time spent as a volunteer gives you a break from the monotony of your job search, whether it’s two days a week or two hours a week.

And there’s one additional benefit to volunteering – you can add these activities to your resume. Employers really do like to see that you’re involved in the community, and trying to make a positive difference. They may assume (quite correctly) that you will do the same as an employee – try to make your workplace a better place, and go the extra mile when called upon. Sometimes it’s the little things that make you stand out from the crowd. Volunteering can be that difference.

Exercise 12 – Find a Way to Volunteer

Get out the local newspaper or get on the Internet. Search for volunteering opportunities in your local community. Review your schedule and see what works best for you. Then do it – contact the appropriate person and make a commitment to volunteer.

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Before you move on to the next exciting chapter, ponder what you’ve been experiencing. You’re concentrating on what you want while breathing and meditating. You’re clearing out the old negatives that were roadblocks from the past. You’re maintaining your Journal on a regular basis. And now you’re spending some of your time helping others. You feel really great and pumped, which means it’s time to move on to the next step – getting your information to the person who will hire you!

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Chapter 5: Infuse Positive Energy into Your Resume & Cover Letter

In Exercises 7 through 9, you defined your desired job. Then you identified some employment opportunities, either through the Internet or the newspaper. So the next step is to create or update your resume and cover letter, and get these out to your prospects! There are many Internet resources that can help you design, write, and format these documents. Then you’ll distribute them, either via email or regular mail.

Before you send those resumes out, though, there is some spiritual work to do on them! And work to do on yourself as well. Remember that comfortable chair you’ve been using for your centering and breathing exercises? Well it’s time to settle in for a new exercise. (You can also use the Easy Pose, if you prefer.)

You’re going to infuse positive energy into your documents using a special technique called white lighting. What is this and how does it help you? White lighting is visualization where you imagine yourself, and things important to you, to be surrounded by white light. Not only does this technique protect your documents from negative energy, but the positive energy surrounding them can really make them stand out or feel good in the hands of the recipient.

Exercise 13 – Visualize White Light around Yourself

So now while sitting comfortably, close your eyes and start your favorite breathing technique. You should be in quiet place, and if it’s dark that’s even better. Take some time, maybe 5-10 minutes, and let yourself slip into a nice breathing rhythm. Now go into your mind and visualize a ball of bright white light that’s resting inside your stomach. Focus on this ball of light for several minutes, and just watch it. Feel its warmth within you, and then imagine it very slowly expanding. It continues to grow until it expands outside of your body and encompasses you. Just watch the bright light as it surrounds and soothes you, and continue this for many minutes until you feel very relaxed and centered.

The white light surrounding you is now protecting you from negative energy, and can quell bad feelings within you. Whether it’s fear, doubt, anger, or something else, white lighting can prevent and remove the negativity inside.

Anxiety and lingering uneasiness are part of the human experience. Have you ever had thoughts like these:

“I’m not good enough for that company.” “I bet nobody will even read my resume.” “How can I even compete with the others applying for this job?”

These are but a few of the limiting thoughts that you can prevent, or release, using white lighting. Non-productive thoughts can occur at any time, but it only takes a few minutes to look back inside and visualize the ball of white light. It is just like the air you breathe – it is always there for you, and you should utilize it.

Exercise 14 – Expand the White Light to Others

After several sessions where you visualize the white light surrounding yourself only, you can move on and extend the white light. Start the session in the usual manner with several minutes of breathing, and watch the ball expand and surround you. Now let the white light grow even larger – allow it to grow and encompass someone you love, like a spouse or a child. Let it continue, until it has surrounded your pets, and your friends. Picture all of them now inside the white light with you. Practice this extended technique many times.

Exercise 15 – Expand the White Light to Objects

You can also include things in your bubble of white light. As it expands, visualize the light surrounding your entire house or apartment. Inside the space with you is everyone and everything you love. Now zoom in on one specific item within your residence, a piece of paper sitting on your desk. As you get closer you can see what it is…it’s your resume! Now focus on it even more intensely, and watch the bright white light totally permeate your resume, and cover letter. Let the light settle all over your documents, like a coat of white paint. It’s shiny, shimmering around the edges, and you feel totally at peace. Just observe the desk and the glowing papers atop, and notice the air flowing in and out of your lungs. Do this for several minutes.

Exercise 16 – Expand the White Light to the Future

As you become more comfortable visualizing the white light encompassing the important things

in your life, also imagine it surrounding the things you would like to see happen. For example,

picture a hiring manager reading your resume, nodding and smiling. See yourself at work with some colleagues, collaborating on a project. And try to remember the feeling of receiving your first paycheck, and taking it to the bank. There is no limit to what you can imagine inside the white light – people, things, or events – in the present or future. Just always remain focused on the positive, and focus on things you love, need, or want.

