What I’ve gleaned from reading, is that Right Livelihood is living freely, without capitalizing on others. It is gaining your livelihood while also lifting up the world and others around you. Our livelihood must come from the elevation of the existences in experience around us. As soon as we seek to make a livelihood by extracting it from someone else we are not in “Right Livelihood”. Once our mission becomes to capitalize or manipulate someone into giving us money, we are outside of Right Livelihood.
Emotions happen to us, they are not something we have direct control over, however, what we do or how we act once they do happen to us is what we can control. A virus is an outside influence that becomes dangerous or harmful once it is inside of us and begins to spread throughout our cells. We can take preventative measures to avoid viruses, but once they are inside us there is nothing we can do but protect others and maintain ourselves while the virus is expunged. Emotions work in the same way. Something outside of our own being triggers a response within us, and it begins to spread across our consciousness, at times taking over our very lives leading us to become slaves to our own emotions. The key to maintaining our own autonomy over emotion is to know that these emotions are not a part of us, just as a virus is not a part of us. Understand that yes we are feeling emotion, but that emotion is not who we are, and says nothing about us other than how we are currently feeling.
The biggest masterpiece you will ever create is the person you are when you die. Not the material items, or power, or money you’ve accumulated, but that single person depicting a blip of existence, and all they have experienced. Everything we gain from experiencing life, paints a picture on our soul’s canvas that’s only ready to ship when we move on to the next realm. It is not “art” in the physical and mundane sense. It is the art your soul arrived in this existence to complete. The one that starts with your birth and ends with your death. The plan your consciousness had when it entered your body. We often stray from this plan. The world distracts us and makes us confused which path to take, but when we can sit with ourselves, and begin to know ourselves more intimately, we can see what this plan is simply the path we are on. It unfolds no matter which direction we step. Only when we begin to live inside of that truth can we discover our purpose, and feel ourselves embody creation at its very essence.
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