The Path of Service Unfolds

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The path of service is the path that allows you to help others through your unique gifts and talents. It will be by doing what is joyful and what you love, what you feel pulled towards that will guide you to your true vocation.

Carl Jung was the first to point out that the paths of finding your true vocation and individuation, and that of becoming enlightened, are one and the same. It is not easy to do though because we tend to disown our gifts and instead be who we think we should be, or could possibly be with the praise and love from others. Thus many of our needed gifts and personality traits get farther and farther pushed down until we no longer remember them. This can cause us great suffering and create what Jung called the shadow which is a part of ourselves that we disown and that holds all that we cast away to be something we are not.

It is only when we begin to stop aiming to please others and begin to be who really are – reclaiming our cast away parts, our shadow –  that we can begin the journey of vocation, enlightenment, the hero’s journey or individuation.  The Buddha said, “Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

 You might be asking how you begin the hero’s journey and if you do begin it how to do it right or even fast-track it.  But the truth is that the hero’s journey happens despite all your best efforts. You cannot possibly perfectly plan it in a million years and nobody can speed it up or finish it faster. There is a well-known saying that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The teacher will appear in the form of a book or a smile, a word of advice, or something else at exactly the right time. It is important that you act on what you begin to be guided to do. Go for walks, work in a garden or do something else to stay grounded, take time to play and the answers will come. And however which way your journey unfolds, it will change your life in logical steps, in ways you can’t imagine. – Mark Shryock | TalkShop Leadership Coach

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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