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Visualization is an important part of the spiritual job search process. As you noticed in the white light exercises, picturing what you want can make you feel better, and keep you focused on the positive. But the images of what you strive for can be real too…and you can assemble them yourself.

A vision board is collage of images of the things you want in your life. The images can also

represent things you want to accomplish in life, like getting a job. The vision board is a visual wish list, a smorgasbord of all you desire, tacked or taped onto cardboard, corkboard, or another flat structure. It is inexpensive to create, and you probably already have most of the materials in your home.

Exercise 17 – Create a Vision Board

Start by finding some old magazines. Thumb through them looking for pictures, words, or phrases that appeal to you. These can be anything that you want, like, or dream about. For example, perhaps you see an advertisement with a couple walking on a tropical beach. You’ve always wanted to take a trip to Hawaii, so cut out that picture and put it on your vision board.

Maybe you need some nicer clothes for the job you intend to get. Browse through some clothing catalogs and cut out the apparel you desire. How about a new faster computer? Find an image of that and add it to the vision board. Maybe as you’re flipping through a magazine you see words like “work” or “career” or “professional”. Cut those out too.

Take as much time as you need to fill the board up with images and words. It might take a few hours, or maybe you’ll spend 15 minutes per day working on it. It is your choice, but the sooner you fill it up, the better.

Also be aware that your vision board is not cast in concrete. It is completely changeable. Something you want today may not be what you desire two months from now. And you’ll receive some of the items on your vision board over time. It is okay to revise the vision board intermittently, to make it an accurate reflection of your current desires and intentions.

Exercise 18 – Add Your Desired Job to the Vision Board

Earlier you identified your desired jobs. This is another item to add to your vision board – the job or jobs you are striving to obtain. If it is in the want ads, you probably circled it or cut it out. Find it now and add it to your board. Or maybe you saw it on the Internet and plan to send the company your resume via email. That is okay – just go back to that job posting and print it out. Then trim the excess paper and put it on your vision board.

There is really no limit to your imagination and what you can put on your vision board. Once you are done creating it, you’ll place it in a visible location somewhere in your residence. For example, if you are using a home computer for your job search, put the board up on the wall above and behind your computer. Or maybe you’ll put it on a wall in the kitchen or breakfast nook – wherever you eat your meals.

The whole idea here is to put it someplace where you’ll see it every day. You want to look at it consistently, always mentally noting why those items are on it. It is a daily visual reminder of what you are striving for in life, and why you need to keep looking for your dream job. You’ll see your future rewards in an ongoing manner, always knowing that great things await you. And most importantly, it will keep you focused on your specific employment objectives, since those items appear on your vision board as well.

Exercise 19 – White Light the Vision Board

And now you have a new object to visualize and surround in white light during your breathing exercises – your vision board. What a powerful combination – imagining the pictures of your desires surrounded in an intense bright light. Be sure to examine each item on your vision board during the white light session, and make sure each one gets its own special coating of energy!

Exercise 20 – Update Your Journal

After you’ve practiced the white lighting techniques for a few days, or a couple of weeks, get out your Spiritual Job Quest Journal. Make a new section called “White Lighting” and answer the following questions.

Which items am I surrounding with white light in each session?

What additional items (or people) can I add into my white lighting? What items did I place on my vision board? What items am I still missing from the vision board?

You can and should be updating your journal on a weekly basis. Feel free to record any thoughts or images that come to you during your sessions. Also record any new ideas you have about the job search process. At any time one of these random inspirational thoughts might make a difference in your quest!

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Chapter 6: Preparing for the Interview

So it’s happened – a prospective employer has called you and scheduled an interview. In just days you’ll be sitting in front of a very special someone, trying to convince them to hire you. So what do you do between now and then?

For starters, you’ll continue your daily breathing exercises. But now is a good time to change some of your visualizations, to make them even more specific. What do you know about the upcoming interview?

You know the name of the company. You may know what the building looks like from the outside (or maybe even the inside!) You know at least one contact person, and their voice. You may know the name, voice, and/or face of the interviewer. You know what the company does or makes, who their customers are, etc. (If you don’t know these facts, get on the Internet and do some research!) You know the job description – what they are looking for in a candidate. You may know other things about the job, based on what your contact told you, or from friends or business associates.

So now you are going to take the specifics that you know, and write everything down in your Journal. Go over the list several times, adding as many details as you can. And you may already have guessed what you’re going to do next. Yes, you are going to take facts and turn them into pictures.

Exercise 21 – Visualize the Interview

During your breathing exercises and visualizations, you are going to add in visual snippets about the job you are interviewing for. Try to picture as many of the following as you can:

You drive into the company parking lot, find a space, and turn off your car. You see the company sign above the main entrance as you approach it. You greet the receptionist, smiling. You are dressed appropriately. See yourself brimming with positive energy. Later you are comfortably seated across from the interviewer, and the two of you are having a great conversation. You’re not nervous at all. You’re answering the questions easily and comfortably. You feel great about how the interview is going. That smile never leaves your face. You are so happy to be there. The interview concludes in an extremely positive manner, and with a handshake. You look the interviewer straight in the eye, smiling, and thank them for their time. And you tell him or her that you are very interested in the job, and will accept if an offer is extended.

The story you develop will become a visual script for you to repeat, as many times as possible, before the actual interview. It’s a rehearsal of sorts, for how you want things to go. It’s just like an actor rehearsing lines before going in front of the camera, or an athlete picturing their performance just before a competition. You’ll watch this story, with your eyes closed, during

your breathing and meditation sessions.

Exercise 22 – Visualize the Interview Scenes with White Light

In your next session, visualize each of the previous scenes with white light. See yourself and the interviewer surrounded by a warm and friendly light. The company name can be glowing, and certainly the interviewer will be examining your resume during the interview – a resume bathed in white light!

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Many times before an interview, you’ll practice answering standard interview questions. You can find oodles of these on the Internet. Look for as many of these questions as you can find, and aggregate them into your own list. Here are several examples of standard interview questions. You’ll notice that many of them sound negative. But that’s okay, because you’ll be answering them very positively. (You’ll see one possible positive answer after each question, or a suggestion for how to go about answering it.)

Interviewer: Why do you want this job? You could say something like “This is a job that will bring out the best in me. I am highly motivated to excel in a job like this. It’s a job where I’ll love showing up for work every day. Plus my background is an excellent match for what you’re looking for.”

Interviewer: What are your expectations for this job? Explain how you are a team player and really enjoy contributing. You like making a difference, and aren’t afraid of hard work. You’ll do whatever is required, and are willing to work overtime whenever it’s needed.

Interviewer: Explain a problem you encountered in a past job, and how you resolved it. This question gives you the opportunity to highlight a past success. Spend time thinking about how you helped a company, and the details of that experience. Put together a little story of that success, and memorize it.

Interviewer: Tell me about a problem you had with a past boss and how you handled it. Emphasize finding common ground in this situation. Talk about how open communication flow is a great way to avoid conflict. Acknowledge that managers are people too and how you always strive to help your boss in any way you can.

Interviewer: What is your biggest weakness? You can talk about being a perfectionist and that you want to do your job correctly and thoroughly, so sometimes it takes a bit more time. You can also discuss how hard you work, and that sometimes you work too hard and can get burned out.

Interviewer: How do you handle stress? You can talk about your daily breathing exercises and meditation. Also freely discuss other physical activities you partake in – jogging, working out at the gym, healthy eating, etc.

Exercise 23 – Formulate Answers to Standard Interview Questions

The above are but a few samples, and be sure to find many more on the Internet. But right now

sit down and write out answers for each of the above, in your Journal. Try to be as specific as possible in regards to the particular job you are interviewing for. Think carefully about your past job experiences and how you turned negatives into positives. That is exactly what you want to do here – reframe past events into the most positive light, so that you can provide solid and truthful answers based on your learning experiences.

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So you’ve done your breathing, meditating, visualizing, and white lighting exercises. You’ve answered questions about yourself and your objectives. You’ve written and practiced many interview questions. But what does all of this add up to?

Back in Chapter 2, you read about the Law of Attraction. To summarize, the Law of Attraction is a belief that people’s thoughts can somehow change their lives – by focusing on a specific thing, you bring it into your life. That is to say, you attract it. The previous steps you’ve taken have moved you toward getting a job. You’ve focused your mind on the single goal (getting a job), and have visualized the desired outcome in painstaking detail. You may even feel like that job is already yours! And that is okay too.

In fact, if you do feel that way, or are starting to, that is superb. That is one of the principles of the Law of Attraction – vibration matching. Your thought energy attracts like energy, which means if you feel really good about the job you are seeking, and are mentally prepared for it, you are far more likely to obtain it.

This is what all of the previous exercises have built up to. You’re now about to go in for that interview and you’ll be one of the best prepared candidates. You can see yourself getting that job, and can feel that it is very near. You’ll maintain your positive energy and will perform at your highest level. So smile, it’s almost show time!

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Chapter 7: It’s Interview Day!

Can you believe it? Your big day – interview day – is here! You wake up smiling and looking forward to every single minute of today. Why? Because you have powerful advantages on your side that your competitors do not!

You’ll want to wake up early enough so that you don’t feel rushed at any point. Today should flow smoothly and you should be feeling centered and rested. Before you went to bed last night, you did your breathing exercises and visualizations as described in the previous chapter. Now that you’re off to an early start, you should have plenty of time to eat, shower, and get dressed. You’ll also want to review your interview questions and answers one more time. And if your interview is later in the morning or afternoon, you’ll want to go through your breathing, meditation, and visualization exercises before leaving.

Everything about today should be about positive energy and positive vibrations. Nothing will bother you today. Not traffic, not the weather, and not even rude people. You have an appointment with destiny – your destiny – and you want to be on time. So leave early to make sure you arrive on time, and if you do arrive early, you’ll visit a nearby coffee shop, mall, or library. Investigate locales such as these near your interview location, prior to your departure.

Exercise 24 – Review Your Vision Board

Before you leave, examine your vision board for a few moments. There are reminders here about why you want this job, and about everything that is important to you. You’ll see why you’re doing this – to obtain things you need, to make a better life for yourself and your loved ones, to fulfill your destiny, and reach the brighter future you’ve envisioned. Always remember the “why” behind your actions.

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When you arrive at the parking lot, or near the front entrance, it is okay to pause and take a few deep breaths. You know how well breathing works to center you, so take advantage of this brief moment to get in a little extra centering. Remain calm and focused.

Someone will greet you, probably a receptionist or human resources staffer, after you enter the lobby. You are going to be using a key positive advantage as you enter, and throughout your visit. You are going to be smiling. What is it about smiling that changes things?

Smiling allows people into your life – you become approachable. Smiling makes you stand out from all the others who aren’t smiling. Smiling changes your mood – it makes you feel better. A smile can make others feel better too. Smiling reduces your stress level, and induces relaxation. Smiling makes you look younger. People who smile exude confidence and success. It’s easier for people to like you when you’re smiling.

In fact, there are so many positive benefits to smiling that it is truly mind-boggling. That’s why

you should smile as much as possible during your visit to the company. Greet everyone with a smile. Make this a fun and rewarding day, for yourself and others, and you’ll be remembered at the end of the day.

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At any point, there may be a “lull in the action.” These are brief periods of time when you are

sitting there doing nothing, just waiting for the next action to begin. Maybe you’ve filled out some paperwork and are waiting for the interview to begin. Or the interviewer was called away

to respond to a business situation or take an important phone call. Little breaks like this are a

perfect opportunity to center.

One option is to clear your mind, and just focus on your breathing. You know the drill – you’ll just observe the rhythm, and stretch each inhale and exhale out a little longer. You want to increase the oxygen in your brain and body, so you have a mental edge that your competition does not.

Another option is to just look down at the floor, and run through some of your visualizations. See yourself answering the interviewer’s questions concisely and confidently. Envision the two of you chatting cordially and laughing about a work-related story. Visualize a smile and a handshake at the end of the interview.

A third option is to go over your resume. Remind yourself of all the wonderful things you’ve

accomplished in your career. Review your skill set and remember your on-the-job training.

Recall the many things you’ve learned in life and during previous jobs. You’ve got the background and experience, and you deserve to be here.

Exercise 25 – Prepare for Lulls in the Action

Spend a few minutes reviewing the three “lull in the action” options. Close your eyes and visualize yourself performing each action. Which one feels best to you? That is the one you’ll practice several times before the interview. When a lull does occur, you should automatically perform that action.

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The interview has begun. You’re answering questions, probably using some of the standard interview responses you’ve prepared. But as happens in every interview, there are some questions that you won’t expect.

That is perfectly okay, and is yet another test of how well prepared you are. You’ll always give the most positive answer possible. It’s okay to pause for a moment and think about your answer. Sometimes you can take part of another prepared answer and use that. Sometimes you may not have an answer – if they are asking about something you have never encountered or experienced, just tell them that. There is nothing wrong with honesty. You could answer “That’s honestly never happened to me.” Then they may ask “But what if it did?” That is the perfect opening for you to give a positive answer, and paint an affirmative picture of how you would handle an unexpected situation.

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Another powerful technique you have on your side is laughter. So how does this work during an interview? When you see an opportunity, relate a positive short story or anecdote about something you experienced in the work place. The more you can smile and laugh while telling the story, the better.

Laughter is a wonderful thing. On a physical level, it reduces stress-inducing hormones and increases endorphins; these are neurotransmitters inside your body that make you feel good. Laughter is fun – it elevates your mood and if you can improve the mood of the interviewer, then that is a great way to enhance your social interaction. You are also conveying to the interviewer that you can handle stressful situations (like interviewing) with a sense of humor. That will be another positive they will remember when evaluating you for the job.

Exercise 26 – Prepare a Short Funny Story

Take a few minutes and do some deep breathing. Center yourself and think back to some of the happiest times you’ve had during your career. Identify a brief story or two that you can tell during the interview. The point here is to remember something comical – something to share with your interviewer to get them to laugh. Perhaps it is something minor – like spilling coffee on yourself – and then going about your workday as though nothing happened. Then rehearse this story a few times so that it comes out naturally, just like it did when you told a friend about it.

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If there is one thing to remember during the interview, it is to keep everything positive. There may be a few curveball questions that feel like they’ve put you off track, but never dwell on the negative. Always come back to the game plan that you’ve rehearsed and visualized, and always take advantage of “lulls in the action”. Remember, utilize every spare moment during the interview process to breathe, visualize, and review. Do so calmly and with a positive spirit. And keep smiling!

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One of the pivotal moments is the very end of the interview. When it’s time to leave, always give a great big smile and shake hands with the interviewer while looking the individual straight in the eye. Calmly and confidently state that you are interested in the job, and will accept if it is offered. And most importantly, thank the interviewer for his or her time. These final positive gestures are absolutely essential to getting that job.

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When you get home, write down your impressions of the interview in your Spiritual Job Quest Journal. Record the bright spots where you really shined and the weak spots where you might have been able to improve.

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Chapter 8: After the Interview

You’re back at home and you feel really good. The interview went superbly, even better than expected, and you feel like the job is yours. So now is the time to use that great feeling to keep the momentum going.

The first thing you are going to do is sit down and write a Thank You Letter. Why is a Thank You Letter important? The main reason is that a lot of employers expect it! And why wouldn’t they? Their time is valuable, and they gave some of it to you. And since they did that for you, how much time does it really take to compose and mail a letter? What you don’t want is for the employer to eliminate you for the position, simply because you didn’t bother to formally thank them. So now is the time for action – get going on that letter!

Exercise 27 – Prepare the Thank You Letter

You will send the letter by one of two methods: email or regular postal service mail. (If you really want to go the extra mile, send it via FedEx Overnight!) You’ll address the letter to the primary interviewer, the person who is making the hiring decision. You already know who that person is, since you spent some quality time with them. If you don’t have that individual’s email address, then call the company’s Human Resources department, and ask for it. If for some reason they can’t give it out, ask if you can email the Thank You Letter directly to HR, so that they can forward it to your contact. Almost every HR representative will be happy to do that for you. Just remember to keep everything positive – and smile while you’re talking on the phone.

Here are some important points you will cover in your Thank You Letter:

Be sure to thank the primary contact for his or her time. Reiterate why you are a perfect fit for the job. Add in additional selling points that weren’t covered in the interview, that make you stand out from the other candidates. Include your contact information again (even though it’s on your resume). And at the end, reiterate your gratitude for taking the time to interview you!

After your email or paper letter is composed, review it carefully to make sure you really love what you’ve written. Put yourself in their shoes – what would you think if you were the one receiving this letter? If it’s not expressing your strong points as well as gratitude, then keep working on it.

Exercise 28 – Visualize White Light with the Thank You Letter

Once you’ve got it nailed down, then take a few minutes before you press the send button to email it, or seal the envelope. Get comfortable and relax, and close your eyes. (You already know this drill.) You’re going to step through your favorite deep breathing exercise. Once you’re feeling relaxed and centered, put some really bright white light around that email or letter. Picture it floating on a fluffy cloud, immersed in thick soothing layers of light. Focus on this scene for several minutes, until you feel really superb and calm.

Now picture your intended recipient, opening the email or letter and reading it. See the smile on

their face as they read it. Envision them confidently nodding as they absorb what you’ve written. Picture the white light extending beyond the message and enveloping the person. And feel gratitude for the job interview, as you continue to inhale and exhale, relaxed and fully alive. Continue the session for as long as you like, and then slowly come back to the present moment. Click the send button, or seal up your envelope and mail it.

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Just what is it about gratitude that feels so wonderful? For starters, gratitude is a positive emotion! If you’ve received something from someone, it’s natural to be happy about it. In this case, you received the chance to get a job. This opportunity is valuable, and not everyone who wanted an interview got one. So that is something to be thankful for.

The employer also gave their time to you, freely. They did not have to do this, but either saw or felt something they liked when they reviewed your resume. So your resume did its job in getting you the interview. That is another item to be thankful for – that you produced a high quality resume that commanded attention and garnered an interview.

Exercise 29 – Feel Gratitude for the Interview

Go back to your Spiritual Job Quest Journal and review the interview. During your next meditation session, think about the portions of the interview that really stood out, that really went well. Feel gratitude for those moments. Next, think about the helpful and friendly people you interacted with, like the Human Resources staff. Be thankful for them. Go ahead and review the entire experience, and pick out each and every positive moment. Be grateful for each one, and let the gratitude wash over you. In fact, picture yourself standing under a warm waterfall, where the water itself is gratitude pouring all over you. Let it sink in and become a part of you, like the warmth of the sun soaking into your skin. Meditate in this manner repeatedly over the next several days – there is no such thing as too much gratitude.

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It may take several days (or even a couple of weeks) before the employer makes a decision. That is okay – the hiring process takes time and they need to feel confident they are making the right choice. In the meantime, you are going to add another technique to your spiritual medley – you’re going to begin doing affirmations.

Just what are affirmations? They are short, positive, written statements that are repeated on an ongoing basis. These statements are used to “re-program” your thinking to a new way – a positive way – that you didn’t necessarily have before. Do you remember mantras? Affirmations are similar, but are longer and more specific.

Let’s look at some examples:

“I choose to get an enjoyable and profitable job.” “I have a great set of skills that many employers would love to have.” “My resume attracts positive responses.” “Every day, I improve at searching for a job.” “I trust in the interview process.” “Thank you, universe, for the excellent interviews I’ve had.”

“I am grateful for everything I have.”

These affirmations have a lot in common. Take a look at each one individually.

Is it a belief? Affirmations represent your beliefs, but can also be a way for you to change your beliefs. This is achieved through repetition.

Is it a desired outcome? Affirmations also represent hope, the way you want things to be, or things you’d like to achieve.

Is it a prayer? Traditional prayer is repetitive, so yes, affirmations can be a form of self-designed prayer.

Is it an outlook? Certainly it is - a positive and forward-thinking attitude towards life! Much of this book is about positive thinking, and positive affirmations are positive thinking.

Is it gratitude? It certainly can be, if it’s phrased in a certain way. This is an excellent way to give gratitude on a daily basis.

Affirmations can be any combination of the above. When you write your affirmations, keep these key points in mind.

1. Make it positive. Always seek the most positive phrasing. If it sounds neutral or negative,

cross it out and try again.

2. Make it personal. Your affirmations are about you, not anyone else.

3. Make it specific. Focus on exactly what you need or want.

Exercise 30 – Create and Use Affirmations

Take a few minutes now and design your own affirmations. It’s okay to use the ones above as a guideline. But you’ll go far beyond those – try for 20-30 new affirmations that are specific to your life, and your job search. Write them down in your Spiritual Job Quest Journal, and take as much time as you need. You may also wish to contemplate your affirmations during a meditation session.

When you’re done writing, say the affirmations out loud. See how they feel – they should feel really great as they come out. Some folks read them or say them quietly every day, while others prefer to speak them loudly and energetically. Some people even sing them! Do what works best for you – this is a daily exercise, and you should tailor it to your satisfaction.

Exercise 31 – Visualize White Light around Your Affirmations

Finally, take your affirmation sheet and surround it in white light during one of your sessions. You’ll want to hold it in a bright light for many minutes, and make this a part of your daily routine as well. By now you are probably putting white light around yourself and many objects every day, and that is excellent! The universe is infinite, and so is the light that comes from within.

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It is entirely possible that the company will call you back for a second interview before making a

hiring decision. This is wonderful news! It means you are really close – they have probably narrowed it down to a handful of candidates – and you are one of them!

If and when this happens, re-read this chapter and perform all of the steps again. It is like the old saying “Lather, Rinse, Repeat…” But this time you will fine-tune everything you do.

Exercise 32 – Prepare for the Second Interview

Review your resume again. Look for outstanding points and beneficial skills that weren’t covered in the first interview. You’ll want to cover those points during the second interview.

You know who you’ll be speaking with, what the interior of the building looks like, what the interviewer’s office looks like, and more. Incorporate this imagery into your visualizations. Picture yourself and the interviewer in specific scenes, and once again surround the scenes with white light.

Modify your affirmations. Tailor them to address the upcoming second interview. Remember, be specific and be positive.

Breathe, breathe, and breathe some more! There is no so thing as too much deep breathing and relaxation.

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This is your time to shine. Utilize the spiritual techniques you’ve learned in this book and you will have an edge over your competition. Feel humble and grateful for the opportunity you’ve been given. And when the second interview is over, don’t forget to follow up with another Thank You Letter. But most importantly, prepare to say YES at the end of the second interview – many of which end with a job offer being extended!

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Chapter 9: Starting Your New Job

You’re sitting there enjoying a cup of tea, scanning the daily news on your computer, or driving home from the supermarket. And suddenly there it is – the phone call with the job offer! What do you do?

Aside from the obvious, which is accepting the job offer, you’ll express your sincere gratitude to the caller. It doesn’t matter if it’s the hiring manager or a human resources clerk, you always offer thanks for the gift you’ve been given – a chance to shine at a new job.

Of course, you’ll once again mail or email a Thank You Letter. In some cases, the company will want a formal Acceptance Letter – that is okay too. And modify your daily breathing and meditation sessions to intensify your gratitude.

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But your job hasn’t even begun – it doesn’t really start until your first day of work. Does this mean your spiritual quest to find a job is over? Yes, the search for the job is over…but no, your spiritual journey never ends. What does this mean for you, as you start the new job?

You’ve noticed many benefits from the breathing exercises, meditation, visualizations, white light, and affirmations. There is no reason to stop your daily sessions – you’ll want to carry these forward with you, into your “new life”. You are grateful, not just for your new job, but for the new windows into spirituality that you’ve experienced.

So now let’s examine another tool you’ll bring with you on your first day of work…and every day thereafter. It’s called optimism.

What is optimism, really?

It has been called “hopefulness and confidence about the future.” Another way to describe it is “taking a positive or favorable view that there will be a successful outcome”. You may have heard the phrases “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” or “I see the glass as half-full, not half-empty”. These are statements of optimism, and are based on positive beliefs. Optimists view the present and future in a positive light, and live their lives accordingly.

Optimism is so powerful, in fact, that a Creed for Optimists was developed in the early 1900s. It has been modified and updated over the years, and remains a powerful set of guiding principles. It has been used in a variety of situations, ranging from coaches preparing their athletes for a big game to hospitals using it to help patients heal. Doesn’t optimism sound like a great advantage to have on your side when you start a new job?

Here are the ten points to the Creed for Optimists. Try incorporating many of these into your daily tasks and interactions with others, and your work life will be easier and more fulfilling. You may also wish to contemplate them during your breathing and meditation sessions. Try to focus on one per day, or one per week.

This is at the very core of meditation – establishing a calm center that cannot be disturbed by trivial things. You may encounter unpleasantness in your new job – jealous co-workers, a demanding boss, tough assignments – but that does not mean you should let these things get to you. Just the opposite is true – the calmer and cooler you are in difficult situations; the more likely it is that others will respect you. Continue your daily meditation sessions, and your peace of mind will remain strong.

2. “Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone you meet.”

You’ve seen it before and will experience it again – folks in the workplace who have nothing better to do than gossip and trash-talk about others. You do not have to be a part of this. Instead,

why not point out the good in people? As you go about your day, notice the people who are doing positive things. They may be doing their job really well, helping their co-workers, or simply not partaking in the negativity of others. These are the people to talk about – and become friends with. These people serve as examples for others. Strive to become one of these folks.

3. “Make all your friends feel there is something special in them.”

Over time you’ll make new friends at your job. One way to do this is to be a friend first. Take the

first step – tell a person something you like about how they do their job. Compliment someone on the sharp outfit they are wearing. Offer to help a coworker who is overwhelmed with their workload. The bottom line is this: give to others, and you will receive benefits in return. Be a friend, and you’ll have friends.

4. “Look at the sunny side of everything.”

It is not always easy to be positive when there is so much negativity around you. But there are always bright spots, if you look for them. Humor, smiling, and laughter – these can all brighten your day…or somebody else’s. Strive to notice the bright spots at all times.

5. “Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.”

This statement goes back to why you are looking for a new job in the first place – you want to improve your employment situation, or find a job. You cannot control those around you, nor is it wise to try. But you can remain true to yourself, and give your best effort at all times. You can strive to improve and become a more valuable employee. And you can remain positive when things get tough. Be the best – be who you are.

6. “Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.”

There are a lot of people out there who make themselves feel better by tearing down others – you should never be one of them. When you see someone doing better than you, don’t feel jealousy – feel motivated to be like that person. The old saying is true “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” When someone gets a promotion or a raise, be the first to congratulate them – they will appreciate and remember your gesture. When someone gets credit for your work, don’t begrudge them – be happy for them. Your loyalty will get noticed, and the benefits will come later. Enthusiasm can be contagious – so go ahead and share it.

7. “Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.”

It is critical that you stay present in the moment, and don’t sink back towards negative past experiences. They are like a poison, and can ruin your day…or damage your career. Instead, always apply positive energy to what you are doing at the moment. And continue to focus on your desires, and excellent future outcomes, during your daily breathing and meditation sessions.

Think about the images on your vision board, and surround them with white light. And focus on your daily affirmations – reminders of what you want and where you are going.

8. “Give everyone a smile.”

As covered previously, smiling has a myriad of benefits. It opens doors that are closed. It paves

the way to new relationships and friendships. A smile can thaw a tense situation. It can brighten someone’s day. And in the workplace, it can be a powerful asset – others just like being around people who smile. So remember to smile whenever you can – especially around your co-workers.

9. “Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left over to criticize others.”

Sometimes it’s just so easy to jump on the criticism bandwagon. Someone makes a mistake, says something out-of-turn, or commits some other type of workplace faux pas. Others will quickly speak negatively – but you don’t have to join in. Just walk away. Take that energy and time and put it towards something productive. Help a co-worker with a task, or simply take a break. Never join in the “negative energy parties”, even if what they are saying may be true. You’ll feel better when you avoid those situations.

10. “Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”

Anger is one of the most toxic substances in the workplace – there’s just no need for it. You can spend weeks, months, even years building a positive reputation, and damage it or lose it with just one careless moment of anger. If you feel something building within you – get out of there. Take a walk, take a break, or just go sit in your car. Do some deep breathing and some visualization. Find your center and get back to the calm and mellow you.

In the same manner, worry can be a huge negative weight. It can loom over you like a thundercloud, and ruin a perfectly good day. This goes back to letting go – sometimes you just need to accept things the way they are, and strive for a better future. Being bogged down with worry is like being shackled – if you can’t get away from it, you can’t move forward.

Exercise 33 – Learn the Creed for Optimists

Study the ten points of the Creed for Optimists. Contemplate them during meditation. Identify the thoughts you like the best and incorporate them into your life. And think about which points you can utilize the best in your particular workplace.

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As you can see, there are many ways to shine in a new work environment, not just by how well you do your job, but by how you behave. Strive to be a positive example, and others will notice. Be the voice of reason and calmness. Share your knowledge freely with others. And help those who are less talented than you. Your new job can be an amazing experience – if you follow the high road – the spiritual path.

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Chapter 10: Final Thoughts

You’ve got a new job, or a better one, and things are really going great. But have you stopped to ponder all of the things you’ve learned in this book and how they apply to everyday life?

You may already feel like your life has changed, and not just because of your job. All of the little things you’ve been doing – deep breathing, meditating, approaching work with a more positive attitude – they’ve all added up to making your entire life a better experience.

That’s exactly how it should be. Your life and your work are not separate at all. They are intertwined and they are part of the whole you. And you are connected to something even larger – the entire universe. Through the practice of meditation, you’ve seen glimpses into and felt a part of the grander scheme of things, whether you think of it as the universe or God.

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In his excellent book, A New Earth, author Eckhart Tolle covers some very important concepts in his final chapter. They are very relevant to your work life, but apply to your entire life as well. These are the concepts of acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm.

Acceptance seems pretty apparent. It means, even if you don’t like doing something, you do it anyway. This happens on the job a lot – it may be a dull, repetitive task, or something you feel is “beneath” you. You may be doing somebody else’s job, since they aren’t doing it, or are on vacation. No matter the reason, something inside of you says “I don’t like this” or “I don’t want to do this.”

The key here is resistance. The more you resist something, the more suffering you cause, for yourself and others. But in order to accept what you are doing, you must surrender. You must give in, and yield to your current circumstance, whether it’s for an hour, a day, a week or a year. Then as you continue to work in a non-resistant and surrendered manner, you start to feel at peace with your tasks, and a calm and subtle energy pervades your actions. Sometimes this tranquility is so minor that you don’t even notice it. But when you become aware of it, it can be soothing and comforting, and this is when you know you’re experiencing acceptance. Take this awareness and calm energy and dwell on it, and contemplate it during your meditation.

The next level is enjoyment. This frequently occurs during work that is creative. When you are making something, bringing something new into the world, either at work or at home, you are tapping into the unseen power of the universe. You are fully alive and aware in the present moment, and the creative energy of the universe flows through you. This manifests as joy, a feeling of exuberance and happiness that emerges from deep inside you. Joy doesn’t have to mean anything – it is a feeling unto itself. Nor does it even mean you are performing work that is your calling, or destiny. You can find joy in even the most mundane tasks – observing your surroundings during the daily commute, vacuuming the floor, or folding clean clothes. Joy can be found in many small and subtle places. Watch for it at all times, and don’t resist joy if it comes at an unexpected time.

The third level is enthusiasm. This has been described as “a deep enjoyment in what you are

doing, coupled with a goal or vision that you are striving for.” It is a powerful feeling, such that you may truly feel you are in full alignment with the universe. It motivates you to work harder and more efficiently, with your goal in sight. You may feel extreme surges of creativity and a renewed source of energy in performing your tasks. Enthusiasm is so powerful that it is inclusive, and spreads to others. They can feel your energy, and may even wish to emulate you. That is okay, for enthusiasm accepts others, and opposes no one. It is you, fully present in the moment, vibrating at the same frequency as the universe. You resonate, feel empowered, and move forward with satisfaction and joy.

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Contemplate these concepts deeply as you meditate, and ponder them frequently. Look for positive edges, both large and small, that make you a sensational employee that any company would love to have. Continue to look deep inside yourself as you saunter the spiritual journey of life. Know that the path will have many delightful and rewarding moments as your life continues to unfold in ways you can’t even yet imagine. Breathe deeply, think positively, feel wonderful, and enjoy life!

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Chapter 11: Book Club Discussion Questions

These questions can be used by book clubs or reading groups to foment discussion about this eBook. They can also be used by individuals as a “personal debriefing” exercise.

What did you find surprising about this book? Did this book change the way you look at searching for a job, and interviewing? What do you agree with about this approach to job hunting? What do you disagree with? Did the book make you question any of your beliefs? Did you try any of the exercises in this book? Did they help? Did you like exercise-driven approach used in this book? Will you make changes in your work life, based on this book? Did the book fulfill your expectations? Which particular section of the book helped you the most? What was the one “big idea” that you learned from this book? What will you do differently the next time you are looking for a job? Would you recommend this book to others who are looking for a job?

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